Crayon drawing on white t-shirt

How to Remove Crayon Stains

So your miniature artist comes home covered in waxy crayon stains, which seem impossible to get out of clothes on first glance.

There is no need to stress when you can get rid of crayon stains easily with a little help from Tide.

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Step 1

Remove Excess

Remove the stain by gently scraping it with a fork. Shake any residue from the garment. Place the stained garment face down on a white paper towel, and place another on top of the garment. Press with a warm (but not hot) iron, being careful to keep the iron on the paper towel. Keep changing paper towels until no more of the stain transfers.

A person brushing off excess from white garment
Step 2

Pour and Pre-treat

Pour Tide HE Turbo Clean Liquid directly onto the crayon stain. Make sure you completely cover it and let set for 5 minutes. Pour from either the bottle or the cap.

Step 3


You can also use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of detergent. Just fill it with the correct dose of detergent, and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE machine.

Step 4


Without rinsing off the detergent, place the garment into the washer with other items. Leaving the detergent on the stain will give your wash that extra boost of cleaning power.

A person loading white clothes into the washing machine drum
Step 5


Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label.

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Select the wash cycle and water temperature on your washing machine
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Step 6


When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before tossing in the dryer, as drying will set the stain.

A laundry basket full of neatly folded, colored gaments