Monday, March 11, 2013

Crayon in the Wash!

My latest laundry disaster happened on a busy day at a busy time.  While pulling the laundry out of the dryer, I found the remains of a red crayon.  I sighed a very troubled sigh because I knew what I was in for...

This has happened before, but luckily it only affected a few clothes.   To get the crayon out, I sprayed the crayon stain with vinegar and rubbed some baking soda on top and laundered the stained clothes again.  The crayon came out fine.

But this current mess was terrible!  EVERY bit of laundry I pulled out of the dryer had red crayon spots.  Good thing the mess was the the kids laundry and not mine. That's just me looking on the bright side!  My mind considered for a minute having my kids pre-treat the entire load once they got home from school, but I knew that wouldn't go over well for anyone.

So, what was I to do?  I had very little time that day.  I Googled the issue.  Many advised treating the spots with WD-40 and then laundering it all.again.  Considering that the scope of my problem, this avenue seemed too time consuming.  Plus, I wasn't interested in getting high on WD-40.  I read other things about using vinegar, baking soda, and washing with hot wash water.  I figured re-washing the load was worth a try before I resorted to the painstaking process of pre-treating every item of clothing.  So, here's what I did.  I put everything back in the washer (I have a front loader) and put in my regular amount of detergent (1T of Tide) in the dispenser along with a  1/2 cup of borax, 1/4 cup of baking powder, and 1/4 cup washing soda.  Then I added some vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser as well.

Note:  The above measurements aren't exact.  I just threw in what I had on hand... all things that I know work well for cleaning.

Once the washer filled with water (I washed it in warm water), I allowed the load to soak for about 2 hours and then continued the wash cycle.  To my relief and amazement, most everything came out just fine!  A couple of clothes needed pretreatment, but this was far more manageable than the entire load.

Judging from my track record, I'm sure I'll find crayon in the laundry again. Have you? Chances are, if you have children, it is only a matter of time.

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