Living in crayon HELL!!!

Anyone with kids and a husband knows you got to check the pockets before you put the laundry in. Cell Phones, wallets, business cards etc. etc anything important or non essential to the laundry could be hiding in there, that’s why I always check the pockets in things….Until last night..

Laundry needed to be done, some of the girl’s clothes and most of hubby’s work shirts were dirty so they all needed to be washed as well, with the exception of maybe 1 or two of his dress shirts that he wears for work, so into the wash they went last night. I was super tired so I asked hubby to put the laundry in the wash into the dryer for me which he did.

This morning getting the girls ready to head to school, making sure my oldest had every hair in place because today is in fact picture day at school, I hear yelling and screaming and cuss words and my name coming from downstairs. I can be honest with you, I didn’t rush down, in fact I almost ignored him at first, once the girls were ready I headed down to see what the dramatic issue was, I’m figuring it flooded downstairs, something with the water heater something to do with the house or appliances, but I was wrong, it was much worse (from the dramatics coming out of hubby’s mouth) every single piece of clothing now looked like the colors of the rainbow! Ty-dyed with red, blue and yellow blotches all over everything from my daughter’s jeans, socks, Toronto Maple Leaf’s hockey jersey to every single dress shirt hubby owns (basically) and wears to work.


We now are the proud owners of a rainbow colored dryer and rainbow colored clothing! YAY! This is not fun, I’ve been trying all morning to get this darn crayon out of the clothes, soaking it in hot water with oxy clean and tide stain booster then washing it to realize nothing came out! Soaking again we go! I decided to hop online and vent via Twitter and Facebook and then head over to trusty old Google to find the mystery miracle that’s going to save our clothing and dryer while the clothes are soaking in hot water, detergent, Oxyclean and Tide stain booster again.

I get a tip from my friend Natalie at Red Sox Mom to try WD-40 on the clothes, something I don’t have right now, so if none of this works hubby will be picking up some of that on his way home. I got most of the crayon off the dryer already just by turning it on for a bit to warm up the crayon and wiping it down, although there’s still stains within the dryer, so it looks like I’ll be picking up a new Magic Eraser as well to see if that gets the rest of the stains out of there.

I’ve found solutions online from WD-40 to parchment paper. That I do have so I took a shirt and took some parchment paper and headed upstairs to the ironing board and went to town, trying to get this darn crayon to lift off the shirt and onto the parchment paper…. I tried, and tried, and tried and tried…. It didn’t work! The only thing it did was lift some crayon right onto the ironing board so now I have crayon on the shirt AND the ironing board and NOTHING on the parchment paper! I’m going to SCREAM!!!!!!

The clothes are going to take FOREVER to clean, it’s not something that’s just going to take a bit of natural baby products detergent or regular detergent alone is going to help with, that’s if they get clean at all, if not, that’s hundreds of dollars worth of clothing that’s going to be put into the trash, I am not looking forward to that since we’re broke right now and hubby needs shirts for work daily, one or two isn’t going to cut it.

Anyone have any tips for the clothing or the dryer? How to banish the crayon for good from both?

I think I may just get hubby to pick up a giant bottle of wine for me tonight as well, because this is going to be one heck of a day I can already tell!

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