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Out, Chocolate Spot!

Out, Chocolate Spot!

Having had one too many favorite T-shirts ruined because of a chocolate stain that I could not for the life of me get out, I was determined, when writing my latest book, Home Enlightenment, to solve the mystery of how to remove this stain!

Here is my successful solution:

The key to successful stain removal is to use the right thing at the right time. The reason that cleaning chocolate stains is so hard is because it contains milk protein as well as cocoa.

Step One: Buy pepsin/papain digestive enzymes (available in health food stores); grind them up and add enough water to make a paste. Rub on the stain; let set for a few hours before rinsing.

If you still have a stain after removing the protein, go to step two.

Step Two: Soak the spot in 3 Percent Hydrogen Peroxide.

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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12:01PM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Interesting, thank you.

9:25AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Thanks for the tip.

8:31AM PST on Feb 20, 2012

Yuk. How grimy.

8:47AM PST on Feb 11, 2012


12:32AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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12:54AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Thanks Annie. I always end up with chocolate stains on almost everything. :(

4:44PM PDT on Apr 17, 2010

Thanks, Annie. I've got a good top that has chocolate stains on it (from an ice cream cone), and I haven't been able to get it out. I don't want to throw it away because it is one of my favorite ones. I will give this a try. It can't hurt, and maybe it will save my top.

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