When I unmounted my stamps I started running out of stamp cleaner and thought about how much I had used while doing the task and figured I would need to get another bottle soon.....very soon! Lo and behold someone posted on the Cricut message board about recipes for stamp cleaners and I checked them out. I went to Where The Rubber Hits The Road and checked out her Stampbusters Episode 5: The Dirt on Stamp Cleaners and thought I would give it a shot!
I chose to go with this recipe:
2 cups Distilled Water
1 Tablespoon Baby Magic Baby Wash
2 Tablespoons Rosewater
Now I did fudge a little since it seems Wal-Mart has taken over the baby section and there was no Baby Magic Baby Wash. I went with the generic Wal-Mart brand instead. I had to get the Rosewater at a health food store in town. It was $8 for the bottle . The total cost of supplies was right at $11. And I will have enough supplies to literally make probably gallons of cleaner.
Once I got it mixed up I thought I needed to use it. Let me tell ya folks.....IT IS AWESOME! I was talking to my friend Carmen, aka ScrapperDelighted, about it and she wanted pictures. I told her "Great idea! I can post it on my blog!"
My stamps were stained because some were used when I bought them and they were like that so the ink was on there for a few years. So I was really excited with the results!!
Here are the before and after pictures!
The white stuff on the stamps is from the powder I used to keep my scissors from getting sticky when I was unmounting my stamps. But can you see the difference? Click the pictures to make them bigger if you need to. I am not going to go and clean all my stamps right now. But at least now when I use them again I know they are going to come clean!
Oh and an added note...I tried the cleaner on some stained acrylic stamps...it didn't get them clean. But I think it is because acrylic is a different surface than the rubber.