I’m pretty good about checking everyone’s pockets when I do laundry. I’ve found loose change, tissues and Legos. I’ve come across bouncy balls, Chuck E. Cheese coins, and the occasional candy bar wrapper. But last week as I was checking pockets something slipped past me. And it was one of the worst things you could miss. It was a crayon. Well, two crayons to be exact.
But these weren’t just any crayons. The first one, and the major offender, was navy blue. The other crayon was that ugly shade of green that nobody ever wants to use. I’m sure that is how it ended up in The Goose’s pocket. I imagine him picking up the crayon, looking at it and thinking to himself “Man, that is one ugly crayon. Nobody’s going to want that one. I’ll just put it in my pocket for safe keeping. And, while I’m at it, I’ll just stuff that navy blue one in their, too. That way they won’t be lonely.”
And there they stayed until Friday, when I unknowingly tossed them in the washing machine with a full load of laundry. Then, I tossed them right into the dryer. And that’s where the mess really happened.
There was blue crayon all over every piece of clothing, including The Goose’s favorite Charlie Brown shirt, his new school spirit shirt and his brand new Cheboygan Chiefs t-shirt. There were green flecks on my pajamas and my husband’s socks. Even the inside of the dryer was coated in blue. I was mortified, sure that the clothes were going to be permanently ruined.
But they weren’t. I actually managed to remove every single stain. And here’s how…
How To Remove Melted Crayon From Clothes
- Sort through the clothes and make sure to remove any large chunks of crayon that are still stuck to the fabric.
- Put the clothes in the washing machine, and run it on the hottest setting. Add one scoop of OxiClean, 2 tablespoons Dawn dish soap and your normal amount of laundry detergent to the washing machine.
- Once the machine has filled with water, allow the clothes to soak for about an hour.