The Fastest and Easiest Way to Remove Labels From Jars

I have a few glass jars. Ok, I have more than a few…. It’s more like hundreds of glass jars. One side effect of going zero waste is that your accumulation of glass jars increases exponentially!

It’s just a fact of life. And, to be honest, a great way to reduce the emissions produced by glass transport is to reuse your jars! You can read more about that in my post Which is Better for the Environment: Glass or Plastic?

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But, when it comes to reusing jars, I personally prefer to take the labels off. It gives the jar a much cleaner look which means I’m way more likely to use it. It can be used as a drinking glass, vase, store dry goods in the pantry or even leftovers in the fridge.

RELATED POST: 13 Unexpected Uses for a Mason Jar

Getting labels off can be a little tricky so I want to share my full-proof way of getting your jars clean and sparkly. If you’d prefer a video demonstration, I’ve got you covered below!

how to remove labels from jars:

Things You Need

  • jars with labels on them

  • boiling water

  • baking soda

  • dish soap


  1. Put your kettle on and bring the water to a boil

  2. Pour boiling water into the jars and then wait around 5 to 10 minutes

  3. The labels should easily peel off at this point leaving behind lots of glue residue

  4. Create a paste of baking soda and dish soap. It’s not an exact measurement, but 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda plus a few pumps of dish soap should work.

  5. Stir the baking soda and dish soap together until a smooth paste is formed. Continue adding more dish soap or baking soda until you get a good consistency.

  6. Apply the mixture to the glass jars. It doesn’t have to be an even coat, but do the best you can to spread it around the full jar.

  7. Let the jars sit for a few hours or overnight.

  8. Wash the paste off and VOILA! Clean jars 

That’s it! It’s that simple.

Now comes the hard part… trying to find the right lids to go with your upcycled jars. I always joke that I spend 80% of my time talking about zero waste living and the other 20% looking for the right lid to go with my upcycled jar.

Eco Friendly and Sustainable Supplements

A while back on Instagram stories I shared all of the supplements I take. I received a BUNCH of questions so I figured I should write a whole blog post.

Up first, this post is about what I do. It’s in no way shape or form telling you what to do. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist and highly recommend you consult your healthcare provider when figuring out what might benefit you.

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I am very good at listening to my body and knowing what it wants/needs. It’s very much in alignment with intuitive eating. I can tell when something is off in my body and what I need to do to fix it. For many of these supplements, I don’t take them every day.

Most days, I take CBD, a probiotic, collagen, and an omega 3. I eat a plant-based diet in that I eat little to no animal products. If I’ve gone through a spurt where I’ve eaten absolutely no animal products at all, then I also supplement with a B Complex vitamin.

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I’m naturally high-strung, type A, and experience general anxiety which can make it difficult for me to focus. Taking a little bit of CBD every helps relax me and keep me focused.

I tend to add a bit of CBD to my tea every morning and take a little bit of CBD before bed to help me sleep.

Anyone else go to sleep and wake up more tired than when you went to bed? Often, my brain can’t turn off. I do meditate to try and take care of this naturally, but I find with a bit of CBD the process is much easier.

CBD is by nature pretty sustainable. The plants don’t require a ton of watering or pesticides so the best thing you can look for is that the brands have been certified by a third-party. Here are the brands that I personally use.

  • juna - committed to sourcing from permaculture farms that are focused on regenerating the soil

  • SunSoil - certified USDA Organic and everything is made in house which reduces emissions

  • Shae - this is the only topical application, and it comes in a plastic-free tin that’s perfect for upcycling

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About CBD

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Taking probiotics and omegas regularly has completely revolutionized my skin. Many of you know that I’ve struggled with skin issues for a LONNNGGGG time. It’s one of the main reasons I gave up coffee.

RELATED: How I Quit Coffee

I’ve been eating a whole-foods plant-forward diet that always incorporated fermented foods. I thought I didn’t need a probiotic, but since I’ve started taking them, I’ve seen a HUGE difference.

Honestly, my skin is more clear than it’s been in a long time. Here are the probiotics that I rotate between.

  • Seed - the first time you order, you receive a glass jar, which is shipped in a compostable mushroom tray. After that, the refills are sent in a compostable pouch which is pretty cool! You can get 15% off your order with the code ‘ZEROWASTE’

  • Arkadiance - comes in a glass jar, but my favorite aspect about this pill is that it protects Urinary Tract Health with Cranberry and D-Mannose, which have been clinically proven to assist with UTIs.

