How to Remove Chocolate Stains

No matter how careful you are, chances are you’re going to end up with a chocolate stain while enjoying your favorite brownies, Bundt cake or s’mores. The good news is chocolate stains can be removed. Here’s a step-by-step guide to remove chocolate from fabric.

What You’ll Need

  • Butter knife or spoon
  • Dish soap
  • Sink area and washing machine
  • Stain remover


  1. Scrape off any excess chocolate: The last thing you want to do with chocolate stains is spread it around. Use the smooth edge of a butter knife or a spoon to remove any and all excess chocolate.
  2. Turn the garment inside out and run cold water through the stain: Running water through the stain helps flush it through the fibers. Doing this from the back of the clothing helps push it out. Cold water ensures you aren’t inadvertently setting the stain, as could happen with hot water.
  3. Add soap: Lather dish soap or liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stain. Rub it in gently.
  4. Soak the garment in cold water for 15 minutes: Check on your garment and gently rub the soap into the stain with your fingers every five minutes or so. If the stain persists, dab on more soap and repeat soaking.
  5. Rinse completely: When the stain appears to be gone, rinse the garment thoroughly under cold water. This will help you see if the stain is truly gone.
  6. Pull out a stain remover if needed: If you can see a faint remnant of the stain, now would be a good time to use your favorite stain remover. Follow directions as instructed.
  7. Launder as usual with cold water: As always, try not to wait too long before you launder stained garments. Toss the clothing item into your washing machine, and wash with detergent and cold water.

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