Crayons are one of those things kids love the most, as they help them create beautiful art. However, the color can get on their or your clothes, and it could be hard to get it off. Fortunately, there are some methods you can use to get the stain off your clothes.
One thing you need to ensure is that crayon-stained clothes must not be put in the dryer. When you put crayon-stained clothes in the dryer, the stain will set in the clothes. Also, it will stain your dryer’s drum.
In this article, we will be discussing the most effective methods that you can use to remove dried or melted crayon stains so that you can let your children use them without any fear of getting the color on their clothes.
What Material Are Crayons Made of?
Crayons are made of paraffin wax, a waxy substance from coal, wood, or petroleum. Also, color pigments are used in them. The makers mix the wax with different color pigments to make crayons. After this, the wax is given a crayon shape by putting the mixture into molding machines and letting it sit in until it cools down.
How to Remove Melted Crayons From Your Clothes?
It could be hard to remove the melted crayon from your clothes, as it gets stuck in the fabric’s fiber. However, its stain does not become permanent if you remove it as soon as possible and use the correct method. Follow the below step-by-step guide if you have mistakenly put melted crayons on your clothes and want to remove them.
- Firstly, put the cloth, which has melted crayon, in the freezer; allow it to sit there for around an hour to ensure the wax is hardened.
- After this, use a knife and, from its back, scrape all the hardened wax off. It will be easier to scrape it as the wax is already hardened.
- Take a small piece of a paper towel and put that on the cloth where the melted crayon fell. Take your iron, but before that, check the care label of the affected shirt/pant and set the temperature of your iron accordingly. Then, press the iron on the paper towel (affected area) for a few seconds.
After doing the above steps, you will see that the crayon will transfer from the garment to the paper towel. You can repeat the procedure one or two times if you cannot get it off on the first attempt. However, ensure not to put the crayon stains on another part of the cloth. Until now, most of the wax will be removed; now, it is crucial to deal with crayon stains.
- To do this, get a stain remover and apply it with a brush to the affected cloth area.
- Then soak it in water for about an hour, but ensure it is warm. While it is soaking, mix the water from time to time.
- Check if the stains are still there; If they are still there, you can leave them in the water for 15 more minutes. Doing so will help you get rid of the crayon stain.
- By this time, you will see that the stain is less apparent, so you can now wash the cloth as per its instructions. Preferably, use hot water to wash it because it can get rid of any leftover wax. But if the care label does not allow it, you can use warm water.
After the whole procedure, check if the crayon stains are completely gone. Then, you can dry the cloth with heat. But if they are still there, you have to repeat the steps one more time. Also, you need to check whether the crayon or stain remover is made up of flammable ingredients. If any of them are flammable, do not put them in the dryer.
How to Remove Dried Crayon Wax From Your Clothes?
It is easier to deal with the stain when the crayon is already dried, as it removes immediately. Nevertheless, if it is not completely dried, you can put the cloth in the freezer for around half an hour to an hour so it can harden.
- After the crayon is hardened, take a knife and scrape off the wax by using its back. It is okay if you cannot scrape all the wax at once.
- Take a small piece of paper towel to cover the affected area and put it on top of the dried crayon. Use an iron, but first, check for the garment label to see the temperature. Turn on the iron and press it on the paper towel for a few seconds. The heat will help the crayon transfer from the cloth to the paper towel.
- Take a small amount of dish soap, rub it on the stain, and leave it for a few minutes. Take warm water and rub it on the stain until it is removed.
- Wash the cloth in the washing machine. If the care label allows, you can use warm water. Also, set the machine setting to heavy soil. Then add detergent that will remove the stain while not affecting the garment’s color.
- Lastly, air-dry the cloth. By now, all the stains will be gone.
How to Remove Crayon Stain From Leather?
It is not easy to get rid of crayon stains from anything made out of leather. However, we have found the best method you can use to cope with this problem. Use the below steps to get rid of crayon stains from leather.
- Use something to get rid of the crayon wax from the leather. You can either use your fingernail or a dull knife.
- Take a small amount of Fuller’s Earth Clay, and mix it with water to make a smooth paste. However, do not put much water in it; the paste should be thick. Fuller’s Earth is great for absorbing oil; thus, it will also help to get rid of the wax.
- Apply the paste on the affected area of the fabric and let it sit until it dries.
