How to Remove Labels From Glass Wine Bottles

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Things You'll Need

  • Bowl

  • Plastic knife

  • Dish soap

  • Terrycloth washcloth

  • Soft cloth

  • Rubbing alcohol

Remove labels without damaging the bottle.

Wine bottles lend themselves to a variety of uses throughout the home once the wine is gone. The attractively shaped and sometimes colored bottles can hold flowers, be made into candle holders or be used in a variety of crafts. The labels must be removed before reusing the bottles. Doing so without leaving behind sticky adhesive residue or damaging the glass beneath ensures your wine bottles look their best – no matter what purpose you put them to.

Step 1

Fill the sink or a large bowl with hot tap water. Lay the wine bottle in the water so the label is submerged and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 2

Lift the bottle from the water and peel off as much of the label as possible with your fingers, or scrape the label off with a plastic knife.

Step 3

Combine a squirt or two of liquid dish soap with the hot water. Dip an abrasive cloth, such as a terrycloth washcloth, in the water and scrub away the remaining adhesive.

Step 4

Dip a soft cloth into rubbing alcohol. Buff away any remaining adhesive or streaks with the alcohol.

Step 5

Rinse the soap and alcohol from the bottle with clear water. Air dry or wipe dry with a cloth.


While solvents are available, test any chemical solvents on the bottom of the bottle to ensure they don't damage the glass. Some solvents leave clear glass looking hazy.


Jenny Harrington

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.