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    Default Re-using jam jars - removing sticky labels

    Thought I'd just share this tip with you, as I've just discovered it and am impressed! I'm in the middle of a chutney/marmalade/jam making fest, and using all the jam jars that I've collected, but cursing at the wretched labels that leave sticky gunk behind (apart from Bon Maman jars, which soak off completely in water, top marks to them!).

    I did a trawl on t'internet (and this site of course!) to see what I could use to remove the said sticky mess, and after trying several things, discovered that boiling vinegar does the job really well, without noxious chemicals and vile fumes - well, boiling vinegar ain't the nicest smell, but at least it's not doing you too much damage! Some of them required a bit of a scrub with a metal scourer as well, but most came off really easily. I'm well chuffed, and thought it was a tip worth passing on. And as a bonus, I discovered that great idea from Waffler about the labels.

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    thanks pipscariad!
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    i was wondering how to get that off, i tried the dishwasher, but i just had clean glue ... thanks xx

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    I've always used nail varnish remover but like the vinegar tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    I've always used nail varnish remover but like the vinegar tip.
    i usually just leave nail varnish on till it all falls off ..... and keep thinking i really must get some nail varnish remover
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    I just soak mine in really hot water never had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackie j View Post
    I just soak mine in really hot water never had any problems.
    you must buy posh jars then, cos it doesn't work for me

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    I soak um ih really hot water and if that dont work use a but of wd40 works on most things
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