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Sure, you can get the paper off easily enough, but how do you get rid of that unsightly residue the label leaves behind? While you could just live with it, getting rid of it only takes 10 minutes and two ingredients. Here’s what you do if you want to eliminate that left-behind gunk for good:

What you need

  • one part baking soda
  • one part vegetable oil

What you do

Blend the oil and baking soda until it has the consistency of a runny paste. (It should look unappetizing, and you should not want to eat it.) Got it? Okay, now slather a thick layer all over your jar. It should look something like this:

label-residue-jar-paste

Now, set your jar aside for 10 minutes or longer. Once the time is up, use a paper towel to wipe off the mixture. Before your eyes, the gunk will release from the side of your jar along with the paste. Once you’ve taken off as much as you can, give the jar a rinse with warm water and a tiny bit of soap; this will get rid of any residual oil left on the jar. Et voila: a squeaky-clean jar, perfect for storing your leftovers, art supplies or, well, whatever you want to show off!

FINAL