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My son loves crayons and also loves to help with the laundry. I'm sure you know exactly where this story is going.
I don't know when he placed the crayons in the dryer but his timing unfortunately coincided with a full load of Mom and Dad's stuff. To make matters worse, the clothes were mostly whites and light colors. Oh, and did I mention how much he loves the color RED thanks to Daniel Tiger and Elmo? It looked like a Crayola crime scene when I opened the dryer.
I will forgive my sweet boy because, really, there's nothing to forgive. He thought he was helping Mom with her chores. How can I resist his innocent, cheerful attitude?
But I still wasn't sure how I was going to get the stains out! I mixed a witch's concoction of cleaning and laundry supplies and it seemed to do the trick.
Here's how to get crayon out of clothes.
- Scrape away as much crayon as possible, being careful not to smear the melted wax if the clothes are still warm from the dryer.
- Spot treat the stains with dish liquid or spot treatment.
- While your treatment is soaking, remove all crayons from your dryer and wipe away residue with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
- Run washer on the hottest water setting so the crayons remelt off of the clothing.
- Insert 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax, 1 cup All Ultra Oxi Laundry Detergent, and 1 cup Oxicleanpowder.
- Add the clothing once the powders have dissolved. Let the load soak for 30 minutes-1 hour.
- Check for stains. Repeat as necessary.
- Only dry your clothing once you are satisfied that all of the stains have been removed.
I was successful using this method but only after learning a few lessons.
First, the crayon stains in the dryer are easier to clean up before they cool and harden. Scraping them off may cause damage so I recommend wiping everything down ASAP. If you can, have one person spot treat the clothes while another cleans the dryer at the same time.
Second, you must wash everything in the hottest water possible. Unfortunately for me, I had some delicates in this load and made the mistake of running the washer on the Warm setting first. The stains did not comeout and I had to re-wash them again.
If you have a smiling, helpful toddler then you may run into this problem like I did. Learn from my mistake and willingly accept their help, but hide all of the crayons on a high shelf. Good luck!
Have you ever found crayons in the dryer? How did you get them out?