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Are Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers really washable?

Are Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers really washable?


Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Have you ever tried the Crayola Washable markers to mark your fabric for your quilt projects or your sewing projects? Let’s test them and see how washable they really are. You can get lots of different colors and you can get different thicknesses. You can have a fine tip and a broad line tip. They claim to be washable, and when you turn over the package, they even say they’re washable off of clothing. These are designed for children not to be able to color on walls and clothing, so you’re going to be able to wash it off and it doesn’t ruin the children’s clothing or your walls. I’ve taken a strip of cotton and I’ve drawn a line of each of the colors with the wide tip and the thin tip. I’ve taken half of it and ironed it. From that bottom line down, I’ve ironed that ink with a very very strong industrial hot iron. This had a good pressing for 30 seconds. The top was not pressed. Let’s start with just a bowl of plain cold water. A lot of the colors are already starting to fade. I’ve added just a couple of drops of Dawn dish detergent and it definitely has faded a lot more. I can faintly see the red line; maybe the orange. Let’s just wash it for another couple of seconds. There’s a tiny tiny little mark right there, but all the other colors are completely gone. After I rinsed this, even that tiny little red mark disappeared. There are some disappearing markers that have a tendency to reappear, and it’s usually caused with extreme cold. I’m going to stick this in the freezer for a couple hours and let’s see if it comes back. It’s come out of the freezer and there’s not a drop of ink on it. Not on the ironing side nor the regular side. They claim they’re washable. I think I’d have to agree with that. However, I will always test them first. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

46 Replies to “Are Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers really washable?”

  • maxi1049 says:

    Really needed to know that, priceless info when you have a lot of children, thank you, I’ll share

  • Loriann Payne says:

    Wow – that’s a neat video and great tip!

  • Süz Warkentin says:

    I have used the fine tip Crayola washable markers several times to mark quilting designs on my sandwiched quilts. I spray baste and starch and would wash them after quilting in any case. I do always test on the specific fabric for that quilt/colour combo but I have not had a problem yet!

    I just purchased some Frixion pens and I intend to do a similar wash test to yours, Laura, because I want to know if the gel ink will wash out completely, not just fade with heat.

  • Cheri Eiduke says:

    So much better then the frixion pens

  • Heidi Cook says:

    Thanks so much for this information. I'm legally blind and can't see most sewing markers. This mugger be something I will be able to see. Thanks Laura.

  • Louise Van Jaarsveld says:

    Never to old to learn a new trick

  • Wacky Jacky says:

    Wow thanks for sharing

  • Gaynor Andrews says:

    O my gosh that's amazing. I was looking at crayola crayons and asked a friend with a 2 and 3 year old. Yes she said they come off and out easily. You've just proved without shadow or doubt that the pens are as described. Thanks

  • Charm C says:

    Wow! I really expected the iron to set the markers. Impressive experiment! Thanks!

  • Nanci Provence says:

    Tried dry erase marker on plastic to Mark a quilting design. It did not wipe off. Will these work on plastic?
    Thank you.

  • Coldfusion1205 says:

    Thank you so much! I was very skeptical of these but thanks to this video I think these markers will make a great addition to my sewing supplies.

  • B Waldron says:

    Wow, thanks for the info and the demo!!! I will buy them instead to use for marking.

  • Melani Y. says:

    Great demonstration. I've been using these markers for a little while. I found the tip while learning to sew a craft item. Thanks!

  • daisyandjack says:

    I was very excited about using these markers and after testing went ahead and marked some quilting lines on a mini quilt – I got distracted with another project so the marked quilt was put away for a few weeks and when I got it out again I washed it to change the quilt markings and the lines did NOT wash out !!! I was using the grey colour and after washing it a couple of times the lines are still there so my advice would be to wash the lines out soon after marking – don’t leave the marks for an extended length of time !!

  • notconvincedgranny says:

    I just picked my jaw up from the table. Fantastic!

  • anna lamb says:

    Haya. It would be interesting to see how they stack up on a lot of different fabric types. Thank you for sharing.

  • Mel A. says:

    I, use a #2 pencil on my quilt designs.

