First, a piece of chocolate, then two and poof, the cocoa-containing treat is not only in your stomach but also on your clothes or sofa. Removing dried chocolate stains can sometimes be a challenge. We will show you how to remove chocolate from clothes, upholstery, etc.
The easiest way to remove chocolate stains from the sweet tooth is to remove them while they are still fresh. To do this, hold the affected item of clothing, or the stained area, under hot water and wipe it with your finger a few times until the stain disappears into thin air. Large textiles like the sofa can be dabbed with a cloth and hot water. Chocolate stains are much more stubborn when dried, but this is also possible.
Chocolate is delicious, but it also quickly causes unsightly stains on clothing. With a few simple ingredients, which you probably have at home, the stain is gone in no time at all. Dried chocolate can still be removed:
- Carefully remove the stuck and lumpy chocolate that remains with your finger or a mass.
- Massage a few drops of liquid detergent (no fabric softener) onto the affected area and massage it into the stain.
- Place the garment in a bowl of water that is as hot as possible and leave to soak for a few minutes.
- After about 15 minutes, wash the garment with plenty of cold water and then put it in the washing machine to remove the stain completely.
Silk and velvet are delicate fabrics that cannot be easily treated under hot water. In addition, chocolate stains stick particularly stubbornly to these textures.
- To remove chocolate from such noble materials, you need pure alcohol. Something clear, like vodka, for example, is perfect.
- Remove hard chocolate lumps with your hand or a knife
- Dip a cotton swab/cloth in some clear alcohol and dab the soiled area carefully several times
- Leave the dabbed area for 5 minutes and absorb the residual moisture with a cotton cloth.
- Repeat the process until the stain is gone.9 home remedies to remove make-up stains
The trick with the hot water works very well with linen fabrics, polyester, and co. However, you cannot put your favorite wool jumper under high temperatures without running the risk of damaging the material.
- The easiest way to remove chocolate stains is with a mixture (2:1) of glycerine and cold water. You can get glycerine in pharmacies.
- Spread several times over the chocolate stain with a cotton cloth soaked in the glycerine mixture.
- Leave the mixture to work for 5-10 minutes.
- Carefully wash the wool under cold water and repeat the process until the stain has completely disappeared.
- Use baby shampoo to wash your wool clothes and remove the glycerine completely.
Caution: First test the glycerine mixture and alcohol on an inconspicuous part of the garment to detect any discoloration or similar before you start. If the fabric reacts to the household remedy, you should take it to the dry cleaner and have it professionally removed. This way you can be sure that your favorite piece of clothing will remain for a long time to come.
How nice it would be to be able to simply throw the sofa in the washing machine! Since this is unfortunately not possible and many covers are not removable, we have a few tips for you on how to remove chocolate from the couch. By the way, this trick also works for car covers, seat cushions, upholstery, and other large textiles.
- Drip some washing-up liquid on the chocolate stain and leave it to work for 5 minutes. You can massage it in a little with your fingers.
- Then dab the affected area with a cotton cloth and hot water. Be careful not to wipe outwards, so as not to increase the chocolate stain.
- Now take a dry cotton cloth and soak up the water by applying light pressure to the wet area.
- Finally, sprinkle the area with clear water and vacuum it again with a dry cloth until all residues are removed.
Home remedy for removing chocolate stains
In addition to detergent, dishwashing liquid and glycerine, there are a few household remedies that can also help to remove chocolate stains.
- Blotting paper: Place one side of blotting paper on the stain and one underneath. Iron over it until the unwanted discoloration appears on the paper. Since chocolate is very greasy, this trick can work.
- Gall soap: Quick help can also be provided by gall soap, which is simply applied to the stain. After a 10-minute soaking time, wash out the stain or spray with clear water until nothing is visible.
- Hand washing soap: If you spill it in the restaurant or on the road, you often cannot use your own washing ingredients. Some soap will do for a start and help prevent worse things from happening. Just like detergent, simply rub something in and wash out before the garment ends up in the washing machine at home.