How to Blackout Prescription Labels

Empty prescription bottles may be used to store a variety of tiny goods, including jewellery, tools, and craft supplies. However, these super sticky labels are not always simple to remove without leaving residual adhesive on your pill bottle.

You may be glad to hear that removing a stubborn prescription label from empty bottles can be a simple process. this allows you to continue making use of old medication bottles whilst removing any private information that you’d like to protect.

The post below outlines the best methods for removing prescription labels from medication containers.

Hair Dryer Method

  • Remove one corner of the label from your prescription bottle.
  • Loosen the label’s edge using your fingertip. 
  • For 30-45 seconds, use a hair dryer on high heat to dry half of the label. 
  • Direct the heat to one side of the bottle. 
  • Hold the bottle from the opposite side to avoid getting burned.
  • To achieve the greatest results, put your hair dryer on the maximum heat setting. 
  • The warmer the air, the better the sticky glue on the rear of the label will be heated.
  • Turn off the hair dryer and grab hold of the corner of the label where you left off and peel it up and back. 
  • It should be easy to get rid of.
  • You can then repeat the process for the other side of the label for it to come off completely. 

Baking Soda & Water

  • Fill a small bowl with warm water.
  • To the warm water, add 4 teaspoons of baking soda. 
  • Hand-whisk the baking soda in the water until thoroughly dissolved.
  • Soak your bottles in the baking soda solution for 30 minutes.
  • The baking soda will have broken down the adhesive to the point that it may fall off the pill bottle on its own by this stage. 
  • If not, you can gently scrub any black adhesive with a soft sponge. 


  • Begin by scratching a corner of the label with your fingernail and peeling off the majority of the label with the flap.
  • The most commonly recommended oils for label removal from pill bottles are olive and vegetable oil, but you may also use canola, peanut, sunflower, avocado, or any other liquid oil. Whatever you have sitting around in your pantry should suffice.
  • Oils function primarily by reducing the adhesive’s hold on the plastic surface.
  • Apply some oil onto a paper towel and rub it directly over the exterior of the container, paying special attention to the areas where the adhesive is still the strongest. 
  • Leave the oil to soak into the label for five minutes. 
  • Remove any residue with a paper towel, cloth, or sponge.
  • In most circumstances, a brief rinse with warm water will be sufficient to remove the adhesive.

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 Instead of throwing out old medication containers, you can put them to good use after removing any sensitive information and personal info from the labels.

After reading through our post on the various methods for removing prescription labels from pill bottles, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about the steps involved. 

You can try out all of the above tips and see which one works best for you!

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