How to Get Chocolate Stains Out of Clothing
A Mom's Laundry Nightmare
It never fails. Put your child in a white, yellow, or other pastel shirt and what happens? They get chocolate smeared all over it. All it takes is one small chocolate spot to set Mom's teeth to gnashing.
"Now look what you've done. I just bought that for you! Grrrr." Mom runs off to the laundry room, runs it under hot or cold water, puts on stain remover and rubs the bejeebers out of it, then tosses it into the washing machine. She may even try bleach. Like always, it comes out of the wash still stained. The T-shirt gets tossed or used for rags. Insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result, right? Well, let me put your mind at rest. There is a fail-safe way to get out chocolate stains and it works perfectly every time - I promise.
This works for any form of chocolate, whether it be from spilled mocha from the espresso stand, a chocolate bar, or chocolate ice cream, or any other form of chocolate.
The Milk Solution
The problem with stain removers, running the fabric under hot water (or cold before treatment), and rubbing or scrubbing the stains, is that it sets the stain further into the fabric. Milk is the answer. You see, there is something in milk that separates the stain from the fabric. Lifts it to the surface, so to speak.
The milk solution is cheap and easy. Most people have milk on hand in their refrigerators, especially with children in the home. And virtually everyone has cold running water and a washing machine. So try these very easy steps and save yourself a lot of grief. This is one time when you won't cry over spilled milk.
Step 1 - Milk
Pour milk over the stain. Saturate it well. Only rub a wee bit. You don't want the stain to set in. Let it sit for five minutes.
Milk lifts the stain to the surface rather than grounding it in.
Step 2 - Rinse
After the five minutes are up, run it under cold water, but again, just a wee bit of rubbing. At this point, the chocolate can still be seen but faded. If you use hot water this will NOT work, as hot water only grounds the stain in further.
Step 3 - Washing machine
Toss it in the washing machine at a cold water setting along with your other clothes.
When the cycle is done, take it out of the washer. I dare you to find the stain.
Step 4 - The Dryer
Put the clothing in the dryer on any standard setting. By this time the stain is out and heat will be safe.
Step 5 - Wear it
Wear it with stain free pride.
Step 6 - Celebrate
Now that peace and harmony, and clothing have been restored, take the kids out for chocolate ice cream to celebrate.
It's that simple.
© 2016 Lori Colbo