Wet the label with hot water, In an away from you top to bottom action, scrape with the heaviest and sharpest carving knife you have then scrub with a metal scouring pad dipped in soap powder, come off very easy.
I don't bother cleaning bottles like that. There are too many sources of free "clean" bottles out there. Restaurant's are a good source. I also pick up some from the recycling center when I stop there about every 2 weeks. If they are dirty or moldy inside I don't bother. As far as label removal I take a window scraper and angle the blade starting at one side of the bottle label with downward strokes. The residual glue comes right off with a paper towel with a little Goo-Gone. I would imagine just about any citrus base product would work. I've tried soaking but seem to end up more of a mess than its worth. I can clean a dozed bottles up in about 15 min.I have friends who save bottles for me as well. What pisses me off is that they don't rinse out the bottles when they are done with them (I know, don't look a gift horse in the mouth) ...but I give them free wine!!!!! Every couple months I come home from work and find a bag of bottles sitting by the garage door.
When I get them into the sink, some nasty looking, fuzzy, black and green stuff comes floating out of the bottles. These bottles always require some extra work to clean and sanitize. Almost not worth the effort....but still free.
Same as others. Soak in oxyclean in 15 Gal rope tub for 24 hours. For tough labels, use plastic fork (top and bottom) to scrape. Then use bristle brush for final polish.Like many others, I will soak in hot tap water with oxiclean for a couple hours. After that I will use the edge of spoon and scrape the labels off. As has been mentioned some will come off easy, and some are so glued on that it's not worth the effort. If I have to put real muscle into it and I find a tough gummy residue under the label, then the rest of those bottles go into recycling. Not worth the effort now and despite goo gone and similar products doing a great job there are some bottles that you just can't get all their glue off.
I bought one of these online and this is what the back of the package says hah.
Hello Riperoo I am new here but I have done what others have suggested and soaked them in oxy clean the one with he green top.I let them soak about an hour and the labels came right off.Have some empties I have been saving up and was wondering if anyone has any easy peasy tricks for getting labels off. I was thinking of soaking like 3 or so at a time in a five gallon bucket with some sanitizer, thought that might help, but I am sure it has been done before, so, thought I would ask......Thanks in advance!!