A TikTok user has shared their clever tip for cleaning glass jars so you can reuse them for storage — and it just takes two ingredients that you already have in your kitchen.
@chelslikescutefood Tip for anyone else that resides glass jars!!♥️ this is basically DIY Goo Gone for that awful sticky label residue. #lowwastekitchen #reusingglassjars #kitchentips #glassjarsareawesome ♬ deja vu – EX7STENCE™
“If you reuse glass jars, mix equal parts baking soda and oil, and then rub it on the label of the glass jar or peel the label off and rub this on the sticky residue that’s leftover,” Chelsea explains. “Let it sit for a couple hours, and then everything will just wipe off.”
By using Chelsea’s simple concoction, you can take jars that contain sauces, condiments, and other contents and reuse them for storage without having to look at their original labels — or deal with the nasty, sticky substances left behind when you just rip off the paper.
How it’s helping
Anyone with a kitchen needs ample containers to store leftovers — and while using disposable storage like Ziploc bags or styrofoam containers sounds tempting, it’s not the most environmentally responsible choice we can make.
Keeping a collection of reusable storage receptacles for leftover food is one of the easiest steps we can take toward maintaining a green kitchen. By using reusable containers, you can reduce the amount of plastic waste and other waste you generate while storing food.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), less than one-third of glass containers and packaging were recycled in 2018 — and almost two-thirds ended up in landfills. By reusing glass containers, you keep products out of the landfill, where they pollute our environment and contribute to the dangerous overheating of our planet.
What everyone’s saying
Users expressed their enthusiasm about the hack in the comment section.
“This is a LIFESAVER. I love saving my lil pesto jars,” one user wrote.
“Wow I had no idea it was so easy to do that,” another user said.
“I use those exact jars for art supplies! A rough-bristled scrubbing brush helps the mix work even faster!” a third user commented.
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