crayon in the dryer

I am just beside myself. This morning I woke up and took a load of Jayden’s clothes out of the dryer only to find a mysterious red crayon. Funny…we don’t really use that type of crayon so I have no idea where it came from. Does anyone know how to get melted red crayon out of clothes? It is literially on every piece of colthing I washed of Jayden’s. Also, it covered the entire drum of our dryer.

Sometimes I think, can I please just get a break!?

4 thoughts on “crayon in the dryer

  1. Well, I've not tried this to get crayon out….but hope it helps!
    Kathy Gouzoules

    Step 1
    A magic eraser will work on the inside of the dryer most of the time, if you don't have one, or this doesn't work. Get a white soft rag and lightly spray with WD-40. Use the rag to scrub off the crayon marks. Once all markings are off, wipe down the dryer drum with soapy warm water to get excess WD-40 and the smell out.

    Take all clothes with crayon markings to a place where you can soak them, a bathtub is perfect. Go through the clothes and spray crayon markings with WD-40, it does stink, but it works. Let the clothes soak for an hour or more.

    Grab an old toothbrush and scrub the crayon markings off the clothes. If they are tough markings, add more WD-40 and let soak longer.

    To further remove crayon add HOT water to the tub and let soak till water is warm to the touch, where you are able to handle and scrub the markings off.

    Once you've gotten most of the marking out, wash in washing machine in hot water with detergent and white vinegar. If you have a pre-wash setting, pre-wash/soak clothes with the vinegar. Vinegar will take out most of the smell of the WD-40.

    You may need to wash the clothes once more to get out the smell, but crayon markings should be gone! I walked around chanting “empty pockets, put on dresser” for a week after this to remind my kids to empty their pockets, and I check before I throw them in more carefully now.


  2. You guys are in our prayers!!! We added your story to our blog (hope that is ok). Crayons? I am told you can clean the drum with nail polish remover, then try that & or lighter fluid on the clothing. Blessings! Carolyn


  3. I know I had my share of crayons stuck in my nostrils or a few that I ate as part of daily lunch when I was younger. I can't remember if my mom was stuck with that mess in the dryer, but there were other interesting things that were left in my pockets that I'm sure she was thrilled to clean. Just spoil Jayden with candy and he'll leave the crayons alone. Crayons look like sticks of colorful candies! -AL


  4. can't help with your crayon problem but wanted to let you know that the prayer chain at CenterCity Church here in Albuquerque is praying for all of you. my verse that saw me through (& continues to do so)hard times is.
    Hab3:17-19 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

    Our hearts break for you as you walk through this valley but it is evident that God is “up to something” and we will pray to that end.
    Our LOVE,
    Teresa & Randy Christie


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