How to remove chocolate stains from clothes

No one can know in advance what excesses and “surprises” may await during the day. An unexpected stain on your favorite clothes during breakfast or lunch with colleagues can not only ruin your mood, but also make you spend time and money on removing it.

But even the most difficult stains can often be easily removed using improvised means. Let’s look at ways to remove chocolate stains from any type of fabric.

Removal depending on tissue type

To avoid ruining your favorite item, any chosen product should be tested on an inconspicuous area.


Cotton items are the most unpretentious in care, and washing out chocolate will not be difficult. To remove a small stain, just drop a little milk, rub and wash in a convenient way. If the stain has ingrained, then you need to treat the problem area with a sponge soaked in a weak solution of ammonia, then rinse in warm water. Another way to remove serious chocolate stains is laundry soap.


Ammonia diluted with water in a 1:1 ratio will also be a good helper in removing chocolate from silk items. The treatment is carried out from the edge to the center and without effort, otherwise the stain will spread and penetrate even deeper into the fibers. After that, you will need hand or delicate washing in an automatic machine.


Synthetic clothing is subject to stretching, which is why the stain should not be rubbed too hard. A solution of medical alcohol and ammonia in a 3:1 ratio will help get rid of it. Carefully treat the item first from the inside, then from the front, working from the edge to the middle of the stain. Rinse and wash in warm water.


Pharmacy glycerin will help wash chocolate out of woolen items. The product should first be slightly warmed up, slightly above room temperature (30-40°C) and carefully applied only to the contaminated area. After 15-20 minutes, rinse the item in warm water and wash in a delicate mode.

White clothes made from natural fabrics

To prevent chocolate from soaking into light fabric, you need to quickly wash out the stain with hydrogen peroxide. Treat the stained area with the product and leave for 5-15 minutes depending on the contamination, then rinse and wash in warm water. Peroxide is not suitable for cleaning delicate fabrics.

Coloured clothes

To prevent color loss in colored fabrics, mix 5 tablespoons of glycerin, 5 tablespoons of water, 1-2 drops of ammonia. Apply the solution to the problem area with a sponge or cotton wool, then rinse the item in warm water, and wash if necessary. This mixture also works well on tea stains .

In order not to spoil colored clothes, you should wash them only in warm or cool water, avoiding the use of oxygen or bleaching agents.

It is not difficult to wash chocolate from any type of fabric. The main thing is to react in time so that the clothes do not become saturated with a greasy and oily consistency.

A few more folk methods

“Fresh” chocolate stains are very easy to remove using the following products, which can always be found at home:

  • laundry soap – wash out the stain, leave for 15 minutes, rinse;
  • dissolve 3 tbsp of rock salt in a glass of water. Apply the solution to the stain for 30 minutes. If the stain remains, rub it with ammonia. Disadvantage of this method – only suitable for light-colored items;
  • Milk is great for removing brown stains from white clothes. Soak the stained area in it, leave it for half an hour, then wash the item in a washing machine or by hand. It copes not only with chocolate stains, but also with coffee or tea.

However, it is not always possible to wash the item immediately, so after a short time the chocolate hardens and the stain becomes ingrained. To remove it, you can use industrial products or their alternatives:

  • A solution of yolk and glycerin in a 1:1 ratio, which you need to thoroughly wipe the stain with and rinse with warm water.
  • Surprisingly, many stubborn stains can be removed with purified gasoline. You just need to wet any cloth with it and wipe. After the desired result is achieved, wash off with ammonia diluted with water in a 1:1 ratio and wash in a suitable way.

Use of industrial means

In a modern home, it is much easier to find a package of cleaning product than a bottle of glycerin or ammonia. The following will help remove chocolate stains from clothes:

  • stain remover;
  • bleach or soap with a bleaching effect;
  • oxygen powder (for white items);
  • chlorine-containing composition (for complex contaminants).

The stain remover is a universal product. It is suitable for almost any type of fabric and the probability of ruining the item is extremely low.

Bleach or oxygen powder should be used with caution, it is better to first test on the back side or inner seam. The same applies to chlorine-containing composition. For better efficiency, it is diluted with water in a ratio of 1:10.

Recommendations and general rules

Each type of fabric requires special care. But to wash out fresh or old chocolate stains, there are general rules that can be applied to any material:

  • When chocolate gets on clothes, it forms a crust. It can be easily scraped off with a blunt wooden object, such as a kitchen spatula.
  • Before using household chemicals, depending on the type of fabric, you can try more gentle products – a saline solution (1-2 teaspoons of salt per glass of water), glycerin or ammonia.
  • When washing chocolate stains off clothes, you need to do it from the inside out, moving from the edges to the center. It is better not to use a napkin or handkerchief when trying to get rid of stains. This will only make the situation worse, because the dirt can be absorbed into the clothes, and it will become much more difficult to remove.
  • Sweetness does not like high temperatures. Under its influence, the stain will not decrease, but on the contrary, will spread. It is better to wash the products in warm water.

If your favorite thing was accidentally stained with chocolate ice cream, this is not a reason to throw it away. Before such a drastic step, it is better to try all the above methods, because in most cases they are effective. But if they do not cope with the task, you can also wash the clothes with one of the many industrial products or seek help from a dry cleaner.

Abbas Jahangir

I am a researcher and writer with a background in food and nutritional science. I am the founder of, our reputable online platform offering scientifically-backed articles on health, food, nutrition, kitchen tips, recipes, diet, and fitness. With a commitment to providing accurate and reliable information, we strive to empower our readers to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle choices. Join us on's journey toward a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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