How to Get Crayola Washable Markers Out of Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent

  • Color-safe bleach or OxiClean product

  • Washing machine

  • Dryer (optional)


Wash and soak the clothing in hot water only if the clothing will tolerate water of this temperature. If hot water is not advisable for the clothing item, use warm water.


Do not place the clothing in the dryer if stains remain on the clothing. The heat from the dryer may set the stains and make them impossible to remove.

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Crayola washable markers are the choice of many parents when their children want to create colorful drawings. One of the biggest advantages of Crayola washable markers is the ease with which these markers wash out of clothing. Because children often have mishaps with markers, this is no small consideration for many parents.


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Step 1

Rinse the stained clothing with hot water if you notice the stain prior to washing it in the washing machine.

Step 2

Place the stained clothing into the washing machine and add an appropriate amount of laundry detergent for the size of the wash load. Set the washing machine to a heavily soiled cycle with hot water. Allow the wash cycle to proceed through approximately 10 minutes of the cycle and then interrupt it. Drain the water out from the washing machine.


Step 3

Add color-safe bleach or OxiClean to the washing machine (consult package recommendations for the correct amount of product for the size of your wash load). Add enough water to cover the clothing and agitate the items in the washing machine for approximately 10 seconds to mix the water and the bleach.


Step 4

Allow the clothing to soak for 1 hour. Drain the water from the washing machine after one hour.

Step 5

Wash the clothing again using regular laundry detergent and hot water. Assess the stain after the wash cycle finishes. If the stain is gone, dry the clothing as usual in the dryer. If the stain remains, wash again without drying in the dryer.