Skip to Content

How to Clean Peanut Butter

If you love peanut butter but always seem to make a mess anytime you eat it, this is the article for you. Check out all the tips and tricks for removing peanut butter stains from just about any material, as well as cleaning a peanut butter jar.

A close look at a bowl of peanut butter with its jar on the side along with fresh peanuts.
  • Peanut butter is a sticky substance that tastes great but just seems to stick to everything. 
  • This article discusses peanut butter and all the ways it sticks to things.
  • Do not despair because this article also highlights all the ways you can remove it from various surfaces without ruining the item. 

Peanut butter is delicious food. It pairs well with many things or can be eaten by itself right off the spoon. My personal favorite is when peanut butter and chocolate or dark chocolate are mixed together.

I realize not everyone loves peanut butter as much as I do, and there are also people several allergic to peanuts. For this reason, we must be careful when consuming peanut butter and make sure we are not around anyone with a peanut allergy. Peanut butter is also incredibly sticky. It is excellent for getting gum out of your hair, and yes, I know from personal experience.

It is not so great when it sticks to items and clothes that you do not want there. Peanut butter, especially natural peanut butter, can contain a lot of oil and that has the ability to leave a nasty mess on your material. You are in luck because this article gives you all the insight on how to clean peanut butter. 

Related: What Goes with Peanut Butter | Peanut Butter Balls Recipe | Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe | Peanut Nutrition Facts | Alternatives to Butter | Types of Nut Butter | Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter | Types of Peanut Butter | How to Store Peanut Butter | Peanut Butter Substitutes

What is Peanut Butter?

This is a close look at a chunk of creamy peanut butter.

Peanut butter is a spread or paste that is full of protein. It is made from peanuts. To make peanut butter, the peanuts are roasted. Then the roasted peanuts are ground into a paste. That is really all you need to make peanut butter.

However, you will find it on the grocery store shelves with salt, sugar, oil, and in some cases, trans fat added. You can even find powdered peanut butter at your local grocery store, which gives you all the protein but none of the sugar or oil. You can easily add this version to shakes or meals. 

How to Clean a Peanut Butter Jar

This is a close look at an empty jar of peanut butter.

Cleaning a peanut butter jar for recycling is easier than you think. It just requires a unique ingredient. The first thing you want to do is scrape out as much of the peanut butter as you possibly can. This process can work for a plastic peanut butter jar, as well as 

Then, you need about two eggs shells, which you can toss into the jar. 

Now, add some warm water to fill the jar about 1/3 of the way. Put the lid back on the jar. 

Shake the jar vigorously for about a minute or two. The shells are going to break and scrub the jar in the process. You want to get the water to move back and forth and not just swirl in the jar. 

Using a strainer, pour the water and eggshells out of the jar. You may need to fill the jar with warm water and shake again. 

Now, you should have a jar free of peanut butter. If there is any residue, you can easily wipe it with a paper towel.

How to Remove Peanut Butter Stains

This is a close look at some chocolate and peanut butter combined.

You will notice that the first few steps for removing stains are similar. These removal techniques work for all types of peanut butter, including creamy peanut butter, smooth peanut butter, and crunchy peanut butter. They should also work for any nut butter, including almond butter.

Removing Peanut Butter From Carpet Fiber, Silk, Wool, and Rayon

You want to scrape any excess peanut butter off the material with a spatula or dull butter knife. 

Add a dry cleaning solvent to a damp sponge and apply light strokes moving from the center to the outside of the stain.

Dampen an absorbent and clean white cloth with a dry spotter liquid. Keep the cloth in place as long as you need to pull the stain out of the material. As the cloth pulls out the stain, change the cloth. Be sure to keep the stain and cloth damp with the dry spotter.

Flush the stain by applying a stain remover with the dry cleaning liquid to loosen the stain further. Let that dry. 

If the stain remains, sponge the area with water. The mix wet spotter with a few drops of white vinegar and apply it to the stain. Cover the stain with an absorbent cloth that is dampened with a wet spotter. Leave it as long as it is pulling out the stain. Continue to change the cloth as it removes the stain. 

Flush the stain with water and repeat these steps until the stain is gone. 

Removing Peanut Butter From Cotton, Acrylic, Linen, Polyester, and Spandex

Scrape any excess peanut butter off the material with a spatula.

Add a dry cleaning liquid to a damp sponge and apply light strokes moving from the center to the outside of the stain.

Dampen an absorbent cloth with a dry spotter liquid. Keep the fabric in place as long as you need to pull the stain out of the material. As the cloth pulls out the stain, change the cloth. Be sure to keep the stain and cloth damp with the dry spotter.

To loosen the stain, push down with light strokes on the cloth on the stain to blot the area. 

Flush the stain by applying a stain remover with the dry cleaning liquid.

If the stain persists, apply wet spotter to the stain and then take a sponge dampened with water and blot the stain. Use a soft absorbent cloth to blot up any loosened peanut butter. 

Flush with water and repeat steps until the stain is gone. Allow material to dry. 

Removing Peanut Butter From Leather 

Scrape any excess peanut butter off the material with a spatula.

Dip a cloth in warm water with suds and wipe the area gently. 

Rinse the material with clean water and wipe dry gently. 

Use a quality leather cleaner or saddle soap to condition the material. 

Removing Peanut Butter from Wood

This is a peanut butter toast that fell on the hardwood flooring.

Scrape any excess peanut butter off the material with a spatula.

In a dish, mix gentle dishwashing soap with hot water. Agitate it to create suds. 

Put a cloth in the foamy water and apply it to the stain. 

Dampen a clean cloth with fresh water and rinse the area clean. 

Polish the previously stained wood as soon as possible after cleaning. 

FAQs

Will Peanut Butter Stain My Clothes?

Peanut butter leaves an oily stain. If you work to remove it right away and follow the steps above, you should be able to remove the stain, even from homemade peanut butter. 

Will Peanut Butter Stain My Teeth?

Peanut butter is loaded with protein, but also can be a high source of sugar, depending on the ingredient list. It is sticky and often gets in hard-to-reach places between your teeth. While it may not stain your teeth, there is the potential for it to get stuck and cause cavities.