Living Naturally :: Crayola: Color Your Laundry (Removing Melted Crayon From Your Laundry or Dryer)

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Crayola: Color Your World

I wrote this post several times, over and over again in my head, while I was in the dryer.  IN it – at least mostly.  As in, my kids were looking for me and I responded “Sweetie, mommy’s  in the dryer.  What do you need?”

While I was “in” the dryer,, the blog post going around and around in my head went something like this…

This morning, while brushing my teeth, I happened to glance over at the clothing, spilling out of the dryer, a casualty of the hubby’s quick morning search for work clothes.  There were everyone’s swimsuits, the girls’ shorts, my sundress, some t-shirts and…it was all black. Black polka dots. Black smudges. Black streaks.  Oh, and there was also this:

remnants of the perpetrator

It’s amazing the amount of psychological warfare that a small, seemingly innocent black crayon can wage on a mother.  And I have to admit, at the beginning of this battle, the crayon was victorious.

Here are a few of the victims…(and its true, I rarely sort colors.  I wash on cold.  I have 3 kids.)

Realizing that everyone in our home now had Cheetah-print swimsuits for our upcoming vacation, I drove to Target in the dazed stupor of PTLD (Post-Traumatic Laundry Disorder), realizing that I would either buy new swimsuits or some kind of stain remover.  I did what any desperate mother does.

I called my Grandma.

This is the grandma that runs to the cleaning products aisle like a kid in a candy store.  The grandma who does laundry for fun.

She was stumped.  Luckily, my Aunt was visiting and she broke out google while I drove on to Target.

Sadly, I’m not the only mama who has been blitzed by melting crayons.  Thanks to this post, we are no longer spotted…

Here is Olivia’s swimsuit, for a close up idea of the crayon carnage:

it’s gory, I know…

And this, my all-natural, anti-toxic-cleaning-supply-friends, is my blue Knight In Bubbly Armor:

I cringed at buying it, I hated smelling it all over my hands and clothes, knowing what was in it, but quite frankly, in a moment of desperation, I knew that this was one job that a little baking soda and vinegar wouldn’t cover.  So I caved and bought commercial dish detergent (although I realized after checking out that it looks like they used a spray version in this post.  I grabbed the dish detergent and had fantastic results…as you can see!)

I know…I’m stunned too…

This is Liv’s swimsuit, after a pre-treating, a soak in hot water, a wash cycle, then some hand scrubbing.  Don’t get me wrong.  This stuff dissolved the waxy crayons, but it wasn’t easy.  The way I see it, they were ruined either way, so what if it bleached the color from my clothes?  Crazy thing is, the colors were fine; it only disolves grease, hence the magic disappearance of that AWOL crayon – but only after a.lot.of.scrubbing.

At this point, most of our clothing has been salvaged.  I’m still working on the smudges in the dryer, and there are a few shirts that, quite frankly, should have been headed to Goodwill anyways, so they are now Cheetah-print dust rags.

Oh, but you’ll be happy to know that when I DID exit the dryer, from whence I was scrubbing black goo, I did find one item that made it through the whole ordeal completely spot-free.

yep.  We launder our pacifiers around here.  That’s just how we roll.

What strange items have you found in your dryer?



P.S.  I can’t forget the infamous disclaimer – where I let you know that Dawn did not ask me to write this, I’m not getting any kick backs or perks from them and they had no idea I melted a crayon in my dryer.

This post is linked to Titus 2 Tuesdays at Cornerstone Confessions, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, What Works Wednesdays at Upside Down Homeschooling, Women Living Well, Your Green Resource at Live Renewed, Simple Lives Thursday at Gnowfglins,  The Welcome Home Link Up at Raising Arrows, Better Mom Mondays at The Better Mom, Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, The Homestead Blog Carnival at the Morris Tribe,  Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist,  Titus 2 Tuesdays at Cornerstone Confessions

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7 Responses to “Living Naturally :: Crayola: Color Your Laundry (Removing Melted Crayon From Your Laundry or Dryer)”
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  1. Kathy

    This made me laugh today:)

  2. Ooooooooh no. I did this too. Green marks all over an entire load of laundry. To make it worse, I didn’t realize part of the green crayon had melted on a ledge of the dryer interior that I couldn’t see when I checked the interior. At the risk of exposing my own idiocy, I had THREE loads of green-speckled laundry by the time I had figured it out. It. Was. Awful.

  3. I wish I’d read this a couple of years ago. The clothing from back then ended up as rags, since I couldn’t salvage it.

    My kids are 9 and 11, didn’t use soothers beyond a year, and I found one the other day under a piece of furniture. Guess that says something about how often that cupboard gets moved, eh?

  4. Cute! Thanks for the crayola tip. I’m sure that day is in my future so I’d better pin this now. Thanks for linking up to Titus 2 Tuesday. Hope to see you again this week.


  5. I just had this happen to me with a book bag on the night before school starts..yes, we were going to just stick with the precious years book bag. A min broken brown crayon melted and completely ruined a once ‘in great shape’ book bag. I posted on facebook and someone told me to run the dryer for a bit and then take a magic eraser to it. It worked like a charm!! So much so, that I just had to share! I’m talking about the dryer for the book bag, I didn’t have Dpd so I broke open one of those dawn complete packs and rubbed on the spots and it looked like they were completely gone even before putting back in the washer! By the way, you can use that on any stain on countertops and it instantly takes them away! 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  6. Melissa

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! You have saved me( or at least my full load of laundry). I didn’t take any pictures to share, it was too horrific a scene and quite frankly I didn’t want to be reminded of this is anyway. The culprit was a red crayon, it was all over everything. Well not anymore, its completely gone. Dawn soap, an old toothbrush and one wash later everything came out, didn’t even discolor any of the clothes. Thank you so much. :)))

  7. Kelsi

    Melissa, I’m SO glad it worked for you!!!