Reaching into the dryer to remove your laundry only to discover the violet crayon is now decorating your clean clothing is frustrating. This is a guide about cleaning melted crayon from dried clothes.
I searched this thread and found this to be the most common successful formula for removing crayon from clothes after going through the washer/dryer, so thought I'd try it. I had red crayon on a whole load of clothes, dozens and dozens of spots. Since it was me and my son's fault, I had to deal with it, sparing my wife the extra work.
I used extra detergent (full cap Tide Free + full cap Tide Stain booster), plus borax (20 Mule Team, 1 cup), plus Oxiclean (4 scoops of the powder). I soaked the clothes for one hour on the hottest setting on our LG topload He machine, then used the heavy soil wash cycle.
Success! Got out 99% of the crayon with this approach. Found three remaining light spots which I'll try washing a second time, but the vast majority are completely gone. Nice!
My son cleaned the dryer drum with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power, which did the job well. I cleaned the filter with Soft Scrub as others had recommended, on a paper towel, with very hot water, and used a butter knife to wedge the towel into the small spaces. A bit of work, but also successful.
I appreciated the many suggestions here on ThriftyFun, and wanted to pass on what worked for me.
Don't give up, it can be done!
By Robbster from Ohio
I never check pockets when I wash clothes, and of course this time I payed the price. I did not realize there was a crayon in a pocket until I dried the load and to my horror saw that I had blue spots on everything. I honestly almost started crying.
I'm so glad I Googled and found this website. I read a lot of ways to help get crayon off, one post said to try LA's Totally Awesome that could be found at a dollar store. Thanks to this tough economy I decided to try this $1.00 product. And let me tell you, thanks goodness for this product.
I soaked the damaged clothes in the washer with hot water (I had a small load of damaged clothes) and poured in half the bottle of LA's Totally Awesome and I let it soak for approximately 30 min. I wanted to be sure the crayon was going to come out so I also scrubbed each piece with a cleaning brush. And wala out came the crayon. I then ran a normal cycle on hot water. Thank you for all the tips. This product will now be a must in my house. Good luck and I hope it works for you as well as it did for me.
Does anyone know how to remove dried melted crayon off silk/polyester material?
By Candice T.
Wax will be removed, but it also sets the colors!
My grandson left crayons in his clothing and it has left the clothes dryer and clothes full of crayon. How do I remove it from the cylinder in the dryer and also from his clothes?
By KarenF from Lake Worth, FLRead More Answers...
I need help! I have dried clothes in my dryer and have found a black oils pastel crayon melted on all of my clothes. Help how do I get them clean. They are brand new!!! I just washed them once.
Debbie in Illinois
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By Soraya from Kissimmee
Place paper towel on the top and under the clothing and iron on it. The paper towel will absorb the liquid from the crayon.
I washed and dried laundry with crayons. How do you remove these stains?
White vinegar and baking soda, make a paste and rub on the item of clothing. Leave it to soak up the stain then put through the washing machine and the stain should be out.
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Is it crayon stains or crayon pieces melted on the clothing? This is what my mom did when I left crayons in my pocket and she didn't know about it:
How do you get melted crayon out of a full load of light clothes that have already gone through the washer and dryer?
By Shellerz from Dsm, IA
LA's Totally Awesome! 1/2 bottle in the prewash compartment and 1/2 bottle in the main wash compartment and then set on the hottest water possible and add the soak phase. Incredible! Worked the first time! I had cotton T-Shirts and a nylon running jacket. I set mine on "Whitest Whites" (extra hot wash) and the "Soak Mode". LA's Totally Awesome can be found at Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart. I've been using it on so many things, including my laundry stains, for a couple of years. I didn't realize it would work on crayons until now!
Go to your nearest a Dollar Tree or Dollar General and buy a bottle of Awesome. Spray Awesome directly on the dried crayon and soak in hot water. Then use your choice of laundry detergent to pretreat the stain again. After about 10 to 20 minutes put back in machine and wash again. It takes the stains right out
How do you get crayon out of a toddler's clothes, that have been dried with the crayon?
By Brenda from Seguin, TX
I too had this problem, before OxiClean or Shout were invented. My mom gave me a great idea and it worked. You need a brown paper bag and a warm iron (no steam). Place the paper over the crayon stain and run iron on paper going back and forth. Find clean area of paper and repeat process. The brown paper will absorb the color and grease of the crayon. I even was able to do this on my son's winter jacket. It came out as good as new. Good luck! (03/06/2011)
How can I remove melted crayon from white clothing after drying?
By Liz from San Antonio, TX
S.O.S. pads. This worked so well, so fast, and did not hurt the clothes. Red crayon melted all over pink snowsuit and S.O.S pads took it out, almost effortless! (01/25/2011)
How do you get melted crayon out of clothing?
By Donna from Bristol, VA
Try to put ice on it and the peel it off. (11/20/2010)
I too found a dryer full of jeans and two new work shirts smothered with blue crayon! I tried the Tide/Oxyclean with borax recipe. Instead of Clorox2 I used Vivid and instead of Shout I used Zout. I also used about 6 Shout Color Catchers which absorbed much of the dye. As my work shirts were a lighter cotton I pre-sprayed as much as possible with the Oxiclean blue bottle. I also had to scrub/scrape the worst spots on those. I agitated repeatedly and soaked overnight. I am amazed that the crayon is gone! Thank you to whomever created this recipe. (11/29/2010)
The crayon-free shirt! (11/29/2010)
I soaked the clothes in hot water in the washing machine and it came out perfectly! My entire load of my boys' blue jeans was saved from the red crayon. (12/09/2010)
I was so optimistic after reading these posts, but alas after 12 hours of working on 2 loads of laundry and $40 later, I am throwing out almost all the clothing items affected by an orange crayon that made it through the washer and dryer. The second load was only in the dryer for a few minutes until I found the crayon marks on the first load of clothing. Yes, I did try borax, Tide, Oxiclean, vinegar, multiple spot removers, Dawn dish soap, hot water, presoaking, etc. Ridiculous! I would have felt better if I would have thrown out all the clothes last night. I have no idea how these tricks worked for others. Next time, I'm tossing everything. (12/12/2010)
I opened my dryer and to my horror there was green crayon melted all over my kids clothes. This is what I did to get it out and it work!
Before washing I pretreated stains with Zout (off brand Shout). I just sprayed and brushed it in. Then I did a hot prewash using Thirsties cloth diaper prewash (I'm sure any prewash like Clorox 2 would work, I cloth diaper so I had it handy). Warm rinse.
*This step alone got out the lighter stains.
I let the wash cycle start and then turned the washer off and let the clothes soak for 30 minutes before restarting the washer. It worked and I'm very excited! Good luck!
I just pulled all of the clothes out of the dryer. It worked great, the only thing that did not come out was green on the white stripe of nylon basketball shorts.
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Here are responses to a user that left crayon in her clothes pockets when doing laundry.