  • JoAnn Gilbertson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing

  • Michelle Byrd says:

    Wow, thanks for the wonderful test here! I so enjoy your videos, gets me excited for my kids going back to school: more time at the machine for me!

  • moonlite daze says:

    I'm impressed! TFS with us!

  • KCQuilting says:

    WOW!! I was really skeptical ? but pleasantly surprised in the end!!

  • Sima Soltani says:

    Thank you so much

  • Janice Kennedy says:

    Could you try it with starch?

  • Lisa Hernandez says:

    TFS

  • Jennifer Smith says:

    Thanks!

  • Vicki Jenkins says:

    Yes have used them. They are great.

  • Gale Memee of 6 says:

    Thanks for the test and review. It's nice to see something that really does what it claims it does.

  • Hunter W says:

    I'm pretty much sold on these, TFS, so much!!

  • Melissa Stevens says:

    I use these on quilts when I need to mark. Great video!

  • Aromagal1 says:

    I have used the regular (not the ultra) washable markers for years. Did the same test as you. I did run afoul of them staining after storing for a week (before washing) after marking a spray basted quilt. I did eventually get then stains out to an acceptable level, but just thought I would share that experience.

  • Patt Riggins says:

    Thanks so much for sharing & thanks also who shared their experiences using the markers. I will definitely be giving them a try on projects that I will be finishing right away. It seems the markers may become permanent if not washed out in a few days.

  • Karen Gobeil says:

    Thanks for making this video. An awful lot of quilters I know could debate this issue until bedtime and never agree on which marking tool is best to use…HOWEVER, Crayola has never entered the discussion, and I have used them since my children no longer were using theirs. ( without any problems ), and they are almost 40 years old.
    Karen gobeil

  • Barbara Lies says:

    Very good information. I have tried this with other water-based markers without success.

  • Renee R says:

    Wow awesome thanks

  • Kathy Reed says:

    Thanks Laura…I've been wondering about them…I'm going to go buy these…much cheaper than name brand quilting pens!!!

  • Sasslette says:

    I have heard both 'Yes' and 'No' to being washable, including hard to get out when stitched on, ironed and left for a while before the finished item is washed. Thing is if kids put it on their cloths they'd be washed that day or soon after, that maybe the trick to it. The rate I go tho some quilt top sit for sometimes a year before I get them finished LOL

  • Christy Poos says:

    Wonderful test..thank you

  • Peggy Scripter says:

    But are you going to wash your quilts in Dawn?

  • froggymonkeyknits says:

    Thank you for your video! I've heard mixed reviews about other quilt markers, so I never tried any out of fear of ruining a quilt. After your video and some online research (and my own quick test), I picked up a 10 pack of these several weeks ago because I needed a way of marking a quilt for handquilting. I marked my quilt with an all-over design using a template and it took me 2 weeks to the day to finish. I put the quilt in the washer with cold water, mild detergent that I had swished around and 2 color catchers. I let it sit in the soapy water for 15 minutes before washing on the low agitation cycle. All the marks were removed! I used the grey, green and orange markers on my quilt. I've seen comments where people mentioned they've left the marks on their quilts for 2 weeks, 2 & 4 months and one year and had success washing them out, but I was still nervous until mine came out clean. Thanks again!

  • Sara grace gamer says:

    I had that already and I used it

  • rebecca estrada says:

    thank-you!

  • Trixy8521 says:

    Thanks for this tip! I'm working on a hand quilted project that will require me to mark my sew lines. I tested out several colors of the washable markers on swatches of the fabrics used in the quilt. I left the lines on for a week and then used cool water with and without soap; the lines didn't completely disappear. I switched to warm water and they immediately came out. I don't see any signs of the lines coming back after the material dried.

  • Rigina Selders says:

    No one is saying it's more difficult to come out when you leave it in. Who washes right after marking. I can't quilt that fast. It'll come out but not as easy and quick

  • brenda brenda says:

    oh my god thank youuuuuuu best priced tooo

  • MyLoveForEverythingTv says:

    Genius!!!

  • Tsuki Gasanaki says:

    One like is better than two dislikes! ?

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