Friday, March 30, 2012

The Crayon Incident

Pickle loves to colour.  She will spend hours a day doodling on any piece of paper, or wall, she can find.  Thankfully, I've discovered Goo Gone will take crayon off walls with the gentlest of scrubs; and it won't take the paint off like those Mr. Clean Erasers.  Sadly, it doesn't take pen off the walls too; but I digress.

Last night, I had washed a load of Pretty's laundry in preparation for camp this weekend.  I put the load in the dryer and an hour later began to unload it.  But WHAT was that dark purple stuff all over her clothes?  It seems Pickle decided it would be a good idea to leave a dark purple crayon in Pretty's clothes and  it melted; it is all over EVERYTHING, including Pretty's Brownie uniform.

After a frantic Google search I discovered several responses, including one from Crayola, that said WD-40 would do the trick.  
I went to Mr. Twingle's tool box, pulled out the WD-40 and began spraying.  Word of advice?  That stuff STINKS.  Don't spray it in a tiny laundry room without turning on a fan and opening a window.  My poor head.  
After the WD-40 sat for 5 minutes, the instructions said to then spray affected areas with a stain treatment.  The only one we have is an Oxi-Clean spray, so I doused the clothes with that and let them sit for another 10 minutes.  
Next came the "cocktail".  I filled the laundry tub with HOT water...I didn't even turn on the cold tap.  Then I added Borax, laundry detergent, vinegar, dish detergent and some more Oxi-Clean; mixing it all together.  I set the clothes in the tub and let them soak overnight.

When I came down to check on the clothes this morning I was shocked to see that the water had a pinkish/purple tinge to it...a good sign, right?  I began pulling out the clothes piece by piece to inspect and toss in the washer for the [final] step.  The lighter soiled clothes seem to be okay.  But the pieces that were closest to the offending crayon may need another treatment of WD-40.  I'll have to see what happens after they finish in the wash.
The wash cycle is on "baby clothes" which sets the temperature at EXTRA-hot and a cold rinse.  I also made sure to set the soiled setting as HIGH and set the water setting for "water plus".  This is supposed to do the trick.  All the extra crayon residue is supposed to wash away...

...it's an hour later and the washer has just finished.  I went to inspect the clothes and my jaw dropped.  There is not a trace of crayon to be found.  Not even the worst of the stains has any sign that it had previously been victimized by a dark purple crayon.
The only thing I've found is a greasy black streak on a couple of pieces that appears to be gummed up gunk from the WD-40 and wax.  I'm currently running a tub clean in the washer and then I'll re-wash the clothes to make sure I get all the WD-40 out of them.

Needless to say I'm elated and flabbergasted all at the same time!  To recap, here are the step-by-step instructions for removal of dried, melted crayon.

1.  Spray affected stained areas with WD-40, let sit for 5 minutes.
2.  Apply stain remover of choice to stained areas, let sit 10 minutes.
3.  In laundry tub or sink, mix up cocktail of 2 cups Borax, 1 cup laundry detergent, 1 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup dish detergent and some Oxi-Clean in HOT water.
4.  Add clothes and let soak. (I soaked mine overnight, approx 9 hours)
5.  Wash clothes with colour safe bleach and laundry detergent with HOT wash, COLD rinse
6.  Ensure all stains have been removed.  Retreat if necessary.
7.  Dry as usual (make sure offending crayon & residue has been removed from dryer)

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