I got this little jewel from my brewmeister husband. When he bottles his own beer, he collects beer bottles from neighbors, co-workers, anyone who would be willing to give them up. Of course they all have labels on them and scrubbing them off is a pain in the rear. One of his brew books let him know about adding a scoop of oxiclean to a sink full of warm water and dumping them all in to soak. Walk away and in about 30 minutes all of the labels magically float off.
Interesting. Because I always walk away from thrift store finds because I'm too lazy to get the labels off. Terrible, I know right? I have a "Sprinkle Party" (a second baby shower if your second child is a different gender than the first) that I'm hosting for a friend coming up. We're doing a Tea Party (a frugal Tea Party, so I'm sure there will be a post on that coming up) and there are so many amazing tea cups in thrift stores! Plus, you can use the tutorial found here to monogram them with sharpies and bake to make the design permanent. I went and collected enough white tea cups from the thrift stores to have one for each guest. At a cost of .49 to .99 cents per piece. Ahhhh, I love being cheap:)
One of my favorite pieces is a Dansk Tea Cup being sold for $8.99 commercially. I stuck a scoop of Oxiclean in the sink, dumped all my teacups in and came back in thirty minutes to all of the labels floating on top of the water. I stuck the teacups in the dishwasher and now I have perfectly clean, good as new teacups to monogram and bake.
My new project will be replacing all of my cheap Ikea dishes with vintage white pieces that compliment but don't match. Now that I don't have to struggle with getting the labels off.