And do it a whole lot cheaper. In my previous post I explained how I made my own rose-water. This was pretty much free (I mean I do pay for water with my rent but…) because my kids were able to pick roses from the neighborhood. In the Stampbusters video from this post of Linda’s, the most effective recipe she tried was 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of rose-water and 2 tablespoons of Baby Magic baby soap. When I went to make my rendition of stamp cleaner, I figured huh….bet I could just use 2 cups of rose-water and that’d work too.
I guess the idea behind the rose-water is that it serves to condition the stamps. So…here’s what I did. It’s so easy (seriously making the rose-water was the hardest part). I simply took two cups of rose-water and 10 pumps of Equate brand baby soap. It’s a little sudsy so next time I think I’ll use fewer pumps of soap. Here are my results…I’m happy enough with them I will continue to make my own stamp cleaner from now on.
Here’s my dirty stamp:
And here’s the same stamp after being cleaned with my DIY stamp cleaner:
This particular stamp hasn’t been this clean in quite some time. But, just in case you can’t tell that it DID get clean…here’s the cotton balls I used to scrub it with:
See how nice and gray they are…lots of old ink coming off yay!!!!
And finally…this one’s mostly just for kicks:
I first stamped the sentiment in StayzOn months and months ago when I made my own acetate stamp storage books and it never came totally clean so I didn’t use the stamp again until today. You can see from this last picture that I barely used any of the rose-water I made. The Kerr jar you see held my 10 pumps of the soap pictured and 2 cups of rose-water with zero room to spare. The bottle of baby soap is what maybe .25 of the way gone and I’ve made about 4 quarts of eye makeup remover and now stamp cleaner too. I think it costs about $1.50 a bottle so the cost savings on DIY stamp cleaner (free rose-water then just a few pennies for the soap) versus store-bought cleaner (often 4 to 5 dollars a bottle) is quite substantial. My Kerr jar will probably refill my spray bottle (shown on the left side of the photo behind the StayzOn) twice more too. I’m guessing the costs is probably about $.75 for three bottles versus $12. Not to mention the fun of making it yourself, it smelling better, and you being able to control how soapy it is or isn’t!
Now that I can get my stamps pretty clean, I will be using my StayzOn ink a lot more! Lemme know if you try my version (or anyone else’s) out, I’d love to know what you think!