I recently washed and dried a load of clothes which includes: light jeans, a white tank top, a dark American eagle hoodie, some cotton dark t-shirts, and some underwear with a dark blue crayon. I tried the tide cold water, and spray and wash 3 times, which helped get the waxy part out, but the stain is still there. I also tried goo gone but it didn't help. Does anyone know how to get the stain part out without eating through my clothes? I heard borax can eat through them and dreyel is for colorfast clothes, have no clue what that means. How do you know if it is colorfast? This is my first time with a crayon stain. I only have 3 other pairs of jeans and these were my expensive pair! Thank you so much for the help.
Crystal from Eugene, OR
I was beside myself when I discovered gray crayon melted throughout my son's best shirt. He had left the crayon in the front pocket and needless to say the crayon also spread to more than one other garment in the load. It was so bad that my son's pocket of his shirt was stiff from the wax.
What worked for me was to place the shirt between two rags and press it with a hot iron to remove the excess wax, and then spray WD 40 followed by scrubbing orange bases hand cleaner to lift the stain. Luckily the crayon is gone.
I have a HE front loading washer. One of my kids left crayons in their pocket and a whole load jeans got stained. I tried the sanitary cycle on my washer. Most of the stains were removed from the clothes. This worked great as with the front loaders you can only use HE detergents. The sanitary cycle saved me from having to go out and buy a bunch of new jeans. (03/11/2007)
I just got through having maroon crayon all over my load of darks. I used about 2.5 cups of Awesome cleaner undiluted, doubled the amount of my laundry detergent, and 1.5 cups of color safe bleach in hot water soaking for 30 minutes. It has gotten it all out except for a few marks on a new pair of capris. I used Scrubbing Bubbles on my dryer with an abrasive scrub pad and got all removed from there. I am now trying the Scrubbing Bubbles on my capris. I got the 64 ounce of Awesome at my Dollar General store for $3. Most dollar stores carry it. (03/28/2007)
By Stacey N
I washed and dried a purple crayon in with my children's NEW clothes I had just bought from Kohls. The googone and the awesome really worked! I thought I had just lost $175.00 worth of clothes, but i put googone and awesome and my detergent in hot water and let it set for 30 minutes and then washed twice and rinsed twice and its all gone. (04/15/2007)
I washed and dried red crayon with an entire load of my girls clothing. I treated spots with Zout, and soaked the batch in hot water with Oxy-clean, wisk and a cap full of tide. To my surprise all of the crayon spots with the expection of those in a white tee came out, after a regular wash cycle. Yes!! (04/24/2007)
I read most of these, and got some great suggestions. My son had a red crayon in his pocket and I washed it with my light colored clothes. It was a mess. After reading these suggestions(which by the way were wonderful) I ended up using Oxy Clean spray, WD 40 and hairspray. I sprayed it on the stains and then made sure to rub it in. I let the clothes soak in hot water for 30 minutes and then washed and rinsed twice. All the stains came out! It was great! Thanks again! (06/03/2007)
WD40?! Who claimed this would work? I tried it on a load of clothes that were spotted with black crayon and not one single spot came out. Not only are the spots still on all the clothes but now they stink like WD40! Does anyone have another method? We've also tried the combo of WD40 and color safe bleach but no success. We've washed this same load 4 times! (06/06/2007)
I had purple crayon chaos this morning. My daughter was coloring and came to me with her brand new white Nike t-shirt spotted with purple. First I went for the iron idea,no go. Then I grabbed my trusty tide with bleach and poured it on the spots, let it sit for about 20 minutes, sprayed a little goo gone on them and rinsed. VOILA! Gone!
So my family and I were cleaning cause we had some family coming for Father's Day and we opened the dryer. The clothes were finished and everything but there was something wrong. Purple was all over the sheets for my children's bedroom. We were freaking out! I searched for how to get stains out of my sheets. And then my husband looked in the dryer and what do you know there was a purple beat up crayon. Then I searched. I ran to Walgreen's and got Zout Oxy Clean and a bunch of other stuff listed and then wala it was out. Almost went out to get new sheets for my daughters but you know what miracles do truly happen. So thank you for everything. (Just so you know it really was my daughter who typed it!) (06/17/2007)
By Lauren of Indiana
I tried everything at first and that stupid purple crayon wouldn't come out...then I stumbled onto this site and picked up some Zout, Oxyclean spray, and Wisk detergent and almost by miracle pretty much everything came out...except for my favorite white bathing suit top(but that gives me an excuse to make my boyfriend buy another!) Thanks everyone so much for posting all of this!! (07/03/2007)
By Katie in NH
I came across this page in a panic because of the the melted red crayon in my laundry and dryer and not knowing what to do. My kids are 6 & 8 and I'd never experienced it before. I first want to thank all of these people who write in and share their experiences and formulas to remedy it. Without you guys I'd be throwing clothes away. Thank you! :o) I'd like to now share that I tried the Oxyclean stain fighter (1 1/2 cups) using the Zout first and my regular detergent (1 full cup) and soaked an hour (actually longer...it soaked while I cleaned the dryer with regular Colgate...worked like a charm and minty fresh). Everything came out first time around. WOW! No using WD-40 either like Crayola suggested. Pew! I had a positive experience and wanted to say thanks and to share to help others too. (07/03/2007)
I was sitting here, melting crayons in my room trying to seal a letter, when some of it dripped on my favorite pair of long shorts. I'm sitting here freaking out, and I looked up how to do it. I tried most of these that I could find in a little bathroom. I found GoofOff in my room from when we were repainting the place, and I had marker on my walls. Now I've got my shorts treated in foam hand soap and little kid's crest. It's been getting it out little by little with the goofOff. Gotta say, you women and men have saved my shorts. [And me from grounding]
By Jill from Iowa.
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