Crayons in the dryer: major disaster

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

So much I wanted to write about, but alas, I’ve been spending all night dealing with a crayon in the dryer disaster. Anyway, my loss is your gain, since I’m sure you’ll remember this and make sure to apply the lesson I learned: always check the pockets of every item that goes in the wash, even top pockets of shirts that belong to little boys.

So, what do you do when you run a crayon through your wash and then it makes it into the dryer? First, cry. Then, panic. No, wait, that’s what I did. No, just go to the Crayola website where they have instructions on how to get rid of Crayola stains of all sorts.

crayon went through dryer

In case you don’t feel like trekking all the way over to the Crayola website, I’ll tell you what it said. First, get the crayon marks out of the dryer by spraying it down with our good friend WD-40. Then wash the WD-40 residue out of the dryer with dishwashing liquid. Then run a load of clean rags through the dryer to make sure there’s no residue left. No need to have to do this next part on another load of laundry. Because it is a pain in the butt, but it works.

Make a little pad of paper towels. Then get out our good friend, WD-40 again and spray the clothing. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then flip it over on the other side and repeat the process. Then take liquid dishwashing liquid and work it into the stain.

how to remove stains from clothes

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Then, if that wasn’t enough drama, wash the clothing with hot water, with laundry detergent and bleach (color safe bleach if you’re dealing with colored clothing, natch) for either 12 minutes if your washer has a timed cycle, or the heavily soiled setting if it doesn’t. Use warm water to rinse. Check your clothes before you put them back in the dryer to make sure you got all the stains out, but you will. Any process that is that big of a pain generally works. It worked for me, yo.

Finally, put your feet up and pour yourself an iced tea (or something stronger, if you’re into that) and relax. You deserve it after that drama!

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9 Comments

  1. Nicole on September 25, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    I wonder if that would work on gum in the dryer too. ; )

    I liked your signature on anothere post..Hollis Greene. lol



  2. Amy on August 22, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Oh, I SO feel for you! That is the worst! I am guessing it is a little easier than a stupid pen in the dryer though. UGH!

    Hope you enjoyed your strong drink (because I know you are that kind of girl, Ivy) 🙂



  3. malia on August 22, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Oh the memories!

    When JBelle was still just a toddler, she got a small packet of crayons in her Halloween bucket. Said crayons got placed in someone’s pocket. (I really don’t remember if it was mine or DB’s.) There were forgotten about, placed in the wash and subsequently placed in the dryer. We weren’t as Internet savvy back then as were are now so it didn’t even occur to us to look at Crayola’s website for info. Instead, DB took the dryer apart (it was one of those stacked units with the dryer on top and the washer below) to clean out the drum of the dryer. I’m pretty sure WD-40 was used as some point! I just counted the garments as a loss and ended up tossing them. Sure wish I’d known that they could have been saved.

    And thanks for the “checking pockets” reminder. I’ve been lax with that lately though we’ve had nothing more menacing than tissues go through the laundry cycle so far!



  4. Teresa on August 22, 2007 at 6:51 am

    Just wanted to thank you for the crayon info. I saved the upholstery in DH’s car with it. Of course, now there are these huge clean spots in the upholstery which are glaringly bright :)….



  5. Badbadivy on August 21, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Haahahahahahaha, thanks for the catch there, typo fixed!



  6. Christy on August 21, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Site.
    Your other site.
    It’s Typo Tuesday.
    Sigh….



  7. Christy on August 21, 2007 at 11:07 pm

    >even top pockets of shits that belong to little boys.

    Ivy, either that’s a typo or your bad badness is leaking from your other side . . . .



  8. Michael on August 21, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    Having grandkids I have experienced crayons in the laundry,action figures and all manner of stuff.



  9. Bramble on August 21, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    for all that i almost think i’d just buy new clothes LOL