Typically used to sweeten baked goods with its sweet and tangy flavor, molasses is a thick syrup made from clarified and evaporated sugar cane juice. This dark viscous treat may make delicious desserts, but if it spills onto your floors or fabrics while baking with it, it can take some work to remove the sticky syrup.
Cleaning Molasses from Solid Surfaces
When cleaning a molasses spill from any type of surface, first scrape as much of the syrup as you can into a disposable container using a spatula or butter knife. Clean the sticky molasses that remains from solid surfaces with 2 cups of hot water mixed with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. The heat from the water will soften the molasses, making it easier for the soap to remove. Use a scrub brush on molasses spills that have become hard and gummy.
Molasses on Fabric, Carpet and Upholstery
Treat molasses stains on clothing with an enzymatic stain remover or white vinegar and soak them in warm water for 30 minutes to loosen the sticky syrup before laundering them as you normally would. Use a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or a mixture of 2 cups water and 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent to clean molasses stains on carpets or upholstery. Stains on carpets can be sponged with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ammonia and 1/2 cup of warm water, recommends Good Housekeeping.
- University of Illinois Extension: Stain Solutions: Molasses
- The Kitchn: How Can I Clean Up a Major Honey Spill
- Good Housekeeping: Stain Buster -- Maple Syrup
- Good Housekeeping: Stain Buster -- Honey
- Crosby's: What is Molasses?
- The Queen of Clean's Complete Cleaning Guide: Banish Dirt from Your Castle Orever with 2,047 Queen-Tested Tips; Linda Cobb
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