Who doesn’t love to eat a sinful chocolate… Kids in particular love theirs all gooey! However, what is a treat for your taste buds can cause a stubborn stain if dropped on clothes. If you have such an ugly stain playing spoilsport by ruining your favourite top or dress, do not fret! Chocolate stains can be removed from garments, leaving them as good as new again! Here’s how…
Start with putting the garment in a clean plastic bag and refrigerating it for 15 mins, so that the chocolate hardens. Then gently scrape out the excess chocolate by placing the garment on a flat table and using a butter knife or a spatula. Do not rub the cloth as the stain can spread.
Next, run cold water on the stain by putting in under the tap. Now you can use any of these inexpensive home cleaners:
• White vinegar with water – Pour some diluted white vinegar with water in ratio 2:1 on the stain. Leave for a few minutes, and scrub gently.
• Toothpaste and baking soda – Just wet the stain and apply toothpaste on it. If it persists, sprinkle some baking soda and rub gently till the stain is gone.
• Lemon juice – Dab the stain with a clean cloth that is soaked in lemon juice and watch the stain dissolve away!
Lastly, wash the cloth in the washing machine as usual. Check that the stain has gone completely before you tumble dry the cloth.
If the stain still persists, use commercial cleaners or as a last resort, visit your dry cleaner. A word of caution though… if the garment label mentions ‘Dry Clean Only’, do not try any of the above methods. Go to the experts directly!