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Removing hot chocolate stains

By Dr. Laundry September 26, 2012

It is officially fall! With the change of seasons come a change of weathers, and a cool weather favorite has always been hot chocolate! Chocolate has fine particles and milk proteins that can make this a difficult stain to remove


  1. Soak fabric in cold water and good liquid laundry detergent for about 30 minutes to help loosen the protein part of the stain


From here, if your stained item is white:

  1. Rub chocolate stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel immediately before laundering

  2. Wash immediately in warm water with detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach

  3. Air dry the item and check to make sure the stain is completely removed. If stain remains, repeat steps above.


If your stained item is colored or contains spandex:

  1. Again, soak fabric in cold water and good liquid laundry detergent for about 30 minutes to help loosen the protein part of the stain

  2. Then apply Liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster directly to the stain and rub in.  Wash immediately in warm water using detergent and Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster.

  3. Air dry the item and check to make sure the stain is completely removed. If stain remains, repeat steps above.