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Old 02-17-2012, 11:02 PM   #361
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Thanks for that, Melissa.
I'll give them a call after the weekend.
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I was checking out this thread for the recipes for stamp cleaner and Dove blender and back on 7/6/2006 on the first page there is mention of painting on cardstock with Future Floor Wax? that sounded interesting - what is this technique? is it like a resist? Does anyone have experience with this technique and/or pictures to share whe
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I've used Future floor wax to paint with Pearl Ex. It ruins your paintbrush though!
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Ok I have all the necessary ingredients in front of me. I made the stamp cleaner using 1 tsp. baby magic, 2 Tblsp Vegetable Glycerine (had to order it from Amazon *rolling eyes*) and 8 oz. Brita Filtered water. I tried cleaning a stamp and it worked well but now everything smells like a clean baby's butt.

I also purchased simple green and made a concoction of 1 oz. simple green and 10 oz. of Brita filtered water. I want to add some of that veg. glycerine but not sure how much. I'm guessing the glycerine is the "softener/conditioner" for the stamps? I have some rubber but mostly acrylic stamps.

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BTW I'm making some cleaner up for a friend as well and want to get this right. I'd feel horrible if I ruined her stamps
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I gave the above concotions to my girlfriend who was desperately in need of stamp cleaner. For myself I mixed up the following ... 2 cups filtered water, 1 Tbl Glycerine, 1 Tbl Baby Magic and 1 tsp. Simple Green. It works wonderfully! Just wondering if anyone else has mixed all the ingredients together into one formula and if so, what were your measurements for each item?
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I gave the above concotions to my girlfriend who was desperately in need of stamp cleaner. For myself I mixed up the following ... 2 cups filtered water, 1 Tbl Glycerine, 1 Tbl Baby Magic and 1 tsp. Simple Green. It works wonderfully! Just wondering if anyone else has mixed all the ingredients together into one formula and if so, what were your measurements for each item?
Where do I find Simple Green? I am in Michigan.
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If you go the simple green site you can see what stores carry simple green. I tried the dollar store version of SG and it doesn't work as well.
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It figures!! I had a bottle of glycerine hangin around forever and cleaned out the medicine cabinet before Christmas and got rid of it!! DARN!!! Thanks for the recipes though, great to have!!
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Try an automotive parts store. (Advanced Auto, Pep Boys, Auto Zone) Or even WalMart in the auto area. If you want a lot, try a warehouse store (Sam's Club, Cosco)
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I ordered the bottle of simple green from amazon when I put in an additional order for something else to get free shipping.
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I gave the above concotions to my girlfriend who was desperately in need of stamp cleaner. For myself I mixed up the following ... 2 cups filtered water, 1 Tbl Glycerine, 1 Tbl Baby Magic and 1 tsp. Simple Green. It works wonderfully! Just wondering if anyone else has mixed all the ingredients together into one formula and if so, what were your measurements for each item?
I haven't mixed them since I have both acrylic and rubber stamps and you can't use simple green on acrylic, but i bet all of that together would clean well!
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I am in MI as well (Ferndale) and I have bought Simple Green at Lowes and I believe Home Depot as well. At Lowes, you can get lucky and they will have it packaged with a spray bottle with the different dilution lines marked on it - I use it for cleaning all around the house since it is non-toxic and I have littles.
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I'm so glad that my mom found this link and let me in on it! Great ideas ladies!
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You can make your own rose water as well. This recipe is particularly good to use up all those rose petals from your garden.

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most pharmacies carry glycerin. that is where I got mine. to make blender pen filler.
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Just been reading through all these, going to make my own batch of cleaner tomorrow . One comment, to all the people having problems finding glycerine or rosewater, both are used in icing for cakes, to lightly scent it(rosewater) and to stop it going totally hard(glycerine). Rosewater is also used to scent Turkish Delight, So both products should be available in bakery aisles, or if you have a specialist bakery supply store handy. Hth.
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Here is how I made my own stamp cleaner.
1tbs glycerin
1 tbs dawn (blue)
8 oz of distilled water
Also with old, stained stamps, spray and leave on several hours. Use a soft toothbursh to scrub and they will come clean.
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1tbs glycerin
1 tbs dawn (blue)
8 oz of distilled water
Also with old, stained stamps, spray and leave on several hours. Use a soft toothbursh to scrub and they will come clean.
By any chance do you know what Dawn is made from? Some product contain chemicals that harm rubber or clear stamps such as alcohol or other harsh chemicals. I would guess that the glycerin will help keep the stamps soft, but I wonder what the long term effects could be. Inquiring minds want to know.
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I've posted this recipe for stamp cleaner on another thread. I've been using it for 3 or 4 years now and love it. Works on both rubber and clear stamps. I made it for my stamp club as a favor and they loved it. I think I got the recipe on this site somewhere. It works great. FYI, the rose water really is just for scent; I'm sure it would work well without it.

