Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Getting Crayon Out of Washed and Dried Clothes....
Yes it is possible. I had this horrible moment yesterday. I pulled my son's light clothes out of the dryer, his white uniform polo shirts, khaki uniform pants, underwear, socks, his Taekwondo uniform, all of it was marked up with red crayon. Red crayon also marked up the whole inside of my dryer. After an initial freak out I decided it was time to clean up the mess. I used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean off the drum of the dryer because my experience has been there is very little Mr. Clean can't clean. All the red came off easy. Then I got online to see if anyone had advice about how to get the crayon off the clothes. What did I ever do before the internet? Sure enough I wasn't the only person who had ever had a kid sneak a crayon in the wash via pocket, and after scratching any ideas that seemed super tedious (scrapping all the crayon off by hand) or involved ingredients I didn't have (glo be gone) here is what I finally settled on.
1) Put the clothes in the washer, and set the water to hot. I'm thinking as hot as you can get it to get the wax melting. If you are worried about your water getting hot enough consider adding a pot of boiling water. I didn't, but I like things to be easy.
2) Add your laundry detergent (I just used what I had on hand which was All Free and Clear), a 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 4-6 Tbs. of dish liquid (the stuff sitting on your counter that you would wash dishes by hand with).
3) Let the clothes soak for 10-15 minutes.
4) Let the wash run normal.
I followed the instructions but in the back of my mind I thought I was done for. I just knew all of the clothes were going to have to be replaced. I was a fool to doubt. When I pulled out the clothes almost all of the red was gone. Considering the mess I started with it was a miracle! Those pieces that were clean I just sent through my newly cleaned dryer. Their were a few pieces that still had a few traces of crayon on them. I threw those ones back into the washer and did the process again with them. Eureka! Everything was then clean. Thank you internet!!!
*This post is by far my most popular. It hasn't worked for everyone but at least three times a month I get an e-mail or a comment from someone saying it saved their bacon, so hopefully it will work for you. Since the original writing of this post I've had to do this three more times. I have four kids, am notoriously bad about checking pockets, and find that those crayons from restaurants have a way of sneaking home in pockets. So far it hasn't let me down.