- The paste of Fuller’s Earth clay becomes hard when it dries; thus, you must use a toothbrush to scrape it off. Ensure not to use water to rinse off the paste, as it can damage the leather. You can repeat the above steps if the stain has not gone yet.
- Lastly, use a leather conditioner on the treated area to recover the moisture.
Things that Are Useful to Remove Crayon Wax and Stain From Clothes:
You can remove the dried or melted crayon easily. However, getting the crayon stain out of the clothes is difficult. But we are here to help you out! In this section, we have mentioned the most commonly used and easily available items that you can use to get rid of crayon wax and stains. Let’s check them out!
1 – Ice:
Ice can help you get rid of the crayon wax that is stuck on the fabric. It can be the first step you take to remove melted crayons from the cloth. But ensure that ice can only be effective for removing the crayon wax. It cannot help in removing the stain from the crayon. After using ice, you must take any of the items below to remove the stain.
2 – Baking Soda:
Baking soda is one of the items available in everyone’s home and can be used for multiple things. As it is an abrasive, it can remove crayon stains easily. It first physically breaks the wax and then the stain.
To remove the pigment, put the cloth in the washing machine and add the detergent you normally use. Add around a cup of baking soda and cycle as you usually do to wash your clothes.
3 – Stain Remover:
Stain removers are meant to remove unwanted stains from your clothes. However, use a good stain remover that does this work properly. Also, ensure to check the garment label that which kind of label suits it. You can use either a stick, spray, or gel stain remover.
However, a liquid spray is the best option for crayon stains, as it can easily soak into the fabric. Before using a stain remover, ensure to patch-test on a small part of the cloth to check if it is safe for your clothes. If it is safe, apply the stain remover over the affected area and let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. You can also check the care label to see the recommended timing.
You can repeat the method mentioned above until all the crayon stain is gone. Wash the fabric in the washing machine and let the fabric air dry.
4 – WD-40:
You can use WD-40 for stubborn crayon stains. However, it can result in oil stains if you use it on polyester fabric, as it has mineral oil. Also, its smell is not good; therefore, you must wash the cloth using a detergent after the whole process to get rid of the smell.
To remove the stain from the fabric, spray WD-40 on the front and back sides of the affected area and let it sit there for around 5 minutes; after this, rinse the cloth in cold water. If all the stain is gone, you can wash it as usual. However, if there is still some stain on the cloth, repeat this process.
5 – Hot Water:
Usually, hot water can make the usual stain more permanent; however, the case is different with crayon stains. Using hot water on crayon stains helps to get rid of them faster. You must check the care label and see how much hot water the fabric can tolerate. Moreover, you can use hot water with any other method to speed up the process.
How to Take Crayon Out of the Dryer?
Sometimes crayons can get stuck inside the dryer, and it might get hard to take them out. If you ever encounter such a problem, follow the below step-by-step guide to cope with it.
- Start the dryer, set the temperature to the highest setting, and set the timer for 30 minutes. Doing this will help to melt the crayon.
- To scrub the crayon stain from the dryer, use a dryer sheet. However, if you do not have dryer sheets, you can also use a white cloth. Simply dip the cloth into distilled white vinegar and scrub it on the stained area of the dryer.
- Lastly, put a wet white towel in the dryer and make sure it is not in use, as it might get stained during the process. After putting it inside, turn the machine on to high heat; if it remains clean, the crayon is removed. Nevertheless, if you see pigment in the towel on it, repeat the process one more time.
How to Get Melted Crayons Off From the Carpet?
The melted crayon on your clothes might have also fallen onto your carpet. We have already mentioned how you can get rid of melted crayons from clothes; in this section, we will tell you how to remove them from the carpet.
- The first thing you should use on the stained area of the carpet is a block of ice, as it will make it chill.
- Use the back of a knife and scrape all the melted crayons.
- Use a dry-cleaning solvent or WD-40 to eliminate the excess wax and stain.
- If you want to use dry cleaning solvent, just put a small amount of it on the affected area and by using a sponge, absorb all the solvent until it is completely dissolved.
- If you are using UD-40, just spray it on the affected carpet area and leave it for a few minutes. After this, rinse it with water and dish soap.
Some easiest ways to remove crayons from your clothes are baking soda, hot water, stain remover, or WD-40. However, the state of the crayon will determine what type of item you should choose to remove it. Also, the method differs.
Whether the crayon is melted or dried, or your carpet is stained, we have your back. You can always return to this article and select the method according to your needs.