Baking Soda and Oil – Who Knew?

I like making learning activities for children using things from around the house or formula cans that I have collected from Moms with babies. I save a variety of things and I always had trouble getting the labels off the jar, bottle, or container that I wanted to use.
I have used Googone, soaked them, nail polish remover with acetone, scraped them, but they just didn’t come off that easy.
I was making an activity with a wipe container for my grandson and I wanted to remove the labels. I tried soaking it, but it just wasn’t coming off. I checked the internet and there were a lot of different ideas available but I wanted to find one that was fairly quick and that I had the ingredients in the house.
I found one that used baking soda and oil. I believe they used olive oil but I wanted to save that for cooking, so I used vegetable oil which I had for making playdough and other crafts. I mixed some baking soda and oil in a small bowl. I used a papertowel to rub it on the container. After a few minutes all the sticky stuff came off. You could use a cloth also instead of a papertowel. It took a lot less time to get the label off than my previous attempts with other things.

Container with label and sticky stuff on it.

Container with label and sticky stuff on it.


Label and sticky stuff gone using bakings soda and oil.

Label and sticky stuff gone using bakings soda and oil.


Activity container with labels and sticky stuff gone.

Activity container with labels and sticky stuff gone.


I also tried this on an empty juice bottle that I had. The label came off easily but there was still some sticky areas on the bottle. I rubbed some of the baking soda and oil mixture onto the bottle and within a couple of minutes the sticky part was gone.
What do you use to get labels and sticky things off bottles and containers?

E-book Published!!

I am happy to announce that my e-book -Summertime Sanity for You & the Kids(A variety of activities for preschoolers thru elementary) is now available on Amazon for $2.99. Take the time to check it out. It has a lot more ideas than in my blog. It is great for summer and during the year.

How to Make Colored Salt

We were having our grandchildren over for the weekend and I wanted to have some kind of craft that they could do. I had a container of salt and I was thinking of how I could color it. I have colored salt before with chalk but the colors were not very vibrant.

I decided to try coloring the salt with food coloring. I got three bowls, spoons, wax paper, and food coloring. I also gathered some empty baby food containers that I saved to put the salt in afterwords. I put some salt in each bowl and added a few drops of food coloring to each bowl. I continued mixing it until there weren’t any lumps.

After you have the salt mixed lay it on wax paper. I used a separate piece of wax paper for each color. I wanted to keep the colors separate. Let it dry on the counter for about an hour. After it’s dry put the salt in separate containers or ziploc bags.

This is a great activity that the children can help make. In the next post I will share what my grandchildren made with the colored salt.

Crepe Paper Fun

How can children have fun with a few rolls of crepe paper? Give them some and let them go “decorate”. At a recent birthday party for one of my grandsons, my daughter told the older one that he could decorate after she was done. She gave him a few different colored rolls and a few instructions – such as don’t block a doorway that someone needs to get through, and they may not use tape.

My oldest grandson started decorating with only a few reminders about blocking doorways. The other children wanted to do it also and they picked their favorite color. The older boys ages 5 and 6 spent at least 20 minutes “decorating”. Each boy had different ways that they were using the crepe paper.

C decorating with crepe paper.

C decorating with crepe paper.


This is K's decorating with crepe paper.

This is K’s decorating with crepe paper.

My daughter purchased the crepe paper rolls at the Dollar Tree. She didn’t mind that it was all going to get thrown away. If you want to save it for a future project you can get some more use out of it.

If you don’t want your child’s decorations to interfere with the ones for the party have them do it on another day or find another area that you wouldn’t mind having crepe paper all over.