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How to remove chocolate stains like a pro

Dropped chocolate on your white shirt? Dripped hot chocolate on your carpet? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered.


By Cleanipedia Team

Person wearing a white t-shirt that is stained with chocolate

Knowing how to remove chocolate stains is a genuine life skill. No, really – if you or your family are chocolate lovers, you absolutely need to know how to remove it when the inevitable drips and spills happen.

The key to removing chocolate stains is speed, as chocolate contains a high amount of fat that keeps working away to ruin your clothing and carpets. But with so many different types of chocolate – and surfaces it can fall on – you also need to know which stain removal techniques and products work best in which circumstances. 

So whether it’s a favourite skirt, your kid’s top, the new sofa or that lovely cream carpet, we’ve put together some simple steps to help you get rid of chocolate stains like a pro.

Removing chocolate stains from clothes and bedding

Want to know how to get a chocolate stain out of a white shirt? Or desperate to get chocolate out of your sheets? We’ve put together some simple steps to help you quickly get your fabrics looking fabulous again.

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(If you’re out and about when the stain occurs, head straight to the next section.)

How to get chocolate out of your sofa

Chocolate is the ultimate dessert food, but eating it on your sofa can be risky. If you have a fabric sofa, melted chocolate can cause quite an unpleasant stain, which will be especially noticeable on a light-coloured fabric. However, there’s no need to panic; the stain can be removed. If you can take the covers off your sofa, chuck them in the washer with some laundry detergent. If not, do your best to scrape away excess chocolate before applying an appropriate stain remover in a dabbing motion. Blot away the excess moisture with a clean cloth and repeat the process until the stain has gone.

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