Wednesday, April 6, 2011

True Story

Once upon a time, there was a silly mommy who was in too big of a hurry and didn't check all the pockets before washing a load of jeans. When the jeans came out of the dryer, the mommy noticed there was red crayon smeared all over EVERY pair of jeans that was being pulled out. Lots of work later, most of the jeans were salvaged (due in part to the fact most of them were turned inside out so the red crayon stains were on the INSIDE of the jeans), and the ones that were still messed up were getting too small or had minor knee damage and needed to be replaced anyway. But in case the silly mommy ever forgets to check pockets again, and finds herself in the position of needing to get melted crayon out of clothing, she's bookmarked the following information, straight from the Crayola website:

How to remove Crayons (Regular) from fabrics-fresh stains/heat-set stains(melted): Cleaning Materials Laundry detergent Bleach for colored clothing (Clorox 2® or OxiClean powder) Paper towels Amodex® ink & stain remover (optional) WD-40® (car part lubricant) Liquid dish soap Stain Removal Tips Place the stained surface down on pad of paper towels, spray with WD-40, let stand a few minutes, turn fabric over and spray the other side. Apply liquid dish soap and work into the stained area, replacing toweling as it absorbs the stain. Wash in hot water with laundry detergent and Clorox 2 or OxiClean powder for about 12 minutes (use heavy soiled setting if there is no minute timer on your machine) and rinse in warm water. SPECIAL NOTE: Heat-Set Stains-Clean the drum of your dryer to remove any remaining wax residue. Spray a soft cloth with WD-40, and wipe the drum. Clean the WD-40 residue from the drum by washing with liquid dish soap and water. Run a load of dry rags through a drying cycle to ensure that your drum is clean. (Optional)-Amodex® ink & stain remover PROCEDURE: Use on fabric according to directions on container. Purchase Amodex by calling 800-624-7367 or visit

Please Note... The suggestions for removing stains have been compiled as a service to our consumers. We are unable to guarantee or be responsible for the results obtained by these procedures. You may also wish to consult your local cleaner for further recommendations. Before attempting the stain removal method, test each procedure on an inconspicuous area of the material or surface to be cleaned. Please be advised these stain removal methods involve hazardous products and are intended only for adult use. Crayola does not recommend children attempt these procedures. In many procedures, specific brands of products are recommended. These are brands that performed most effectively in our laboratory. Always check individual containers for recommended procedures and warnings. Competitive brand products may work equally well.

1 comment:

Betsy said...

LOL! I have washed pens, money, ipods, headphones, but never crayon. I am sure my day will come!