Happy Friday! I’m introducing a new segment today, called Ali Asks for Help. I clearly don’t always know what I’m doing, and I’m never afraid to admit that AND ask someone to teach me something new. It’s my favourite part of the day, actually.
I figured I should make use of the combined brainpower of you, my lovely Ali Does It community of almost 7500 readers (!). One of you MUST know the answer to my questions, or, if you don’t, you’ll know someone who does.
So here’s my first question: what solvent can I use to remove printed labels from glass bottles?
See I have these cider bottles. We bought the cider FOR the bottles but it turns out it’s pretty good in any case.
I’d love to do something neat with these bottles, whether it be cutting them into something else or trying out mercury glass techniques on them … but I have to get the labels off first. I’d keep this wee tree logo though. I like the tree.
It’s not a sticker — it’s screened on in some form of another. It’s not even really paint, per se. Some kind of computer did it.
Anyone have any ideas? I’d love to hear them!
*** EDIT: So far the leading suggestions are Acetone (which I have on hand and will try first), CLR (available in most hardware stores in North America at least) and acid alcohol (which seems to be a medical supply thing). I’ll try the acetone first and keep you guys posted. ***
**** FURTHER EDIT: Can I call you guys the Brain Trust? ****
*****SITUATIONAL UPDATE: 100% Acetone does not work. I am trying the CLR and water in a bucket method. More bulletins as events warrant. *****
******Update for 4 April 2014: The CLR experiment was a failure. I’ve been checking some home-beer-brewing sites and they recommend a sanitizer called Star San, which I can get locally at Defalco’s, or Muriatic/Hydrochloric Acid, which I can pick up at Home Hardware.******