Organization is not my thing. It doesn’t matter how many times I try to channel Marie Kondo. I can’t seem to make my resin supplies organized. Instead, my resin studio space is more like a goldfish tank. The supplies expand to the space I give them.
So when I do straighten things up once or twice I year, I find resin that needs attention. Maybe you do too. Here’s how to clean up resin.
💡 Pro tip: Disposing of products properly is very important because many epoxy products can be toxic to aquatic life.
Decide what you’re going to keep
Sort your resin supplies into bins of use or lose.
⭐️ BONUS: Don’t throw away that yellow resin. It can cure if you’ve stored it well. Here’s what you can do with yellowing resin instead.
Disposal of unused products
The packaging is the best place to look for how to dispose of your epoxy kit. If you cannot find information on how to dispose of unused products, contact the manufacturer. Ask to see a safety data sheet (SDS). Section 13 of the SDS details how to dispose of unused material.
⭐️ BONUS: We’ve got SDS information for Resin Obsession resins available whenever you need it.
If you can’t get that information, assume the resin is hazardous. Then, take the kit to a hazardous materials collection center with your information (inserts, packaging, etc.). These places are the same locations where you take extra paint, unused medications, and old electronics.
How should you not clean up unused resin?
Never ever, ever pour them down your drain, sewer, sink, toilet, septic system. Basically, anything where the resin will contaminate water.
Never, ever, ever include unused epoxy liquids in your trash.
Never, ever, ever run containers and utensils through your dishwasher. (Unless of course you don’t mind buying a new one and the plumbing to go with it.)
Disposal of empty bottles
Switch the caps (resin cap goes on hardener bottle and hardener cap goes on resin bottle) and they will cure shut. If you have a tiny bit left in each bottle, you can pour one into the other and let the resin cure, then throw it away. Then, once they’ve cured, you can throw these in the trash.
You find a leaking bottle. How to clean up that resin?
Gather these supplies:
*Zip-top plastic bags
*Acetone or denatured alcohol
*Good dishwashing soap (don’t cheap dollar store).
Then, make sure you have fresh air circulating in the room. Resin mixed solvent fumes aren’t something you breathe. Put on protective gloves.
If it’s a tiny spill, wipe up the spill and put the towels in the zip-top bag. Seal tightly and throw away in your regular trash. If it’s a bigger mess, continue to clean up, but throw the paper towels in a garbage bag and take it to the hazardous materials collection center.
I realize that sounds like overkill, but we all play an essential part in keeping our aquatic life safe.
Next, use the solvent to wipe up the remaining sticky residue. Then, use a damp towel with soap and warm water to remove the remaining solvent.
💡 Pro tip: Not only do I store my resin kits in a dark closet, but I also keep them in a plastic container. That way, should something spill, it’s contained to a surface that’s easier to clean.
How do I clean up cured resin?
Once your resin has fully cured, you can throw it away in your regular garbage.
⭐️ BONUS: Here are other ideas of what you can do with your resin mistakes instead of throwing them away.
I have cured epoxy on my countertops. How do I clean up that resin?
Proceed with the idea that you may ruin your surface by trying this. But then again, having resin drips all over your table isn’t ideal either.
Place a cloth over the resin drips. Next, apply boiling hot water. Allow the heat to permeate for five to ten minutes. Then try to peel off the resin. If that doesn’t work, use a putty knife to scrape under it to loosen the resin.
How do I clean up resin on my clothing?
Yeah. I wish I knew. Once it’s cured, it’s all but ruined. If the resin is still wet, you can apply alcohol or acetone to get as much out as possible. Then use laundry detergent on the spot to get out more residue. It all won’t come out, but at least you won’t have a hard area of cured resin on your shirt. Instead, it looks like a grease stain and you’re simply a sloppy eater.
BONUS: Here are the safety precautions you should take when working with resin.
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