Antje from UK
Gojo - not the kind with pumice - or any brand of hand cleaner. Works really well - have 6 kids and have missed crayons in pockets more than once especially when they began to learn to do their own laundry
Warning - wash within a few minutes of applying or it will damage fabric. Also works well for lipstick. (03/14/2008)
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I washed a load of whites and lights with a red crayon in my 6 yr old's pocket. Needless to say I was terrified! I called 1-800-crayola and they told me to lay out paper towel and spray the spots with wd40 and they wait two min and then to scrub with dish soap and then wash in hot water with detergent and bleach for unbleachables. I also used the wd40 on my dryer like they told me to and wiped it all clean and dried a load of dry rags. I was SHOCKED that it worked! My youngest son's white lovey came out clean. I was in shock! SO HAPPY! GOOD LUCK!
Today I found not one but TWO crayons in my dryer and a whole lot of ruined clothes. I decided to google it and wallah! I found this website! I'm so glad b/c I was just going to throw the clothes out and buy new ones. Right now I'm trying the detergent, shout and hot water. If it doesn't work I'm going to try the Borax (last resort since some people said that it may ruin clothes). Wish me luck and thank goodness for this site! (03/17/2008)
this happened to me years ago before all the stain removing products were available. I put the items in a large pan, filled with water, added detergent and boiled the stains out. Worked fine. I remember my Mother boiling clothes to get stains out. (03/17/2008)
If it been heated at all it's not going to come out, it's there foroever. (03/17/2008)
This happened to me two days ago with a red crayon. I soaked everything with hot water in the washer and a half a bottle of Orange TKO for a good hour and then washed on hot with 1/2 cup of Oxy Clean and a cup of regular detergent. It worked pretty swell, and everything smelled citrus fresh! No spot washing or scrubbing. As for the dryer, I turned it on high to heat everything up, then I wiped it down with an old rag and full strength Orange TKO. It worked like a charm! (03/19/2008)
My daughter-in-law called me this morning all upset because a green crayon had gone through the washer and dryer with a batch of laundry. We tried the goo gone with very little success. We then called a local dry cleaning company and they suggested Murphy's Oil Soap. We worked in a little of the Murphys Oil Soap into each crayon spot and then washed is the warmest water that was safe for the fabric. She just called me and all of the crayon was successfully removed. (03/21/2008)
Thanks for the great tips! I used 1 cup detergent, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 cup Borax and I soaked everything in hot water for an hour and then washed twice and it took out almost all of the crayon. I also used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in the dryer and it worked very well. Thanks again. (03/28/2008)
Upset because the dryer still is red red red even after using toothpaste, soft scrub then magic eraser! My rag towels on hot setting aren't picking up the excess red.
Clothes are getting better after using Oxyclean, vinegar and hot water. My fingernails scratched off some of the clumps of red. Is my dryer permanently stained? It looks like strawberry swirl ice cream!
(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Some people have had good luck using dampened dryer sheets. You should be able to get it out sooner or later. I'd be cautious drying anything in there until you can get the red out. (03/31/2008)
I just want to thank everyone for your feedback on this site. I too washed and dried a red crayon in a very full load of laundry. Everything and I mean Everything was RED! Socks, underwear, uniforms, jeans EVERYTHING! I read all of the feedback and came up with my own concoction. 2 capfuls of double strength Tide, 1 cup of Oxiclean powder, 1/2 cup of Borax and sprayed all of the articles of clothing down with Shout prior to re-washing. NO SCRUBBING! I threw it in the hottest water allowed and put it on heavy with the extra rinse cycle. You would never know the incident ever happened.
I am truly shocked and amazed! I thought I was going to have to throw away hundreds of dollars worth of clothes. Everything came out spotless after only one wash!! Please try this it is miraculous! Thanks again! Jill, mother of a 2 year old and a 6 year old! :) (04/05/2008)
By Jill Hart
Thank you so much! I followed the tip above (2 capfuls of double strength Tide, 1 cup of Oxiclean powder, 1/2 cup of Borax and sprayed all of the articles of clothing down with Shout prior to re-washing on hot water), and I would say at least 90% of the crayon is gone. This seems to work best on denim and 100% cotton. Other items still have a few stubborn spots, so we're going to try WD40 on those. But I'm relieved that most of the load has been saved! (04/22/2008)
By Jenny D
This works GREAT! I had melted red crayon all over a load of laundry and I was in a panic. First, I treated with Reslove extra. Next, I turned my hot water up as hot as it would go. Then, I washed the clothes in 2 cups of Stain Dissolving WHISK, 1/2 cup of Borax, and 2 capfuls of liquid Oxi-Clean. I rinsed them twice and they look GREAT! (04/30/2008)
I just tried these methods-I am so grateful. A red crayon went through our dryer in a load of white and my daughters brand new uniform shirt was in that load, it all came out. (05/01/2008)
I used apple cider vinegar, baking soda and a hot water wash and all is clean. (05/02/2008)
I tried 409 to get crayon that was melted into clothing and it worked great. Spray 409 then use a tooth brush to work the area. I also used it on many every day stains and it worked, it doesn't bleed clothing either. (05/04/2008)
Thanks everybody for your ideas! I washed my load of red crayon dyed clothes in hot water, extra rinse cycle, with gain detergent, zout stain remover--about 1/2 cup and biz stain remover, about 1/2 cup. The load was almost perfect after one wash, but I washed again, and there is almost no trace of it on most pieces of clothing. I used soft scrub on the dryer drum and it came right off! Thanks again for your ideas. They worked like a charm! (05/10/2008)
Fingernail polish remover worked great in getting the color out of the dryer! (05/19/2008)
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