When washing a load of clothes, be sure to check all the pockets. Especially if you have toddlers. You never know when there may be a pack of CRAYONS in one of the pockets. Yes, CRAYONS. And, I didn't catch them before I threw the load in the dryer. You want to know what happens when you wash and dry a pack of crayons?! Weeping, and wailing and gnashing of teeth, that's what happens. The inside of the dryer was coated with waxy, crayon-y goodness. Behold the photographic evidence. Click on them for a closer look. I dare ya.
The clothing that was washed and dried with the crayons didn't fare too well, either. Check out these streaky jeans. At least it wasn't the whites...
I searched online to figure out what my best options were for cleaning out the dryer and tried a few different methods. What ended up working the best was Barkeeper's Friend for the large, wide surfaces and a generic Magic Eraser for the nooks and crannies. I used a damp cloth diaper, and dumped some BF on it and rubbed it around to make a little paste. Along with some elbow grease, it worked pretty nicely. See for yourself.
I even took apart the little lint catcher thingy and vacuumed it out. Now this puppy is almost cleaner than it was when it was born! Again, before:
Whew! Look at that shine!
I still haven't tackled the load of jeans that got assaulted, but after reading up on it my plan of attack is: spray-n-wash, wash on the 'sanitary cycle' with normal laundry soap & Ultra Clorox 2 for Colors (which I thought for the longest time was laundry soap, until a heated discussion with my mother-in-law proved otherwise. A story for another day perhaps. Or not..).
I'll let you know how that pans out. So, to make a short story long, word to the wise--when doing laundry ALWAYS check ALL the pockets!! Take my word for it. I promise.