By in Random


THEY ARE ATTACHED to just about everything we buy. Product labels, instruction labels, warning labels, country of origin labels, price labels, content labels - the list goes on. I know that many of them are required by law and the many regulations covering the manufacturing and marketing of goods but do they have to be so sticky!

The problem arises when they are attached to something we buy and we want to remove the label before we use the item. This is especially annoying when the item is intended as a gift. I always try to remove any intrusive labels before giving a gift but it isn't always easy.

Take a look at the photograph and you will see the remains of a label which I tried to peel off. As you can see it hasn't been completely removed. Sometimes it is possible to scrape a label off but in this case it is attached to a rubber-covered electrical tester I bought the other day and if I try to scrape it off that will damage the rubber insulation.

I don't like leaving labels on if they aren't necessary (safety labels I will leave in place) and in this case it is a completely unnecessary label telling me what the product is - I already know that from the full description on the packaging.

I could probably soak it off or use some kind of solvent but that would run the risk of damaging the device or degrading the insulation so I guess I'll just have to wait until the fullness of time (and constant use) wears the label off.

Meanwhile I will just have to glower at it every time I pick the device up!

Image Credit » Kasman

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MegL wrote on July 2, 2018, 5:44 PM

Kasman . Very annoying. I have found that a little washing up liquid (dish washing detergent for our American friends) dripped on to the offending remnant can help. There also used to be a product made from orange peel that was great at removing adhesive tags. It may still be available. There are some youtube videos if you google it.

Kasman wrote on July 2, 2018, 5:55 PM

Thanks - I'll do that.

VinceSummers wrote on July 2, 2018, 8:03 PM

I hate it on clothes. And I hate those plastic string things you have to snip with a scissors. Sometimes the fabric is damaged.

melody23 wrote on July 4, 2018, 8:36 AM

alcohol hand gel works a treat, but of course you need to make sure its not going to damage the item in question. also just because I am here, alcohol gel also removes permanent marker and lots of other things, but I am sure its totally safe for our hands!

MegL wrote on July 4, 2018, 12:25 PM

That's good to know.

BarbRad wrote on July 7, 2018, 1:18 AM

I also hate those labels, but not as much as I hate packaging that need tools to open so you can get your product out without getting hurt.