Freeze an Envelope to Remove a Stamp

To remove a stamp from an envelope, put the envelope in the freezer for a few hours. When you remove it, the stamp will pop right off. The adhesive is still good and the stamp can then be placed wherever you want to use it.

By Sandy from Elon, NC

November 19, 20080 found this helpful

The Post Office Police are gonna be knockin' on yer door!!!!! Just teasing you - thanks for the tip!

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October 2, 20160 found this helpful

I've had my envelopes in the freezer for nearly 9 months. Took them out to try to get the stamps off with no luck. However, the below comment about the fingernail polish remover worked great!

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November 20, 20080 found this helpful

You can remove a stamp by steaming it,boil water, hold the envelope over the steam.

I sometimes seal an envelope before I'm ready to mail it,I steam it open the same way,then I have to seal it back with tape.


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June 30, 20091 found this helpful

The steam or freeze tips are for lick an stick items, not peel and stick things. The gummy adhesive will not release it's hold like the old type of glue did. Sorry.

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks. I usually peel carefully and then reglue.

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September 1, 20142 found this helpful

I read somewhere you could put a little paint thinner on a q-tip and rub it on the inside of the envelope. I didn't have any, so I tried nail polish remover. Oh my goodness--the stamp almost immediately peeled off clean, and it was still sticky! It will be so easy to reuse!

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October 2, 20160 found this helpful

The finger nail polish suggestion worked great. They are not sticky, but glue sticks work great. The freezer trick nor the steam trick worked as well as the finger nail polish!

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