How to Apply Sugar Soap

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Sugar soap is a powerful alkaline cleaner that can be diluted with water or used in full-strength form. Apply it in the correct concentration for each cleaning task. Large area cleaning projects like washing walls and floors can be done with a small amount of liquid or powder sugar soap concentrate. More difficult cleaning tasks, like removing cooked-on grease and food debris, might require using sugar soap in its undiluted form. Look for sugar soap concentrate online or at any hardware store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Warm water
  • Bucket
  • Large spoon
  • Plastic gloves
  • Goggles
  • Furniture protection (optional)
  • Empty spray bottle (optional)
  • Nonabrasive scrub brush
  • Soft sponge

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    Diluted Sugar Soap

  1. 1

    Read the instructions that came with the powdered or liquid sugar soap concentrate to determine the correct dilution proportions for your task. A good rule of thumb is generally to use one cup of sugar soap for every gallon of water.

  2. 2

    Cover your hands with plastic gloves and put on goggles. Move furniture away from the area you intend to clean or protect it with a plastic sheet or tarp cover.

  3. 3

    Pour some of the sugar soap concentrate into a bucket and add the appropriate amount of warm, running water. Gently stir the mix together with a large spoon to dissolve the sugar soap in the water.

  4. 4

    Dip the bristles of a nonabrasive scrub brush in the sugar soap solution and scrub the dirty areas using a circular motion. Return the brush the bucket to keep the bristles soapy as you scrub. Or choose to transfer some of the sugar soap mix to a spray bottle for faster application.

  5. 5

    Wipe down all the scrubbed surfaces with a soft, damp sponge to remove sugar soap residue.

    Full-Strength Sugar Soap

  1. 1

    Cover your hands with plastic gloves and put on goggles.

  2. 2

    Apply the powdered or liquid sugar soap concentrate directly to the soiled area.

  3. 3

    Work the cleaner into the grime with a nonabrasive scrub brush.

  4. 4

    Wipe all debris and residue from the cleaning site with a soft, damp sponge.

Tips and warnings

  • Sugar soap can remove colour and leave marks on fabric and wood surfaces.

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