Saturday, April 7, 2012

How to Remove Melted Crayon from Clothes

how to get melted crayon out of clothes

The other day, I washed a load of laundry. As I was pulling it out of the dryer, my heart sank as I realized somehow a crayon made it through the wash. Okay….I admit this isn’t the first time. I try to check all pockets, but I do sometimes miss something. Seriously, though, a crayon is nothing. I once washed my husbands wallet. How do you miss something like that?!?
Back to the crayon. Most of the load was untouched. Only five things ended up with melted crayon, but two of them were my hubby’s dress pants – not a cheap replacement.  In frustration, I threw the crayon stained clothes in a laundry basket and decided to get back to it later.
After my irritation had ebbed, I Googled some solutions. Most of the answers were in the form of hot irons and WD40. I tried the iron and I can tell you it DID NOT work! If anything it worked to further set the stain. I didn’t try the WD40 because one forum told tales of lots of patience and elbow grease. It sounded way too difficult to me. Well, my friend Google came through. On one forum, a lady sang the praises of something called "LA’s Totally Awesome”.

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My elbow-grease-fearing heart decided it was worth a try.
This is what I did:
  • I put the crayon melted clothes in the washer
  • I poured half the bottle of LA’s Totally Awesome in the soap dispenser
  • I set the washer to the hottest, longest cycle and pressed start

When the washer was finished, the clothes were crayon free!

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The best part is, LA’s Totally Awesome is super cheap! I found it at Family Dollar for only $1 per bottle. They even had a gallon size refill bottle for 3 bucks! I think Dollar Tree also carries it. I am now keeping a ready supply in my laundry room. Have you had any laundry room mishaps?



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51 comments:

  1. If only I had known about this when I washed a whole pocket full of crayons with all of Mason's brand new school jeans... So good to know.

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  2. Ugh. I just trashed and replaced my favorite white peasant skirt (from J. Jill - not cheap) after it went through the dryer with a pocketfull of crayons. I'd tried various things over the course of a year (had long ago thrown out everything else) and nothing worked, so I finally gave up. I'll be heading out to the dollar store to have some on hand for future mishaps, because you KNOW they'll happen. :/

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  3. I am trying this now :/ blue crayon all over a white bleached load. All was abercrombie, hollister, under armour & nike (furiously crying).....LUCKILY, I <3 totally awesome w/ the help of magic eraser for cleaning grease, soap scum ect. I have a front load HE washer so I put 1 cap wisk & 1/2 bottle awesome in dispenser. Then in drum I put 1/2 bottle awesome & 1 cup baking soda. Set to whitest whites & extra rinse. Fingers crossed & will update.

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    1. nunnysbabygirl.... Did it work?

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    2. Wow this totally worked. I thought for sure I had ruined an entire load of my daughter's clothes with an orange crayon. Almost all of it came it out!

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    3. I have red and blue crayons that were washed and DRIED and they are all over the entire load of laundry!!! I am going to try this and pray that it works!

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    4. It was on a nylon coat, and its not off, has been through the wash three times now, and its still there.

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    5. Addendum to my last entry:

      It was on a nylon coat, and I have used an entire bottle of Awesome. I have directly sprayed the coat and let it set. I have washed it three times on very hot water.
      The crayon is NOT coming out of this pink nylon coat for ANYTHING.

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    6. How strange! I haven't actually tried it on nylon. Hmmmmm....definitely something worth researching. I'll let you know if I find any good solutions. Thanks for your input!

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    7. I was about to bawl my eyes out! I really hope this works for me!

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  4. Totally works. I had to scrub the light colored clothes and wash them again but worth the extra elbow grease

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  5. I am about to run out to the Dollar General and pray they have this!! I just had an entire load of laundry washed and dried with an orange crayon >.< I will let you know how this works out!!!

    Joan S. NY

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  6. My husband did laundry yesterday and he forgot to check my daughter's pockets. Yup, bright red crayon all over her school uniforms when he pulled them from the dryer. This has never happened to us before and to say he was a bit panicked is an understatement.

    After a quick trip to the dollar store and a prayer or two he rewashed the uniforms using 1/2 the bottle in the soap dispenser as suggested. He even tossed in a shirt of mine that has been sitting in the laundry room rag bag for the past year because of a stain that we couldn't remove. He really wanted to put this product to the test.

    I'm very happy to report that every spec of crayon was removed from the uniforms. This stuff really works!!! It even removed the year old stain from my shirt, it looks brand new.

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  7. Any suggestions if crayon ran through dryer to make sure it's not in there anymore to dispense onto an upcoming load?

