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Whether it is to keep a fragment of reminiscence of the 1960s Sauvignon that you spent an excessive amount of money on, or whether you would like to use and reuse the bottle, removing wine bottle labels can be a precarious job. It’s an arduous task to some while gratuitous to others, but at the end of the day, is a rather meticulous job; a valuable skill, if you must.

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Steaming Sensation!

One of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to remove labels; this is most certainly one of our top picks because of how easy it is to implement and execute.

Take a container with appropriate volume, and boil some water in it. In the boiling water, dip the wine bottle for a few minutes. Ideally, 10-15 minutes should suffice. Once you start seeing the glue softening, take the bottle out and gently peel the label.

Theoretically, we have observed that the longer one peels, the easier it becomes to remove wine bottle labels. If you can manage to keep it in boiling water for around 25-30 minutes, you can expect better results. Only then will you notice the labels coming off with paramount perfection.

If you are looking forward to preserving labels, this is undoubtedly our most recommended method. Remember, the longer you steam, the better the peel! Be sure to also read “How to Store Wine After Opening” to keep those bottles of wine stored correctly.

Baking Soda

This is another impressive yet cost-effective way that we recommend you to try is this method. Baking soda is ubiquitous, and that is where this effect comes in handy.

Mix baking soda with water and dip the wine bottle in the solution for 30-35 minutes. Baking soda and water should be taken in a fixed ratio of not more than 1:2, respectively. Ideally, 5 cups of baking soda in 10 cups of water should be sufficient for each bottle.

After the said duration of soaking the bottles, you will see the labels floating on the container surface; if not, rubbing it with a cloth exaggerates the process and makes it easier to peel off the labels. Seldom will you have to use your fingernails to peel off the labels, but that is a rather worst-case scenario.

This is a great process to bypass the need for using heat or getting close to the heat altogether!

Ammonia

Using ammonia to remove wine bottle labels is a rather tricky process, but if done correctly, it can prove to provide a sensational feeling of satisfaction.

First, and most importantly, use gloves while operating ammonia, as it can be corrosive. Pour water in a container, and fill 1/4th of it with ammonia. Add the wine bottle but ensure that it is filled with water, and keep the container covered for 25-30 minutes. After taking the bottle out, wash thoroughly under cold water to remove any residue, and peel the labels at ease.

Using ammonia is one of the most foolproof options we recommend. However, it is important to note that ammonia has a rather peculiar stench, so one needs to be cautious about that. The chemical odors may be harsh, but this particular method is not.

Want to know how long that bottle of wine is going to last you? Check out “How Long is Wine Good for After You Open It?” for a full guide.

An Oven

Although not one of our most recommended methods, this can still prove to be a somewhat effective method if executed carefully.

Set up the oven to 340 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 170 degrees Celsius), and pre-heat it for 8-10 minutes. Gently place the bottle, label side up, for a few minutes. Use caution while taking out the bottle, because the heat might affect you, and use sharp blades to operate on the label and remove it accordingly.

It is vital to ensure that the glue is just sufficiently stuck on the bottle, and that is why appropriate pre-heating is essential. The heat is significantly important. If it is too less, you will end up unsuccessfully removing (but successfully scraping) the label, and if it is too much, the glue will end up on your hands more than the label.

The reason why this method is not the one we mostly recommend because, albeit less time consuming, it is highly inefficient. Not to mention the cautiousness one has to maintain whilst executing this method. Instead, we suggest you try out the other techniques mentioned!

As said earlier, removing labels from wine bottles is a skill in itself, and if done correctly, it can pave way for a magnitude of labels. These labels you can add to your collection. We request you to carry out all the processes mentioned above with full caution, for life can be as fragile as the bottle itself!

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Thank you for reading! Let us know in the comments below how your DIY label removal went. Also be sure to check out other helpful wine tips in “How to Make Wine Taste Better“, “What Does Wine Taste Like?“, or “Best Kind of Wine for Non-Wine Drinkers“.

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