Learning how to clean epoxy resin tools and cups is not only a great way to save money, but it’s also a thoughtful way to reduce the amount of waste you produce when making resin art, jewelry and crafts. Plus, being thrifty like that is a true sign that you’re a resin artist. Here’s how I like to clean my resin tools and supplies to reuse them again:
Step 1: Wipe clean
Wipe off liquids with a paper towel. Clean up as much as you possibly can while the resin is still wet. Once it gets sticky and starts to cure, the paper towel will stick to the resin.
Step 2: Wipe with a solvent
Clean the surface with denatured alcohol or acetone. This will remove the remaining residue.
Safety tip: Wear nitrile gloves when you do this. Resin + alcohol + skin = bad rash.
Step 3: Wash the cups
Wash your cups and tools with quality soap (not the dollar store stuff) and water. Flip upside and allow to dry on a towel.
You can see how easy it is to clean epoxy resin from plastic cups here:
What are some other ways of how to clean resin cups?
When cleaning silicone resin molds and other items, you can simply let the resin cure, then peel it off once hardened.
For plastic mixing cups, you can let the resin cure, then flex the cup. You will be able to peel a skin out of the resin cup. This is easier if you leave something like a toothpick or wooden stir stick in the cup to use as leverage.
Plus, you’ll find this is #oddlysatisfying.
Cleaning foam brushes doesn’t work well. For your sanity, it’s best just to throw them away.
What else should you know about how to clean epoxy resin tools and cups?
If you have more than just a ‘little bit of resin’ leftover in your cup, be sure you dispose of it properly. This article details exactly how to dispose of resin safely. But then again, why would you throw resin away? Remember, if you’re reusing your resin mixing cups and supplies, you are thrifty about your resin too. Here are some of my leftover resin projects.
If you find you are regularly mixing more resin than you use, this article will help you get better with estimating how much resin do I need?
Should you get resin on your hands during this process, do not use solvents like acetone and alcohol to clean them. Instead, use a baby wipe to remove as much residue as possible. Then, use a good quality soap to wash your hands. If they are still sticky, a pumice soap will clean your hands of the sticky residue.
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