Red crayon all over a load of laundry. All of my boys’ clothes destroyed, including school uniforms that will cost a fortune to replace. I felt like I should get a gold star for not yelling or losing my cool when the discovery was made. Inside, I was devastated, knowing that I didn’t want to spend the time or money that this problem was going to require. So, I called my mom for advice (remembering that one of my sisters was notorious for leaving crayons in her pockets when we were kids) and I went to facebook to ask the advice of my friends.
I tried a few of the ideas offered and things I had searched out online. In the end, my cousin, Angie, had a great solution that saved nearly every item.
I sprayed the areas marked with crayon with OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover and let them sit for a while (20 minutes or so) and then threw them in the wash with All with OxiClean laundry detergent, washing with warm water. Most of it came out clean after that wash and was ready for the dryer. For those that didn’t, I repeated the process. For the real stubborn spots, I even left them with the stain remover on overnight and washed again which took care of almost all of it. Everything came out except a couple of spots. The only piece of clothing I didn’t try it on was the pair of pants that the crayon had been in the pocket of and was stiff with melted crayon – they went straight into the trash.
I’m no laundry expert, but if you think you have a load of ruined clothes from crayon melting in a pocket, it wouldn’t hurt to give this method a try – it worked for me!