How to Remove Sticky Peanut Brittle Residue

Ann asked, “I just started cleaning our large church. The kitchen in the church is rented out on a regular basis to a group that makes peanut brittle. Everything in our kitchen is sticky. Do you have a suggestion?”

Peanut brittle is sticky from all the yummy sugar and syrup in the recipe. Select one of the methods below to remove the sticky residue.

You Will Need:

  • Soda water¹
  • White vinegar²
  • An enzyme digester

Steps to Remove the Residue:

  1. Wipe the surfaces with carbonated water on a clean, dry cloth. If that isn’t enough to remove the sticky residue, continue with the steps below.
  2. Make a diluted vinegar solution of one part white vinegar to one part water.
  3. Wipe away the sugar residue with a cloth soaked in the vinegar solution or put the vinegar solution in a spray bottle and use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the vinegar spray and sugar residue away.
  4. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, use an enzyme-digestant cleaner. Enzyme digesters are extremely effective for removing organic residue.³Select an enzyme digester that is safe for your counter or flooring material, such as EZR Enzymatic Countertop Cleaner or Nature’s Miracle Hard Floor Cleaner, and follow the instructions on the bottle.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Sugar residue is clear when fresh, but over time the sugar will caramelize and leave a yellow or brown stain.¹Remove the sugar residue as soon as possible to prevent stains.
  • Do not use a vinegar solution on grout, as it can corrode the grout.⁴


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