How to easily remove crayon stains

By Tasha Zander

As many times as you may tell your school-age children that crayons are for coloring on paper, they inevitably manage to color on themselves. What do you do when your child comes walking home with a rainbow of crayon colors all over his shirt? Keeping in mind that crayon is a waxy substance, you can freeze the article of clothing.

Yes, I really mean to fold up the item and put it in your freezer. Once the wax has frozen, gently scrap off the excess. Then put a clean paper towel on both sides of the stain and go over the stained area with a warm iron. Check the paper towels and replace as needed. You want to replace them often so you don’t transfer the stain to other places on the clothing.

After you have removed as much of the stain as you can, pretreat with a stain remover such as Zout Liquid Spray and allow it to sit for five minutes. Then launder with your favorite laundry detergent (my favorite is Purex Mountain Breeze!)

As always, check the stain before placing the article of clothing in the dryer. If the stain is still present use a color safe bleach, or a chlorine bleach if the clothing allows for it. Due to the nature of this waxy stain, it may take a few iterations to completely remove it.

Happy Stain Fighting!