How to Remove Crayola Paint From Clothing

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Painting with Crayola paints is fun until it gets on your clothes! Luckily, Crayola, whose products are geared toward school-aged children, keeps this in mind when manufacturing their products. Since the majority of Crayola users are of the younger generation, and therefore often more accident-prone than mindful adults, Crayola Washable Tempera, Washable Fingerpaint, Washable Watercolor and Washable paint are all fairly easy to remove from clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags or cloths (not dark-colored)
  • Bottle of 91% rubbing alcohol
  • Liquid chlorine bleach
  • Color-safe liquid bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Washing machine

Stain Removal

  • Remove excess paint from clothing with a cloth, and turn the garment inside out.

  • Dab rubbing alcohol on to a clean cloth, and apply to the stained garment from the inside of the clothing item, moving from the outer edge of the stain inward, so that you do not spread the stain.

  • Continue padding the stain with the rubbing alcohol until the stain diminishes.

  • Use liquid chlorine bleach on completely white garments. Dilute the liquid bleach to the appropriate water-to-bleach ratio, and soak the garment for the specified period on the label. Use color-safe bleach on colored items.

  • Rinse the garment in cold water.

  • Wash the garment with liquid laundry detergent.

  • Check to see if the stain has been removed before the garment is dry.

  • If the garment is still stained, repeat the alcohol spot treatment, and re-launder. If the garment is stain-free, dry as directed by the clothes instruction label.

Tips & Warnings

  • Immediacy of action is key in stain removal. Do not let the paint soak in and set for long. Instead, once clothes are stained, promptly remove them and begin the cleaning process. Check labels to make sure your garment is not "dry-clean only" or says "do not use chlorine bleach." Dry-clean only garments must be taken to a dry cleaner within 24-48 hours if possible. Remember that clothes are replaceable if your stain does not come out perfectly.
  • Any type of acrylic paint is permanent, including Crayola's version. If you are concerned about staining from this variety of paint, wear a smock, apron or clothes which you do not care about being stained. Test stain removal agents on an inseam or hem of clothing to make sure color is not affected. Do not use hot water. Hot water sets stains. Do not use bar soap to scrub out a stain, as doing so can set it.

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