I think of myself as a DIY-er. At least I used to. If I’m truly honest with myself I’m more of a BUY-er. I see awesome projects on Pinterest and think “Oh I can TOTALLY make that!” But I don’t. Or I buy the stuff and then have guilt because I spent money on project ingredients that just sit in a drawer out of site. Or I do the project and realize that I am so not skilled enough to have taken it on. I would really prefer to just buy the finished product so I have more time to do the important things — like catch up on what the Kardashian’s are up to.
This little project fell in a different category. It was more of “That can’t work!” I don’t even know where I saw this little tip, but apparently nail polish remover (the straight acetone kind) will take the print off of plastic containers. You know, the containers that you know are perfectly useful but pile up in the recycling bin because seriously who needs to keep that many? I’m talking about sour cream, cottage cheese, and butter containers.
I bought a little bottle of 100% acetone nail polish remover for about a buck. I had a container — imagine that. I soaked the cotton ball and went to work. It.took.forever! I tried all kinds of methods to speed up the process…from soaking it in straight acetone to laying an acetone soaked paper towel over the container, but it turns out good ole rubbing worked the best.
It took almost an entire bottle of acetone and a full 30 minutes to get all the print off. I was left with a cute little white container. While this was a super easy project and it definitely worked, I’m not sure it was worth it. Maybe it’s a handy tip to know if you need a super specific white container for something and the yogurt tub in the fridge is the perfect size and shape, otherwise it’s just too time consuming and expensive. Yes it was only a dollar, but if I just need a little pot to start my seedlings in I can buy a little pot for a dollar. Or just use the sour cream container as is because really anyone who knows me is just going to be super impressed that I started seeds at all!