How to Remove a Wine Label. Wine labels are usually difficult to remove. One method may not give the desired results every time because of the varied types of glues used to apply the label to the wine bottle. Below are some of the different methods that effectively remove a wine label.
Use a tall open-mouthed plastic jug. Fill it with warm water and add a few drops of dish detergent. Fill the empty wine bottle with very hot water and immerse it in the jug for two to four hours. After the glue is softened, carefully peel off the label with your hands.
Fill the sink with hot water and immerse the empty wine bottle overnight. Remove the bottle in the morning and easily peel off the wine label.
Boil water in a pot. Hold the wine bottle over the pot of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. The steam affects the glue and softens the label. Carefully remove the label with your hands.
Remove a stubborn wine label by pre-soaking the bottle in a jug or sink and then filling the bottle with hot water again. Put the cork in the bottle and let the label air dry completely. Lay the bottle on a thick towel and use a razor to scrape off the label. Scrape one side and stop when you reach the middle of the label. Switch to the other end and continue scratching until the label comes off. Blot the bottle with paper towels to remove any remaining glue.
Try ammonia. Fill a small bucket with water and add 1/4 cup of ammonia. Immerse a water-filled wine bottle in the bucket for 30 minutes (place a cover over the bucket). Use gloves when removing the wine label. Wash the bottle under cold water to remove any residue.