Remove Cocoa Stains

Baking with cocoa powder is a delicious endeavor, but not so fun when you get the cocoa powder all over your clean clothes and carpet. Although decidedly less fun than baking with it, sometimes you have to remove cocoa stains from your clothes and carpet, dry and liquid. I'm here to tell you how. 

Remove cocoa stains

Cocoa Powder

In order to understand how to remove the cocoa powder, we have to look at what it is. Cocoa powder is the product of the cocoa bean, and when a significant portion of the fat is removed from the cocoa bean, you get cocoa powder. While a lot of the fat is removed, the cocoa powder still contains oils and fats that make it difficult to clean. Simply wiping it or trying to flush it with water will not work; this will only make the stain worse. For this reason, you have to use some special techniques in tackling the cocoa powder stains.

Removing Dry Cocoa Powder From Clothes

Did you forget to wear an apron while making chocolate cake? Not to worry. You will have a lot of the things needed for cocoa powder removal in your house.

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Paper towel or rag
  • Borax
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cloth or sponge
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  1. Treat the stain with the dry-cleaning solvent. Place a paper towel or rag beneath the clothing item to avoid staining the surface beneath.
  2. Allow the dry-cleaning solvent to dry.
  3. Next, mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 1 cup warm water. Cover the stain with the mixture of dishwashing liquid and water and gently rub to remove the stain. 
  4. Launder the clothing item as usual, but do not put it in the dryer. This will only make the stain harder to get out. 
  5. Dab some hydrogen peroxide onto the stain, and allow it to sit several minutes. Make sure not to ingest it as it can be harmful.

For Tough Cocoa Powder Stains

Sometimes you do everything above and the stain persists. When this happens, sprinkle the stain with borax, or sodium borate, and submerse in cold water. Borax is a common household chemical found in many cleaning agents. You should be able to find it in its pure form at most grocery stores. Allow to sit for several minutes, then launder in hot water, allowing to air dry.

Removing Dry Cocoa Powder From Carpet

If you spill cocoa powder on the carpet, you need to treat it as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the stain will become.

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • Vacuum cleaner with extension
  • Oxygen-based laundry detergent
  • Towel
  • Warm water
  1. Vacuum the stain as soon as you notice it to suck up as much cocoa particles as possible. Using the extension is more desirable than rolling the vacuum over the stain because it prevents the cocoa powder from being pushed into the carpet further.
  2. Mix an oxygen-based laundry detergent mixed with 1 cup warm water and blot it with the towel. The oxygen-based laundry detergent is a cleaner that uses oxygen bubbles to lift stains. It's preferable to other laundry detergents that contain ammonia and bleach because it's non-toxic and more environmentally friendly. 
  3. Let the laundry detergent and water mixture sit for a couple minutes and then dry the stain with a dry towel.

Remove Wet Cocoa Powder From Clothes

Making hot chocolate? You will need some cocoa. But accidents happen and you can easily end up with an unsightly stain on your clothes. Make sure to treat wet cocoa powder stains immediatley.

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • A butter knife
  • Hydrogen peroxcide
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Gylcerin
  1. Use a butter knife to scrape as much as the cocoa off as possible. 
  2. Blot the stain with hydrogen peroxide and then wash in the washing machine as usual.
  3. If the stain has not been lifted, soak the clothing item in gylcerin. You should be able to find glyerin at the supermarket. It's a simple polyol compound used in soaps. It's non-toxic and it can be used on sensitive skin, so it shouldn't irritate you. If the stain is old, you can still use glyerin on it, just soak it in glyerin for longer.
  4. Launder the clothing item as usual.