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How to Remove Beer Bottle Labels

Ah, those crisp refreshing brews. The perfect way to settle down after a long day or celebrate a special event. But what do you do with those pesky labels?

Removing beer bottle labels has long been seen as a rite of passage into homebrew mastery. Well, fear not my friends! We’re here to make easy work of this formerly daunting task.

Beer bottle labels can be a pain to remove, leaving behind stubborn glue and unwanted residue. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks to help you get that label off quickly and cleanly.

What You’ll Need

  • An old toothbrush
  • A sink or bowl
  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • An emery board

Step 1: Soak the Bottle Label in Water

Fill up your sink or bowl with warm water and submerge the bottle so the label is submerged as well. Let it sit for 5 minutes or until softening begins to occur. This will make it easier to scrub off the adhesive and paper from the bottle.

Step 2: Remove Remaining Glue with Vinegar

Once your label has softened, take your old toothbrush and start scrubbing with some white vinegar applied directly onto the brush bristles. This will help break down any remaining adhesive that is still sticking around after the original soaking process.

Be sure to apply pressure where needed and keep an eye on how much of the label is being removed at any given time in order to avoid damaging any part of your bottle’s surface during scrubbing.

Step 3: Rub off Residual Labels with an Emery Board

Once you have successfully removed all traces of glue from your bottle, grab an emery board (or sandpaper if preferred) and begin gently rubbing away any residual paper stuck onto your glassware surface (this step is especially helpful for stubborn labels).

Rub in circular motions along the length of your beer bottle until desired cleanliness has been achieved – just be careful not to rub too hard or use too coarse grit sandpaper as this can often leave scratches on the surface of your bottle.

Step 4: Clean and Dry the Bottle

Now it’s time for one final cleanup job; wipe down your now label-free beer bottles (inside & outside) with a damp cloth and dry them off before moving forward with whatever project you were planning on doing!

Bonus Tip for Difficult Labels

If you happen to come across any particularly difficult labels that just won’t seem to budge even after following our steps above – try adding some baking soda to the warm bath water before soaking!

Baking soda is great at breaking down adhesive bonds while still being gentle enough not to damage any part of your glassware surface when scrubbing off labels afterward.


We hope this would guide has helped make removing beer bottle labels a piece of cake for you! Whether you’re collecting vintage bottles or experimenting with homebrew recipes; labeling (or lack thereof) doesn’t have to be intimidating anymore! Until next time homebrewers – cheers!

Author Image Fabian
I’m Fabian, homebrewer and beer taster. I’m also the editor of Beer100. I love travelling the world and trying out new handcraft beer and different beer styles. I’m not an expert in brewing beer, but I know a few things about beer, which I share on this blog. If you need help or have a question, please comment below.

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