Tired of shredding sensitive info? New way to clear shipping label information.

shllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,747 ✭✭✭✭✭

I wasn't sure how to categorize this posting.

I'm really good about shredding personally identifiable information so I separate junk mail, bills etc., for the shredder.

Shipping labels are a little more problematic because they are hard to remove and can become part of bubble wrap, and, further, they often remain sticky so they can gum up your shredder.

I accidentally discovered that alcohol wipes will take the ink off the labels. I now plan to bulk wipe the info away before the containers go into the recycle bin.


  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 1,409 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great idea. Would also be handy for everyone who donate magazines after they have read them. I could see using a small alcohol wipe pad to destroy the label information.

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl North Coast OhioPosts: 1,404 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great idea. We have a box of alcohol wipes from when I had to do Mom's antibiotic IV at home.

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,747 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have done some testing on junk mail labels -- not all labels can be wiped; I suppose it depends on what ink is used.

    At least the shipping labels should clear.

    I plan to test magazine labels.

  • water2world
    water2world Sherry Jochen Sevierville, TNPosts: 790 ✭✭✭✭

    @shllnzl What a great idea--I'm going to try this!

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 803 ✭✭✭✭

    Great idea, I'm going to try this.

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 751 admin

    This seems easier then using a sharpy to cover up your information like I usually do lol

  • Merin Porter
    Merin Porter Editorial Director Southwest Colorado (Zone 6a)Posts: 978 admin

    Love this idea! Thank you for sharing, @shllnzl !

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,747 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bad news: I went back to a box that had had its label wiped. Some of the text came back after the label dried, although the info was much fainter.

    I guess we can all experiment a little as opportunity presents itself.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 888 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for the information, what a great idea.

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