I'm not sure how crayons end up in the laundry, but even with meticulous sorting and checking of pockets, one is bound to wind up melted all over the interior of your clothes dryer. Here's how to get it off.
Time Required: 15-20 minutes
Treat stained clothing from the dryer first.
Before you even work on the dryer, you need to look over your clothes that you just pulled out and find where the crayon marks that will need stain treating are at. Treat the crayon stains as quickly as possible, because they've already been dried. If you work quickly you might be able to get rid of the crayon. Be aware that this may take several tries to fully remove. Crayon is a tough stain, but with some effort, your clothes may have some hope.
Scrape the crayon from the dryer.
Try using a credit card to gently scrape as much of the crayon from the surface of the dryer as possible. A plastic spatula will work in a pinch, but a credit card is the perfect size to get the gunky crayon off of the dryer. Don't use anything metal to scrape, since it could pull or damage the coating on your dryer.
Use a blow dyer.
If crayon wax stains still remains on the dryer, hold a blow dryer 6 inches away from the dryer drum. It will heat up the wax, making it easier to wipe away. You can use this step in conjunction with step 5 as well to make it more effective.
Apply W-D 40 to a cleaning cloth
Apply a small amount of W-D 40 to a cleaning cloth or cleaning sponge and wipe down the crayon area until all of the wax is gone.
Use dish soap or all-purpose cleaner.
Finally, wipe down the interior with a small amount of your favorite dish soap and warm water or an all-purpose cleaner. Make sure all of the crayon has been removed from every part of the dryer, and you'll be ready to dry clothes again.
- Turn the drum around to inspect all areas of the drum. Sometimes crayon will be in multiple spots.
- Using a clean white cleaning cloth will help you know when you've removed all of the crayon. Keep switching sides while wiping down the drum to prevent smearing the crayon.
What You Need:
- A credit card or plastic spatula
- A blow dryer
- Paper towels, or cleaning rags
- W-D 40 spray
- Dish soap or all-purpose cleaner