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How to Get Melted Crayon Out of Clothes

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It can be a real shock when you open the dryer and find hot, dry clothes covered in chunks of blue or red or pink crayon. In fact, it’s such a shock that your first impulse may be to take the entire load and dump it into the trashcan.

Don’t do that. The clothes are salvageable.

Are wondering how to get melted crayon out of clothes? You’re not the first. And we’re glad to provide the solution. Here’s a look at the materials you’ll need and the steps you must take when you need to get melted crayon out of clothes.

This method works best for top-loading washers. If you have a front-loading washer, though, there’s a slightly modified approach that we share at the bottom of this post. You’ll need the same materials, but then scroll down to the bottom for special instructions.


The Materials You’ll Need

There’s nothing extraordinary on this list. In fact, you should be able to find everything you need right in your kitchen and laundry room. Here’s the list:

  • 1 large pot for boiling water
  • ½ cup of vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons of dish soap
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 top-loading washer

That’s all you need. Read on to learn the steps you’ll need to take to get melted crayon out of clothes.


1. Boil Water

Start by boiling as much water as possible in your largest pot. Don’t boil so much that you can’t carry it to your laundry room, though, because you’re eventually going to pour this into your washer. Get it as hot as possible while staying as safe as possible. No clothing is worth you get scalded by boiling hot water.


2. Load Clothes Into Washer

Now add your crayon-stained clothing to the washer. You can do a load of any size, though it’s best to try this with a handful of articles at a time — not too big and not too small.


3. Create a Crayon-Cleaning Concoction

Add the half cup of vinegar and 5 tablespoons of dish soap to the washer, and then pour on top the boiling water. Also, add your detergent in whatever amount you would typically use for a load that size.


4. Move it Around a Little

Here’s where your wooden spoon comes in handy. Now it’s time to mix up your concoction a little bit, stirring until you feel like your getting full coverage for each ingredient on each article of clothing.


5. Let the Clothes Soak

Now let your clothes really soak it in. If you want to boil more water to add, that’s fine, too. How long should you let them sit there and soak? At least 15 minutes — but not much more than that. You don’t want the water to start growing tepid on you.


6. Run Your Hottest Cycle

Now, start your washer on its hottest possible cycle. By this time, you should have really weakened the crayon clinging to your clothing, and a nice and hot cycle is really going to blast the stains and help remove them.


7. Repeat as Needed

If you don’t get perfect results, try again. Who knows? It might take a cycle or two before you fully get the crayon stains out of your clothing. But, follow these steps enough times, and you’ll eventually get to your ultimate goal — returning the clothes to their previous condition.


Don’t Forget Your Dryer

Don’t forget to take a look at your dryer. If melted crayon has stained your clothing, there’s a good chance that it’s stained your dryer, too. You may be able to use a fingernail or another edge to scrape away the stains, or you may need to try some sort of cleaning solution. Either way, it should be easier to remove the stains from your dryer than it is to remove them from the clothing.


For Front-Loading Washers

The steps are only slightly different for front-loading washers. Here’s what you’ll want to do, using the same exact materials as listed above:

  1. Sanitize: Set your washer to “sanitize,” and then load your crayon-stained clothing.
  2. Add Vinegar and Soap: Add your half cup of vinegar and your 5 tablespoons of dish soap.
  3. Soak: Run your soak cycle for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Add Detergent: Add detergent now.
  5. Run Hot Cycle: Run your hottest cycle.
  6. Repeat: If needed, repeat to get better and better results.

The front-loading washer method works, but it’s the top-loading washer method that’s going to give you the best results. If you have a choice between the two, choose the top-loader.


Final Thoughts on How to Get Melted Crayon Out of Clothes

Here’s one final thought for you: Don’t forget to laugh. These moments with kids can be incredibly frustrating and incredibly challenging. But someday your kids will be gone and you’ll miss them and you’ll wish for an opportunity to go back in time and clean melted crayon out of your clothes.

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