Eating chocolate is certainly a hobby that we all most probably share. I mean, who can resist the good old chocolate?
Despite the goodness of this dessert slash snack, you can’t avoid the inevitable stains once it melts. Hence, we can say that chocolate is one of the best things that humans have invented, but chocolate stains? Perchance not so much.
Chocolate comes in various forms and each is made from distinct ingredients, thus, each has different staining abilities. Moreover, these stains on clothes and even on upholsteries. Worry not though because this is really no biggie!
Methods Of Removing Chocolate Stains
There are different methods to remove chocolate stains, but some could take a really long time. Take note though that the fastest way to remove chocolate stains won’t necessarily remove the chocolate mark, but will definitely keep it from staining and ruining your shirt.
To know the fastest way to remove chocolate stains on your clothing and other surfaces, then read on and learn more about the methods that are the fastest out there and definitely more efficient.
To remove chocolate stains on your clothing, always take note that you have to act fast when the chocolate falls onto your clothing fabric. In this way, you can easily remove it and prevent it from further damage.
Once the “oh no” moment happens, immediately use a knife or spoon to scoop out the chunk of chocolate that fell on the fabric. Don’t use your fingers or it will spread throughout the removal process.
Remember to use your best judgment when looking at the chocolate on your fabric. If this has already dried and hardened, I don’t suggest peeling them away because it could cause damage.
Cold Water Method
Technically, this scooping out process is the fastest way to remove the chocolate. However, if you can, you can use the cold water method as the next step.
Firstly, turn your fabric inside out and run cold water over the stained area. This will allow the stain to not seep deeper into the fabric. Do not use warm or hot water.
Warm or hot water is actually more counterproductive than helpful. This will set the stain and it can be a bigger problem later on. Hence, cold water should be used.
The cold water technique won’t completely take the stain away, however, it will make it much easier for you to wash later with the detergent. Remember to let the cold water run over the backside of the area.
The aforementioned process is the best when you’re either outside or when you still don’t have the luxury to remove chocolate stains by washing it with soap. This will not only fade the chocolate color but will also help you with your washing later on.
Laundry Detergent Method
This can be your next step to the scooping and cold water method. However, if you don’t have enough time in your hands, then the cold water method is trusty enough to lighten the stain and to keep you going without worrying about looking like a mess.
Apply the liquid detergent into the chocolate stain. You can use liquid dish soap if you don’t have the clothing detergent. Don’t use detergent for dishwashers though!
Allow the clothing to rest with the detergent on for five minutes. Thereafter, gently rub them with your fingers if you want, but don’t scrub or wring them.
Take note that you don’t have to rinse after letting it sit. Rub it more with your fingers every three to five minutes and continue until you can see that the stain is gone. Then, rinse thoroughly.
Toothpaste and Baking Soda Method
If you don’t have natural acids (like vinegar and lemon juice) at home, you can always use your toothpaste. Just wet the water with a little water and you can coat the affected area with a generous layer of toothpaste.
Baking soda must be added onto your toothpaste stain remover mixture. After putting the toothpaste, you can sprinkle a little baking soda and gently rub it until the stain is gone.
After the scooping method, this toothpaste and baking soda method is I believe the fastest way to remove chocolate stains. However, I do not recommend doing this if the stain is old.
Old Chocolate Stains
If we’re talking about old chocolate stains, then the fastest way is definitely not ten minutes but rather longer. Obviously, this is because you’ve let the stain sit on your garment, making an almost permanent mark.
The laundry method for old chocolate stains is to saturate the area around the affected part with heavy cream and let it sit for thirty minutes. Believe it or not but the heavy cream is a really big help.
The science behind this method lies in the fat of the cream as the catalyst for the removal of the stain. The fat will lift the fatty chocolate out of the fabric, making it disappear.
After half an hour, rinse the cream off of the fabric. Next is you lather the stain with a stain remover that works for you. Remember that some fabrics are sensitive, hence other stain removers like bleach might be more counterproductive than helpful.
Laundry detergent or dish soap can be helpful too. However, always take note of the washing techniques recommended for your clothing—unless, you just don’t care anymore and you want the stain off the clothing?
For at least 30 minutes, soak the garment in cold water. If you can still the stain, run cold water over the stained area again and lather with soap again.
I do not suggest vigorously scrubbing and wringing because this might distress the form of your clothing, or worse, damage the fabric and create small holes. Once it’s done, you can now normally wash it like how you usually do.
As usual, start with scraping the excess chocolate off of the fabric with a spoon or knife. Do not use your hand or anything that won’t scoop out the chocolate to avoid further staining.
If you don’t want to use your knife or spoon then you can try a different alternative. Holding your vacuum directly above the stain is helpful too, but this only usually works for chunks of chocolate.
A stain remover is a next step. You can make your own simple stain remover by mixing 1 tablespoon of dish soap to 2 cups of warm water.
To make things easier, you can always put the mixture in a spray bottle. In this way, you won’t have to worry about over pouring the mixture onto your upholstery.
Apply the stain remover onto the stained area and use a clean toothbrush to gently dab the affected part of your upholstery. Avoid rubbing because this will only cause more damage, dab instead!
After every dab, rinse the toothbrush and go back to the same process. This may only take you a good 10 minutes (or probably less if you act quickly).
After everything, soak up the stain remover with a clean towel, paper towel, or any clean cloth. Press this on the surface and again, do not rub.
The key to removing stains is to act fast when it falls onto your fabric. In this way, you won’t have to suffer from vigorous scrubbing later on.
Do not place your garment in the dryer when the stain is still there. Chances are it may cause a permanent stain that might haunt you forever.
If you’re going to use a knife when scooping or scraping off the chocolate, make sure to use a butter knife. Avoid using sharp knives because this may damage your clothing.
If you’re going to use a detergent instead of a dish soap, always take note that this should be safe for your fabrics. I recommend looking for a color-safe non-chlorine bleach to remove the stained area easily.
Treating with a mild bleaching agent with enough acid, you can actually try lemon juice. This is perfect for your white clothes.
You can always make your own stain remover. However, you should always research first if it can be used onto your fabric. Remember that different fabric requires different care.
Vinegar, with its acidity, can also be used as a stain remover. To make a solution, you just have to dilute the white vinegar with water (2:1). Lemon juice can also be used.
Always look out for the stains on your clothing because these do not only catch people’s attention, but they can also result in a permanent stain onto your clothing. Hence, you should never neglect the quick and simple ways to avoid further damage.
Whatever method that you choose, always take note that you have to wash your clothing like how you usually do. After treating the stain, there can be unseen or naughty dirt that can be lurking around, and washing the shirt like normal will truly help you.
In the end, you scrumptious chocolate binge eating will always be satisfying. Just always remember the rule of thumb: don’t use your thumb (pun intended) or any finger to scoop the drip—I mean, that’s so tempting, but please don’t!