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I also started taking collagen for my skin. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It makes up 90% of connective tissue, bone mass, and 70% of our skin, but our body's natural collagen production declines as we age.

The company I trust most for collagen is Further Food. They go to great lengths to make sure their collagen is sourced sustainably. I prefer to use the Premium Marine Collagen Peptides. The collagen is strictly a byproduct of the fishing industry. No fish are caught specifically for collagen. Further Food only uses the fish skin (very rich in collagen) which often goes to waste.

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About Collagen

To be honest, I struggle to find a lot of these supplements without plastic packaging. I was pretty happy to learn that Further Food, while still packaged in plastic, uses 100% post-consumer recycled plastic #2 which is actually my favorite of all the plastics.

Using recycled plastic reduces the carbon footprint by 78%, drastically improves the carbon footprint for travel due to it being lighter than glass, it consumes 90% less energy, and it’s a pure plastic (not a mix!) so it can be recycled again and again.

You can get 15% off your Further Food purchase with the code GOINGZEROWASTE.

There’s no such thing as vegan collagen, but the vegan collagen supplements on the market are meant to boost and preserve natural collagen.

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omega 3s:

Omega 3s are very important for brain health, heart health, decrease inflammation, and more. I’ve struggled with inflammation since I was a kid so my doctor recommended that I either incorporate salmon into my diet or start taking a supplement.

There are three different types of omega ALA, DHA, and EPA. ALA is pretty easy to come by as it’s in things like walnuts, flax, avocados, etc. While ALA can be converted into DHA and EPA in the body, it doesn’t happen very often.

“Ten key papers published over the last 10 years were identified with seven intervention studies reporting that ALA from nut and seed oils was not converted to DHA at all. Three studies showed that ingestion of micro-algae oil led to significant increases in blood erythrocyte and plasma DHA.

“Further work is now needed to identify optimal doses of alternative vegetarian LC3PUFAs and how these can be integrated within daily diets. The potential role of algal oils appears to be particularly promising and an area in which further research is warranted.” (source)

From what I’ve seen, I think the research is favorable for a vegan omega supplement with algae. I’ve tried both fish oil and algae for DHA and EPA. I personally, haven’t noticed a big difference between the two. I have both bottles, and I’m not sure which one I’ll go with after I run out of them.

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b complex:

If you’re a vegan, you need to be taking b12! If you’re a vegetarian, you als might need to be taking b12. A lot of my hormonal problems could have been fixed simply by taking a b complex vitamin in college.

Here’s a quote from one of the leading doctors in the space Dr. Jolene Brighten, “B vitamins are absolutely essential for building amazing hormones and liver detoxification, which aids with elimination of estrogen. Estrogen dominance is a common culprit behind PMS symptoms, period problems, and many of the hormonal issues we deal with as women. B6 is most notable for helping with our hormones & I typically use 50 mg as a starting place.⁠

”B vitamins also power those adrenals to give you the energy & resiliency you need. B5 fuels your adrenals so you have more energy and can indirectly help progesterone production.”

RELATED: 10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Your Period

If you are a woman and you’re vegan, please take your B12.

Funny enough, I bought B12 to take for energy in college, but I only took it when I was really, really tired and I had a show to do. When you’re performing, you need energy! Energy is the difference between a good show and bad show. Performing takes a lot out of you.

I did that without knowing that my body was actually severely lacking in B12, I just wish that I had been taking it regularly.

This is the b complex that I currently take.

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Adaptogens AKA adaptogenic herbs aren’t a new fancy thing. They’ve been used for centuries in both Chinese and Ayurvedic healing traditions in the forms of supplements, tinctures, and teas.

These herbs help the body resist or adapt to stressors whether they’re physical, chemical, or biological. Adaptogens work with the endocrine system to tweak hormone production and the physiological responses to stress.

There are several adaptogens I use regularly:

  • Ashwaganda is best known for helping to reduce stress and anxiety. (source)

  • Maca gives a natural energy boost and helps to regulate estrogen. Which is great if you produce too much estrogen naturally - like ME. (source)

  • Reishi helps boost your immune system (source)

  • Cordyceps keeps blood sugar levels in check and helps to fight inflammation. (source)

  • Chaga is rich in essential vitamins and minerals like the b12 complex, zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium (source)

I can really feel the energy boost from maca and recommend only taking a small amount in the beginning like a 1/4 of a teaspoon to see how it affects you.

