10 November 2012

Pin Busters! Can you remove ink labels with acetone?

It has come to my attention that if you're going to make all sorts of homemade concoctions you see on Pinterest, you also need all sorts of containers in which to store them. Some containers are easy - you just remove the label and you're good to go. But what about those containers that have labels printed directly on the plastic?

According to some Pins on Pinterest, you can use acetone fingernail polish remover to remove the printing - but does it work?

I started with three different plastic containers, and a bottle of 100% acetone nail polish remover.


The first container was a sour cream container from Kroger. I rubbed, and rubbed, then rubbed some more. I added more acetone and then rubbed, rubbed, rubbed again. Nothing. No hint of the ink on the rag and no change in the ink on the container. Hmmm...


Second attempt - a Dannon yogurt container. The ink on this one came off pretty easily, but the plastic was stained by the ink. I tried rubbing it again with more acetone, but it didn't help. Nothing removed the residual ink from the container.


Next attempt - a Cool Whip container. This one was a piece of cake! The ink came off very easily and the plastic was perfectly white underneath! Success!!


I decided to give the sour cream container one more attempt. I put some serious elbow grease into it, rubbed for a few minutes, and finally...a little of the ink was removed. I stopped with that because it was just too much work.


The verdict: Pin-worthy in some instances. It seems that not all containers are easily cleaned, so it's not as fool-proof as the Pins make it seem, but it does work well with certain containers.
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