05 April 2010

Cleaning Up Not-So-Washable Crayon Stains

Little children love to draw and crayons are the easiest medium for their little fingers and developing fine motor skills but they can mean ruination for clothing.  I am sure that just about everyone has seen the list of miracles that a can of WD-40 can perform. I was and still am sceptical of most of them, but this WD-40 tip really does work.

If the garment is going to be ruined by the crayon stain then you have nothing to lose by trying this. Spray WD-40 onto the stain to saturate it. If you think you will be able to rescue the garment, spray an inside seam or hem first to test for colourfastness. Let it rest for about 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly under running water. Pour some dishwashing liquid onto the stain and gently rub in with your fingertips, moving from the outside in to avoid spreading the stain. Rinse and repeat each time the dishwashing liquid takes up the colour of the crayon. Keep doing this until all the crayon has been removed then wash in the hottest water the fabric can take.

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