How to Remove Labels From Binders

by Sommer Leigh; Updated September 26, 2017

When reusing binders, it is often necessary to remove an attached label. Adhesives can make it impossible to remove labels. The longer the label has been on the binder, the more likely it is to have adhered permanently. Fortunately, there are some ways you can force the glue to break down, allowing you to remove the label.

Items you will need

  • Vinegar
  • Cooking oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Nail polish remover
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Glue removing solvent
  • Razor blade
Step 1

Moisten label with a substance that will break down the glue and release the rest of the label. Some effective substances include vinegar, cooking oil, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, peanut butter or a glue removing solvent. Allow to saturate for at least five minutes.

Step 2

Peel off label, using a razor blade to release one edge and then pulling up.

Step 3

Repeat step 1 if any residue remains and peel off remaining label pieces.

About the Author

Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.

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