Glue Sticks-drying out?

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  1. MrsNickle

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    If I buy glue sticks in bulk..is there a way to keep them from drying out before getting to use them?:confused:
     
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    Good question! Can't wait to hear if there's a solution to this one!
     
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    You could keep them in good quality Ziplock bags. I wonder if sticking them in the fridge would do any good...
     
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    fridge hmm? BTW my name is Cassie too!:D
     
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    Cassie is a fabulous name. It's ancient Greek, you know?

    And I don't know if the fridge idea will work at all. I've neither heard of it nor tried it myself. But I would imagine that the damp/cold would prevent the glue sticks from drying out so fast.
     
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    I never have the problem of drying out glue since I am alway running out of them by February. I order at least 30 huge glue sticks in my classroom budget and buy about 50 smaller ones when they go on sale. I often have the children buy more glue sticks when we run out. I guess it depends on what grade you teach and how much glue you use.
     
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    There's a tip...we always buy the JUMBO size glue sticks for Kinder. They last (almost) forever, and stay appropriately sticky right up until the end! The small ones, such as what you get at Dollar Tree, do not hold up as well.
     
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    I buy them in bulk for when I scrapbook. I have never had any of them dry out. Only if I leave the cap off :) I always buy the elmers kind when school starts, because they are really cheap when school starts up. Maybe the cheaper ones dry out faster?
     
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    I am picturing a cartoon in my head:
    man is standing there in kitchen with food items all over the counters and tables, looking into a refrigerator FILLED with glue sticks - caption over the wife says: but honey, they were on sale and I don't want them to dry out by Christmas *snicker
     
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    Tasha -- along with the batteries and the film (film? what's that?) :D I have seen people put all kinds of things in the fridge to preserve them... :rolleyes:

    I keep mine in a ziploc bag and have had no problems yet. I'm talking about my personal stash, which I don't use so often, not the school ones which get used up before they have a chance to dry out.
     
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    glue sticks: Make sure the lids are on tight, put in a ziploc bag, squeeze all the air out before zipping..:rolleyes:
     
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    So, for those of us stocking up on the two-packs at Wal-mart, would it be better to leave them in the original packaging until we are ready to use them?
     
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    This is just a thought- but what if you dampen a sponge and then throw that in the bag with the gluesticks? You wouldn't want to develop mold so I am thinking very lightly dampen. That would retain moisture in the bag to help with the gluesticks. This is just a guess!?
     

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