How to Remove Crayon From a Clothes Dryer

Use heat and WD-40 to do the trick

Crayons laid across a table

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Even with meticulous sorting and checking of pockets, most of us wind up with at least one or two crayons melted all over the interior of the clothes dryer. Here's how to get it off. It's an easy process that takes about 15-20 minutes.

Removing Crayon From a Clothes Dryer

Crayons melt easily, which is why they're such a menace in the dryer. Luckily, they respond well to a combination of heat and WD-40. To get started you'll need:

  • credit card or plastic spatula
  • blow dryer
  • paper towels, or cleaning rags
  • W-D 40 spray
  • dish soap or all-purpose cleaner
  1. Treat stained clothing from the dryer first. Before you even work on the dryer, you need to first look over your clothes that you just pulled out and find the crayon marks that need stain treatment. 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 using WD-40, though it may take several tries to fully remove. Crayon is a tough stain, but with some effort, your clothes may have some hope.
  2. 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 a 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.
  3. Use a blow dryer. If crayon wax stains still remain on the dryer, hold a blow dryer six inches away from the dryer drum which will heat up the wax, making it easier to wipe away. You can also use soapy water at this point to make it more effective. Another option is to run the dryer for 15 minutes to heat it up in order to loosen the wax.
  1. 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 area with the crayon until all of the wax is gone. Dip a clean cloth in soapy water, wring it out and wipe the dryer drum. If you can feel any residue from the WD-40 residue, use more detergent to remove it.
  2. Use dish soap or all-purpose cleaner. Finally, wipe down the interior with a small amount of dish soap and warm water or an all-purpose cleaner. You can also try sprinkling baking soda onto a toothbrush for better scrubbing action. Make sure all of the crayon has been removed from every part of the dryer, and you'll be ready to dry clothes again.

Tips for Removing Crayon

  1. Turn the drum around to inspect all areas of the areas inside. Sometimes crayon will be located in multiple areas that you can't spot easily.
  2. Using a clean white cloth will help you determine when you've removed all of the crayon. Keep switching sides while wiping down the drum to prevent smearing the color.