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How to Handle Valentine’s Day Stains: Chocolate & Red Wine

Valentine’s Day. Love and friendship are in the air. Chocolate and wine are flowing freely. As you indulge yourself, accidents happen. You’ve stained your favorite shirt, dress, or pants. Breathe. Stains don’t have to ruin your perfect day. We’ve assembled a few of our pro tips to help you conquer the messiest Valentine’s Day stain duo: chocolate and red wine!

Keep in Mind:

  1. Timing is crucial. The quicker you treat the stain, the better your chances are of getting rid of it completely.
  2. Blot away or scrape off any excess wine or chocolate before you treat the stain.
  3. Don’t rub the stain. This only sets the stain more and makes it even harder to remove.
  4. Heat from your dryer will also set the stain, so don’t put the stained item in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.
  5. If you’ve stained an item that isn’t made of cotton, always perform a patch test before soaking your entire garment.

Chocolate

Step 1: Scrape away the chocolate

Gently remove any solids from the item. This helps with the cleaning process and ensures the stain doesn’t get worse!

Step 2: Rinse with cold water

Turn the item inside out and run the stain under cold water. The goal here is to lift and remove as much of the stain on the surface.

Step 3: Apply Rockin’ Green Active Wear Detergent

Create a paste of Rockin’ Green’s Active Wear Detergent and warm water. Apply the paste directly to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Step 4: Soak and rinse in warm water

Submerge the item in a bowl or sink filled with warm water. Leave the paste intact and let your garment soak for at least one hour.

Step 5: Rinse (and possibly repeat)

Run the stained clothing through a rinse cycle in your washing machine. If the stain still remains, repeat this step until it’s gone!

Remember: don’t put the item in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.


Red Wine

Step 1: Blot the wine

Gently blot the wine stain with a wet paper towel or cloth. This helps with the cleaning process and ensures the stain doesn’t get worse!

Step 2: Flush with cold water from the back of the garment

Turn the item inside out and run the stain under cold water. The goal here is to lift and remove as much of the stain on the surface.

Step 3: Gently rub an ice cube in a circle over the stain and blot

Using an ice cube, gently go over the stain in a circular motion. Then continue by blotting the stain and again, repeat using the ice cube. Red wine stains set very quickly and deeply, so this step further helps to lift the stain and aid with removal.

Step 4: Soak in warm water with Rockin’ Green Active Wear Detergent

Submerge the item in a bowl or sink filled with warm water and 1 tablespoon of Rockin’ Green Active Wear Detergent. Let your garment soak for at least one hour.

Step 5: Rinse (and possibly repeat)

Run the stained clothing through a rinse cycle in your washing machine. If the stain still remains, repeat this step until it’s gone!

Remember: don’t put the item in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.


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