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Removing Ice Cream and Chocolate Stains

What are everyone’s favorite warm-weather treat AND the messiest food they eat? You guessed it: ice cream, of course. As we head into the hottest days of the summer – also known as chocolate fudge and sprinkle season – here are some laundry tips for those inevitable ice cream drips!

For treating tough stains, look for a cleaning product containing enzymes.  Enzymes are biological compounds that help break down stains and make them easier to remove from fabrics. For ice cream stains, soak your garment for at least 30 minutes in an enzyme presoak – longer if the stains are old. Then launder it using the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric.

When chocolate stains strike, gently scrape off any excess chocolate and, if possible, immediately rinse under cold, running water. Once you get home, pretreat it with a prewash stain remover or enzyme-powered detergent and launder in the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric.  If the stain remains, repeat steps before drying and consider using an oxygen bleach that is safe for fabric.

What’s an enzyme?!

Enzymes are a key component in laundry detergents that help break down stains, dirt and soils into smaller pieces making them easier to remove from deep within the fabrics. There are several different types of enzymes present in a high-quality detergent, each of which works to break down and remove a specific type of stain, from grass to chocolate pudding. These workhorses are sensitive skin-friendly, and since enzymes are naturally occurring and biodegradable, they are also sustainable.

Source: https://cleanandhappynest.org/

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