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.

By Annie B. Bond


Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Interesting, thank you.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the tip.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

Yuk. How grimy.

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g d c6 years ago


KS Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago


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Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

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

Janice P.
Janice P8 years ago

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.