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    1. StacyN - try throwing a few rags in on your hottest setting. They will pick up what is left. Repeat if necessary.

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  8. I need to try this right now...I don't have a soap dispenser in my washer...would it be ok to just put it right inside the load of landrey?

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    1. I think so. My old washer didn't have soap dispensers and I would have definitely done that. Maybe prefill the washer and put it in the water so it's diluted before you put your clothes in.... Let me know how it works!

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    2. It happens right now with green crayon I sent my husband to buy it let see if it work.

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  9. Did you use the laundry soap version of this product, or the household cleaning agent??? Going from your picture, I'm assuming the household cleaning agent... But I just want to make sure.

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  10. I've just seen another comment that works. Half cup of vinegar, Dish washing liquid (dawn) & hot water. Soak.for 10 minutes then wash. May take two wash cycles. Repeat the steps for washing a second time. It worked for me with red crayon dried into my light clothes. No trace of crayons were left

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    1. This worked!!!! Thank you so much for this post, Mrs, McCanick! I've had this pair of my favorite cotton pants set aside for about two years because I didn't want to deal with the complicated remedies for the crayon. Finally I decided to deal with it last night but didn't want to go to the store to get the other product, though it sounds great. But I had Dawn and vinegar. I soaked it in the sink with Dawn and vinegar and hot water for a couple hours. All the crayon came out except a few spots I had to brush with a toothbrush. Then I washed them with regular detergent and a little Dawn in the load. They look good but have some little spots that look like grease spots, but no crayon. They are wearable, but I'm going to treat them with Dawn and wash again and I'm sure they will be perfect. And to think I could have done this ages ago. THANK YOU so much!! Jane.

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  11. This stuff is AWESOME! I just pulled out a load of clothes from the dryer with melted brown crayon on everything.. Jumped on Google and found this. I ran straight to Family Dollar and bought this came back put it in the washer with the clothes. I just pulled them back out of the washer NO CRAYON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!IT WORKS AND ONLY COST ME $1.00

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  12. I just pulled a whole load of my son's brand new summer clothes out of the dryer and dark blue crayon was melted on EVERYTHING!!!! There was no way I could spot clean or use the WD-40. There was just way too many clothes. I was in complete tears having a melt down. I read this post and I never buy this product but about a week ago we had a plumber fixing our sink and he left a bottle of that stuff!. I ran down, grabbed it. Filled the tub with as hot of water as I could and put all the clothes in. Used a toothbrush for the biggest spots and swirled the clothes by hand. Almost all of the crayon came out!! The tub was basically black when I took them out and then I put them in the wash. The only problem I seem to have had was with a NYLON pair of basketball shorts. The crayon does not seem to come out of those. We will see once the rinse is done with the OXYCLEAN spot cleaner but 1 pair of shorts in comparison to all my son's new clothes is something I can live with. THANK GOD for this post!!!!!

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  13. I just pulled a whole load of my son's brand new summer clothes out of the dryer and dark blue crayon was melted on EVERYTHING!!!! There was no way I could spot clean or use the WD-40. There was just way too many clothes. I was in complete tears having a melt down. I read this post and I never buy this product but about a week ago we had a plumber fixing our sink and he left a bottle of that stuff!. I ran down, grabbed it. Filled the tub with as hot of water as I could and put all the clothes in. Used a toothbrush for the biggest spots and swirled the clothes by hand. Almost all of the crayon came out!! The tub was basically black when I took them out and then I put them in the wash. The only problem I seem to have had was with a NYLON pair of basketball shorts. The crayon does not seem to come out of those. We will see once the rinse is done with the OXYCLEAN spot cleaner but 1 pair of shorts in comparison to all my son's new clothes is something I can live with. THANK GOD for this post!!!!!

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    1. This is all a lie! This doesn't work. I have washed this load of clothes 7 times already! The stains have merely gotten lighter. This is ridiculous.

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  14. I had washed and dried a load of laundry only to find an empty wrapper that used to have a crayon in it. The crayon is now all over our clothes. I immediately went to get some cleaner as I read so many positive results. I am now on my fourth wash cycle and it still isn't working. I've even tried adding laundry and dish detergent as well as boiling water to make sure the water was hot enough. I got the larger bottle so I could try it out on other things. (bathroom, walls, counter tops)

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    1. I am going through the same thing. I was so hopeful after reading all the amazing results! I'm going to try spot cleaning and then washing again, but so far it doesn't appear any of it has come out after 3 washes. Luckily I bought 3 bottles of the stuff..

