My daughter is an artist.
She draws me the most creative and COLORFUL pictures . . . on the walls.
This is a new experience for me. My boys never bothered to color on the walls and I’m learning just how hard it is to get crayon off the walls. I’ve learned a few tricks though and after experimenting with several options (and I’ve had plenty of opportunities to experiment lately) I have a few great options for getting crayon off the walls.
You may have to play around with this a bit because every wall is different. Some of these work better than others depending on the texture of your walls and the finish of your paint. Definitely do a test in an inconspicuous area before using any of these in a large area.
Ready to find out how to get crayon off walls?
You have a lot of options when it comes to getting crayon off your walls. If one doesn’t work as well as you’d like, just try another. Be sure and spot test first though. All walls and paint is just a little bit different so you want to make sure you are using the best option for your walls.
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This is the option that I used to go to first. It DOES work on most marks on the wall. The downside is they are packed with chemicals and my kids and I all have very sensitive skin. I never felt comfortable letting my kids clean with these, which is too bad because I’m always a fan of having kids clean up their own messes but these do work. I get mine on Amazon and usually find the best deal there.
Baby wipes are so handy! I have
3 (down to 2!) in diapers right now so we always have plenty of wipes but it’s worth keeping a few packages around even if your kids are all potty trained because they can be used for so many things. Baby wipes are great for cleaning up marks on the wall. I learned this by accident a few years ago.
My oldest 3 kids are boys so I have lots of experience making pinewood derby cars for scouts. Last year my boys were working on their cars (at the last minute, as usual) and one of my boys spilled a full container of graphite on my kitchen table. Graphite!
I panicked. It was all over my table and my usual cleaner of choice in the kitchen (good old soap and warm water) did NOTHING. After trying several different cleaning solutions and making no progress I thought my table was history. Finally, on a whim I tried a baby wipe and it took the mess right off! Since then I’ve used baby wipes to clean up all kinds of marks on my walls that I couldn’t get off with anything else.
My favorite brand is actually the Amazon Elements brand and it also happens to be the cheapest. Score!
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil smells amazing and I haven’t found anything yet that it won’t take off walls. This is usually my go-to option when my daughter decides to use my walls as her canvas. Put a drop of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and dab it on the wall. I got an entire crayon masterpiece off my wall with this trick. Bonus: Your room smells amazing when you are done.
Toothpaste does a surprisingly good job at removing crayon from the wall. Make sure you are using regular toothpaste, not gel or any with added beads. Put a small amount of toothpaste on a sponge and gently rub the wall.
You can make a paste by adding a small amount of water to baking soda. This is good for so many cleaning jobs but it is great for getting crayon or marker off of walls. For stubborn crayon marks make your paste, spread it on the wall, and let it dry for a bit before trying to clean it. The paste will start to pull some of the crayon off the wall as it dries.
Still can’t get that crayon off the walls? Don’t worry. We have some more ideas for you.
This is not one you’d normally think of for cleaning but shaving cream can be great for certain types of crayon. Rub it into the wall and gently work on the crayon marks.
You probably have some rubbing alcohol in your first aid kit. Pull it out and give it a try on your crayon marks. A little goes a long way for this so test it out before using too much.
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Hair Dryer and Soap
Crayons melt with heat. Use a hair dryer to heat up the crayon marks on your walls then wipe them off with warm soapy water.
I’ve never tried this one but I’ve heard it works. If you can’t find an option that works, this is worth a try!
I use vinegar for just about every household cleaning task. (check out my favorite homemade cleaning recipe here). Put straight vinegar on your crayon mark and rub gently.
Do you have any tricks for getting crayon off walls? Share them with us in the comments.
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