It is nearly impossible to go through life without getting chocolate or grease on your clothing. Through cooking and eating, food is sometimes spilt or splattered on clothing and often leaves an unattractive stain. The key to getting out chocolate or grease stains is to treat the stain as soon as possible. The longer the chocolate or grease sits on the clothing the more difficult it will be to remove. It is very possible to remove these stains from clothing so that you will never even know the stain was there.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Absorbent cloth
- Clear dishwashing liquid
- Cool water
- Clean, light-coloured rag
- White distilled vinegar
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Powdered washing powder
- Talcum powder or cornflour
Work the stain from the inside out. This will keep the chocolate from being pushed into the fabric even more. Put an absorbent cloth underneath the chocolate stain to keep it from spreading to other parts of the fabric.
Place one teaspoon of clear dishwashing liquid into one cup of cool water. Do not use hot water as this will only set the stain in further.
Blot the dishwashing liquid and water mixture onto the chocolate stain using a clean, light-coloured rag. Avoid rubbing forcefully so as not to tear or fray the fabric.
Wash the clothing as you normally would in the washing machine. Examine the clothing once the wash cycle is complete to see if the stain came out before putting it in the dryer. The heat from the dryer can set in the stain if it was not removed. If the stain persists, move on to Step 5.
Consider which type of chocolate the stain stems from if the stain was not removed with the above method. Different products can be used depending on if the stain is from dark chocolate or milk chocolate.
Add two tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to the dishwashing liquid and water solution for dark chocolate stains. You may also treat the stain directly with hydrogen peroxide. Put a few drops of ammonia into the dishwashing liquid and water mixture for milk chocolate stains.
Place a few drops of liquid dishwashing detergent directly onto the grease stain. Let it soak into the fabric for about three minutes then wash the clothing as normal. Be sure to check that the stain is completely removed before putting the clothing in the dryer. If the stain persists, move to Step 2.
Make a paste of powdered washing powder and water. Apply the paste directly onto the stain and wash in the washing machine. If the stain persists, move to Step 3.
Apply full-strength Lestoil to the grease stain. Gently rub the fabric to work out the stain. Rinse the Lestoil and then add more Lestoil to the stain, this time without rinsing. Wash the clothing as usual. Lestoil can be found in the laundry isle at most grocery stores. If the stain persists, move to Step 4.
Sprinkle talcum powder or cornflour on grease stains on even the most delicate fabrics. Allow the powder to sit on the stain overnight. Wash the clothing as normal.
Tips and warnings
- Never mix ammonia with bleach or products containing bleach. This can produce toxic fumes that can be dangerous to your health.
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