Whether constructing a mailing at an office or home, you’ll need to seal those envelopes. Repeated licking of a multitude of envelopes is not best practice. It tastes bad. The glue may or not be safe to ingest. In large quantities? Not a great idea.
For efficiency sake, you may wish to purchase self-sealing envelopes. But often that is not a possibility. Invitation envelopes tend not to be self-seal.
What other mass-mailings might you be doing that require fluid to seal them? Bill paying day? Birthday party invites? Shower or wedding invitations? Mass mailings for the business in which you work?
Here are four ways to seal a gummed envelope without licking:
- Purchase an envelope moistener. They are inexpensive and work well. The small hand-held plastic bottle is filled by you with water. The tip is a sponge. Squeeze till the sponge is damp and swipe across the gum on the envelope. Press the envelope closed.
- Use a glue stick to rub across the gummed edge and seal. Very neat.
- Use a clean household sponge. Dampen it with water and seal. This can have quality control problems, just as the envelope sealer may. You could release too much water and have a not-so-neat look on the back of your envelope. If you overdo it and you could even dampen the contents, as well.
- Use a cotton swab or Q-tip. Dip the end of the swab in a small bit of water in a cup. Lightly swipe across the edge where the gum is. Seal. This method is what I just used in sealing invitation envelopes for the bridal shower I hosted and, later, the wedding invitations. It works very, very well! Cheapest and neatest method I’ve found.