Perhaps you have considered collecting wine labels, but thought that removing them was too complicated or involved costly tools. Indeed, a number of gadgets that have been designed expressly for this purpose can cost as much as a nice bottle of wine, including Hinkley Cellar's The Note Wine Label Saver. Depending on which gift set you purchase, this tool ranges in price from $39 to $79. And if you don't know what you are doing, you are likely to fail in your attempts to remove wine labels right off the bat, even if you have a fancy tool to assist you in the process. The truth is, collecting wine labels can be simple and inexpensive. All you need are a few household supplies, which many of you probably already have on hand, and a little knowledge. The video above, which was originally posted by rdhayes06 on YouTube, proves it. Here are the supplies that rdhayes06 says you need 1. Empty wine bottle with label intact 2. Can of Goof Off or similar solvent 3. Paper towels 4. Small bucket of water 5. Razor blade That's it, just five items, including the wine bottle! I'm pretty sure I have these items in my own home right now. I don't have Goof Off, but I do have Goo Be Gone, which works the same way as Goof Off. Once you have these items, you are ready to remove your gorgeous wine label. Here's what you do: 1. Using a paper towel soaked in Goof Off or a similar solvent, rub the solution into the label that is affixed to the wine bottle until it is completely covered. 2. Place the wine bottle in the bucket of warm water. To keep the bottle from floating to the top of the bucket, fill it up with warm water as well. 3. Soak for 2.5 minutes. 4. Remove the wine bottle from the bucket of water and use a sharp razor blade to carefully life up one edge of the wine bottle. 5. Gently life the rest of the wine label off of the wine bottle. It should easily come off in one piece with minimal residue. 6. Place the wet wine label on a stack of dry paper towels until the paper towels are saturated and the label is only slightly damp. 7. Sandwich the wine label in between two pieces of plain white copy or computer paper. 8. Place the stack in the middle of a large, heavy book until it is completely dry. This will keep it from curling up. That's it. Pretty simple, eh? I'd love to hear from those of you that collect wine or beer labels in the comment section below. What methods have you used and how have they worked out for you? What tools and other supplies did you use to remove your labels? Tell me about what worked really well, and what bombed. And if you have any questions about this video, please email rdhayes06.
Proof That Collecting Wine Labels Can be Simple & Inexpensive
This entry was posted on March 10, 2011.