How To Remove Wine Labels

While applying your custom wine labels to wine that you've produced yourself is a popular option, many of you will choose to remove the labels from wine that you've purchased locally, and swap them with custom wine labels of your choice. While it may sound difficult, removing the label from a bottle of wine is actually quite simple with a little patience and a couple of everyday household items.

A quick search of the web will reveal a variety of different methods for removing wine labels, two of which we can recommend as effective.

Method A - Baking Soda (for FULL wine bottles)

An article in Popular Mechanics put several label removal methods to the test, and determined that the following is the most effective. Best of all, this method can be performed on a full bottle of wine without negatively affecting the quality of the wine.

You Will Need: A sink or bucket, baking soda, a rag, a towel (optional: steel wool)


  1. Soak the label portion of the wine bottle in room temperature water with 5-10 tablespoons of baking soda for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the bottle from the water, and wipe the label off with a rag. If any of the label still remains, use a fingernail or steel wool to remove the rest.
  3. Once the bottle is clean, wipe it with a towel and allow it to completely dry and acclimiatize to room temperature before applying your new label.

Method B - Hot Water (for EMPTY wine bottles)

If you are trying to remove labels from EMPTY bottles, simply fill them with very hot water (from the tap should be fine) and let stand for 10 minutes. In many, but not all, cases. the heat will partially melt the adhesive and allow you to peel off the label. We have found this method works particularly well for removing Stoney Creek labels. Adding Baking Soda or PBW (Powdered Brewery Wash) increases the effectiveness of this method.

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