October 21, 2015

How to Easily Remove Melted Crayon from Clothes

It's something every mom fears because we know at some point it is going to happen to us. There's no avoiding it. You're doing laundry, load after load. You're feeling good, the end to this laundry madness is in sight. Then you open the dryer and see crayon all over the inside. The huge load of kid clothes you just washed is now polka dotted and striped in the shade of whatever crayon your child snuck into a pocket and you missed when sorting. The crayon isn't just chunks, it's melted in.

This was my weekend laundry fiasco when M2 stuffed a red and a yellow crayon into the pocket of a pair of pants. I hadn't ever even realized those tiny pockets were real, I thought they were decoration! The entire large load of her new fall and winter clothes, towels and blankets looked like McDonald's had thrown up all over them. I was freaking out. M2's must-have-or-she-screams blankets were casualties as well. There's no way we could afford to replace everything.

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Removing the Stains from the Clothes
I read a whole bunch of suggestions online. None looked like ones I wanted to try. Hand washing the ENTIRE load in dish soap? Making an odd combination of cleaning products into a weird paste and smushing it in ALL the clothes? Dousing the stains in WD40?! Yeah, it sounded like I'd be going from one disastrous mess to another. Then I remembered I had gotten a new stain remover spray -- ESPRO Sports Cleaner. A whole unopened bottle starred back at me, beckoning me to give it a try. It's meant to be a sports cleaner, but works on other stains as well, from from mud, clay, and grease to blood stains, pet stains and baby stains. Even better, it works on any fabric -- even carpet, leather, car interiors and upholstery -- so I wouldn't have to worry about it messing up any of the stained items further. ESPRO is environmentally friendly, doesn't have harsh chemical, petroleum, butyl, phosphates, bleach, isn't chlorinated and doesn't have any other ozone depleting solvents. There's no worry about using it around kids or pets. Perfect for my crayon mess that was on clothes M2 would then be wearing. It removes odors as well.


I took the chance and sprayed down the whole load of clothes. There were a few pieces I didn't get to because I had to use the whole bottle there were so many stains. I sprayed each stain liberally (as the bottle instructs). It also said to use the nozzle or a soft brush to rub it in, but with that many stains it took me an hour to spray everything. I cheated and skipped the rubbing part. Just spraying everything down, I was already seeing the stains loosening and fading. There was hope!

With the spraying done, I let the ESPRO soak in for an hour. The bottle says to soak for a few minutes before washing, longer for worse stains. The ESPRO stain remover got onto other clothes I hadn't been able to spray. Next, I put it all in the washer on the highest water temperature setting for the longest amount of time on the heaviest wash cycle. I then said a prayer and crossed my fingers.
The crayon is already starting to come off just by spraying!
The Results
When the washer finished, I was afraid to look. I finally bit the bullet and checked the wash. I was AMAZED. All the stains were gone. Even on pieces I hadn't gotten to and the ESPRO sport cleaner had just soaked into from others were clean. You'd never know that everything had been coated in crayon! Even the pants that were Ground Zero and the absolute worst looked like new again. The stains came out of the white towels and shirts as well. (No, I don't sort things. Please don't judge me, my laundry-washing feelings were hurt enough this week.)
ESPRO sports cleaner is going to be my go-to stain remover from now on. It saved me from having to try crazy cleaning remedies that would have caused a huge mess and from having to replace all M2's towels and new clothes. I can't wait to try it on other stains, especially ones we have on the carpet. You can find out more about ESPRO and order products on their website. Connect with them on Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.

Cleaning the Dryer
Next week, I'll share with you how I got all the crayon off the inside of the dryer! It was a quick fix that I hadn't seen suggested anywhere online, even though it's easier than the ideas I saw!

This post is sponsored by ESPRO Sports Cleaner. Experiences may vary.


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21 comments:

  1. I would use it on my son's baseball uniform

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  2. I could totally use this on my little guy's pants. He is always getting stains on his knees.

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  3. I would use it on my husbands greasy clothes.

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  4. I would use it on a spaghetti stain. I'm always accidentally dirtying myself.

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  5. Elizabeth O.10/22/2015 3:50 AM

    How I wish I knew about this when the girls were still experimenting with markers and crayons! It would have been a lot help.

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  6. I don't envy you but glad that you've found something that works!

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  7. Nice! We love ESPRO at our house. My boys are always making a dirty mess out of their clothes, so I'd use it to get the stains out.

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  8. I would use it on hubby's shirts!

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  9. Oh man I wonder if this would work for lipstick?! I wash my clothes with lipstick in my pockets way too often...

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  10. I need this information as backup. Pinning. Thank you.

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  11. Man do I need to get some of this!!! Some many stains!!

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  12. That is awesome! I'm going to check some out now :) Thanks!

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  13. I would use this for my daughters lacrosse clothes - they get so stained

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  14. These are awesome tips. I could use this on the twin's crayon stained clothes.

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  15. My daughter is constantly getting every stain you can possibly think of all over everything. Will have to try your hack out!

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  16. Hmm. I have not heard of this. I think this might work well for my hubbys clothes.

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  17. probably the stains i always manage to get on myself

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  18. I will have to keep this in mind. I washed crayons one time and it made such a mess. I wish I had known this secret!

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  19. I wish I had known these tips before thank you for sharing I look forward to trying them out.

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  20. I don't have to worry about crayon stains, but this product would be worth trying on other stains. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I would use this to pre treat the spots on my carpet before I shampoo.

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