The students also find it great to balance their laptops (or are they i-somethings these days?) while they share their Australian adventures with their friends and families back home. Basically its a great little table. It turns out that its was also the perfect size, two Christmas's ago, to land a remote controlled helicopter on. So good, in fact, that it got a brown box tape "H" stuck to it. After Christmas was gone and the helicopter has fallen from favor, I bought my wee table back to the couch and took the "H" off, denoting its use as a coffee table instead of a helipad for the time being and lived with the "H" in sticky stuff for the next 18 months.
Surprisingly, I didn't think the "H" went with my decor (despite that being domestic chaos in brown and green currently!) and so I decided that the time was right to remove the "H" for once and for all.
Here's what I did...
I got the Eucalyptus oil out and an old cloth and simply rubbed it off!
Eucalyptus Oil is amazing stuff. It gets the "sticky" of most things. I have used it to get the price tags off many things, including books. But be careful about the amount you use. It is an oil and will stain things like cardboard just like olive oil or butter would under the same circumstances. Test it on an inconspicuous part of plastic toys first as well - I have found it "melts" some plastics too!!!!
I soak jars that I am using for bottling or jamming in the sink in water and detergent and then scrape the labels off with a stiff brush. What simply wont come off with water, detergent and a decent scrub usually comes off with eucalyptus oil though.
I also believe its not the best thing for the non-koala population to ingest so if you are using it around eating utensils, plates or your sink, make sure you give it a good wash with some detergent to break down the oil and wash it away. I do this with my jars before I sterilise them. It wouldn't taste so good either, I'd imagine!
What have you used Eucalyptus oil for?
Green-ness: 5/5 for using a natural product to reuse or maintain an item
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for finding another use for an already very useful product.
Time cost: No more than 1 minute for this task.
Skill level: Basic mother cleaning skills!
Fun-ness: Great fun to restore a bit of dignity to this useful piece of furniture!