When we think of chocolate we often think of love. It is the treat we give children when they’ve worked hard, an affectionate gift for a loved one, a thank you for a teacher, and a simple source of comfort at any time. It has even been found to contain the same chemical (phenylethylamine) that your body releases when you fall in love, which explains a lot. But there are times when chocolate is not our best friend. These are the times when it’s caked into our clothes. The chocolate stain removal challenge comes in all shapes and sizes. You emerge from a truffle-induced reverie and find a chocolate smudge across your new white top or you hear the foreboding yell of ‘Mum, I think I sat on something!’ from the living room. Then there's the unpleasant experience of reaching into your eight-year-old’s pocket and discovering the melted, disfigured, fluffy remains of a two-day-old bar – all the sadder considering that it could have ended up in your stomach rather than crushed into a pair of jeans! Whatever the cause, it’s a stain that isn’t going to give up easily. We think its time for some handy laundry tips that will make chocolate stain removal one less thing to worry about.
Chill it Out
So how do you remove stains like these? A good way to tackle chocolate is to take it back to its solid state before it can melt further into the fabric. The deeper it gets, the tougher it will be to lift out. Place the garment in a plastic bag (stain facing outwards so that it doesn’t spread onto clean parts of the garment) then place it into the fridge or freezer until it’s hard. Using a blunt knife or something similar, gently scrape or lever the excess chocolate off the clothes. Be careful not to catch any of the fibres or to press any chocolate further into the fabric as you are scraping. When you think you’ve got as much off as you safely can, finish with a quick wash with OMO laundry detergent . The enzymes in these laundry detergents will help to break down the stain and release it from the fabric.
Another simple stain removal solution is to rinse the back of the chocolate stain with cold water. Never use hot water on a chocolate stain,as this will set it permanently. Run the cold tap over the stain for a couple of minutes to release it and to stop it getting any deeper into the fabric before washing, as usual, with OMO washing powder or liquid laundry detergent.
Soak Your Troubles Away
How to remove chocolate when all else fails? Give it a good soak. Although our laundry detergents are designed to wash clothes clean the first time, even in a quick wash, some really stubborn stains come out more easily if they are pre-soaked, especially if you are going to be using cold water or washing by hand. For really stubborn chocolate stains, soak overnight in OMO Fast Action and cool water.Then wash as usual the following day. What’s your top stain removal tip? How do you deal with chocolatey messes? Share your stain removal tips with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear them.