How to Remove Crayola Paint From Clothing

by Nikki Fiedler ; Updated September 28, 2017

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.

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.


  • 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.

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Nikki Fiedler started writing professionally in 2004. She has been published in "The Vegetarian Journal," "Collegebound," "The Sandspur," "Orlando Style Magazine" and "Rollins Alumni Record." Fiedler graduated from Rollins College in 2008 with a double honors Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and studio art.