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Old 11-08-2007, 09:07 AM
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My wife and I are about to go through the bathroom cabinets and clean out all the expired pill bottles. Instead of throwing the pill bottles away, I was going to remove the labels and store the bottles in a box. The pill bottles make good match, cotton ball or dryer lint containers.

So what is the best way to remove the labels from the pill bottles? Some labels come off ok, some tear leaving the glue and some of the paper.

I have tried rubbing alcohol, but it does not seem to work on removing the glue. Maybe I should boiling the bottles before I try removing the labels?
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I soak bottles in very hot water, not boiling, for a few minutes, them scrape them off with a butter knife. I keep vegetable seeds in most of them.
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Yeah, steaming hot water is great for that. Also, if you just have a little bit of glue left ona bottle, you can wad up the stuff you pulled off, sticky side out and tap it against the sticky spot to remove the remaining glue. A trick I learned in a video store where we'd frequently have to peel off the $1.00 stickers of used movies we bought before renting them for $3 a night.
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WD-40 is great - barring that - any kind of oil is good - if you have a lot then look in the paint section of the store and there is a product called Goo-Gone. It will take off tape residue, crayon, a lot of stuff!
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hot water is what we use...seems to work well. There is also something called Goo Gone that will get the stick stuff off. I think it is basically some sort of lemon juice stuff.
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I've heard Pam works well too. I have used it on other things and it got the stickers off very well.
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There's a product that we scrapbookers use called "Undu". Works like a charm every time.
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use a blow drier. it heats the glue up enough to get it all.
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Interesting glue , is it not? Made to quickly change as it is exposed to
air-- I can lift and adjust a label for about 15- 30 seconds before it
sets and really sticks to the bottle.

I peel them alot at work. I place a single edge razor blade at one edge, work it under and pull and work under , etc until I get it off-- I can peel
one in a few seconds -- but I get tons of practice.
(I hafta remove old labels from bottles to throw the label in my shredder
so's I can throw the bottle, which will damage my shredder , inta the regular trash. )

WD is a nice dodge, though and gets me nod.
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I have the World's Best Pharmacist.... He uses wide tape, the lables are paper and he just wraps the wide tape around the whole thing. So... when I want to, I can just peel one edge of the tape and the whole thing neatly unwraps!

Hubby takes a LOT of meds so I don't have room to save them all.
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Wow ! That takes me back. I don;t like these new laser printer labels.
The print gets rubbed off too easy compared to the taped on labels.
The use of the single edged razorblade technique dates from those days
now that I think of it. And the blade I have from the last iceage. 'It
is that common an experience when working. To remove old labels, I mean.
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soaking in hot water works good on the paper, and oil works pretty good on the glue.
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Dunno if you can get it over there but in Australia, the most commonly used glue/sticker getta offa is Eucalyptus oil, or even orange (citrus) oil.
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PVC cleaner should do the trick. NOTE Cleaner, not primer. Oatey yellow can.
Some clear plastics will melt when exposed to it but I think pill bottles will be OK.
I have used it to get stickers off of the kids toys several times.
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I've heard Pam works well too. I have used it on other things and it got the stickers off very well.
You think Pam could come over and remove my labels? :D
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