Saturday, July 31, 2010

Laundry and Stove Update: What to Do If You Accidentally Dry Crayon With Your Laundry

Good news I finally picked out a new stove and it is scheduled to be delivered today!  Hopefully the torrential rain outside doesn't slow them down.  I am so excited I will finally be able to bake again!

On Thursday morning, some of you might know from my posts, my darling 2 year old left crayons in his pockets, and Mommy didn't catch them and proceeded to wash and dry those lovely, purple, green and blue crayons.  Needless to say it was a mess.  The dryer and all of his summer clothes were covered in purple, blue, and green crayon.  After a lot of internet research, I found some suggestions for removing the stains on the laundry.  Crayola suggested WD40, dish soap, and then washing.  I did try that for one of the more persistent stains, and it did lighten, but I wasn't able to fully get the stain out.  The other problem with this method was that you could only do one piece of clothing at a time.  What I finally ended up doing was mixing up a concoction similar to several I found online.

Here is what you need:

Chlorox 2 Color Stay Bleach
Oxyclean Liquid
Regular detergent (I used All Free and Clear)
White Vinegar
Zout (Spray n Wash, and Shout work too--I used them all, but not at the same time)
Goo Gone

For the the first 3 ingredients I measured the maximum amount out in the cups they provide and dumped that in the washer.  I used 1 cup of White Vinegar, .5 cup of Zouth, and about 10 sprays of Goo-Gone.  Then I washed everything I Hot water.  (Of course this couldn't be easy--my washer's hot water setting apparently doesn't work--so I was boiling water in my biggest pot and adding it to the washer before it fills).  I set the washer for the Soak/Prewash setting.

I checked everything after the washer finished, and then pretreated a few problems spots with Oxyclean, Chlorox 2, Zout, or Goo Gone, and then threw them all in again.

In all, I probably washed everything about 6 times before I was satisfied.  The majority of the clothes came out great, but a few of the heavier spots remain, but are very faint.  Most of the clothes look just like new without any spots at all.  Apparently next week the daycare I send him to is doing Mud Pies and Mashed Potatoes  so the slightly spotted clothing will be perfect for that mess. 

As for the dryer, Crayola again recommended WD40 and dish soap.  I used that, but I couldn't get all of the tinting out of the dryer, but after running a load of white towels through the dryer on hot and them coming out perfectly clean, I think the dryer may be safe. 

I hope this never happens to any of you.  It was a royal pain, but if it does, try the method above.  You might not save everything, but you should save a good share of it.  The one thing I couldn't save at all was the socks--the ribbing around the ankles absorbed so much of the color and was so fine, I just couldn't get it out. 

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