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Cleaning Classico Jars

I’d like to tell you that I only serve homemade sauce the way my grandmother used to make it at my house, but that would be an out and out lie. When you work full-time, it’s unrealistic to expect that you can cook everything from scratch. I like to keep at least one jar of sauce and a box of pasta in my pantry at all times for quick, weeknight dinners.

Lately my pasta sauce of choice has been Classico. Take a look at one of these jars without its label on, and you’ll understand why I’m a big fan. Underneath the label lives a beautiful Atlas Mason jar, and I think you already know how I feel about a mason jar. Classico’s website clearly states that you should not reuse their jars for canning, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a second life as something decorative.

The only impediment to repurposing these gorgeous jars is getting all the adhesive and its residue off. I’ve experimented with several different methods and products. The quickest, cheapest way I’ve found to get all the gunk off the jar requires supplies that you probably already have: warm water, a steel scouring pad, and some elbow grease.

Classico Jars before Scouring

Step One:

Consume the pasta sauce. Duh.

Step Two:

Thoroughly clean the jar. I also like to swirl some vinegar around in it to make sure that I get all of the food smell out of the jar.

Step Three:

Peel off as much of the paper label as you can. This is easier if you do it right after you clean the jar before drying it.

Step Four:

Soak the jar in warm water for about 10 mins. to get the adhesive loosened up.

Step Five:

Scrub the adhesive and residue with a steel scouring pad. You can also remove the printed expiration date with the scouring pad.

Step Six:

Rinse and dry the jar.

Cleaned Classico Jars

I hope this tutorial inspires you to think twice before putting jars into the recycling bin. Just in case you need some ideas of what to do with your repurposed jars, check out my Mason Jar Craftiness board on Pinterest. Happy repurposed crafting!

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Mod Podge

When I worked at the craft store, I was amazed by how many customers were unfamiliar with Mod Podge, or, as we like to say it in these parts, Modge Podge. I’ve used it for so long in so many different ways that I just assume other crafters have, too. Well, we all know what they say about assuming things… Here’s some information and a host of resources for those of you that are Mod Podge newbies.

What is Mod Podge? This Plaid product is both an adhesive and sealer. Mod Podge celebrates its 45th birthday this year. If you’re interested, you can read more about its history in this article. Mod Podge comes in a wide range of finishes and several different varieties that are suitable for a multitude of surfaces. In my opinion, the standard one that most people are looking for their first time shopping for it is the gloss one with the orange label.

Not sure if this is the one you need for your project? The Plaid website has an awesome Formula Guide to help you decide which is best. On their site, you can also find a slide show demonstrating product tips and techniques.

The definitive expert on all things Mod Podge is Amy Anderson. Her blog Mod Podge Rocks is one of the best crafting resources on the web. She not only shares her projects with Mod Podge but also those of others. There is a whole section devoted to tutorials. If you haven’t stopped by her site yet, do it. I promise you’ll find something useful. Amy published a book this year also titled Mod Podge Rocks that you can pick up at Amazon or your local craft store.

Hopefully this post inspires you to add this handy product to your crafting supplies. Once you have it on hand, I bet you’ll be shocked by how many projects on Pinterest are now that much easier for you to do because you have one less supply to buy. I intend to tag all of my projects featured on this blog that utilize Mod Podge to make it easier for you to search for them here. Happy crafting!

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