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Toxics Use Reduction Institute




Surface Solutions Laboratory

Trial Report



Trial Number 488

(Client Number 153, Project Number 1)

Trial Purpose: DIY test to remove the price sticker

Date Run: 04/14/09

Experiment Procedure:
Cleaning recipes were applied to wiping device (paper towel, cloth towel, sponge) and then wiped on the ceramic tableware to remove the price stickers. Cleaning was evaluated based on visual observations.

Trial Results
Cleaner             Time (min)  Observations             Outcome
Water cold          3           Rub with paper towel     Not good
Water warm          2.5         Rub with paper towel     Not good
Water warm          1.6         Rug with sponge          Good
Peanut butter       6           Rub with paper towel     Not good
Peanut butter       >6          Rub with cloth           Not good
DIY Formula 7       1.25        Rub with paper towel     Good
DIY Formula 7       1.5         Rub with paper towel     Good
DIY Formula 11      2.33        Rub with paper towel     Okay
Fantasticao AP      1.83        Rub with paper towel     Okay
Hand Soap           4.78        Rub with paper towel     Not good
Finger              4.17        Scratch with fingernail  Okay


Success Rating
Lab evaluation based on vendor data.

Conclusion
Two of the DIY formulations, 7 and 11, were effective at removing the adhesive sticker along with warm water when used with a sponge. Two products, DIY formulation 17 and Fantastico, had some success. Peanut butter was not effective along with hand soap and cold water.