Tutorial: Clean Up Your Act!
Let’s thank Pinterest as the source (because I couldn’t find just one…) for this quick and easy tutorial that probably all of us can benefit from! I didn’t believe that something so simple would work so well, so I gave it a try for myself. My clear acrylic blocks for stamping were in an assorted state of messes! Some had StazOn ink marks, some had gluebers from leftover tape and all of them were just generally smudged and discolored. The tutorial sources say that one of the common problems of stamps that won’t stick are due to dirty blocks, too! So I gave this tutorial a try, and here are my old blocks… after!
Here’s the secret: Take an old soft cloth and use some Purell hand sanitizer to clean your blocks!
I suppose that other brands of sanitizer might work just as well, but I did have some Purell on hand, so I gave it a try. Wow… the sanitizer gets all of the old ink and sticky stuff off of the blocks quickly and easily, and the cloth made it easy to polish them to a shiny-new state! Amazing! I’ve used baby wipes, soap and water and even alcohol wipes to clean my blocks before, but the Purell worked better and faster than anything I have ever tried. I’m very pleased with the result, and I thought that you guys would love this trick too. I will always store a little pocket size container of Purell with a soft cloth in with my blocks from now on.
As a bonus, I used my cloth to continue cleaning lots of other surfaces around my work area. The sanitizer and cloth also did a really nice job on my self-healing mat, handles of scissors and other tools, and even cleaned the outside of smudged-up ink pads. Having a sparkly clean work surface really inspired me to get back to work, too!
Don’t forget to keep those tutorial requests and submissions coming in. You can send them to me at
nancy at operationwritehome dot org!