August 14, 2012

Quick Tip - Peanut Butter To Get The Sticky Off

First off...let me start with a BIG FAT apology for  the serious lack of posting lately!!  I promise I am going to try and be better!!  Thanks so much for sticking with me : )

Ok, movin' on...I don't know about you, but trying to get the sticky off of stuff is enough to make me NUTS!!   I know there are a ton of different things out there to try like Windex, the hair dryer and even stuff you can buy like Goo Gone, but I had never heard of using peanut butter!

Let me back up just a little.  Awhile back my hubby brought home some of the Starbucks iced coffee things that they sell at the grocery.  I knew I had seen a bunch of different (really cute) projects that people had done using those type of bottles....

Like this...


And this...


 So I told him to keep them instead of putting them in the recycling bin.  He looked at me like I had five heads, but rinsed them out and set them aside none the less! (He's good like that!) 

When all four bottles were empty I went to pull the labels off so I could wash them and add them to my crafty stash for a rainy day.  This is when the desire to say bad words kicked in!  The labels came off pretty easy...all the sticky residue they left behind, not so much!!  I tried everything I could think of...windex, hot soapy water and I even used one of those fabulous Pampered Chef scrapers and nothing worked!!  I couldn't find the Goo Gone at Walmart so I was stuck (no pun intended)! 


A week or so later my mom came for a visit.  I shared my dilemma with her and she decided to "google it"!  Why didn't I think of that?!  She got a list of the standard answers, but then one really stood out...peanut butter...rub it on, let it sit, wash it off and done.  We were both totally skeptical, but intrigued at that same time. 


Here is one of the bottles BPB (before peanut butter).  It's kind of hard to see in the picture, but the cloudy area in the middle is all the left over sticky!


I only did one bottle to start with because, honestly, I just didn't think it would work and I didn't want to waste perfectly good peanut butter!  I just spooned out a small scoop of it and smeared it all around the bottle with my hands.  Which, by the way, feels really gross!  Then I let it sit for about 5 - 10 minutes.  After that I rinsed the bottle with warm soapy watter (be careful, those suckers get slippery!) and to my utter amazement it actually worked!!!!


Here's a cleaned bottle (right) next to a sticky bottle (left).  I know, right, you're totally blown away! Ok, that might be a bit much, but I was pretty excited about it.  A couple of the bottles I did have to give a little extra elbow grease when I was washing to get every little bit of the stubborn sticky off, but for the most part it really did work like a charm! 

So, now you need to go buy something with a big fat sticker on it so you can try this out!!  Let me know how it works for you guys!! 

Oh, I almost forgot...if you like the look of the Starbucks bottles but don't want to deal with the sticky at all head over to Aldi!  They sell their own version of the iced coffees in the exact same bottle style, except their labels are shrink wrapped on instead of glued so they just peel off and are ready to go!  One more reason to LOVE Aldi!!


Tracy
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