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 removing melted crayon from dried clothes.
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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 Oxyclean (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.
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Here are questions related to Removing Melted Crayon from Dried Clothes.
What is the best way to get melted crayon out of your clothes?
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.
How can I remove melted crayon from clothing that has been washed and dried?
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:
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, FL
I know this sounds crazy but I'd spray the dryer with WD-40 and wipe down. As for clothes if you take newspaper, lay it over crayon marks using a hot iron run it over the newspaper. As the was in the crayons melts it will be soaked into the newspaper.
A brown crayon went through the washer and dryer and now there are spots all over everything! This happened before and I tried spraying with a stain remover and soaking in hot water. Some things came clean, others, not so much. Any better ideas?
By Andrea B.
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.
How can you get crayons out of washed and dried clothes?
By Cheryl H
I washed and dried a crayon and now it is all over the clothes. How do I get it out?
By Mellissa W.
How do I remove stains left by crayons that melted on a load of clothes in the dryer?
By Linda T.
How do you get crayon out of clothes that have been dried in the dryer?
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!
If the directions on the clothes call for only cold water, how can I get the melted crayons out? I am desperate! A load of my husband's work clothes (all brand new) got washed and dried with red crayon. Help!
How do you remove melted black crayon from denim jeans?
By Shirley G.
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
By Robin (Guest Post)10/29/2007
Black lipstick washed and dried with clothes. How do you get it off?
Does anyone know how to remove dried melted crayon off silk/polyester material?
By Candice T.
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Here are responses to a user that left crayon in her clothes pockets when doing laundry.
My friend uses Dawn Dish Soap to clean most greasy/waxy stains. If that doesn't work, you could just dye the clothes in the washer the same color of the crayons. (01/29/2002)
By red crayon
By WD-40 is the best crayon remover.
By Lisa in La.
By Be Careful
By Jennifer, Ahhhh crayon!
By Beverly Eraser
By Kim in OR
Place the stained surface down on pad of paper towels, spray with WD-40, let stand a few minutes, turn fabric over and spray the other side. Apply liquid dishwashing detergent and work into the stained area, replacing toweling as it absorbs the stain. Wash in hot water with laundry detergent and bleach for about 12 minutes (use heavy soiled setting if there is no minute timer on your machine) and rinse in warm water.Special Note:Heat-Set Stains-Clean the drum of your dryer to remove any remaining wax residue. Spray a soft cloth with WD-40, and wipe the drum. Run a load of dry rags through a drying cycle to ensure that your drum is clean. (07/15/2005)
By Karen P - Valpo IN
By Trisha C.
I came to this web site, read suggestions and then tried an idea of my own. IT WORKED LIKE MAGIC! I put each item in a large bowl and poured on Krud Kutter. This is a general purpose cleaner that I buy in the paint department at Home Depot. I put on enough to saturate the items and sort of swish it around. If there was a heavy spot of crayon, I scratched it with my nail. Every item came completely clean with no fading or bleaching of the items. I then rinsed the clothes in clean water and washed them again normally-in cold water. I am so thrilled and surprised with the results that I had to share! Even the rings on my fingers look like new. Also, I wiped down the inside of the drier with Krud Kutter and it looks like new. I hope that this helps someone else who is in a similar messy situation. (08/23/2005)
By Rebecca Breyer
By Chashawna Andrade
I used two cups of Purex Detergent and 1/2 cup of Borax Laundry Booster. Nearly all of it came out. I washed it one more time with one cup of Purex and another 1/2 cup of Borax and all of the stains were removed. Both loads were washed in HOT water and rinsed in Cold. Thank You! (04/21/2006)
By Sydney's Mommy Steffannie
By Bubba's wife
By Debbie Maddox
I washed and dried a load of whites with a purple crayon. Any ideas how to get the crayon stains out?
Can anyone help me with wax crayon stains? I must have left an orange one in my wash and I have tried all the usual stain removers.
Is it possible to get crayon out of clothes? Crayons were left in the dryer.
How do I get crayon out of already dried clothes?
How do you get crayon out of clothes that have been washed and dried?
While visiting my daughter last week, I discovered a trick for getting crayon from clothes.
My daughter's kids put jeans in the washer with crayons. She didn't discover it until the jeans had gone through the dryer as well. It took her hours to clean the dryer, but the jeans still have "set-in" crayon marks.
I would like information on how to get melted crayon out of children's clothes.
My 5 year old left a brown crayon in one of her pockets. When I washed and dried that load of clothes it melted to the side of my dryer.
A crayon got put into my load of lingerie and got dried. So now all of my lingerie has melted crayon stains on it. I don't want to throw away all that lingerie. Please help me.
How do you remove crayon from clothes that have been run through a dryer?
How do I clean melted crayon from cotton clothing?
How can I remove melted crayon from white clothing after drying?