Surely I’m not the only one this has happened to, right?? Coloring books and crayons are great to occupy the little one in the car, but just be sure you remember to get them out when you get home. Or if you’re like me, you just forget about them and leave the crayons to melt in a 120 degree car in the hot sun. Yep, that was me! Then we were left with one hot mess of melted crayon in the car seat! So today, I’m going to share with you a few steps on how to remove melted crayon.
Okay, first let me tell you how NOT to remove melted crayon. I got this hair brain idea that I could just pop this cover off and put it in the freezer to freeze the crayon wax and it would just scrape right off, right? WRONG. But hey, it works for candle wax, so why not crayons? I don’t know why it doesn’t work, but trust me on this one.
It froze the crayon alright, but when I went to scrape it off the cover, it pulled off part of the upholstery. Luckily, it’s just a car seat cover and not a prized family heirloom chair or anything. 😉 I do recommend trying to GENTLY scrape off the excess crayon once it has dried.
So, since that was a big flop I decided to try a warm iron and a paper towel. I was worried it would only melt the crayon further into the fabric, but this actually worked!
Start out using a warm iron on the lowest heat. Adjust as needed but be sure not to get it too hot. Place a brown paper bag or paper towel over the crayon stain. Rub the stain gently with the warm iron. The paper towel will actually pull the wax out of the fabric!
Have a little patience and keep at this. This took me about 15 minutes using the iron to remove all the crayon.
Next, I created a paste using Dawn dishwashing liquid and some Borax to clean up the residual stains.
I let the paste set on the stains for about 15 more minutes and then popped the car seat cover into the wash!
Aside from the oopsie I had with the fabric coming off, I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!
I’ve read you can also try Goo Gone or WD-40 to remove crayon stains, but I really didn’t want that much chemical stuff under my little girls patootie. 😉 No matter how much you wash, WD-40 can leave a residue and an odor. So I decided to stick with the more child friendly method this go around. Have you ever had to remove melted crayon stains? What did you find works best?? I’m sure this won’t be the last I’ll see of melted crayons in our adventures of toddler-hood. At least I’m thankful I don’t have cloth seats in the car! 😉 Hope you have a great week!