Removing Chocolate Stains: 3 Ways to Get Chocolate Out of Clothes

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Don’t know how to get chocolate out of clothes? We’ll show you how to remove chocolate stains using three simple home remedies.

Whether chocolate has accidentally melted in your backpack or landed on your favorite top, the stains can be very stubborn. The fat contained in chocolate makes it especially difficult to remove stains. However, with the right home remedies, you can get the material clean again without resorting to aggressive cleaning agents.

By the way, we recommend that you only buy fair trade chocolate to support fair farming conditions.

Preparing to Remove Chocolate Stains

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Chocolate is difficult enough to get off of skin! Clothes are even more tricky – it’s best to treat stains straight away. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Karolina Grabowska )

Carefully scrape off any remaining chocolate before you start to remove the chocolate stains. You can use a simple butter knife or even your fingernails for this. Be careful not to apply too much pressure — you don’t want to work the stain further into the material.

If the chocolate is still soft and hard to remove, you can put the item in the freezer for about two hours. Then you can scrape off the frozen chocolate.

Tip 1: How to Get Chocolate Stains out of Clothes With Dish Soap

For textiles that are difficult to wash, like car seat covers or couches, you can use dish soap to remove the chocolate stains.

  • Mix a dash of dish soap with a teaspoon of water on the stain and leave it for five minutes.
  • Dab with clean water and a clean cloth or sponge.

To get chocolate out of clothes, you can throw them in the washing machine after soaking the stain in dish soap. For a particularly environmentally friendly and inexpensive dishwasher detergent, try making your own at home. Find out how here: Homemade Dish Soap: DIY Dish Soap and Dishwasher Detergent

Tip 2: Fight Chocolate Stains with Castile Soap 

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Castile soap can be used in several ways around the house and comes in both liquid and bar form. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Karolina Grabowska )

What if dish soap does not work? Then you can always get chocolate stains out of clothes by using castile soap. Here’s how it works:

  • Moisten the castile soap and rub it gently onto the stain.
  • Leave the soap to work for about ten minutes.
  • Wash out the castile soap with warm water and then wash clothes normally in the washing machine.

Castile soap is the remedy to use with sensitive textiles. Plus you can also use it to make a DIY body wash.

Tip 3: Get Chocolate Out of Clothes Using Baking Soda & Vinegar

Can’t get stubborn chocolate stains out of delicate, dark textiles? Combine some pantry staples for this home remedy. 

  • Mix one tablespoon of vinegar with half a tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Add a splash of dishwashing liquid and two tablespoons of hot water. Mix the ingredients well.
  • Put the mixture on the chocolate stain and leave it for half an hour.
  • Rinse with clean water.

If you’re removing chocolate stains from upholstered furniture, be sure to dab with clean water and a sponge when rinsing, rather than rubbing the mixture in circular motions.

Got chocolate on the brain? Check out some of our chocolate recipes:

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Schokoladenflecken entfernen: 3 Hausmittel-Tipps

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