I shared the following stamp cleaner recipe at Lily Pad Cards on May 24, 2011, but I wanted to put it here as well. Although Lily Pad Cards closed last May, you can still visit for some wonderful posts and videos!
I N G R E D I E N T S
- 8 oz spritzer bottle
- 2 Tablespoons of liquid glycerin
- 1 Tablespoon of baby shampoo
- Distilled water
- 1 teaspoon of Rosewater (optional)
I N S T R U C T I O N S
- Pour 2 T glycerin and 1 T shampoo and (optional) 1 t of Rosewater into the spritzer bottle. (Since the original publication of this recipe, a reader has emailed me that Rosewater adds a lovely fragrance.)
- Pour 1 cup distilled water into the spritzer bottle.
- Shake well.
You’re finished! Wasn’t that easy?
C O S T
You can purchase all of these ingredients at your local pharmacy. The glycerin cost me less than a dollar when I bought it three years ago, and I still have plenty left. I bought a name brand baby shampoo because I wanted to test this recipe before I committed to a larger bottle – a travel size like the one pictured cost $1.25. (I actually have a large bottle of the generic stuff now, but I went and got another travel size for photography purposes. The generic stuff cost $1.00 because I got it at The Dollar Tree.) A gallon of distilled water cost 79¢. And the spritzer bottle was “free” because I recycled the bottle of original stamp cleaner – the stuff that cost me $6.99 – when it was depleted.
My homemade version costs about 30¢ a bottle!
And I can live with that.
You can spritz the cleaner directly onto the stamp or onto a stamp cleaning pad. (My favorite stamp cleaning pad is the one made by Stampin’ Up! because it’s extra wide and can accommodate the larger background stamps.) However, if you object to the expense of a stamp cleaning pad, you can also “make” your own very cheaply by taking a trip to the hardware store’s paint section. They’re called paint trimmers, and you can get them in a holder or as refills. I still use these to clean stamps after using Staz-On inks. As far as I can tell, they’re made of the same basic stuff as a stamp pad cleaner and they work just as good. (These are three for $2 – $5, depending on where you get them, and you can fit one into one of those refillable baby wipe containers that open and shut just like a stamp pad cleaner.)
I made Download Homemade-Stamp-Cleaner-label you can download to print a homemade stamp cleaner label like mine. (This is just the label part – not the patterned paper I wrapped around the bottle.) You can print this on an Avery 8923 label or on regular cardstock and glue it on.
I hope you try this recipe and find it good! (Because there’s nothing like cleaning up when you clean up, right?)
Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!