How to Remove Wine Bottle Labels: A Simple Guide – Kempii

How to Remove Wine Bottle Labels: A Simple Guide

Learning how to remove wine bottle labels is a valuable skill for eco-conscious wine-lovers, so you can unlock their potential for upcycling projects or responsible recycling. In this blog post, we will walk you through an easy step-by-step process to remove wine bottle labels.

Grab a glass of your favourite vintage and let's embark on this sustainable adventure!

Step #1: Soak the Bottles
Start by filling a sink or a basin with warm, soapy water. Submerge the wine bottles in the soapy water, ensuring that the labels are fully covered. Let them soak for about 30 minutes or until the labels become loose.

Tip: Try using solid dish soap instead of bottled dish detergent to cut down on plastic. To make soapy water, simply chip off a small corner of the bar and mix it with warm water.

Step #2: Peel off the Labels

After soaking, take one bottle out of the water and begin peeling off the label gently. Start from one corner and slowly work your way across, using your fingers to remove any stubborn residue. If the label proves difficult to remove, soak the bottle for a bit longer or use a scrubbing brush to gently scrub away the remaining label stickers.

Bamboo Dish Brush

Above: Use a bamboo dish brush to scrub away wine labels 
Step #3: Apply Extra Paste to Remove Stubborn Residue

Once the labels are off, there might be some adhesive residue left on the bottles. To get rid of it, make a paste using equal parts bicarbonate of soda and cooking oil. Apply the paste to the sticky areas, and gently rub in a circular motion using a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse the bottles thoroughly with warm water to remove any traces of the paste.

By following these simple steps, you can easily remove wine bottle labels and prepare them for creative upcycling or recycling. Remember to take your time and be gentle to avoid damaging the bottles. Whether you repurpose them as vases, candleholders, or recycle them as glass, removing the labels allows you to give new life to old bottles – the true meaning of zero waste. Cheers to your next upcycling adventure!

Have you used this method to remove labels from wine bottles? What do you use the bottles for? Share and inspire us in the comments below!



Do you need to remove wine bottle labels before recycling?

It’s generally preferred to get the labels off wine bottles before recycling, but it depends on your location. To ensure proper recycling, check with your local recycling program or facility. Removing labels can also improve the quality of the recycled glass and prevent contamination.

Can you also recycle wine corks?

Corks are often not accepted in local council recycling bins. However, you can collect your corks and donate them to social enterprise Recorked UK who resell the corks and donate profits to charity!  

What can you do with old wine bottles?

Empty wine bottles offer endless possibilities for creative reuse. Turn them into decorative vases, candleholders, or even unique lamps by adding string lights inside. Create stunning DIY centerpieces, planters, or herb gardens by cutting the bottles in half or removing the bottom. Let your imagination run wild and transform wine bottles into artistic elements for your home or garden.

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