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How To Remove Labels From Wine Bottles

How To Remove Labels From Wine Bottles

How To Remove Labels From Wine Bottles

I’m both a wine lover and a DIY enthusiast. For this reason, how to remove labels from wine bottles was a question that tormented me for a while. As far as I’m concerned, there are two reasons to remove a wine bottle label. Either you’ve sipped the last drop of a valuable bottle or you want to transform the wine bottle into a creative decoration.

It is easy to understand that in the first case, the whole reason for removing the label is to keep it in your private collection. After all, if you don’t have a large cabinet where to display your dearest old bottles of wine, keeping the bottle’s label in an album of memories is an equally effective solution.

Finding the right method to remove labels from wine bottles to collect them is often a hassle. You have to pay attention to maintain the integrity of the label, or you’ve failed.

On the contrary, removing labels from wine bottles if you want to reuse the bottle is often a hassle for a whole different reason. In this case, you need the bottle to be shiny and clean. And if you’ve ever removed a wine bottle label before, you probably noticed the amount of glue residues that stick to your future artwork.

Between the various ways of removing a wine bottle label, I identified two different methods which, in my case, work wonderfully to remove the label for the desired purpose. Check them below, and don’t forget to let me know if they worked for you.

How To Remove Labels From Wine Bottles To Collect

A few years back, collecting wine labels seemed like an awkward habit. It all changed when I opened the first prestigious bottle of wine. In that moment, I knew I had to keep a memory of it, and collecting the label seemed the most logical thing to do. After all, there are two types of wine lovers, those who collect corks and those who collect wine labels.

But people collect wine bottle labels for a whole range of reasons. For example, you might collect them to keep track of the wines you really loved. After all, it’s important to remember who produces that exquisite Shiraz.

You can also collect them if you’ve started learning about wine. Wine labels can help you learn what wines are produced in which region, and so on.

In my opinion, removing a wine label with dry heat is the best way if you’re planning to collect it. The method is simple and doesn’t require any fancy preparation. The principle is also simple, heat melts the adhesive on the label, allowing you to remove it easily. Just make sure you stick the label onto a different support immediately after removal.

Things You’ll Need

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    Labeled wine bottle (obviously);
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    Oven;
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    Oven  mittens;
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    Notebook, dairy, or cardboard.

How To Do It

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    Drink the wine. To use this method, the bottle has to be empty. If you’re wondering why, just trust me that you don’t want to put a full bottle of wine in a hot oven, for several reasons.
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    While drinking the wine, preheat the oven to 250°C or 475°F.
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    Put the bottle in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
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    Take the bottle out (using your oven mittens) and remove the label. At this stage, the label should be easy to peel off.
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    Stick the labels on something else. I use an album, but you can stick it in a notebook or simply on cardboard.

How To Remove Labels From Wine Bottles For DIY Wine Bottle Projects

When my creative talent strikes, I usually remove the wine bottle labels to reuse the bottles for DIY projects. Such as the DIY wine bottle lights I’ve talked about. In this case, I usually don’t care how the label peels off, although you can achieve a two-in-one benefit by removing a label to keep with dry heat and recycling the remained bottle.

However, if you care about the bottle rather than the label, it is indicated to remove it with hot water. The principle is more or less the same. Heat melts the adhesive on the label, allowing you to remove it. Water (even better if soapy) will allow you to remove all glue residues from the bottle.

Things You’ll Need

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    Empty wine bottle;
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    Hot water (tap water is fine);
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    Dish soap;
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    Baking soda;
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    Vinegar;
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    Sponge (optional).

How To Do It

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    Fill the kitchen sink with hot water from the tap.
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    While the sink is filling, add two tablespoons of dish soap, half a cup of baking soda and two cups of white vinegar.
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    Soak the bottle in the sink full of bubbly water and leave it to sit for about half an hour.
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    Peel the label off. If you notice any glue residues on the bottle, remove them by rubbing the bottle with a dish sponge.
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    Let the bottle to air dry and use it for your DIY project.

This is also a great idea if you want to reuse old bottles to bottle your homemade wine. To make your wine batch noteworthy, you could even consider relabeling the bottles with custom wine labels.

Although old labels can usually be dried and collected, I don’t recommend using this method for this purpose. The labels are easy to damage and won’t come off as beautifully as those removed with dry heat.

Final Thoughts

Removing the wine bottle labels doesn’t have to be a hassle. These simple methods above will help you either collect the label or recycle the bottle, according to your needs. If you’ve tried them, let me know how they worked in your case, by leaving a comment below.

And don’t forget, if you know how to remove labels from wine bottles with other effective methods, we’d all appreciate if you could share them with us!

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