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How to Make Your Own Rubber Stamp Cleaner for Pennies

Updated on September 21, 2011


Making your own stamp cleaner is easy, fast, convenient, and cheap. Most rubber stamp cleaners cost about $7 for 8 ounces. If you make your own cleaner using this recipe, it will only cost you about 30¢ - that's a savings of $6.69!

Gather these items and get ready to start saving yourself some money, honey!

  • 8 oz spritzer bottle
  • 2 Tablespoons of liquid glycerin
  • 1 Tablespoon of baby shampoo
  • 7 oz distilled water


These ingredients are available at most pharmacies. Four ounces of glycerin costs less than $1. A large bottle of generic baby shampoo costs $1 at The Dollar Tree. A gallon of distilled water cost 79¢. The spritzer bottle was free because I recycled the bottle of my purchased stamp cleaner (the stuff that cost me $6.99). If you need to buy a spritzer, check out the travel-size toiletries aisle at your local Walmart.

Paint Edger Refills


  1. Pour glycerin and shampoo into the spritzer bottle.
  2. Pour distilled water into the spritzer bottle.
  3. Shake well.

And you're finished! Wasn't that easy?

You can use your cleaner in a variety of ways:

  • Spray it directly onto the stamp and wipe clean with the wiping cloth of your choice;
  • Spray it onto a stamp cleaning pad; or
  • Spray it onto a paint edger refill (same material but less expensive than a stamp cleaning pad).


This cleaner works beautifully on every type of stamping ink I've used with the exception of Staz-On (which requires it's own brand-name cleaner). Gentle and safe to use on clear and rubber stamps, the glycerin conditions your rubber against cracking and drying.

I hope you try this recipe and find it good! (Because there’s nothing like cleaning up when you clean up, right?)


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      3 months ago

      I add Rose water to give it a nice scent.

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      23 months ago

      Does it need to be Baby Shampoo or can I use an unscented shampoo? Thank you

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      2 years ago

      Mixed this up today and am extremely pleased with it. Wasn't sure if it would work and I was hesitant to buy the in-store stuff because of the price. My stamps had been sitting with ink on them for well over a month and it bothered me so because they were expensive. Sprayed this on, tried wiping with a cloth, then decided to use a toothbrush to get into the nooks. The brush did the trick!! My stamps came almost completely clean. Now I can look at them without being disgusted. Awesome recipe.

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      Arlene V. Poma 

      7 years ago

      I am a beginning stamper/card designer and could use information like this. I've taken classes offered by Memory Box and bought their products, but have not bought any cleaner for my stamps. Voted up, useful, interesting and bookmarked.


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