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    Crayons

    Despite checking all of my pockets twice before doing a laundry today, a crayon still managed to go through the wash.. and the dryer. Therefore I now have not so lovely fuchsia splatters all over all of my light clothes. Does anyone know of any way to get these stains out? I don't think they will since it's wax, but it doesn't hurt to ask. And a lot of the clothes aren't white so I can't bleach them. Thanks.

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    you might try a product called "shout color catcher." it "absorbs and traps loose dye" in the wash...i used it on a blouse that had some dye run on it when i first washed it, and it worked really well. but i don't know, even if the color catcher got the colored stains out, there might still be some grease-like stains from the wax.

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    Since it's wax, perhaps you could get rid of it the same way you get rid of candle wax? You know, putting a paper towel under and over the stain and ironing it. I wouldn't swear it works (since I've never tried it) but it's worth a try, cause it probably won't make things worse anyway. Just remember to try it on a stain/part of the fabric that isn't so "obvious" (like, not one right in the middle of a shirt) first.


    ***ETA: Take a look here:
    http://www.crayola.com/canwehelp/staintips/stain.cfm
    http://cleaning.lifetips.com/faq.asp..._A__type__E__0 (question 7)
    http://homeparents.about.com/cs/hous...on_clothes.htm
    http://doityourself.com/clean/crayon.htm (scroll down for "old method" - this one mentions using an iron so I guess it does work)

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    I worked in a candle store when I was in college, and we always told our disgruntled customers that there's really not much they can do to wax stains. Even dry cleaners will tell you the same. Sorry.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I shall try them. Although, I don't have my hopes up too much, it's pretty grinded into the fabric.

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    As a parent of three boys, ages 10-14, this has happened more times than I care to remember!

    My best bet was always treating the spots with Lestoil first. I then washed them all with 1/2 cup of Lestoil, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cap of
    detergent. You may have to do this a couple of times, but you will see the stains coming out. Also, a little bit of bleach isn't going to hurt dark colors (at least, it has never hurt our clothes!). You also will probably need to wash the clothes with just baking soda and detergent a couple more times to get the Lestoil smell out. Add nice April Fresh softener to make it smell better, too! :)

    Good luck! Now that my kids are older and not coloring with crayons as much, we don't have this problem. We now have colored pens (and other icky items) left in cargo pants pockets.

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    Sorry to sound daft, but what's "Lestoil" and are there any equivalents of it that I may know of better?

    Thanks again.

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    Hey! This is my first post. . . .

    I know melted crayon is removable. As a kid in second a grade, the "bad kid" marked all over my denim jumper. My mom was PEEVED! Anyway, she got it out. Some secret procedure.

    I'll add this link to the others that have been posted - http://www.thriftyfun.com/cleaning/tf001203_cle.html.

    The suggestion of "iron them out" sounded really logical.

    Then there was the time I stuck a crayon in my sister's pocket . . . .

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    Lestoil is a cleaning product -- part of the Clorox family of products I believe. You will find it where cleaning supplies are, IF they have it in Nova Scotia. I guess it could have a different name there or a product just like it. If you google image search "Lestoil", you get pictures of what the bottle looks like!

    My friend also said she used lighter fluid (of all things!) to remove washed/dried crayon. I guess I need ot look that up!

    Good luck!

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