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cleaning and buying plant labels

Last post 26-01-2011 6:59 PM by Snark. 12 replies.

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  • 14/08/2010 02:06 PM
    • Vernon
    • Middlesex
    • 22 Jan 2010
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    Does anyone have a simple way of cleaning plastic plant labels written-on with "permanent" marker/pen so that they can be re-used? Also can anyone suggest a retail supplier who does decent labels in bulk? (say 1,000 at a time) - when I'm not using cut-up plastic milk cartons etc. they're costing me about 2p each at the moment.

    If I'm not able to clean old ones, and buying in small quantities, this is not good for my wallet or the planet!

    Best wishes, and any advice gratefully received.

  • 14/08/2010 02:36 PM
    • Valerian
    • South Essex
    • 20 Jun 2010
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    Hello Vernon,

    I bought a thousand drink stirrers on Ebay for £10.00. They are longer than normal labels so my cat cannot flick them out of the pot when he is playing. The square shape at the end has enough room for writing on and I use a B1 art pencil which does rub/wash off. I don't know how to clean off permanent marker apart from trying methylated spirits.

    For my seed trays where I need smaller labels I use triangular ones that I bought from Two Wests and Elliot.

    I hope that this helps. Happy gardening.

    Valerie

  • 14/08/2010 03:35 PM
    • Arrem
    • Staffordshire. UK
    • 12 Jul 2009
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     Did you try a green washing up, scouring pad?  I clean my labels with one OK,

    There is no such thing as useless - you can always be a bad example.
  • 14/08/2010 04:43 PM
    • EvaInNL
    • Holland
    • 25 Sep 2009
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    Hi Vernon, a scouring pad and a bit of water is all you need to rub them clean. That's a good suggestion with drinks stirrers Valerie! I remember that Richard cuts up old plastic milk bottles. Think he even posted a how to guide..

  • 14/08/2010 07:57 PM
    • jon jon
    • stratford on avon
    • 18 Sep 2009
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    H Vernon i use a cream kitchen cleaner zif or something similar wipes of easily jon

  • 14/08/2010 09:25 PM
    • geoff51
    • Totton, Hampshire
    • 13 Feb 2009
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    Permanent marker will come off the labels if you rub with WD40, then wash in soapy water.

    If you have acess to comercial cleaners Graffiti spray will do it but its a bit harsh

    Geoff51 Pond life!?!
  • 15/08/2010 10:50 AM
    • sue1002
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
    • 06 Sep 2005
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     I use pencil on my markers (cheap ones in a pack from Wilkinsons) and wash them with a green scourer and washing up liquid.  The pencil itself doesn't actually come off and that doesn't bother me in the least, it saves me having to write the labels out again but it does take a bit longer searching through them all for the right onesWink

    sue1002
  • 15/08/2010 11:07 AM
    • Vernon
    • Middlesex
    • 22 Jan 2010
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    Thanks to all for suggestions - I've now tried WD40 - with the pens I've got - Mitsubishi "Uni" and Stabilo "Write-4-all" it works a treat, cleans good as new on the rough and smooth sides, and I will try cream cleaner as well as this might be a bit more more pleasant to use. All I need now are some long winter evenings and patience! I might also try and get hold of a Staedtler "Lumocolor Permanent Special Marker" (Black) - the website suggests it for gardening as weather-proof and UV stable for 7 Years (!!?) If I get one, I'll test it out and report back - in 2017!

    http://www.staedtler.co.uk/Lumocolor_permanent_special_uk.Staedtler 

    best wishes

  • 15/08/2010 11:13 AM
    • Vernon
    • Middlesex
    • 22 Jan 2010
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    Thanks for that suggestion Sue, I don't think I'd ever considered pencil on wood as permanent, but will give it a try - I wonder how much 1,000 lollipop sticks would cost?! And yes I keep labels for things I know I'll be growing again in future years - but can I ever find 'em?

    best wishes

  • 15/08/2010 06:15 PM
    • sue1002
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
    • 06 Sep 2005
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     Just thought I'd point out that the markers I use are plastic ones and not wood.

    sue1002
  • 15/08/2010 08:59 PM
    • Vernon
    • Middlesex
    • 22 Jan 2010
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    Thanks for the clarification Sue, I don't know where I got "wood" from - maybe read the word markers and imagined it! I note you're one of us happy band of Wilkinsons Customers! I've just started my next saver card ....

    best wishes

  • 16/08/2010 11:00 AM
    • sue1002
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
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     I'm one of Wilkinson's best customersBig Smile

    sue1002
  • 26/01/2011 06:59 PM
    • Snark
    • Suffolk
    • 12 Jan 2011
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    Jif/cif cleaner gets most things off. LBS polythene sell bulk plant labels and lots of other gardening bits and bobs in wholesale quantities. I had some free wooden lolly sticks and they were a disaster. Illegible in a few weeks so dont go there. Seem to be joining this one a bit late Snark

    For the Snark was a boojum you see