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    2. Try the vinegar method ( Hot water, Vinegar and laundry detergent) I did not use them in the washer. I used a big container with water that I heat on the microwave, then added detergent and vinegar, soaked my daughter's white jacket on it for half an hour. I scrubbed the jacket, rinsed it and repeated the procedure. Everything came out!

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  15. Is this ok to use with a front loading high efficiency washer?

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    1. Yes! I have a front loading high efficiency washer!

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  16. Hello, my son left an orange crayon in one of his jean pockets. After washing AND drying all of the dark clothes I discovered this semi tragedy. I came across this post, purchased said cleaning product and about 90% of the crayon came out. As one mom said, the larger spots need some extra attention but I will take having to work on those than toss about 6 pairs of jeans and a pair of shorts. Thanks for the tip

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  17. Do they sell this product in Canada?

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    1. Yes, my friend just bought some for me at a Dollar Tree in Winnipeg!

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  18. Does this work for colored clothes also?

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  19. My 6 yr old son left green and yellow crayons in his pockets and it's all over his and my daughters clothes so I tried 1 cup of vinegar, 6 tblsps of blue dawn dish liquid, and 1 full cup laundry detergent in a hot water wash (also boiled a big pot of water to be sure it was hot enough), but it doesn't look like it's working so i'm trying awesome next!!! Will let you know how it goes!!! BTW Mr. Clean Magic Eraser got it out of the dryer but i'm going to run so rags through first to make sure it's all clean!!!!

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  20. Just tried this! I had wash and dried my daughters new clothes with a dark blue crayon! Put in half a bottle (got at Dollar Tree) and set my washer on cold with an extra rinse cycle. They crayon is all gone! Thank you so much!

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  21. Bloody Brilliant! Just did this and it worked, Thanks!!

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  22. Do you use laundry detergent with the awesome?

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  23. It worked!! Who knew the dollar store had anything that wasn't crap?

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  24. Thanks so much for posting this easy fix! I spot treated all our clothes with dawn detergent before soaking in a mixture of the LA Awesome, Dawn, laundry detergent, and laundry booster. All the melted crayon came off our clothes! Thanks again for saving the day!!!

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  25. So thankful to have found this post! A dryer full of clothes covered with black crayon, and the Totally Awesome took it all out! Thank you!!

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  26. This must work for itty bitty pieces of crayon on the clothes. I just tried it...hot water, longest wash cycle, and a half of a bottle of awesome...and its still there!! Not even lightened up :( This does not work...

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  27. I just did this and it freakin' worked! So thankful I found your post! My son keeps rolling up the red wax casing of Babybel cheeses and leaving them in all of his pants/shorts pockets. If we miss any, they're stuck in our dryer, and this has left little red dots all over many of our clothes, new and old! It's so infuriating...until today! Woohoo! I put in half a bottle of the larger bottle and hot water, and it did wonders! It's my new favorite laundry product! LOVE!!!

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  28. So of course I'm on here because a red crayon just nabbed about five shirts. I will try to find this stuff at our DT but I am concerned about the hot water. These are polo-style shirts. Will they shrink? They're not new shirts.

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  29. So I went to Dollar Tree and I only found a new powdered version of this product. I put about 6-8 scoops of it in a long hot water cycle and there is still orange crayon on all the clothes/spots I did not scrub like mad with a different laundry product. Has anyone had success with the powdered version of LA's Totally Awesome?

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  30. SO Glad I found this blog. I thought that my entire load of clothes was ruined, but one wash with the LA's Totally Awesome and the crayon stains are GONE. Thank You SO MUCH!!

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  31. I saw the post about the front loading high efficiency washer. Does anyone know if it is ok to put LA Totally Awesome in a top loading HE machine? I've tried some other ways of getting crayon out; they didn't work so I just bought some LA. Thanks.

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  33. Ive used an Iron and wax paper before and that worked great. But today im all out of waxpaper luckly i have some la totally amazing goin to have ta try that.

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  34. So, this is a huge emergency...I staying with a family working as a live in maid/nanny & I hurriedly decided to wash all the comforters late yesterday afternoon...only to find my comforter(that they bought me) with almost half of it with dried in crayons!! Thank god it is still our secret...I pray the LA Totally Awesome, and Vinegar plus Dawn works its magic while everyone's at work/school. Please pray for me and my polyester comforter! Than you, Terrified.

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  35. Hydrogen peroxide dissolves wax...I would scrub it with hydrogen peroxide then wash...should come out.

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