2 cups distilled water
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2 TBS rose water
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Nona, I use the same recipe that you have in the above listing. I did find it to be a tiny bit soapy and may scale back on the baby wash (I make triple batch each time). Love the rose water scent and I also think it will work as well with or with out it. I would like to remind everone that the distilled water is a must and not to sub any thing for that. There are pages and pages of debate on the reason why (DH is a Biology Professor so he educated me on the why). So Unless you can convert stream vapor to liquid just buy distilled and be done with it. Having said that if you use up the cleaner fast and only make a wee bit at a time go for it and use what ever you have
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I have never seen anything about diluting the SU cleaner either. How come that info. isn't in the catalog?
Wow! I am blown away! I've been a demo since 2003 and this is the first time I've heard about diluting the cleaner. What is the ratio, does anyone know? And they mentioned it at convention? WOW!
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I've posted this recipe for stamp cleaner on another thread. I've been using it for 3 or 4 years now and love it. Works on both rubber and clear stamps. I made it for my stamp club as a favor and they loved it. I think I got the recipe on this site somewhere. It works great. FYI, the rose water really is just for scent; I'm sure it would work well without it.

2 cups distilled water
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2 TBS rose water
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I am gonna try this. I was planning on ordering the cleaner soon but you ladies have saved me some money. Thank you all.
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I've been making this in big batches for years and love it. So do my friends. I have to emphasize that you use ONLY DISTILLED WATER. Please do not substitute. Your mix will get filmy and yucky after a time if you don't use distilled water. It has not harmed any of my rubber stamps. I use it for both rubber and acrylic; although the acrylic may stain permanently, they are clean enough to use over and over.
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I made some of my own recently. I only made up enough to fill my spray bottle, and I used water from my filter jug. Its been fine so far. I'd definitley use distilled water if I was making a big batch though. Just out of interest, I worked out the price per litre of a couple of general brands:The Inkessentials brand, which was the bottle I emptied, works out to 29.70 or $47.30, and Staz-on is even worse-81.00 or $129.26!
Incidentally, I found this stamp cleaner would also clean off Staz-on, if given a scrub with an old toothbrush.Oh, and I didn't bother with the rose water- the Baby Bath has a pleasant enough smell on its own. I've also seen recipes that use Dove shower gel- I think the idea is any liquid soap that is chemical free.
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Gave the stamp cleaner a try. Works wonderfully. Never buying stamp cleaner again. Filled my old blender pens. We shall see.
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Pat, here is the blender refill from a post back in 2006 , works great.

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Pat, just wondering which stamp cleaner you made that you like so well? Seems that there are a few variations. Thanks.
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I don't use Stazon so don't know about that. My offender is Versafine and it removed it completely. I have a stamp scrubbing pad so I sprayed the stamp and then scrubbed on pad.
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I don't use Stazon so don't know about that. My offender is Versafine and it removed it completely. I have a stamp scrubbing pad so I sprayed the stamp and then scrubbed on pad.

This is the recipe I used and it works great!! I will be making my own from now on. Thanks Ladies, Nancy
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This is an interesting thread but I do have once concern. Has anyone looked into the health risk of these home made sprays? I'm a little concerned that nobody has mentioned adding a bacteriostatic agent or bacteriocide to these sprays. Most water based products do contain something to stop bugs growing. Even water based fence paints have something in to stop bugs growing. I'm asking this question as I'm a Scientist and have done quality control on water based products. I am always very wary of places that potentially harmful bacteria can grow.
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craftychez, I hope I can put your mind at ease, please understand we only make small amounts of our home made sprays. Lets take the stamp cleaner for instance. Glycerin, it's carbon, hydrogen, oxygen nothing there to support any bacteria growth(bugs). Distilled water (HOH) has no nutrients to support bacteria growth (bugs) then there is the baby wash, easy enough to just read the label on that one, a pediatrician wouldn't let us use it on our babies if it supported bacteria. Other of our home made item contain a little alcohol so we know we don't have to worry or fret about that.
The one concern that you have about water is mine also but I have always said to use distilled. Also please know we use clean containers and our cleaners are not subject to high heat, always store in cool dry place. That said, we still only make a small amount at a time not talking about gallons here. Sure hope this has helped you and happy stamping.
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Hello Love pretty paper. Glycerine/glycerol at strong concentrations will inhibit bacterial growth but doesn't at weak concentrations. Bacterial can grow on almost anything and its amazing what they can use as a food source. All life we know of is carbon based so the glycerine is an ideal food source.I don't want to go into too much detail and bore everyone but my earlier career was as a microbiologist. Bacteria can grow in detergents too, our world isn't sterile. We used to distill water continually at work to use in our analysis. The equipment was regularly cleaned and the water regularly used but we still got visable growth of algae in our distilled water container.

Some people mentioned they made up several bottles of stamp cleaner at once, this worried me. It has taken me almost two years to use 250ml of stamp cleaner. I do spray it on my cleaning pad though as this uses less than spraying directly onto my stamp. I regularly wash my stamp pad so its easy to clean my stamps using very little cleaner.

I just wanted to make people aware of the potential risks from spraying home made aqueous solutions that haven't been freshly made.

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