How to Remove Hot Chocolate Stains

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How to Remove Hot Chocolate Stains
Water and dish-washing soap may be enough to combat stubborn cocoa stains. (cup with cocoa image by Alexandra Gnatush-Kostenko from

A cup of hot chocolate may seem like a harmless treat until it ends up as a stain on your shirt or sofa. Fortunately, hot chocolate stains are easy to remove. If you have extra cash on hand, most drugstores sell stain removers that should work on most chocolate stains. If you prefer to make a home remedy, Good Housekeeping and two universities have found simple solutions that will get rid of cocoa stains in minutes.

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Things you need

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp hand dish-washing soap
  • White cloth or paper towels

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    Mix two cups of water with one tbsp liquid dish-washing soap to create a foolproof chocolate remover. Do not use dishwasher detergent; use dish-washing soap that is safe for your hands and fabric. Good Housekeeping recommends using cool water for use on upholstery and warm water for carpet stains. Use this treatment before laundering upholstery or clothing; the University of Illinois Extension states that a spin in the washing machine almost always sets the stain for good.

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    Use a clean white cloth or paper towel to blot the mixture into the stained fabric Do not use a dark cloth, as its colour might bleed and make the stain worse. Allow the area to absorb the moisture for a thorough cleaning.

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    Be persistent if the stain does not immediately disappear. Continue blotting the mixture on the stained area until the stain is gone. Eliminating the stain may take two to three attempts, according to Good Housekeeping.

  4. 4

    Spray a mist of cold water on to the soapy area to rinse it.

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    For stubborn hot chocolate stains on carpet, mix two cups warm water and one tbsp ammonia. Good Housekeeping warns not to include bleach in this mixture.

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    Apply the ammonia mixture to the stained area of the carpet. Blot until the stain disappears and lightly rinse it clean.

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    Alternatively, apply three per cent hydrogen peroxide to carpet with tough hot chocolate stains. Let it sit for one hour. Blot until the stain is gone. Do not bother rinsing, as light turns hydrogen peroxide into water, according to the University of Illinois Extension. Keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach, so do not use it in conjunction with ammonia.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove the stain as soon as possible after you spill so it doesn't have time to set.
  • Do not scrub with a bar of soap, as Iowa State University claims that this sets stains.
  • Never mix ammonia with bleach, as the combination is potentially explosive.

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