How to Remove Chocolate Stains for Spotless Results

Jennifer L. Betts
Frustrated mother looking at her messy son in the kitchen

It happens to everyone; you're eating delicious chocolate, and you drop it. Now, you have that melty mess on your shirt, car, and couch all in one swoop. Knowing quick and easy ways for how to remove chocolate stains with simple home remedies can save you a lot of money.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains

Chocolate is delicious, but a pain to get out of your carpet. Why? Because not only does it have tannin, but also oil. That's a one-two punch stain that can be hard to remove. However, all is not lost. Learn easy and quick tips for removing chocolate from any surface of your home using simple methods. For these recipes and techniques, you need:

  • Iron

  • Dawn dish soap

  • Laundry detergent

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Lemon juice

  • Butter knife

  • Cloth

  • Paper towel

  • Vacuum

  • Water bottle

  • Toothbrush

  • Hydrogen peroxide

How to Remove Chocolate Stains From Carpet

You dropped some chocolate on your carpet and need to remove it right now. Not to worry, there's a hack for that. Just use the grease-fighting power of Dawn to get your carpet clean.

  1. Use the butter knife to pick out as much chocolate as you can.

  2. Vacuum up the flakes.

  3. Heat your iron to the lowest setting.

  4. Put a few paper towels over the stain.

  5. Run the iron over the stain so it soaks into the paper towels.

  6. After you've absorbed as much chocolate as you can, put some cold water and a drop of Dawn on a cloth.

  7. Set the cloth over the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

  8. Rub the stain until it is completely gone.

    Woman removing stain from the carpet

Ways to Remove Chocolate Stains From Upholstery

With your carpet clean, it's time to tackle those chocolate stains on your upholstery. Again, Dawn dish soap is your go-to.

  1. Use the butter knife to remove as much of the chocolate as you can.

  2. Mix a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

  3. Spray the remaining stain.

  4. Let it sit for five minutes.

  5. Mix two cups of cold water and a tablespoon of Dawn.

  6. Dunk a cloth in the mixture.

  7. Start at the out edge and blot at the stain until gone.

  8. Wipe with a clean wet cloth.

    Wiping light gray eco leather sofa with rag

How to Remove Chocolate Stains From Clothes

Now it's time to look at removing chocolate from your clothes. More than anything else, getting chocolate on your clothing is a big problem, especially for little kids. For chocolate stain removal on clothing, try this method.

  1. Scrape off the excess chocolate.

  2. Flip it inside out.

  3. Run cold water on the back of the stain.

  4. Dab a little lemon juice on the stain.

  5. Let it sit for five minutes.

  6. Slather the stain in laundry detergent and rub it with your fingers.

  7. Fill the sink cold water and let the clothing soak for 30-60 minutes.

  8. Check the stain and repeat it.

  9. Once the stain is gone, launder as usual.

    Clean the chocolate stain with a brush and detergent

Getting Chocolate Stains Out of Fabrics and Curtains

When it comes to how to get chocolate out of sheets and curtains, look to the white vinegar and baking soda.

  1. Mix vinegar in a spray bottle 1:1 vinegar and water.

  2. After scraping off the excess, spray your fabric with the vinegar mixture.

  3. Leave it to sit for 5-10 minutes.

  4. Rinse the stain with cold water.

  5. Mix enough baking soda with water to make a paste.

  6. Dip the toothbrush in the paste and gently rub at the stain until gone.

  7. Repeat until completely gone.

  8. Launder as normal.

    Baking soda, lemon with sponge and towel for effective cleaning

How to Remove Chocolate Stains Out of Car

Chocolate stains on the upholstery and carpets of cars react well to Dawn. To use this method, you'll:

  1. Remove as much chocolate as you can.

  2. Mix one cup of cold water and one tablespoon of Dawn.

  3. Blot the stain until the chocolate is gone.

  4. For stubborn stains, try a mixture of water and vinegar first.

Man cleaning upholstery of his car

Hydrogen Peroxide to Remove Chocolate Stain

If you have white or light-colored fabrics with a chocolate stain, try hydrogen peroxide. However, you won't want to use this method for stains on dark or colored fabrics because it can bleach the area. For this method, you'll need peroxide and dish soap.

  1. Mix two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of Dawn.

  2. After scraping off the excess, use a cloth to apply the mixture.

  3. Blot at the stain until gone.

Getting Chocolate Stains Out

Chocolate is a delicious treat. But, when you find it as a stain around your home, not so much. Rather than panic, just grab a few simple materials and get cleaning.

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How to Remove Chocolate Stains for Spotless Results