This day has not started out well. Two words: Crayons. Clothes dryer. I guess that's three words, but you get my drift. Daughter's brand spankin' new fuschia pink Burton snow board pants---covered in a blue/green/black melted wax mess. I am proud of myself, I didn't scream, cry, or throw anything. I did however, call the man at work who talked me off the ledge and googled "melted crayon on clothes" and told me everything anyone could ever need to know to take crayon stains out of your dryer drum and your clothing.
So bookmark this post in case you ever find yourself in this situation. If you have children, or plan to, odds are you will be.
Tip #1 was to use toothpaste---smear it liberally all over the inside of the dryer, run it for a while, then wipe it with a wet cloth. So here I am, crouched on the floor of my basement squeezing Crest Extra Whitening Gel into my hands and rubbing it all over my dryer. There was something unnatural about it. I wasn't impressed with the results, so maybe it only works with good old fashioned paste. My hands got a nice exfolliative treatment from the whitening crystals and peppermint though.
Tip #2 Mr.Clean's Magic Eraser. If you haven't tried these yet, OMG- they rock. They worked better in combination with the toothpaste.
Tip #3, WD-40. Between that and the mint with my head inside the drum I thought I was going to asphyxiate. Then I was afraid the thing would blow up from the petroleum if I ran the thing.
So after scrubbing the stoopid thing three times, it was relatively Crayola-free. At this point, I go out to the grocery store to buy 20 Mule Borax, which was the supposed remedy for taking the crayon of the clothes. (I am supposed to be at work at 10, btw. I haven't even showered and it's 9:45.)
I soaked the clothes, got ready for work, then ran the cycle.
To Be Continued!
Sillies! I had to leave for work, I don't know if they came clean yet!
ETA: Don't even ask me about what's left of my acrylic nails!