Rhona from Round Lake Park, IL
I have 4 kids of my own and 2 visiting! Even after checking all pockets (routine) 3 blue crayons made it into my brand new dryer! I read these postings and I found the way!
Use generic Orange Clean, lightly mist the drum then use a Brillo pad. Provides enough grit but does not scratch. Use a warm wet cloth to wipe as you go, start from back to front. Then toss in a wet towel with a little bleach on it.
Started with WD-40, then oops! Fumes and flammability issues were not worth it.
By Dan from Summerville, SC
I used comet (the powdered kind) to clean out my dryer. I sprinkled the comet and wiped it with a sponge, then I took a wet rag and wiped it up. Then I put a couple of wet towels in and it worked great! Now I'm getting ready to try something for the crayon stained clothes. (06/30/2008)
By Christi, mom of two
We discovered the crayon melted all over the dryer and a load of whites yesterday. We tried the baking soda with no luck, and then made a paste of water and Tide with Bleach powder laundry detergent. Presto! It's working like a charm and there is no concern about fumes, etc. It's even working with a soft rag so we don't scratch the drum. Best of luck! (07/17/2008)
By Katherine from Texas
Thanks for all the helpful info. Water and comet did the trick and saved our dryer. (07/27/2008)
By Rick In Tampa
Try heating just the crayon with a hair dryer and when it is pliable, scrape it out. (08/23/2008)
I read most of the advice and I cringed every time I came across something flammable. I was about to try old dutch cleanser because that was what I had, then I remembered a degreaser that was recommended by a friend previously to remove stains from carpet. Anyway I tried it and voila, it wiped right off. It's called Awesome and it's just that (awesome).
I got it from the dollar store (Dollar General). I heated the dryer for a few minutes (I don't think I needed to), I sprayed a damp cloth with Awesome and wiped, then it came off, NO elbow grease needed. And it's non flammable. Thank you so much for this site. I had no idea what to do about my dryer covered in black and green crayon but thanks to the different ideas it gave me the right road to go down. (08/25/2008)
Well, I am now part of this club. I've actually been a part of this club for a while. About a month ago my daughter left a blue crayon in her pocket. It was only on her shorts though when I got the stuff out of the dryer. However, my husband is in the Navy and went to wash his whites and when his uniform came out of the dryer it had blue spots all over it! So I just put some dark colored dry towels in the dryer and ran it several times before I put anything else in there. The crayon melted and came out on the towels but since they are dark colored you couldn't tell. Now, I just got clothes out of the dryer and yet again another crayon. This time brown. I wanted to do something quick rather than running the dryer over and over and over. So I sprayed some Easy Off oven cleaner in there and let it sit for about 20 minutes. I went back with a dry rag and it wiped right off. Then I put a wet towel with bleach on it into the dryer so that it could clean off the walls. Now it is good as new! (09/18/2008)
I couldn't believe it when I unloaded my year old HE dryer. A black crayon! It wasn't even wavy, it was just black/grey streaks everywhere. It almost looked like it had caught on fire. I am so grateful, toothpaste did the trick! The fumes are a little much when your heads in there but it's worth it. After about 25 minutes, most of it is gone. I just needed to take a little break and now I'm going back to it. Thanks so much. (10/03/2008)
I hate to admit that I actually tried the WD40, but I did and I want to make it clear to everyone never to try it. In hindsight, the risks were too great and it didn't work. Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser worked with a bit of elbow grease. (10/03/2008)
The dreaded blue crayon in the dryer. Crayola's web site says to use WD 40 but we have a gas dryer so that seemed a bit dangerous to me. I used Comet with bleach and in about 30 minutes, the blue streaks were gone. (10/19/2008)
A blue crayon melted in my 3 day old HE dryer. The Mr. Clean eraser didn't work, but the Comet with bleach did it. I used Comet with a little water and just wiped it in the drum; like a paste. I let it sit there for about 1 minute and wiped it off. NO elbow grease! The stain was gone. (10/25/2008)
It's so nice to see I'm not the only one this has happened to. I just got my new dryer last week and one of my children left a crayon in there pocket. I had a whole load of clothes in there that I think are ruined. I'm trying to wash them now to see but it doesn't look like they can be saved. On top of that, the whole inside of my dryer has a blue tint to it now I'm working to get the crayon out. Thanks for the tips ladies. I'll have to try them. I tried clorox cleaner with bleach and that did not work. (11/03/2008)
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