How to effectively and easily remove melted crayons from fabrics, car upholstery, and the dryer drum.
If you’re a parent, you know all about the mess of crayons, and it is so wonderful to watch your child engage in the wonderful world of coloring and imagination. While you might be packing some crayons on a road trip, or your child placed some crayons in their pocket which happened to ruin the dryer you might have a rainbow-colored mess on your hands.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to remove melted crayons so you can have nice things once more, at least for a little while. Keep these tips in mind well if you ever need to clean off melted wax from all sorts of surfaces around your home.
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How to Get Melted Crayon Out of Fabrics
Sometimes children place things into their pockets while they play and with so much laundry always needing to be done, it is hard to remember to check pockets. After the washing cycle, crayons tend to melt in the dryer from all that heat which could leave you with some stains on your clothes from the crayon.
- Allow the messy wax to dry and harden.
- Scrape the wax off with a butter knife.
- Lay your fabric on a paper towel on your ironing board or kitchen counter.
- Apply WD-40, cooking oils, mayonnaise, coconut oil, or Vaseline to the stain – the oil will act as a lifting agent which helps clean the fabric easier.
- Let the oil you chose to sit on the stain for 15 minutes.
- Wipe off any residue that comes off after you have applied the oil.
- Once the oil has been on there for 15 minutes, rub in some laundry detergent or dish soap and rub it in well. You can use an old toothbrush to rub the detergent in if you like.
- Let the detergent sit on the stain for 15-30 minutes to lift up the oils and the remaining stain on your fabric.
- Place your treated fabric into the washing machine on the hottest water setting that the fabric can withstand.
- Check your stain before placing the garment into the dryer.
- If your stain is gone, proceed with the drying cycle. If your stain is not removed, use some oxi-clean, soak your fabric overnight, and wash the fabric again.
How to Remove Melted Crayon From Car Fabrics
If you take long road trips, or simply like to allow the children to use crayons in the car for entertainment then you might end up with crayons melted into the seats of the car, or the children’s car seats. If you have melted crayons on the car seats, you can simply remove the car seat cover and use the above instructions to remove the crayon.
If your crayon mess is on the fabric of the car seats that you cannot remove here is how you can attack this mess.
- Use a butter knife to loosen up any hardened wax on the seat.
- Use A dry-cleaning solvent like this one to clean the stain with a cloth by dabbing the solution onto the stain gently.
- After the stain has lifted, air dry the area.
- Your stain should be gone. If your stain persists, use the drycleaning solution on it once more.
How to Remove Melted Crayon Stains from the Dryer
If you are left cleaning melted crayons out of fabric, you might need to check your dryer for melted crayon messes too. Here is how to remove melted crayon stains from a dryer.
- Use Vaseline or WD-40 to soak any waxy areas of the dryer drum.
- Use a rubber scraper to scrape as much wax off as you can.
- Wipe the dryer drum with a microfiber cloth.
- Use old towels and run the dryer on high heat for 15 minutes to remove any remaining oil residue.
- Check to see if your stain has been removed and try the process again if you need to.
How To Remove Melted Crayon From Plastic Surfaces
Plastic will not absorb melted crayons which makes this job a lot easier. The coloring of the crayon can stain a surface, so you might need to take extra care when treating your plastic surface.
- Scrape the crayon off of the plastic surface with a butter knife. If you need to harden the crayon further before scraping, place an ice cube over it so it hardens, and then scrape.
- If your surface is textured you might need to use a scrub brush or an old toothbrush to get the crayon bits out of the plastic.
- Use a magic eraser to rid of any remaining stubborn crayon bits.
- If there is a stain remaining after you have lifted the melted crayon off the plastic surface, use a degreasing detergent such as dawn, and wipe it away with a dish sponge.
- Dry the area and if any staining remains, repeat the process once more time.
How To Remove Melted Crayon From Carpet
If you have melted crayon mess on your carpet, never fear, blue dawn is here.
- Take your trusty dish soap and mix it with a few drops of warm water.
- Place a white cloth onto the stained area of your carpet.
- pour the soapy water onto the cloth and let it soak for 15 minutes.
- Take a low iron and hover it onto the stain for a few minutes.
- Remove the paper towel and see if the stain has disappeared.
- Dry the carpet by blotting the area with a microfiber cloth.
How To Remove Melted Crayon
If you have been struggling with areas of the home due to melted crayon messes, I hope some of these methods do help you out. The most important thing to remember is to remove as much hardened crayon as you can before treating the area. You need to also remove any staining from the crayon as well.
Remember that Vaseline or WD-40 can be very good friends of yours in treating melted crayons. I also recommend having a dry cleaning solution on hand as well if you are creating something that cannot be thrown into the washing machine.