Thursday, May 10, 2012

When a Peach stuffs crayons in her pajamas and nobody notices

Peach almost 18 months

My little Peach has been going through a phase of stuffing things into her clothes or pajamas.  Unfortunately, no one thought to check the toe of her pajamas before putting them through the wash.

This was the end result.

See the foot of the pink pajamas?  It took the most damage.

There is melted violet (non-washable) crayon all over a load of children's clothing.  There was actually a dark green crayon found in the foot of the pink pajamas (belonging to Peach).  I'm not sure why all the stains look violet.  Maybe there's another crayon hanging out somewhere...

At first Danny and I were relieved that you can't tell on the dark clothing that there are spots-- unless you look really REALLY close.  BUT, if we don't remove the crayon on those clothes too, it is very likely to come off in the dryer onto other clothing.

So I looked up how to remove crayon from washed clothing that's been through the dryer.

This is what Crayola brand has compiled for it's customers. 

Place the stained surface down on pad of paper towels, spray with WD-40, let stand a few minutes, turn fabric over and spray the other side. Apply liquid dish soap and work into the stained area, replacing toweling as it absorbs the stain. Wash in hot water with laundry detergent and Clorox 2 or OxiClean powder for about 12 minutes (use heavy soiled setting if there is no minute timer on your machine) and rinse in warm water. SPECIAL NOTE: Heat-Set Stains-Clean the drum of your dryer to remove any remaining wax residue. Spray a soft cloth with WD-40, and wipe the drum. Clean the WD-40 residue from the drum by washing with liquid dish soap and water. Run a load of dry rags through a drying cycle to ensure that your drum is clean.

So, is it worth it?  Should I just chuck it all and peruse the garage sales this weekend?

WD-40 is such a strong-smelling chemical.  Do I want my unborn baby born with 3 eyes or 11 toes?
Is it worth it for the cost of the paper towels, dish soap, WD-40, OxiClean, and laundry detergent?

If I get rid of the clothes, should I just throw them away, repurpose them as rags after putting them through a bleach-cycle or something, save the brand new sweatshirt in the group (and do the heinous routine to remove its crayon) and donate the rest with a note that says what's all over them?

What would YOU do?


Laura said...

Toss them. Totally not worth the time and money, especially since after all of it is done, it may not work!!! (been there, done that... Always take the high road.)

Sara said...

I'd probably chuck them too. Then clean the dryer and be done with it. Good luck!


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