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How to Remove Melted Crayon From the Clothes Dryer

"How to Remove Melted Crayon From the Clothes Dryer" must get a lot of Google searches. I know when I had occasion to search it last week, I found tons of information.

I really needed the information in two parts: How to Remove Melted Crayon from Clothes and How to Remove Melted Crayon from the Dryer.

I sorted through most of the information I found and here are the methods that I found worked best:

Removing Melted Crayon From the Dryer

  1. Pitch a hissy fit because HOW many times do you have to tell the cleaning lady to check the pockets, for crying out loud?!
  2. Remember that you are the cleaning lady and be thankful that your hissy fit didn't make it "public" before you remembered.
  3. Scrape off as much crayon from the dryer drum as you can with a butter knife.
  4. Use a new fabric softener sheet to scrub the rest off. I don't know why this works, but I tried plenty of other methods and this one was a winner. The crayon came right off.

Removing Melted Crayon From Clothes

  1. Soak the clothes overnight in a generous amount of Oxi Clean and vinegar.
  2. Add detergent and wash on "heavy duty".
  3. Check clothes. Some will need more soaking and another wash.
  4. Soak again as in #1.
  5. Wash again as in #2.

Thankfully, these steps got rid of almost every last crayon stain.

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  1. :( Poor Connie! I'm sure that some time very soon I'll want to yell at my cleaning lady for not checking pockets before washing clothes too. But after I remember I don't have one, I'll be glad I just read this!

  2. I wonder if that second part would work for candle wax? So far I've only tried scraping, but it's going to take more than that. I'll have to try the crayon / vinegar / oxiclean method on it!
    (And lets not discuss the bad parenting that allowed candle wax to get on my preschooler's shirt, 'kay? Thanks!) :)

  3. Hoosier Homemade says:

    My boys are out of the crayon stage, but we had an incident with gum this summer and the "whole" baseball teams pants. I washing for the team at a tournament. Not good!

  4. wish I had known this a year ago!

  5. Just Jennifer says:

    LOL I've never had this problem. Then again we use the public laundry so if that happen's, it's their problem. Not mine. 😉

  6. How….timely.

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  7. Hehe… thank you! I have not had this problem yet but I only have 2 kids and they are 1 and 3 so I have alot of years and possibly alot more kids to go before I'm "safe." Then there's grandkids…

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  8. Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy says:

    Some days I have half a mind to fire our cleaning lady! :)

    Great tips, though I hope I never have to use them My tip is also laundry related.

  9. amy, i've had candle wax on a tablecloth and have removed it by putting a paper sack over the wax and ironing it; the iron melts the wax and the paper soaks it up — good luck!!

  10. Ruby lane wives says:

    I love your blog it is so Cute and I love it! I wish mine were as adorable!

  11. I saw something similar to what I am going to say in a previous comment, but it is a good trick so I am reinforcing it. When I want to get wax out of something I lay the item over a paper towel and iron the back. The heat from the iron melts the wax, which is then absorbed by the paper towel. But I am sure you can then proceed with your method to get any residue off. Thanks so much for posting this!

  12. Ugh. Did that just a couple of months ago. Nothing like red crayon in khaki to bring on the Hissies!

  13. Thank you. Thank you!!!! I’m gonna try this because I am devastated that this happens :( Some of the clothes had just been worn once…

  14. I have had a large basket of crayon covered clothes in my closet for a month now. Glad I kept them! Thanks for the save!

  15. Been there! Ours was orange crayon. I used an old towel and ran the dryer until the old towel had collected all the crayon off the sides. Your idea sounds way better. But even more importantly, this may solve our current problem – how do you get melted birthday candles off everything in the dishwasher. Yep, one of mine put those number shaped candles in the dishwasher. Our torment in trying to get it off of everything has been unending.