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How to Get Chocolate Out of Clothes: A S’more-Lovers Survival Guide

Are you a s’mores lover who has ever dropped a sweet treat onto your favorite shirt or pants in the dark around the campfire? You’re not alone. While marshmallows can be a sticky mess, melted chocolate can stain clothes very quickly. Chocolate stains can be stubborn and challenging to get out of your clothes, especially on a camping trip. However, with the right techniques, you can have your s’mores and remove chocolate stains, too!

Let’s dive in!

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Step-by-Step Guide on How to Get Chocolate Out of Clothes

Accidents are bound to happen, especially in the dark around a campfire and involving melted chocolate. It just happens! You also probably didn’t bring your entire laundry arsenal on your camping trip. So, knowing how to quickly treat the stain can help ensure your clothing quickly returns to looking as good as new. Bonus: these tricks work at home when baking or decorating cakes and cookies, too!

Whenever we drop chocolate on our clothing (aka any time we make s’mores), we use the following step-by-step guide on how to get it out of our clothes to quickly fix the problem.

1. Remove Excess Chocolate From Clothing

The first crucial step in cleaning a chocolate stain from your clothing is to gently remove any excess chocolate. Take a blunt knife or the edge of a credit card and carefully scrape off as much of the chocolate as possible. Try not to push the chocolate further into the fabric, which can make the stain worse. This initial action helps eliminate the bulk of the stain and prevents it from spreading when you start treating it.

2. Wet With Cold Water

Once you’ve removed the excess chocolate, act swiftly by rinsing the stained area with cold water.

When dealing with chocolate stains, the temperature of the water you use is crucial. Contrary to what you might think, hot water is not your ally. Hot water can set chocolate stains, making them even more challenging to remove. Instead, opt for cold water. Cold water helps prevent the chocolate from melting further into the fabric, allowing for easier stain removal.

To ensure thorough stain removal, turn the garment inside out. By addressing the stain from both sides, you increase your chances of effectively pushing the chocolate out of the fabric rather than pushing it deeper in. Continue rinsing the stain from the back of the fabric, working from the outermost edges of the stain toward the center.

Chocolate stain on napkin
Only use cold water when removing chocolate stains.

3. Use a Drop of Liquid Soap or Detergent

After thoroughly rinsing the stain, it’s time to introduce a small amount of liquid soap or liquid detergent to the affected area to help get the chocolate out of your clothes. Apply a drop of soap or detergent directly onto the stain. At this point, you only want to lightly pat in the soap or detergent. Do not scrub or massage the fabric as this may cause the chocolate to spread. 

4. Let Sit for Five Minutes

After applying the soap or detergent, allow it to sit on the stain for approximately five minutes. Patience is crucial as it gives the soap or detergent a chance to penetrate and loosen the chocolate particles from the fabric. The soap’s enzymes or detergent’s surfactants will work to break down the stain, making it easier to remove.

Pro Tip: Campfire smells still lingering on your clothing, too? Use our guide on 5 Simple Ways for How to Get Campfire Smell Out of Clothes.

man eating chocolate smores
S’mores can be really messy! But oh-so delicious.

5. Place in Bowl of Cold Water

Following the brief waiting period, fill a bowl with cold water and immerse the stained portion of the garment into it. Gently agitate the water and the fabric to dislodge any remaining chocolate particles from your clothes. Swish the garment around in the water, allowing the soapy water to penetrate the fibers and carry away the loosened chocolate residue. This step aids in thoroughly rinsing out the soap or detergent and any chocolate remnants.

6. Massage Stain With Fingers

Next, gently massage the stain with your fingers. Keep the piece of clothing in the cold water while you massage it. You do not want to aggressively scrub the fabric, but rubbing will help break down any remaining particles on the fabric. 

7. Let Dry Completely

Lay out your garment and allow it to dry completely. Ideally, let it air dry so you can monitor if the stain persists. If the garment appears to be stain-free, you can wash and dry it as normal. However, if there are remnants of chocolate on the garment, proceed to the following step. 

After wetting with cold water, use a drop of detergent to lightly massage the chocolate stain.

8. If Stain Persists Use Stain Remover

If the stain proves resilient after the initial treatment, consider employing a commercial stain remover for chocolate stains in your clothes. You may have to wait until you get home from your trip to enact this step. Follow the product’s instructions meticulously, applying the stain remover according to directions. This additional step can help tackle stubborn remnants of the chocolate stain.

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9. Repeat As Needed

Persistence may be necessary in some cases. If the stain persists after the initial stain remover application, repeat the stain removal process from the beginning. Diligence and patience are key to achieving complete stain removal.

10. Launder As Normal Once the Stain is Removed

Once you’ve successfully removed the chocolate stain, launder the garment as you would normally. This final step ensures that any residual soap, stain remover, or chocolate particles are completely rinsed out. Your clothing will emerge clean and ready for regular use.

Pro Tip: Make doing laundry in your RV easy with the Best Small Washing Machines for RV Living.

girls getting smores and chocolate on clothes
Don’t let the fear of stains stop you from enjoying your favorite treats.

Do Any Natural Products Get Chocolate Out of Clothes?

When removing chocolate stains from clothing using natural products, you’ll be pleased to know that several household items can be effective. These natural remedies offer eco-friendly and affordable alternatives to commercial stain removers. Depending on the type of fabric you are washing and the intensity of the stain, you can consider using the following natural products to get chocolate out of clothes.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a fantastic natural stain remover, and it can work wonders on chocolate stains. Start by dabbing a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to break down the chocolate residue. Next, rinse the area with cold water.

Be careful with colored clothing, as hydrogen peroxide may have bleaching effects, so it’s best for white or light-colored fabrics. Always perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying hydrogen peroxide to ensure it won’t harm the fabric.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a versatile household item that can help eliminate chocolate stains from your clothes. To use it, create a paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water. Apply this paste to the chocolate stain and gently rub it into the fabric. Allow it to sit for roughly 15 minutes to absorb the stain and loosen the chocolate particles. Afterward, rinse the garment with cold water, and the stain should be noticeably diminished. Repeat the process if necessary before laundering the clothing.

Pro Tip: Baking soda and vinegar are strong enough to even get a diesel smell out of your clothes.

Vinegar

Vinegar is another natural product that can effectively tackle chocolate stains. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water to create a solution. Soak the stained area of the garment in this solution for about 15-30 minutes. The acidic nature of vinegar helps break down the chocolate stain. After soaking, rinse the garment with cold water to remove the vinegar solution and any remaining chocolate. This method is gentle on fabrics and colors, making it a safe choice for most clothing.

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Don’t Let the Fear of Stains Stop Your Sweet Tooth

Chocolate stains may seem daunting. However, with these effective stain-removal techniques, you can indulge in your favorite chocolatey campfire treats without fear. Remember to act promptly, use cold water, and be patient in the stain-removal process. Whether you opt for commercial stain removers or natural alternatives, your clothes can be stain-free and ready to wear. So enjoy your chocolate and don’t let the occasional stain spoil your sweet tooth!

Do you have any stain-removal tips? Tell us in the comments!

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Coninno

Thursday 11th of April 2024

This is a lifesaver! I love s'mores but hate getting chocolate stains on my clothes. Those tips about using natural products like baking soda and vinegar are great to know for camping trips. Thanks for sharing!