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I'm looking for a method to label mason jars or bottles that does NOT involve adhesive. No sticker-type labels. I don't have the patience to remove adhesive labels, so I'm trying to avoid needing to do that. So I'm looking for some combination of rubberband+cardstock or maybe someone could recommend a pen that writes well on glass and is long-lasting (but removable).

asked Apr 06 '11 at 19:38

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edited May 10 '11 at 17:16

I may have found a workable solution, at least for anything that has a metallic lid. I've found you can use a magnet to attach a label to the lid. The small Mighty Magnets work pretty well and come in a variety of shapes (some are easier to grab than others). For the labels, the backside of the cardboard that's used for 6-packs works great -- I cut out 2"-diameter circles to fit nicely inside the decorative print on the mason lid. Still would love to hear other ideas though.

3 years, 9 months ago
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I use Weck jars


answered Apr 25 '11 at 16:56

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How does labeling work with the Weck jars?

3 years, 9 months ago
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I have no experience with canning, but you could order wider rubber bands and write labels in pen on those and slip them over the jar. The bonus is that if you place it at the widest point on the jar it will reduce clinking/breakage during storage. And they would be reusable!

Staples carries 1/4 pound of these 1/2" wide rubber bands for $2. (Anybody know why they measure rubber bands by weight?)


answered May 02 '11 at 18:22

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This is a great idea! Thanks, Oliver.

3 years, 9 months ago
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How about one of those pencils made to write on photographs?


answered May 11 '11 at 10:41

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You mean like a grease pencil? That might just work!

3 years, 8 months ago
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Yes, that's precisely what I meant: I couldn't think of the name off the cuff. Old age isn't pretty....


answered May 11 '11 at 10:54

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How about using a water-soluable pen (like an overhead pen) and a static cling label like the ones they use for oil-change reminders? They stick reliably in a pretty harsh environment (sun + hot) for 6+months and yet remove easily.

I'd write with the overhead pen, then cover it with the label to keep from smearing.

Office depot seems to sell inkjet-printable ones. I would worry that this would make the ink permanent rather than reusable, but maybe that is only on one surface or you could remove the ink-capturing coating (assuming it's a coating).

You could just print on the labels and reuse, if you can a specific set of items.


answered May 24 '11 at 00:13

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KISS-Just use a sharpie, it is a good compromise which is what you are asking for.


answered May 24 '11 at 07:07

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We use day dots similar to these at my job. They are nice and adhesive, but also water-soluble, so they just magically go away in the dishwasher. These are the 1"x2" ones, but they have different sizes, and can be found online or in food service supply catalogs for cheaper.



answered May 25 '11 at 07:29

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These look amazing! Are there any other uses outside of the food industry?

3 years, 8 months ago
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Interesting. My only concern is what happens to the labels after the come off in the dishwasher? Dont they gunk up the drain?? If the labels come off with a bit of faucet water, that might work.

3 years, 8 months ago
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I use freezer tape. I find it is easy to remove because it doesn't tear like a label would. To make it even easier to remove just fold one end of the tape into a tab. It is adhesive, but it not difficult to remove which seems to be the primary intent of the question.


answered May 25 '11 at 10:22

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I would suggest grease pencil (aka china marker). It makes a waxy mark that won't go away if it just gets wet, but it can be removed with by rubbing with a paper towel and/or using a solvent after the mark has been on the glass for a long time.


answered May 25 '11 at 16:48

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sharpie can be removed with either acetone or alcohol (so use nailpolish remover or vodka)


answered May 26 '11 at 04:13

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