Tips For Removing Chocolate Stain From Clothes

by Taylor

A chocolate stain can be one of the toughest ones to remove, because it is what is called a "combination stain."


There are many ingredients within the chocolate which can cause the stain, and sometimes there is more than one, so you have to deal with many stain removal issues at once when dealing with these stains.

On the other hand, since chocolate has been around a long time, so are the stains it leaves behind, and over the years people have figured out lots of different ways to remove them.

There is no right or wrong way to remove stains, just what works and what doesn't. Therefore, below I've gathered up lots of tips for removing these stains from your clothing and other washable fabrics.

If you've used a tip or trick successfully for removing these stains, and you don't see it listed already though, I would love it if you shared it with me. You can share your tip for how to remove a stain from chocolate here, or read other tips which have already been submitted, including for other surfaces such as carpet.

In addition, I'd love for you to share any other stain removal clothes tips here, if you've got great tips for any other stain!

So, without further ado, below are the tips and tricks I've already gathered together for removing these tough stains.

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Stain Removal Chocolate Tip For Clothing - For Dark And Milk Chocolate

The video below gives some stain removal chocolate tips for clothing, which are an alternative to the suggestions of Stain-Removal-101.com for chocolate stain removal.

One of the things I like most about this video is that it differentiates between dark chocolate stains and milk chocolate stains.

Both types of chocolate can be treated in much the same way, but there are some differences in treatment because of the difference in the ingredients within the stain.

The first stain removal solution suggested in the video is the same for both types of chocolate, and that is a simple solution of 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.

Then, if that does not work the video begins to differentiate between milk and dark chocolate.

For milk chocolate it suggests to add a few drops of ammonia into the dishwashing liquid solution, while for dark chocolate instead add two tablespoons of white vinegar.

The video states you can also use hydrogen peroxide for dark chocolate stain removal.

Finally, the most aggressive stain removal method the video suggests is to cover the chocolate stain on the fabric with borax, and then pour boiling water over it to remove the chocolate stain.

(You can learn more about uses for borax powder for stain removal, cleaning, laundry and more here.)

Of course, after all of this you still need to wash the clothing to get out all the stain removal solutions.



Below you can see even more ways to remove these stains from your clothes and other washable fabrics.

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Chocolate Removal Stain Tip For Washable Fabric

Below are some alternate chocolate removal stain tips and home remedies for washable fabrics.

Fight The Cream Stain In Chocolate With Cream

The first of these home remedies is to fight a chocolate stain, which has cream in it, with cream.

You may heard of the idea of fighting like stains with like items before, and that is where this home remedy comes from.

First, rub some heavy cream onto your chocolate stained fabric with a toothbrush, and then let the chocolate stained fabric soak in the cream for about twenty minutes.

Then, launder as usual and often the stain will be gone. (Make sure to check the stained area before throwing it in the dryer, because if it is not completely gone you don't want the dryer's heat to set the stain.)

Another reader also shared this tip below, and there is more information and ideas about it there.

Make Your Own Chocolate Stain Remover Solution

You can also make your own stain remover, just for a chocolate stain.

Here are the ingredients:Just coat this solution on the stained area, let sit for 10-15 minutes (check first in an inconspicuous area of the fabric to make sure it does not harm or discolor the fabric first), and then run through the wash as normal.

Do you make your own stain removers? If so, I would love for you to share your own homemade stain removal recipes here, or read over 55 other recipes already submitted.

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How To Get Set Chocolate Stain Out Of Clothing

I came across a blog entry recently from The Diaper Diaries about how she removed a set chocolate stain out of her white jeans.

This chocolate stain removal tip is even more awesome because her husband had accidentally run the jeans through the dryer, meaning the stain was much more difficult to remove.

What she did was to get a product from the store, in the laundry aisle, called a "water softener," such as Calgon water softener, and then soaked the chocolate stain in a solution of the water softener and water.

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She also used pressure to manually loosen the stain and get the water softener solution all through the fabric by pressing on the stain with her hands.

Finally, she washed the jeans again, in cold water, using the stain cycle on her washing machine.

For those of you without such a cycle (such as myself) you can get a similar result by just presoaking the stained item in a tub of laundry detergent and water, or by stopping the washer while it is full of water (and detergent) and let is soak for a while before restarting it (if you have a top loader).

One of the reasons I believe this worked so well for her is that water softener binds with the metals and other items in your water that make it "hard" and which keep detergents from working as well as they otherwise would.

Therefore, the advantage of using a water softener with your laundry is to allow the detergent itself to work more effectively.

***UPDATE*** I came across this video recently where someone gives the exact tip of using water softener to remove chocolate stains.

You have to go through the first part of the video first, however, about how to remove scuff marks from shoes with toothpaste, to see it though.

