I am well aware that I am not the first person to become obsessed by and blog about glass jars. In fact it was the post Eleven Reasons to Adore Mason Jars by the beautiful Lucy. that sparked off my obsession, teamed with being broke and looking for a new project.
What I need you to understand is that collecting jars, isn’t a hobby, it is a way of life. I’m not joking, ask Hannah, it was her that introduced me to over night oats. But before I get on to that I wanted to share my two main tips for cleaning up your Glass Jars.
First Up – getting rid of the annoying sticky label!
Now most of the time, if you leave your jar to soak in hot soapy water for a while it will just peel off no problem, sometimes all it takes is a little scrubbing. Other times, you get rid of the paper only to be left with ugly old glue that just WILL NOT COME OFF! I’ve had a couple of jars soaking over and over again for about a week now, and then last night I had a stroke of GENIUS! I grabbed a dry cloth, poured on a little olive oil and rubbed the glass jar all over the stubborn areas. You don’t even need to add in elbow grease! It completely dislodges all the sticky residue and then all you need to do is wash in hot water and polish up! Voila!
Second Up – Getting rid of any lingering smells!
I’m poor at the moment, so I have been eating my way through the cupboards, and the staple of a poor girls/struggling artists diet? Pasta and sauce! How very bohemian! Now this might not be great for my waist line but as far as my glass collecting obsession goes? Amazing, except pasta sauce? 9 times out of 10 contains garlic! And garlic sticks around! So if a soak in hot soapy water doesn’t work, chop up some fresh lemon, stick it in your jar pour in hot water, and stick the lid back on! Shake up and leave over night! And that should do the trick, getting rid of any lingering smells and tastes!
Now chances are if you’ve gone to the effort to clean up your jars you probably already have a purpose in mind for them! And the possibilities are endless! Serve drinks in them? Turn them into candle holders? Use them to store home made guacamole? I’m doing all of the above.
And of course there is overnight oats! Meaning I get to start my day by waking up to my new love – breakfast in a jar!
I’m also planning on making up little gift sets in glass jars for Christmas!
Anyway hope this is a help to any new jar collectors! What are your favourite tips and usages? Leave a comment! x