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How To Get Melted Crayons Out Of Clothes And Your Dryer

Updated on April 27, 2012
Melted Crayons On Clothing Can Be A Real Problem But There is A Simple Solution.
Melted Crayons On Clothing Can Be A Real Problem But There is A Simple Solution.
WD40 Will Get Melted Crayons Out Of Your Clothing Or Your Dryer.
WD40 Will Get Melted Crayons Out Of Your Clothing Or Your Dryer.

How To Get Melted Crayons Out Of Clothes And Your Dryer

Anyone with children is sure to experience a dryer full of melted crayons all over the clothing in the dryer and quite often all over the inside of the dryer. And you probably threw away the clothing and scrubbed and scrubbed to get the melted crayons out of your dryer but you didn't have to. Their is a solution to this problem of melted crayons in the dryer.

1. To remove the crayon marks from the inside of your dryer your going to need a couple of soft cotton rags and your going to want to wet the rags with WD40. You will see that the crayon mess will easily come out of the dryer with the cotton rags soaked with the WD40. Once you have the crayon mess cleaned up out of the dryer wash over the area you just cleaned up with the WD40 with warm soapy water. This will prevent the smell of WD40 from getting into clothes when you dry them in the dryer.

2. In order to remove the crayon stains from the clothes I suggest you run 4-6 inches of water in your bathtub and take the crayon stained clothing to the bathtub. Once you are there you'll want to spray the crayon stains with WD40. Put the clothing into the bathtub and the crayon stains will come out of the clothing in just a few minutes.

3. If you have tough stains spray those with WD40 again and scrub the crayon stain with a fabric brush and then soak again. Those crayon stains should come right out.

4. If the clothes are really stained start out with a tub of the hottest water you have available and let the WD40 sprayed clothing soak in the hot water filled tub until the water cools enough for you to be able to work with the clothing.

5. Once you have most of the crayon stains out you'll want to wash the clothing. To remove the WD40 smell and the rest of the stains use your regular washing powders or liquid and add a cup of white vinegar to the wash. Let the clothing soak for 30 minutes before you allow the machine to go through the wash cycle.

Your clothes and dryer should now be free from crayon stains. WD40 works and works great and every time I have ever used it to remove crayon stains it takes the stains out. It's really amazing what WD40 will do.

Just be sure to wash your dryer drum out with warm soapy water once you have removed the crayon stains with the WD40. If you don't the smell of the WD40 will get into the clothing in the next dryer of clothes you dry.

The vinegar will remove the smell of the WD40 from your clothing and in case you don't know white vinegar is a great fabric softener. If you have a window in your bathroom open it while the clothes are soaking in the WD40 or turn on your bathroom exhaust fan to help get rid of the smell of the WD40.

I hope this helps someone and if you use the method please post a comment below. And thanks for reading my Hub Page on how to remove melted crayons from your clothing and your dryer. The best way is prevention. You can do this by always checking children's pockets before washing their clothing. You never know what you may find.

(C) September 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost
(C) September 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost

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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      it does work. Thanks for your comment and tips.

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      BeaOilGal 

      3 years ago

      This totally worked! However instead of washing my dryer with soap and water I made a spray of peppermint essential oil and water and wiped it down. Never smelled of wd40.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Be sure to clean the lint trap and behind it. A lot of people don't think about taking the dryer trap or screen out and cleaning behind it. You will need to use WD40 or a similar solvent to get all the melted crayons out and then clean it very well with warm soapy water. Put a box of cheap fabric softener sheets in the dryer and run it through a dryer cycle. Make sure the exit hole where the dryer empties outside is free and clear of obstructions. When you remove the dryer lint screen vacuum behind it if you can. If you still have a burned smell call out a repairman.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Let it cool and then use the WD 40. Let that dry and then wash it out with a wet soapy cloth. You may have to repeat this several times.

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      rookie 

      3 years ago

      My dryer drum smells like its on fire...a bit concerned. Any suggestions?

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      5 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Wash it out good with warm soapy water.

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      amanda 

      5 years ago

      So I wiped my dryer out with the WD40 and after numerous soapy washes later it still smells like its about to catch fire. What should I do now? The smell kinda reminds me of a kerosine lamp or a bbq grill. Im 6 months pregnant and worried.

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      Mery 

      6 years ago

      Just wanted thank you, for this.

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      diva.. 

      6 years ago

      Thanks a lot..;-)

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      Vivian 

      6 years ago

      Hi, I just dried my kids clothes and everything was stained with crayons they got at a restaurant. I will do the steps outlined above, but wanted to make sure that the WD-40 won´t stain the clothes like any other type of "oil" does. Thanks!

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      Zach'sMom 

      6 years ago

      We got the crayon stains out but now we can't get rid if the WD40 smell that is on the clothes.... Ugh!!! We tried a whole gallon of vinegar and that didn't work. Not sure what to do next.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      7 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome and yes WD-40 can do a lot of things. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I have heard that WD-40 can do a lot of stuff! Thank you for this tip!

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