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”.
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!
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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