Chocolate ice cream, hot chocolate, chocolate pudding — the list of chocolate treats is endless, and so are the chances of spilling something on your clothing. Infants and fully-grown adults are equally guilty of causing an unexpected chocolate stain, but don’t worry: these brown stains are easily treatable. Here is a list of easy-to-follow tips to remove chocolate stains from a variety of fabrics.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Everyday Fabrics
Luckily, with some fast action and a little bit of dedication, it’s not too difficult to remove chocolate stains from everyday washable fabrics like cotton, linen, nylon, or polyester.
- Scrape or blot away any excess chocolate from the stain. Be gentle when doing this, as you don’t want to grind the chocolate further into the clothing fibres.
- Flush the back of the stained fabric with cold running water or soda water. Ideally, hold the reverse of the fabric under the tap or — if that’s impossible — saturate the stain with cold water or soda water. This will help loosen the chocolate particles and drive them out of the clothing fibres.
- Rub a liquid laundry detergent or liquid dishwashing detergent into the stain. Do this thoroughly (but not too roughly) and make sure the detergent saturates the fabric.
- Soak the garment in cold water for 15 minutes, and gently rub at the stain every 3-5 minutes or so. Keep on doing this and rinsing, until the stain is gone. You may need to re-apply more detergent for a particularly tough stain.
- If the stain persists, apply a commercial stain remover.
- Launder as usual in the washing machine, and the stain should be gone! If not, repeat Steps 2-5. Be sure to check the stain is completely gone before you tumble-dry or iron the garment.
How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Non-Washable Fabrics
Clothing and Abayas made from fabrics like silk, rayon, wool, and other specialised fabrics may require a more specific approach to removing chocolate stains. It might be easier to take any clothing to the dry cleaners rather than risking any damage.
Removing Chocolate Stains: Basic Tips
- Always read your garment care tags first.
- Act quickly once your clothes have been stained. The longer you wait to treat chocolate stains, the harder it will be to remove them.
- Always use cold water to treat a chocolate stain, as hot water can cause a chocolate stain to set.
- When treating a stain, ideally place a clean cloth or paper towel underneath the stain, so it does not spread onto the fabric underneath.
With these steps, you now know how to remove chocolate from clothes!