If you have children, I can pretty much guarantee that at some point a crayon will end up in the dryer. (If you check every single pocket of every pair of cargo shorts every time you do a load of laundry, you are no longer my friend, and I don’t want to hear about it.) I do usually check pockets, but I’ve still ruined two loads of laundry in the last 10 years because a crayon snuck through.
I recall at one time researching to try to find out how to get these stains out. I looked online, I asked everyone I knew, and to my recollection, there just wasn’t a good solution and we ended up with some funny-looking pajamas and a new wardrobe of paint clothes. Well, apparently I just didn’t ask the right person, because I had Martha Stewart on the other day (of course she would know what to do) and she showed how to get these stains right out. Her method involves some ingredients you won’t have on hand (namely, artist-grade mineral spirits) and would be pretty time-consuming for an entire load of laundry, but if you had a few items you really hated to part with, it would be do-able. Here’s the link. There’s even a video you can watch. If I were you, I’d print the instructions out and file away for sometime when you need it, because unless you’re practically perfect, this will happen to you at some point. In the meantime, remember to check those pockets!