Oh no!

Child cleaning crayon stain
Child cleaning up crayon stain

Just a glimpse into the life of an AnswerLine staff member. I got a phone call from my grandson last night. Not one of those good ones that says “Grammy, I lost my first tooth” or “Grammy, I got an A on my spelling test”. No, it was a call from a grandson required to call me to find out how to clean up a crayon stain from the families’ new sofa. He didn’t want to speak up at first, because he knew he had to admit he had done something wrong and now he was responsible for fixing the mess he had made.

I knew we had stain removal information on my work computer but I didn’t have access to it at that time of night. So, I got on my computer and searched. Often, the best way to find out stain removal information is to go to the source. The Crayola company has over 75 pages of information on how to remove stains from their products on just about any surface imaginable. It only took a few minutes of searching to find the solution. After I shared the information, I enjoyed hearing my grandson say “It works”.

Just in case you are interested, the method to remove the stain is to use regular dish washing detergent (not dishwasher detergent, rather the soap used on a sink-full of dishes) and rub gently in a circular motion.

This is a valuable thing to remember; when you have a stain late at night or over the weekend, search for the website of the company that made the product. Often they have stain removal tips in the FAQ section of the web-page. Remember, AnswerLine you can always call, email, or ask questions on our blog. We love to help.

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Liz Meimann

Liz Meimann

I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science at Iowa State University. I love to quilt, sew, cook, and bake. I spent many years gardening, canning, and preserving food for my family when my children were at home.

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  1. Liz, Loved this post.. great story and so happy your family uses Grammy’s ISU Extension and Outreach Answerline expertise. And who knew that dish soap would be the magic ticket? Thanks for this post.

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