If you’re like me and did a lot of online shopping over the Christmas season, you’ve probably got lots of cardboard boxes sitting around. You might use them in the future to mail packages, or you might just be tossing them into the recycling bin or trash, but either way you probably don’t want your name and address to remain on the box for others to see.
You don’t need to painstakingly peel those labels away with your fingernails or mark them out with a black marker, though. I’ve got a quick and easy technique for removing the labels (and any other markings) from a cardboard box.
All you need is a pair of scissors. Open the scissors up and gently score the box around the label or markings that you want to remove.
How much pressure you apply will depend on what you’re going to use the box for:
- If you want to use the box again for shipping, then the key here is to apply gentle pressure. You only want to lightly cut through the first, thin layer of cardboard. If you cut too deeply, you’ll compromise the integrity of the box and you won’t be able to use it again. Don’t use a razor blade here, because it will cut too deeply. Just a regular pair of scissors works best.
- If the box is destined for the trash or recycling bin, you won’t need to worry as much about cutting deeply. The key here is speed. Cut fast and straight so that you can get your name and address off that box with minimal effort.
Once you’ve scored a line all the way around the label or marking, grab the corner of the area with your fingers and pull it back. The thin layer of cardboard will peel away and you’ll be left with a clean box.
Notice that I even removed the company name that was printed on the corner of the box with this technique. It works for more than just labels!