How to Get Rid of a Dark Chocolate Stain From Clothes

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Delicious dark chocolate leaves a noticable stain on clothing.
Delicious dark chocolate leaves a noticable stain on clothing. (Image: Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Dark chocolate is named for it's almost-black color, due to the high percentage of cocoa and lesser amount of sugar and milk. Aside from a stronger, less-sweet flavor, dark chocolate also makes darker stains when it ends up on your clothes. Chocolate stains can be distressing as they are viewed as permanent. Treated quickly, and with the proper supplies and techniques, you can successfully remove the dark chocolate stain from your clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Scraper
  • Pre-wash stain remover
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • Bucket
  • 1/2 cup all-fabric bleach

Remove any chocolate substance from your clothes by gently scraping it off with a plastic scraper. Rinse off the scraper and continue to lift the dark chocolate until you cannot remove anymore.

Flush the dark chocolate-stained area with cool water to remove more of the stain, if possible. Wring out the excess moisture and lay your stained garment on a flat surface.

Use a cool rinse as hot water can set a stain.
Use a cool rinse as hot water can set a stain. (Image: robinet image by razorconcept from Fotolia.com)

Cover the chocolate stain with pre-wash stain remover. Rub the stain remover into the fabric to loosen the stain and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Pour a couple drops of heavy-duty laundry detergent onto the stain and rub the fabric together to work the detergent into the fibers.

Rinse your clothes again while rubbing the fabric together to remove more of the chocolate stain. Tackle any remaining chocolate stain by soaking your clothes in a bucket of warm water mixed with 1/2 cup all-fabric bleach. Soak your dark chocolate-stained clothes for 30 minutes.

Wash your clothes, as normal, using the heavy-duty laundry detergent. Before placing the clothing in the dryer, check to make sure the dark chocolate stain is completely gone. Heat from the dryer will set any remaining stain.

Launder your clothing to remove the last of the dark chocolate stain.
Launder your clothing to remove the last of the dark chocolate stain. (Image: laundry image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • Flush a fresh chocolate stain with cool water as quickly as possible. Rinse your garment from the backside of the stain so the chocolate isn't being washed through the fibers.
  • Substitute chlorine bleach for the all-fabric bleach when removing a chocolate stain from white clothing.

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