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Chocolate: the spots for gourmands
Chocolate drives adults and children crazy, but no one likes chocolate stains and they are the most feared by mothers because the little gluttons make really incredible messes with chocolate and they can stain clothes in a single instant. Chocolate is indeed a fatty food which can ruin your clothes: it must be removed quickly and effectively for this. Chocolate melts easily: this is what makes it so difficult to remove from our tissues. A secret may be to absorb it with del talcum powder (don’t you have any? Use the flour white!). The powder must be pressed onto the stains so that it penetrates well into the interior of the fabric.
The first thing to do
The first thing you can do in case of a chocolate stain is to scratch the chocolate off with a butter knife with a non-cutting blade (if you don’t have it, a spoon is fine too!) This solution allows you not to spread the stain and remove all the chocolate that has not yet come into contact with the fibers.
Try to be quick: the chocolate hardens quickly and then removing it is more difficult! Among the food residues, chocolate is the most complicated to send away, and if you do not treat the stain first, and do a normal machine wash in warm water after removing it will be more difficult!
Remove the chocolate stains with the detergent
After scratching the chocolate off the scrub, massage a little detergent on the stain and leave on dirty clothes for at least 10 minutes. At this point, immerse the garment in cold water and brush the stain and sprinkle with other detergent. Cold water will help you melt the fats of chocolate!
If you prefer the stain remover to the detergent, apply it on the dry fabric and leave for 20 minutes. Always be careful of the type of fabric you use it on stain remover, some garments can be damaged or faded! If you want to massage it with your hands, don’t forget gloves: hydrogen peroxide ruins your nails and chaps your hands!
After waiting for the right time you can rinse in cold water, first to the right and then to the wrong side of the garment in order to push away the chocolate trapped in the fibers.
Then you can wash easily, proceeding with the traditional washing method: at this point you should have removed a good part of the chocolate stain. Always look at the label on the dress so as not to ruin your clothes, and pay attention to the best recommended washing, whether by hand or dry so as to respect the colors and protect the fibers. If after washing in the washing machine in typical water there are chocolate residues on the fabric, you must repeat the immersion in water quickly. Never put a stained item in the dryer: you would fix the stain making it impossible to completely eliminate it! These spots are very stubborn but as you can see, it’s not impossible to send them away!
Remove the chocolate stains with ice
As we have seen, what counts against chocolate is time. However, if you have not noticed a chocolate stain on a t-shirt or on the tablecloth, you will surely notice that a rigid and brown unalone has been created: don’t worry, you still have a chance! Use an ice cube: pass it on the dirty area of the dress several times. Spin the cube until it covers the whole stain by wetting the area. After a few minutes you will witness the prodigy: the stain will be considerably diminished! At this point you can proceed to normal washing in the washing machine. Ice cubes are really practical in the freezer because they can also help you against other types of stains, such as those of hot glue.
Chocolate stains? Try with a vacuum cleaner
Did your favorite carpet get stained with chocolate? Using the vacuum cleaner is a great idea: in this way you will avoid making the stain grow larger and limit the affected area. Vacuum several times with the carpet, you will be sure to remove all the chocolate that has not gone into contact with the deeper fibers.
When you have completed this operation you can proceed with stain removal. Apply the specific detergent or stain remover directly to the carpet as for fabrics. Help yourself with a cloth or even better with an old toothbrush to brush gently but effectively: rinse the toothbrush frequently to avoid spreading the chocolate again you are removing! In the absence of laundry detergent or stain remover you can resort to vinegar: it has excellent cleaning power and will not damage your carpet!
Vinegar is a very useful natural remedy for many home cleaning. Clean your home the way ecological it’s a nice advantage for the environment and also for your wallet (think about how many products you can avoid buying)!
Specific remedies for each fabric
As you read, there is no single remedy for removing chocolate stains. In fact, the result does not depend much on the type of stain as on the fabric to be stained! The effectiveness of a remedy, on the right fabric, doubles! That’s why before choosing which remedy to proceed with, you should always carefully evaluate the fabric of your tablecloth or dress. If the chocolate has soiled a delicate garment, like those in silk, you can dab the stain with water and ammonia. Being quick will reward you! If you want to remove the chocolate stain from a garment instead wool, you can create a mixture of water, alcohol and lemon, to remove all traces. On synthetic fabrics you can dare a little more: the ideal with synthetic fabrics is to use hydrogen peroxide! While for cotton you can proceed with all the methods listed and with more generic products by repeating them several times until you reach a white, shiny, shiny and spotless!
And now that you have learned how to remove chocolate stains from any fabric, indulge in some guilt-free sin!