It’s been a long time since the dryer had red crayon all over it. And the laundry. When empty nesters are Googling “how to get crayon out of washed and dried clothes,” you know it’s because we were silly enough to forget that tots love to hide things. (I still remember when my oldest put a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the VCR!)
After spending precious time with our delightful granddaughter, Mia, I tossed my old sweatshirt into the laundry — forgetting that Mia had left a present of a red Crayola in my pocket. My husband tossed all the laundry into the new washer, including one of his really expensive shirts (the ones you don’t have to iron — ever.) When I checked the new dryer later, red spots plagued pretty much everything, but my husband’s dress shirt and my silvery sparkle top got the worst of it. Some old jeans and old sweatshirt had nothing. Nada — not even a trace. The good stuff — the crayon hunted down the good stuff. Isn’t that always the way?
We started the Googled cleaning process that Crayola and countless other sites suggest. It requires soaking the stained stuff in cups of detergent, OxiClean, Borax, white vinegar, hot water and Shout. Certainly makes the house smell clean! The concoction removed the crayon from pretty much everything but my husband’s shirt and my sparkle top. We even got it off the inside of the dryer drum with some Clorox wipes.
The last time we had to scrub down the washer and dryer was when most of the kids lived here. But they weren’t tots. They were all teens. We had a rash of pens go through the washer and dryer — and chewing gum. More gum than I ever thought possible. And then there were cell phones. My youngest washed at least two cell phones.
Well Papa and Pammy have learned a few lessons most parents and grandparents already know. First, check your pockets after you play with the cutest granddaughter ever. Second, good stuff is a magnet for stains — we always knew that, but we kind of forget. I’m happy to report WD-40 is working to remove the remaining stains on my hubby’s dress shirt and my sparkle top. It will take more than a few applications, but it is working.
In the old days — when I was kid — my parents used gasoline to remove stains from just about anything. That still scares me. It did work, however — as long as it didn’t burn a hole in the garment. And stay away from open flames after the stain removal process.
I think we’ll stick with WD-40. Another website suggested Soft Scrub — for the clothes and the dryer too. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power was also suggested to clean the dryer. We were pretty lucky — the dryer wasn’t bad.
I’m not sure I’d use Soft Scrub on a shirt, but it’s worth a try. I remember using it to successfully clean crayon and marker artwork off the walls in my old house when my kids were tots. It all cleans up eventually, and the smiles on little kids’ and grandkids’ faces after they have created artwork is worth the investment in cleaning supplies. I’ll be checking my pockets more frequently.