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BROWN crayon in the dryer. Everthing looks like is has $h*t on it now

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Yes.  I am stupid for not checking pockets but since my DD broke her leg and is bedbound for 6 weeks, I am running on NOTHING lately.

Any advice for getting it out?  Or am I $hit outta luck?

Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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by Gold Member on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM
Maybe vinegar? It seems to work with everything..
by Spunky on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

 I found this - not sure if it would work as I have thankfully never had it happen.  Good luck

by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

How to Get Crayon Out of Washed and Dried Clothes Cheaply

This blog doesn't usually diverge from food (does it ever diverge from food). I don't claim to be the least bit crafty. I definitely don't claim to be super neat or organized or put together. Fashion? (I like things with butterflies/birds on them; and braids.) So, yeah, me and my girls kind of have the same fashion sense.

But today I want to give you a different kind of recipe--one you will not eat. Why? Because last week my girls' clothes went through the laundry (washer and dryer) with an orange crayon in it. Which--in case you're one of the lucky uninitiated--meant that all their laundry--new school clothes and all--came out with splotches of orange crayon all over them. And I do mean all over. And I do mean splotches. And I do mean orange. I knelt by the laundry basket for several minutes just looking through it in despair. What good does it do to try to save money on food if you have to go out and buy all new pants for your six-year-old only a month after you went out and bought a bunch of new clothes for your six-year-old.

Now--not shockingly because I am a sort of lazy mother--I'd had this happen to me once before several years ago (green crayon on my son's clothes). Then I had used a different (and effective) internet recipe and most of that green had come out. But it had required lots of somewhat expensive "ingredients" (Tide--like, a cup of it, Borax, Oxyclean, and some other stuff). Also, when my sister had come to our house once bearing a load of laundry that had crayon all over it, this "recipe" hadn't worked for her. I don't know why, but it didn't.

So I went back online to look for a different "recipe." And I found one with just three ingredients (plus HOT water) that were cheap. And it worked really really well. The crayon came off of almost everything the first time. The stuff that still had a little on I ran again and it came off of all except one pair of polyester Tinkerbell jammies (who knows?)

I didn't actually think it would work (too easy right), so I didn't take any before pictures. I should have. Fortunately for me and my lazy, slightly sloppy-basemented self, I found this sock after I'd washed all the clothes (orange splotches plus orange-ish hue). Now look at its nice clean mate. Impressive, eh? And many of the clothes were much much worse than this sock (no, I don't unroll my kids' socks either when I do the wash; told you--lazy parent; unrolling is their job and they do it badly).

And truly the extra beautiful thing about not needing to re-wardrobe my children was that one load of this de-crayoning laundry cost only about $.10-.20 more than a normal load of laundry.

How to Get Crayon Out of Washed and Dried Clothes Cheaply
thanks to Diary of a Doctor's Wife
Regular amount of laundry detergent for one load (I had some Tide coldwater, but any type should do--the original poster used All Free and Clear. I imagine even a cheaper laundry detergent would do as long as it's not super-cheap-watered-down-doesn't-clean-your-regular-laundry kind of stuff)
1/2 C vinegar
4-6 Tbsp dish soap (the kind you use to wash your dishes with by hand; I had Great Value)

Run the hot water in (you want it super hot, so turn up your water heater or add some boiling water or whatever, but lukewarm will not do). Add detergent, vinegar, and dish soap.

Put clothes in and shut lid so all that heat stays in.

Let sit for 15 minutes. Set a timer if you must because you don't want the water to get cold.

Run laundry.

Note: I did not have any crayon on my dryer (I think because I had a towel in there that seemed to wipe it off as it dried--that towel was covered in crayon and I really wish I'd taken a before and after of it, because after this recipe I could not see any orange). However, sometimes if a crayon gets in the dryer, the dryer gets crayon on it and that, my friends, is bad because it will then continue to color any clothes you put in there. Diary of a Doctor's Wife used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to get her dryer clean after red crayon got all over it. So if you need to clean your dryer, this is probably a good method.
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

OMG thank you, I am going to try this!

I just want the stains to come out.  Esp since everything is BROWN and $hitty looking, LOL!

by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM
Grab a bottle of LA's Totally Awesome at the dollar store. This happened to me about a month ago with red crayon. Someone told me about TA and it works amazingly well. It takes a bit of scrubbing but there is not a shred of red on any of my son's clothes after using that. I now keep it on hand all the time and it works on so many stains.
by on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM

by Anonymous 3 on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I just ironed on side of it with a cloth on the other to get the crayon off worked like a charm.

by Anonymous 4 on Mar. 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

A dryer should not be getting that hot...thats a fire hazard...check the dryer. how old is it?

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