How to Get Dried Chocolate Milk Out of Clothes

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Things You'll Need

  • Cold water

  • Bucket or large bowl

  • Baking soda

  • Oxygen cleaning powder

  • Dish soap

  • Toothbrush or other small brush

  • Stain pretreatment spray

  • Laundry detergent

  • Color-safe bleach

  • Standard bleach

Warning

Do not put clothes in the dryer until the stain is completely out. If you expose a stain to heat, it sets into the fabric and is much more difficult to remove.

Be cautious when using bleach, even for white clothing. Soaking clothes too long in bleach solution can weaken the fibers.

Chocolate milk is a challenging stain, but it's possible to save your clothing with a little effort.

Chocolate stains are notoriously tough to get out of clothing, and chocolate milk is no exception. Although it's ideal to catch stains as soon as they occur, it's still possible to remove a stain after it has dried on your clothing -- that is, if you're willing to try multiple techniques to get the job done.

Soak your stained clothing in cold water to help with stain removal.

Soak your stained clothing in cold water for several hours. Use a bucket or large bowl so it can remain undisturbed. Boost the soaking power by adding baking soda or oxygen cleaning powder to the water to help loosen the stain.

Hand-scrub your stained clothing before you put it in the washer.

Pull the soaking clothing out of the water and add a few drops of dish soap directly on the stain. Scrub the fabric between the knuckles of both hands, frequently dipping the material back into the water to rinse away loosened particles. If scrubbing with your hands isn't working well enough, use an old toothbrush to scrub directly on the stain with dish soap.

Use spray-on stain remover after scrubbing to make sure you get the whole stain out.

Rinse and wring out the article of clothing and spray stain pretreatment spray directly on the stain.

Use color-safe or regular bleach to increase your chances of stain-removal success.

Wash the clothes in a washing machine with regular laundry detergent. Add color-safe bleach for brights or darks, or standard bleach for white clothing. You may also want to add baking soda or an oxygen cleaning powder to the wash cycle.

Check the status of the stain before deciding how to proceed.

Check the stain as soon as the wash load ends. Repeat Steps 2 to 4 until the stain is gone.

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Kristen King

Kristen King has been writing professionally since 2004. Her work has appeared in "iParent" magazine, "The Journal of Oncology Practice," "Association Publishing" and other print and online publications. King received the American Independent Writers President's Award in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Professional Studies in publishing from The George Washington University.