I bought most of these adaptogens in plastic tubs, but was able to find a few at a special herb shop in bulk! I only use a teeny-tiny bit of each so thankfully they last a super long time.

I tend to opt for the Further Food blends that already have the adaptogens mixed in, but have also heard great things about SunPotion.

Do you take any supplements?

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8 Tips for the Perfect Staycation

I canceled my trip to New York this September.

I don’t travel very often. Sometimes, I feel like the only millennial in the world who’s not interested in that nomad lifestyle. I love being at home.

For me, vacationing doesn’t feel that different from everyday life. The only true difference for me is a change of scenery and a little (hopefully a lot) less work!

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When I’m home I eat, drink, shop, and walk around. When I’m on vacation I eat, drink, shop, and walk around in a NEW location.

Upfront, I know that I’m privileged and have had the opportunity to travel in the past. The first few times you travel it is absolutely transformational and I don’t want to downplay that in any way.

But, as someone who hates flying and detests traveling/being trapped in a moving vehicle for an extended period of time, I prefer not to do it. Add in the emissions, and I feel like I have plenty of good excuses to stay put.

All that being said, I do enjoy a brief weekend trip/trips close to home. Even staying in a hotel in Napa a few miles away feels like a major treat, and is something I LOVE to do!

My goal of this blog post is to convince you to cancel one big trip in lieu of staying someplace nearby because taking one fewer flight is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

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I’m super excited to be partnering with Icebreaker for this post all thoughts and opinions are my own for more information please see my disclosure policy.

Icebreaker is the perfect clothing for going on vacation because it is so versatile and you don’t have to worry about washing it. You might remember the Icebreaker challenge I took earlier this year. The goal was to wear one t-shirt for seven days without washing it.

And, it was a success! But, the true testament was with Ben Lecomte from The Vortex Swim.

Ben swam from 350 nautical miles from Hawaii to San Francisco through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch collecting micro-plastic samples for research and the entire crew was wearing Icebreaker. They only washed their clothes once a month, so they took the challenge much further.

Icebreaker uses merino-wool which is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and rockstar for temperature regulation. Wool has been my favorite natural fiber for a very long time.

Icebreaker has a very strict animal welfare policy that ensures a healthy, low-stress quality of life for the sheep. They use small family farms that treat their sheep with care!

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One of the things I love about Icebreaker is how easily it packs. It’s wrinkle-resistant, making it easy to shove in your suitcase and go.

If your trips include a lot of outdoor activities like hiking, running, camping, backpacking, etc then this is absolutely the brand for you.

I am not a very active traveler. I prefer leisurely walking, delicious meals, and watching shows. But, what’s great about Icebreaker is that no matter what you like to do their pieces easily transition from active settings to more leisurely ones.

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I will say, the one place I really like to visit is New York. Having majored in musical theatre, and being very passionate about the art form, I really like to see shows.

But more than ever I’m extra conscious of my transportation footprint. Taking one fewer transatlantic flight is one of the best things that you can do for the environment.

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I’ve seen a push among many sustainable living advocates for taking trains, busses, and transportation with lower emissions, and I think that’s AMAZING!

However, the public transportation sector in the states has a long way to go. For me to get back home to Arkansas it would take me more than 80 hours with a train/bus combo. Surprisingly, it would take around the same amount of time to get to NYC, but it would cost $2,000 one way.

If I were single and had no responsibilities at home, I could definitely see myself taking off for an extended period and exploring the states via train. But, unfortunately, that’s just not in the cards for me at this time.

I think it makes more sense to travel less frequently so I decided to try and accomplish my entire New York vacation list but at home!

3-Day Vacation Plan:

  • Walk All of Central Park
  • Eat Ice cream at Serendipity
  • See a show
  • Eat great food and drink fancy cocktails
  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Go thrifting
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I am all about packing light so I try to prioritize versatile pieces that I can mix and match. Icebreaker has a great selection of clothing that can easily transition through all of your planned activities.

All of my pieces fit nicely into a small backpack. Justin and I are both very reliant on public transit so packing in a small backpack is preferred.

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DAY 1 | San Francisco

T-Shirt Dress / Biker Shorts / Tennis Shoes

I got a head start on Justin for day one!

When I’m on vacation I want pieces that can move with me. I want to be able to look cute when out and about, but also be able to walk A LOT.

