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I'm seeking a foolproof way to safely remove labels from bottles so that the
labels can be displayed and the bottles recycled. Traditional hot water
soaking works only 50% of the time. Where it failed, even the use of some
detergent in the water proved useless. Sadly had to dispose of many
still-attached labels as water simply softened edges, made them messy.
From Beer Dave: There is no fool proof way to soak labels from beer bottles. This is
due to the fact that so many different types of papers and glues are
used. Some times cold water works better. Hot water can actually cause
the inks to run and the label to fade. Ammonia works great for getting them off, but also can cause the inks to run. Just add
pure ammonia to a tub of water and they should slip off after not too long.
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