I about lost my mind today when I went to fold the load of clothes from them dryer. As soon as I pulled out the very first pair of jeans I saw the dreaded color red from my sons restaurant kids menu crayon. Frantically I keep pulling jean after jean to see that each on was marked. It broke my heart. All of my new and a few old pairs of work jeans all bearing that red stain.
I have been doing laundry for over twenty years and the one stain that I had never been able to get out was melted crayon. I take the whole load over to my husband showing him the ruined load near tears and pouting because I would not have anything to wear to work the next day. He looks up at me and says "You can get that out. Just look it up on the internet." I quickly snap back "Not I can't. I have never been able to get out crayon. Pen stains yes. Crayon stains. No." I was so frustrated. And quickly sat down to look up some form of instruction that would help me. Something that I hadn't tried before.
Then I found it. Simple enough I thought. There was only three ingredients I needed and they were all in the house already. First I needed to calm down and clean up the dryer. I ran out to the grocery store to get some Mr. Clean magic erasers and get some fresh air. As soon as I got back home, I went to work cleaning my dryer. Mr. Clean erasers are fantastic at getting out stains. You can see the review I wrote a few years back here. Once that was done it was time to work on the clothes. I filled the washer with hot water. You can add boiling water if you like. This is to help soften or remelt the crayon. Next add you regular laundry detergent. In my case I used Tide. Add 6 tablespoons of regular old fashioned dish soap. I have always used dawn so that is was I added. Finally half a cup of vinegar. Let is soak for 20 minutes and wash as normal. After the first round there were no bright spots anywhere. The darker jeans were nice and clean and I could see some spots on the lighter ones. I repeated this three times and all the stains were gone!
I am so happy this recipe was out on the internet for me to find. It really did save me from having to buy new clothes for work. Specially this close to payday when I am stretching the last few bucks till we get paid again. I also feel accomplished as now I have added melted crayon to my list of stains I can remove. Please let me know if this helps you. Feel free to share with your friends and family.