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?
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Here are four ways to seal an 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.