I am a fan of reusing things wherever possible to help cut down on waste, to save money, and to be more resourceful. One way I do this is to use glass jars again when I can. I use them to store different foodstuff, loose screws, seeds, leftover paint, and hobby crafting materials—and there are lots of these!
The problem with reusing glass jars is that they usually come with a label stuck to them. After soaking the paper label off in water, there is a sticky residue left behind that is not easy to remove unless you know this trick.
Coconut oil is not difficult to get hold of, many supermarkets sell it with the cooking oil these days or local ethnic food stores carry it. Apart from frying and baking, this cold-pressed oil can be used in many different ways on the body and around the house. When I buy my new jar of coconut oil, I spoon half into another clean jar for non-cooking use. This is to keep the oil I use for consuming separate and hygienic, and the other jar of oil can be freely used for rubbing into hair, onto fingernails, on skin, and for polishing leather, feeding wood, and for cleaning residue off glass.
To get the sticky label glue off glass jars:
As I use coconut oil a lot at home, I always have some in the cupboard. I buy a 100% oil because then I can also use it in cooking and on my skin, but it doesn't have to be anything expensive if you plan just to use it around the home. If you don't have the oil and don't want to buy it just to clean jars, there are other household substances that you can try if you already have them.
© 2017 Susan Hambidge