The Simple Way to Remove Beer Bottle Labels

by Karl Updated on May 25, 2010

When you get into homebrewing, removing your beer bottle labels is a must if you decide to add your own labels.

The problem is that they can be a real pain to get off.

Not to sound like a Billy Mays commercial, but OxiClean makes removing labels a cinch. Watch the video and see how the easily they come off when soaked in OxiClean.

What’s your technique for removing beer bottle labels?

If you’re a homebrewer, you probably want to remove the labels from the commercial bottles that you bottle your homebrew in. Maybe you want to make your own labels, or just have your bottles generic looking.

So, I’ve tried a bunch of ways to do this and I found one that is by far the best. It involves a pretty common product, you might have it in your house already. If not, it’s cheap and easy to find. It is Oxiclean. Here’s how you do it.

Start out by filling up a container, sink, or bathtub with a few gallons of water. I’m using five gallons for about two dozen bottles. Then put in a full scoop of OxiClean and mix it up really well. Submerge your bottles and then just wait.

This is after only three hours and already most of the labels have floated to the surface. Some bottles have stubborn labels and they won’t come off in the OxiClean. If that’s the case, some steel wool usually does the trick.

When you’re all done, you’ll have fresh clean bottles you can use as is, or you can put your own labels on them.

Karl S: Lead marketer, brewer, dad, and husband. Pretty much an all-round awesome guy.