Removing Labels from Glass


Reusing glass bottles and jars is a great way to upcycle, however sometimes the label is too hard to remove. The quickest and easiest way to remove tough labels from glass is using a torch!

Safety Precautions When Using a Torch to Remove Labels

  • Wear safety goggles.  
  • Work in an open and well-ventilated area. 
  • Be aware of wind. It can cause the flame to catch unintended items on fire. 
  • Be cautious on embers. Depending on the type of label, floating embers are a possibility.  
  • Never ignite the torch near flammable materials. 


  1. Start with a clean bottle. If you are removing the label from a liquor bottle, make sure all the alcohol is completely removed.
  2. Attach the Bernzomatic Propane tank to the Bernzomatic torch. Turn the knob all the way to the right and ignite the flame by pushing the trigger. Adjust the flame to a low setting.

    Bernzomatic TS3500
  3. Carefully heat the label with the flame. Turn off the torch and set it aside.
  4. Use a kitchen scrapper or pastry scrapper to remove the label.
  5. Repeat if necessary. 

Removing labels

Once the label is removed, wash the bottle with warm soapy water and dry it completely.

Reusing labels

What You'll Need


Basic Torch

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14.1 oz. Propane Hand Torch Cylinder

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  • Safety Goggles 
  • Kitchen Scrapper