Gently scrape off any excess crayon with a dull table knife.
Place the crayon-stained surface down on a pad of paper towels. From the "clean" side of the fabric, sponge with dry-cleaning solvent. Be sure to replace the toweling as it absorbs the stain. Flush with dry-cleaning solvent, and let air-dry.
If using powdered detergent, sponge area with cool water. Apply a paste of powdered detergent and water, and launder as usual.
If using liquid detergent, let item air-dry completely, then apply liquid detergent directly to the dry fabric. Launder as usual. Repeat, if necessary. If safe for the fabric, treat with bleach during wash cycle.
Air-dry the fabric until the stain has been completely removed. If you use a heated dryer (or other hot device, such as an iron) and the crayon is still present, you will make the stain permanent.
For more tips on taking care of your laundry, see:
How to make your stinky laundry smell better
Information courtesy Penn State Extension
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