Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Recycling containers- removing stickers

We have two half-days of school left before the end of the school year, so I'm in clean-up-and-organize mode. I'm already looking forward to next year and envisioning how I want my classroom to look.

That being said...I have a small obsession with containers.  All of them...small, large, long, short, with lids, without, etc. The Container Store is my Mecca, but I hate spending money on containers...mostly because I'm already most likely spending money on whatever is supposed to go IN the container.

Next year I'm getting a bunch of brand-spanking-new math manipulatives and I'm trying to figure out how to store them.  Plus, a family friend just gifted me a giant box of craft materials for my students to use.  Let the organizing begin!  

I love Tide Pods (I'm not advertising, I just love the product!) because they are super easy for this girl on the run.  Plus, the container is awesome.  I wanted to use it to organize some of these craft supplies, but I didn't want the Tide label.  Turns out, they use some kind of super sticky sticker.  It does NOT peel off!   I read that you can rub cooking oil on the sticker and let it sit overnight and it will peel off in the morning.  I put cooking oil all over both sides of the stickers and let them sit all day.  By the end of the day, I could get just about half of the sticker off, so I did it again and let it sit overnight and the next day it all came off!  

(I stored some leftover Easter egg parts in there so you can see how great the sticker came off.  Amazing  demonstration, I know.)

Generally, I don't love see-through containers in my classroom, but they are super nice to have in the closet so that I can see what's inside!

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  1. This is super helpful! I always hate trying to get those stickers off especially when part comes off and the other part doesn't! I will have to try this!

    And I've never used Tide pods, but I do love those containers...I may have to try them! Do they go in front loading machines?

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  2. This is perfect timing! I have some gross sticky labels I need to get off of some containers for end of year gifts. I am trying this for sure. Thank you


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  3. Nice! I love finding tricks like this!! I just bought some krud off or something like that to remove some sticky residue. Wish I had known! Thanks for linking up:)
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