Day 7 – Removing ink from containers

I saw this pin and meant to try it during the holidays last year and never got around to it. I always want to reuse the large containers we get from cottage cheese and yogurt etc, but there is nothing cute about them. Removing the printing gives you a blank canvas to decorate and means you don’t have to worry about getting them back. I think they’d be perfect for sending care packages, especially to a deployed loved one.

You just need a towel and 100% Pure Acetone. I also recommend gloves because acetone is drying.


The pin says to soak your towel in acetone then wrap it around the container and after  while it will magically wipe off.


I’m guessing I had a really stubborn container or maybe my towel wasn’t scrubby enough.


After using nearly half a bottle of acetone I had better luck just putting some on a sponge and scrubbing. It totally required a bit of elbow grease.


Though I may have already been weakened by the fumes. I recommend doing this in a well ventilated area. The second container wiped off more easily, but left behind a blue tint.



My towel is an icky mess and might never be the same. There are a few spots that didn’t come completely clean, but I doubt anyone is going to look all that closely, especially if you let the kids color them or wrap them in a ribbon. Though it might be easier to just wrap them in cute paper. All in all not the worst of experiments. Though now I have to figure out what to do with these little containers. Who wants cookies?!


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