We don’t like seeing labels on things we have around the house — there’s enough advertising in our world; we don’t need it at home — so we routinely peel them off. At the kitchen sink, we fill plain, unmarked bottles with dish soap and hand soap. Even when we had two very differently-shaped bottles, with one seeming obviously dishwashing liquid, guests would ask “Which is for hands?”.
So we decided to make a word-free sign for the hand soap. We peeled the label off our pump bottle of fragrant Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap (endlessly refillable from a big 33-ounce bottle). Then we hunted around the internet for pleasing symbols of “hand”…
…and compiled our favorites on a single printable page using Photoshop.
Next we just cut one out and afixed it with a wide swath of packing tape.
Voila: HAND soap.
We’re going to see if it gives our guests the message (even with our shift to keeping the dish liquid dispenser more conveniently sitting hidden in the sink, rather than by the faucet.)
And now that we think about it, SYMBOLS rather than words are a pleasing way to label just about anything, along the lines of using polaroids and other images to indicate what’s inside.