• You Will Need:
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Baking Soda

I have a hard time tossing out cute little glass jars.  Big jars from mayonnaise or something . . not so much.

But the little ones –  Oh boy, can I keep them all please?

I promise I’ll find a good use for them.  Sooner or later.

But there is one  challenge with cleaning and recycling glass jars from other products, and that’s getting rid of the label.  Sometimes even after a couple trips through the dishwasher and some picking and scraping, my cute little glass jars still look like this:

Homemade Goo Gone

So how do we fix this problem?  We make our own Goo Gone!

In case you’re not familiar with Goo Gone, it’s an oily liquid that’s really helpful in getting rid of sticky residue and can also be used for deeper cleaning where an oily grime or film has built up on a surface.  It may seem contradictory to clean something sticky with an oil, but just the other day Hungry Son was reminding me of one of the basic tenets of chemistry – Like Dissolves Like.

{ which apparently is why Goo Gone works }

So how do we make our own Goo Gone?  And can it get the job done?

To make our own homemade Goo Gone, simply combine 1 part vegetable oil with 2 parts baking soda.  This gives us an oily substance with a little abrasiveness for scrubbing power.  I mixed up a small batch and put it to the test.

Homemade Goo Gone

It took a little bit of scrubbing, but it worked!  And truly, the amount of scrubbing I did was about equal to the amount of scrubbing I would do with the store bought Goo Gone.  It was a really simple and easy way to use what was around in the cupboard and got every last bit of the label off the glass.

Here’s what I did:


Recipe from No. 2 Pencil

For my small batch I used:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Homemade Goo Gone

Combine the vegetable oil and the baking soda in a small bowl.  It will be a somewhat thin mixture but not as thin as the real Goo Gone.

Dip the edge of a piece of paper toweling in the mixture and then rub over the sticky stuff you are trying to remove.  Keep doing this as needed.  It will probably take a couple applications, but it gets to a point where the sticky gunk starts releasing and rolling off.

Finish up by washing the item in warm soapy water.

Homemade Goo Gone

See?   No more sticky gunk on my cute little jars.

I also came across this article where the same mixture was used to clean built up sticky “gunk” off from kitchen cabinets so it works for more than just labels on jars.



And I’ve already found the perfect use for one of my little recycled jars.  I’m using it to store my homemade Italian Seasoning blend and it works great!


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