I love wearing short skirts with tennis shoes so the t-shirt dress is perfect for a day at Golden Gate Park. I wear shorts underneath the dress to prevent my thighs from chaffing. I just fold the shorts in half so they don’t peak out under the dress.

My first stop was to walk the entire length of Golden Gate Park. I made a pit stop at the Japanese Tea Garden for some tea. This is where Justin proposed so it holds good memories!

Then a stop at the Conservatory of the Flowers is a MUST! It’s one of my favorite parts of the city.

Be warned! CotF is VERY humid and quite warm. The plants love it, and thanks to Icebreaker, I don’t mind one bit.

Synthetic fibers like polyester aren’t breathable so it traps in your natural body heat. Natural fibers like merino wool are very breathable making it easier for you to adjust to a quick changes in temperature.

Merino Wool also wicks moisture very quickly allowing you to stay cool and dry!

Then I walked all the way down to The Giants - the big windmills at the end of Golden Gate Park, and walked all the way down to the Ice Cream Bar, where I grabbed a black bean burger and a GIANT Vegan Sundae!! It was magnificent.

The rest of the afternoon was spent thrifting up and down Haight and Ashbury and then stopping for dinner at my favorite restaurant Cha Cha Cha for excellent food and drinks. My go to is roasted potatoes with plantains and black beans.

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DAY 2 | Albany

White Tee / Slinky Dress / Wedges

I love how easily this outfit will go from day to night. I wanted today to be a bit more relaxing, so the morning starts with breakfast at one of my favorite spots Sam’s Log Cabin which is right near downtown Albany.

I love Albany. They have a bowling alley, cute restaurants, and shops. We window shopped in antique stores went to my favorite spice shop, and I saw a psychic - something I’ve always wanted to do, but never have!

Afterward, we had to stop at Mr. Dewies Cashew Creamery. I have to say we definitely got our fill of ice cream!

I didn’t find a show playing that I was super interested in seeing so Justin and caught a movie at the Albany Twin a landmark theatre. Theatre’s always tend to run a little chilly so adding a merino wool tee over my favorite summer dresses was an easy way for me to stay warm and cool.

We finished the day with dinner at Little Star where I ordered several Old Mexico’s one of my favorite cocktails to date!

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DAY 3 | Sausalito

White Tee / Khaki Shorts / Sweater / Tennis Shoes

Today is the day! I have never walked the Golden Gate Bridge before. September and October are the closest things we get to summer months. You’ll find that you don’t need a jacket during the day which is amazing.

But around 5 or 6 the fog rolls in and it’s great to have a sweater on hand. I have this one from Icebreaker which has been my go-to! Justin and I started in SF and walked across the Golden Gate Bridge before venturing into the Marin Headlands which is absolutely breathtaking.

It was a little windy, but not too bad. We finished our little weekend vacation in Sausalito. Where we grabbed brews and dinner at The Barrel House and before heading back we, of course, had to stop and get some ice cream.

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I hope I’ve encouraged you a bit to get out and enjoy your town! I had a blast getting to hang out with Justin and explore new parts and old favorite parts of where I live.

I wanted to leave you with a few tips for when you plan your next staycation:

  1. Plan your trip. If you were going to go somewhere else, you’d make a plan so do the same thing for when you stick around town.
  2. Pack appropriately! Finding a few versatile pieces that transition through all of your activities is a must. (I, of course, am a huge fan of Icebreaker!)
  3. Budget for your trip. This is the time you can treat yourself and really splurge. Go to a nice fancy restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. Support a local artist or maker.
  4. Unplug! When I’m on vacation, I’m completely unplugged. No laptops, Instagram, or working. This allows me to really get into vacation mindset.
  5. Get a souvenir. Now, I know that might sound crazy coming from a zero waste blog, but I love to get souvenirs when I travel. But, my souvenirs are typically edible… like a big loaf of sourdough from San Francisco or chocolate from Ghiradelli Square.
  6. Clean your house before your trip starts. One of the best things about going on vacation is staying somewhere else. I just love walking into a cleanroom.
  7. Take photos! If you were somewhere new, you’d probably break out your camera to capture a few moments. Do the same when you’re on a trip close to home.
  8. Relax and have fun!
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I want to give another shoutout and thank you Icebreaker for sponsoring this post.

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I would love to know if you’re considering sticking around town for your next vacation?

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