How To Remove Chocolate Stains From Clothes

How To Remove Chocolate Stains From Clothes

It's fairly easy to get a chocolate stain on your clothing, and it can be just as easy to get them off as well. Learn how to get rid of dark and milk chocolate stains.

Step 1: You Will Need

  • cold water
  • light-colored cloths
  • 1 tsp dishwashing liquid
  • ammonia
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • heat-proof bowl or bucket
  • big rubber band
  • borax
  • boiling water

Step 2: Inside Out

Work from the underside of the stain if you can. This prevents the stain from being pushed further into the fabric. Place an absorbent cloth under the stain to avoid transferring the stain to other fabric.

Step 3: Blot The Spot

Add a teaspoon of clear or white dishwashing liquid to a cup of cool water and gently blot the mixture onto the stain with a clean, light colored cloth. It's natural to want to put some muscle into fighting stains but rubbing too hard can make the fabric frayed and fuzzy.

Step 4: Consider The Culprit

If the stain persists, consider what kind of chocolate caused the stain. For milk chocolate stains, add a few drops of ammonia to the mixture you've already made. For dark chocolate stains, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the solution, then blot and rinse again. You can also try treating dark chocolate stains with hydrogen peroxide. Just be sure to test these different solvents first in a hidden spot to assure no discoloration.

Step 5: Facts On Borax

Try this method only if the fabric can tolerate hot water. Borax is most often used as a laundry booster but is also a good deodorizer. You should be able to find borax in the laundry aisle at your grocery store. Stretch the stain over a bowl or bucket and secure with a rubber band. Sprinkle a thick layer of borax over the stain. Pour hot to boiling water through the stain and rinse thoroughly. Now all you have to do is wash and dry the item as usual.