Every chocoholic will know that eating chocolate can be a slightly messy experience, but don’t let a chocolate stain turn your favourite treat into a guilty pleasure. Chocolate has a very low melting temperature, so what makes it so indulgently smooth is also the unfortunate cause of many people’s laundry disasters.
Luckily, with these top tips you’ll not only know how to remove chocolate stains from clothing, but how to get rid of it from any fabric it happens to mark!
How to Remove Chocolate Stains
- Knowing how to remove chocolate stains from clothing is as much about the clothing as the chocolate stain itself. By identifying the fabric and carefully reading the washing instructions, you will be able to understand which cleaning method is most suitable. If a fabric is non-washable, you will need to take it to the dry-cleaners immediately. Silk, wool, cashmere, and mohair should not be washed in hot water; but cotton, linen, lycra, spandex, and polyester are all suitable for standard washing methods – adapt the following steps accordingly.
- Before applying any moisture, try removing the chocolate stain with a knife or spoon. Be careful not to spread the chocolate onto other areas of the fabric or rub it deeper into the fabric fibres. The quicker you act, the better chance you will have at being able to remove the chocolate stain.
- To prevent the stain from further being further absorbed into the fabric, rinse the back of the chocolate stain with cold, running water.
- Apply a small amount of laundry detergent to the chocolate stain and leave to soak in cold water for between 15-30 minutes. Use a good quality product suitable for your clothing – something like Breeze ActivBleach is ideal. Always read the label on your chosen detergent to determine if it can be used in this way, and test it on a small, unnoticeable area first.
- Wash the fabric as normal, being careful to follow the manufacturers instructions on the label.
- Repeat step 4 if necessary.