Yes, we love honey. It’s smooth and sweet and goes down beautifully with oats or warm buttered toast.
But push the taste buds aside honey actually is one of the worst substances to clean up. It is sticky and makes a mess.
The key to cleaning honey is having plenty of patience.
Don’t rub too much as you can spread the honey across the fabric or deeper into the fibers.
When you notice a honey spill, get on top of it asap to avoid the honey settling in for good.
How To Clean Honey?
To remove honey from surfaces, you need to scrape the excess honey off with a blunt knife or scraper. Boil some water and pour it slowly over the honey. Give it a little scrub for a minute, then dab the spot with a dry cloth. If the honey is still there, repeat the process. Once it is clean, use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up most of the water, then lay a few paper towels over to soak up any remaining moisture.
Cleaning Up Honey Method 1
Go and grab a clean sponge and soak it in a container of hot water. You will need gloves for this to prevent your hands from burning. Hot water is the key here.
You can cover the honey spot with the boiling hot cloth and let the steam soak into the honey.
Do this a few times to loosen the honey and dissolve it into the cloth. If the honey spot is large or not budging with the cloth, you can tip a little hot water onto the area.
Repeat this until the honey has disappeared.
Cleaning Honey Method 2
Boil some fresh water and pour it over the honey patch with a little dish soap squirted on.
Cover with a paper towel and some saran wrap. You need to leave this for about 15 minutes before removing all the covering. Try and remove everything together.
If the honey is still sticking everywhere, you can repeat the process. Once the honey is gone, you can get a clean cloth and dab at the stain to help remove the dish liquid.
Once it is all removed, dry well with a clean cloth or wet vacuum.
Removing honey with cold water
If the honey spill has just occurred, you can use cold water on it right away to break down the honey before it stains.
The honey will dissolve in the cold water if it is fresh. This will make it easier to remove.
After you have rinsed the area for a few minutes if honey is still remaining, use a spoon to scrape it away. The honey should come free quite easily.
Spot Treating Honey Stains With Detergent
You can apply liquid laundry detergent to the stained honey spot by saturating it completely.
The fabric needs to sit for about ten minutes and then rinse through with hot water.
Use gloves so you can have the water as hot as possible. If you cannot do this, run the clothing in the machine on the hottest rinse cycle possible.
Can I Use Stain Remover On Honey?
This is possible, but it needs to be a stain remover that targets deep set-in stains if the stain has been allowed to settle.
Ensure you follow the instructions on the bottle for use and ensure the stain remover is safe for the fabric you are using it on.
Using A Bleaching Agent For White Fabric
If you cannot get the honey stain out and the fabric is white, you cant try a mild bleaching agent.
Hydrogen peroxide works well, lemon juice or white vinegar. These can all be applied to the stain with a clean sponge. Allow to sit for a while, then rinse in cold water. Wash as normal.
Avoid Using The Dryer
Before you put the fabric in the dryer after washing, ensure the honey is gone. If the honey is still present and the item is put in the dryer, then it can cause the stain to settle.
Once the stain has been settled by heat, there is no way to get it out. After you wash a honey-stained item air-dry the first time to ensure all the stain has gone.
If the stain is still there, try another method. Once the stain is gone, you can go back to using the clothes dryer.
Cleaning Honey Off Wood Surfaces
Soak a kitchen cloth in hot water and lay it across the honey stain to soften it.
Now you need to wipe off as much as you can and repeat the process if needed.
Wipe off enough honey, so you only have a sticky residue left. A cloth with dishwashing liquid will help remove it. Finally, wipe over with a clean cloth.
Honey is sweet, and we love it dearly however, when it spills, it isn’t so sweet. It soon becomes a sticky mess on fabrics or on items.
This can make it harder to get out. With some elbow grease and a few tips and tricks, you should be able to have the honey removed as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Honey
What’s The Best Way To Remove Honey From Upholstery?
Scrape off any excess honey from the material. Using one tablespoon of dish liquid and two cups of cool water and use that solution to blot the stain with a clean cloth.
Can I Use Vinegar To Clean Honey Off Fabric?
It is a good idea to test spot vinegar on the fabric first to ensure it doesn’t damage your fabric. White vinegar is good for helping to remove honey stains on the fabric.