Ok, What turns ordinary peanut oil into a sticky, brown gooey substance and how do I get rid of it? Scrubbing with a dobie and dawn does nothing. In my youth, when I was a cook in a steak house, we sent everything; grease filters, cooking implements, etc., to the dishwasher and most items came back spotless, no grease, no grime, just shining steel. I'm just beginning a kitchen remodel and during the clean-up (yes, my wife is insane.... I said why clean it, it's going into a dumpster, but she didn't want the contractor seeing that our kitchen was in such a state of 'stickiness'... needless to say, she failed at her task and this failure got me thinking....) I never noticed the grime form cooking and frying with a sub-standard range hood until we started taking things down and I realized there was a thin film of sticky 'stuff' on everything. Then, when I dismantled my table-top fryer, I really saw the 'stuff' all over it, even the control panel. How do I break through this 'stuffs' hold on my stuff and eliminate it? Red.