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post #1 of 15
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...a whole jar of spilled honey that ran all the way across two shelves, covered tons of spices and jars and whatever else was in its path, then decided to drip down the back of the cabinets, down the wall and onto my counters? 

 

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I am currently just ignoring the mess. 

post #2 of 15

Crappy! 

 

I would try to scrape as much of it up as I could with a trowel type thing or metal flipper.  Then I'd put on gloves and use the hotest water I could handle with a bit of soap to take care of the rest.  The jars you can just put right into hot water to melt the honey off.  Crappy! 

 

Good luck!

post #3 of 15

As above poster said, hot water is key. It will melt the honey so you can just wipe it off. Then, use hot soapy water to remove the stickiness and finish by using dry towels to absorb any excess moisture. If things are still a bit sticky after that treatment, repeat until the stickiness is gone.

post #4 of 15

I wonder if a magic eraser would help with this- I use them for everything.

post #5 of 15
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I wonder if a magic eraser would help with this- I use them for everything.



I'm pretty sure it would for the final bit of cleaning (after the worst of the honey is gone).  I think the honey would just rip it up at first.

 

You probably already know this, but those things are seriously bad for you.  I always wear gloves when using them and only use them when nothing else will work. (I really should stop buying them given that I know how terrible they are).

 

post #6 of 15

I do know... And I do wear gloves- I clean houses for a living and use all natural products but nothing comes close to those- it saves me a lot- and I mean a lot of pain!

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I do know... And I do wear gloves- I clean houses for a living and use all natural products but nothing comes close to those- it saves me a lot- and I mean a lot of pain!


It seems so unfair that the stuff that is the worst works the best!! 
 

 

post #8 of 15

I know!!!  We need to petition green clean companies to come out with a safe product that works like them!  I do find melaluca magic works very well too... I really like their products.

post #9 of 15

I could lend you a helpful beagle!  :)  

post #10 of 15

My kid's father once tried to make mead, and exploded the container all over the kitchen floor. Sticky honey mess was everywhere. He got as much as possible up with the mop but it left a sticky residue. I can't remember if I used bleach or vinegar, (I actually think it was vinegar) and it took out the stickiness.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by nstewart View Post
You probably already know this, but those things are seriously bad for you.  I always wear gloves when using them and only use them when nothing else will work. (I really should stop buying them given that I know how terrible they are).

 


Wait... what??  I've looked and have never been able to find info on their toxicity.  Links?

 

 

For the OP - hot water and vinegar.  But like the pps said - use a stiff piece of cardboard or something similar (cut up a cereal box) to scrape up the bulk of it onto a paper bag or the like.  Get a fresh piece of cardboard when the first one is loaded.  Anything that can be should just be immersed in hot water.  For anything else, the hottest water you can stand and finish it off with vinegar, the stronger the better.  Vinegar dissolves honey pretty well. 

 

post #12 of 15

Ok, think I have egg on my face on this one.  I was one of those people who believed they had formaldahyde in them!!  So from what I've been seeing now (that I'm actually researching and not just reading the label) is that they are not toxic when in use, but are not eco-friendly either.

 

http://mommyfootprint.com/magic-cleaning-erasers-toxic-or-eco-friendly/

post #13 of 15

I like the beagle idea. 

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 

I just kept ignoring that mess for days and days smile.gif

 

Last night I tried scraping it up, but with the angle of the cabinet, size of my belly and subsequent mess that I made on the counter, it wasn't working. So I soaked a couple old prefolds in steaming hot water and basically melted the honey off. 

 

the ONLY problem that I have left, that I have a feeling is just going to not ever get touched, is that honey dripped from the back of the last cabinet shelf then ran down my walls, onto the counter. I wiped the walls, counter and shelf, but I cant to where the bottom of the cabinet and the wall meet. I cant even explain it. Why there was an open gap there is beyond me. headscratch.gif

 

Oh well, thanks for the suggestions! 

post #15 of 15

I ignore all sorts of messes.  It's my thing and it makes me pretty AWESOME!  The honey will eventually be cleaned up by ants.  Sheepish.gif

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