My post about using Stockmar’s beeswax block crayons last week started some discussion about the best way to clean the crayons. Up until then, I had been cleaning them by rubbing them on blank newsprint. Based on people’s comments, I decided to give a few other things a try. I tried rubbing the crayons clean with oil, glycerin, and liquid dish soap (I use a fairly natural brand of soap, J.R. Watkins Lemon Liquid Dish Soap, which I usually buy individual bottles of from Target’s “natural cleaners” section). I did not have any GooGone to experiment with, but that was also recommended by Annette from Seasons of Joy. It didn’t even occur to me to take a “before and after picture” of my personal set of primary colors, pictured above, because I had no idea what a difference cleaning the crayons would make. So I chose another two of our dirtiest crayons (Dora had already cleaned tons of the crayons by this point, so I was getting a bit desperate for dirty crayons to show you, she thought cleaning crayons was the most fun that she’d had in weeks!), and took “before and after” pictures of those. Cleaning these two crayons took about one minute. Can you believe the difference?!?!
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