Basically, what he says to do is to put a little water softener in a bowl with warm water and then place in your stained item, and agitate it around a bit. You may also want to lightly rub the water softener solution into your clothing, much like the blogger did above. Here is the video for his demonstration.



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Beat A Chocolate Stain With Dairy

by Julia
(Victoria, BC)

Julia sent in this tip for how she removed a chocolate stain with heavy cream.

Julia says:

It's actually the FAT in the milk that soaks the chocolate into the fibers.

I found a suggestion online somewhere to simply soak these stains in high fat milk (I used Creamo).

Seems the milk fats combine and the stain's fats are diluted, so it simply loosens up and floats away.

When I went in to see if it had worked on my (white!) cushion cover, the stain was simply gone. And it was several weeks old.

I gave it a little scrub in the cream at the end, then washed normally. Miraculous.

I wish I could remember where I read it, so I could thank them, and give them the credit for this amazing remedy.

Taylor says:

Thanks so much for sharing what worked for you in removing this particularly tough stain Julia.

I'm not sure where you originally read this tip, but I actually have shared that tip on this same page (see above) for how to remove a chocolate stain from clothing and other washable fabric! I'm glad it worked for you.

***Update: This is some disagreement about why, exactly, this tip works, but many people have shared it with me, which must mean it really works well! Here's another reader, Nancy D., who told me something quite similar. Nancy said:
Milk has an enzyme in it that removes chocolate from clothing or fabric.

Simply pour the milk on the spot and rub until the spot it gone, then launder as usual.

(If there is a large amount of chocolate, remove any excess and then pour the milk on it and begin rubbing.)

You may need to repeat more than once.

This can also be used for set in chocolate stains depending on how deeply set in they are.
***End Update

Of course, there are times when milk and cream themselves can cause stains. If this happens, check out these instructions for removing cream stains to help with that issue.

You might be surprised to here that there are lots of unusual uses of milk around your home. Click the link to find more that I've added to the site, or to share your own with me as well!

In addition, has anyone else tried some home remedies for removing stains caused by chocolate and had success? If so, I would love to hear what you did too, so share your tips here, and I'll feature them on this page too!

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Chocolate milk off white dress
by: Candice

I tried dish soap and nothing happened. Tried vinegar and nothing. Went for the white Oil of Olay hand soap bar, rubbed it into the spot, and scrubbed it together with another spot. Worked like a charm. Dress was saved. Thumbs up!

Dish Soap with Oxy and Peroxide for Chocolate Stain removal
by: Donna B

The two parts peroxide to one part dish soap (I used Palmolive with Oxy) worked like a charm to remove the chocolate stains on my white cotton pants!

homemade chocolate stain remover with hydrogen peroxide worked
by: Maggie

This one worked beautifully. The stains that I thought had ruined my brand new white blouse came out without any trouble at all in half the time quoted.

Thanks for saving a favorite shirt.

used dairy and it worked
by: Kristie

I just used half and half (all I had on hand) on a stain of chocolate frosting on my white cotton shirt, and it worked! I brushed off excess, then poured a little milk and let it soak a few seconds, rubbed it in, and saw it disappear. I then used a couple drops of Dawn dish soap to wash out the stain and half and half.

Was it Dairy or Water Softener?
by: Anonymous

After trying to remove chocolate stain on khaki pants (90% cotton & 10% spandex) using Clorox2 & Oxi-Clean Gel stick found your site as the stain was still there. Used heavy cream and washed w/water softener, the stain was lighter, repeated cream & water softener and it is GONE!!! Thank you.

Chocolate milk stain on white jeans
by: Carmlee

Best to treat the stain before you wash and dry the item. Once washed and dried the stain is usually set in for good. I soaked chocolate milk stained white jeans in "Vanish NapiSan Oxi Action" for about 2 days. On day 3 there was only a light chocolate stain left. I then used "Exit Stain Remover Soap" on the remaining stain - that removed the remaining light chocolate stain. Then I washed the jeans in the wash machine on the cold water setting. I dried them in the direct sun so that the sun would further bleach them. They are as good as new - no sign of any of the chocolate milk stains.

response re Rose's question
by: Taylor

Hi Rose, there are some tips above, in the article, suggesting to use water softener, such as for the laundry, to remove such stains, specifically on white jeans. However, I will admit I don't know what you mean by removers removing the white color from jeans. If they're white, it won't remove the dye, there isn't any. If you mean lighten though if they are not completely white, I suppose I understand that. If you are worried about uneven spots from a pretreater I would suggest testing whatever product you choose first, in an inconspicuous spot first, to make sure that won't be an issue. Good luck!

spot on white jeans
by: Rose

How do I get chocolate stains out of white jeans without using stain removal products (which take the white color out of the jeans)?

It worked!
by: Anonymous

My granddaughter got chocolate on her new white shirt. My google search to remove the stain brought me to your site. I was pleasantly surprised when the stain vanished. Thank you.

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