Monday, January 25, 2016

How to Clean Block Crayons

I love using Waldorf inspired art supplies. One thing that is commonly found in a Waldorf classroom is a set of lovely block crayons.

The most commonly used brand is Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons. These delightful crayons really are the best available! You can purchase them easily here:


Occasionally with use, and when stored next to each other these crayons can get a little messy. When they bump into each other they'll pick up the pigment from another color.

How to clean block crayons

Recently I was lucky enough to purchase an entire bag full of them secondhand. However, these block crayons needed to be cleaned desperately!

How to clean block crayons

Luckily there is an easy way to clean block crayons. All you need is some coconut oil and a rag. I found that an old terrycloth rag worked the best.
This is a much-loved brand of coconut oil:

How to clean block crayons

Just cover the crayon in a generous amount of coconut oil and firmly rub off all of the extra pigment.

How to clean block crayons
How to clean block crayons 

How to clean block crayons This process does take a while, so be patient and keep at it!
Soon your crayons will begin to look like new.

How to clean block crayons

Before long I had a shiny "new" stash of clean block crayons!

If you don't happen to have any coconut oil on hand, you can also use olive oil, or even GooGone works. 

I can't speak to the toxicity of this stuff, but I can say it is a miracle worker!

Then, once they were clean I need a way to store them so that they weren't side-by-side anymore. I found this sweet crayon holder on Etsy. 

Hopefully someday I'll be able to fill in the missing spots by purchasing individual Stockmar stick crayons . But for now, this roll-up holder works great! 

Thanks for stopping by, and happy coloring!

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