Removing Heat-Set Crayon Stains from Clothes
When a crayon inadvertently goes through the washer and dryer it often ends up on the entire load of clothing. The good news is that the wax is minimal in the fabric. The bad news is the crayon stain has become set-in.
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Ivory dishwashing liquid
- Baking soda
- Color-safe bleach or chlorine bleach
Begin by thoroughly inspecting each piece of clothing. You may find that only certain pieces are stained. Depending on the heat setting of the dryer, you may even find pieces of the crayon melted into the stain. If you do find melted pieces of crayon in the clothing, set that clothing aside and treat using the WD-40 method. For clothes simply stained by the color dye, you can use ordinary household products to remove the stains.
Working in small loads, fill a washing machine with hot water for a small load. Add a generous amount of Ivory dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup baking soda. Add the stained clothes, agitate for a minute, and then soak for 10 minutes. Check the clothing. If the stain remains, create a paste of baking soda and Ivory. Work the paste into each stain. Return the stained items to the washer and allow to wash through on a short cycle. If any stains remain, check the labels to ensure the safe usage of bleach. Separate colors from whites, as each type of clothing will need to be bleached separately. Wash the clothing in hot water using laundry detergent and the appropriate bleach. Colors require the use of color-safe bleach, while chlorine bleach may be used on most whites. This process should safely remove most crayon stains.
The success of removing crayon stains from clothes depends on what type of crayon generated the stain. Just as various brands of crayons provide different coloring texture on paper, they also react differently to cleaning methods. Severe crayon stains that do not remove through these methods may need to be taken to a dry cleaner for professional cleaning.