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How to get chocolate stains out of clothing?

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DH started treating our child to a small starbucks hot chocolates every now and then. A while back, it got all over the clothes. I don't know how EF this is, but I've tried using the baby oxy clean products to get the stains out of the clothing, but it basically fades them a little more each wash. Any suggestions on how to sefely remove these kind of stains? (I try to recycle the clothes to friends or donate them as much as possible.) Thanks.
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Chocolate is the worst. I have one of dd's shirts I'm about ready to write off.

-Angela
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It's not at all environmentally friendly, but this is my last-ditch-effort stain treatment. I wait until I have a whole bunch of stained clothes and do a big batch all at once.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...8&postcount=22

Other people have had luck with using Fels Naptha soap directly on the stain (though it never worked for me), and Oxyclean spray, which has the unfortunate effect you mentioned. I try to use Oxyclean as much as possible, but it really does fade the clothes!

HTH

Oh, and ETA that if you can't get the stain out, you can toss it in one of those clothing donation bins. My best friend asked her grandfather, who used to be in the textile industry, what happens to those ratty old donated clothes, she got an earful. The bottom line is that every stitch of clothing that goes into those boxes, synthetic or not, is recycled or reused in some way--sent overseas for the poor, broken down as fillers for other clothing items or products, etc. Plus, the charity operating the box gets paid for the fabrics. If you decide you don't want to keep using the shirt (art project play clothes, maybe?), that's a very NFL alternative.
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When the stain is fresh, rinse it by hand in really cold water to get as much out as you can. Then put some Bac Out on it and wash it with detergent in cold water. Never wash chocolate stains in warm water because that just sets the stain.

If you have stains that are already set in, I've had some luck soaking them overnight in Oxi-Clean and hot water.
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Originally Posted by librarydragon View Post
When the stain is fresh, rinse it by hand in really cold water to get as much out as you can. Then put some Bac Out on it and wash it with detergent in cold water. Never wash chocolate stains in warm water because that just sets the stain.

If you have stains that are already set in, I've had some luck soaking them overnight in Oxi-Clean and hot water.
An overnight soak in Oxi has worked well for us, too. But since it was hot cocoa it is a fat and protein stain. So Bac-Out might work too or Dawn dishsoap. Good luck.
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