Tabitha asked: How do I remove China marker, aka grease pencil, stain that is blue out of my dryer? I had washed our work clothes and didn’t realize I left a blue China marker in my pocket. The pencil came out of the pocket sometime during the drying time and now I have blue marker all over the inside of my dryer. I need to know something that will remove it so it won’t get on my regular, everyday clothes.
When pencils fall loose in a tumbling dryer, there is no doubt they’re going to leave their marks. Fortunately, removing these marks can be accomplished with a few simple steps. Though removing excessive markings will take time, it will be worth the effort to protect future loads of laundry.
You Will Need:
- Soft cloths
- Mild soap or detergent
- Protective gloves (optional)
Steps to Remove the Marker:
- Begin by spraying a small amount of WD-40 onto a soft cloth. You want it to be moist, but not dripping.
- Wipe the affected areas with the moistened cloth. A flashlight will help to spot them all as you work.
- Switch to a fresh piece of cloth as needed to avoid reapplying the grease pencil to the surface.
- Once all of the pencil marks are removed, you will need to clean the inside of the dryer too remove any residue from the WD-40.
- Mix hot water with soap or detergent in a bucket.
- Use a clean, soft cloth moistened with the sudsy water to clean all of the surfaces.
- Rinse with clean water.
- Dry with a soft cloth or allow the interior to dry on it’s own.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Has grease pencil already gotten on other fabrics? See our guide How to Remove Grease Pencil from Fabric for removal methods.
- If you want to be sure all of the pencil is removed, start with a couple of old towels. Run them in the dryer for a cycle. Check them over to see if any marks have been rubbed off onto the towels.
- When cleaning, use caution to keep the WD-40 out of the vent holes. You don’t want it to drip into the dryer.