Crayon on the walls? No problem. Learning how to get crayon off walls is an essential part of being a good parent or caregiver. We've gathered 7 tips for getting crayon off.
Crayons are wax based which means if they get on your walls, they can be a pain to remove. But, don’t fret! There are multiple options for how to remove crayon from the walls, and often you already have the ingredients at home.
1. Use Baking Soda
A simple and effective way to remove crayon from the walls is to use versatile baking soda. Using a damp cloth, dip a corner into the baking soda and rub the crayon area on the walls until it disappears. Alternatively, if the marks are not as readily disappearing, mix one part water to three parts baking soda to create a paste and place the paste directly onto the affected areas. Then wipe the area with a clean cloth.
2. Use Dish Soap
What can’t dish soap do? This versatile mixture of simple dish soap and warm water might be the easiest way to remove crayon from the walls. Mix a bit of dish soap into a bowl of warm water and using a cloth or sponge, dip into the mixture and rub down the crayon. This method should not damage your walls, but you should always test a smaller area first to ensure you’re not ripping off paint with your sponge.
3. Use Vinegar
Another simple solution to your crayon problem is to dip a rag or toothbrush into a bit of vinegar and rub the affected area. If the stains are disappearing, great, then wipe down with a clean cloth to remove the vinegar smell and residue. If the stains are being stubborn, try using the dish soap after the vinegar to remove those tougher stains.
4. Use Toothpaste
Another simple and easy at home solution for how to get crayon off walls is to use toothpaste. Make sure you use non-gel toothpaste, as gelled alternatives may damage your walls or paint. Using a sponge, cloth, or an extra toothbrush, rub the affected area and watch the crayon disappear. Wipe the wall after with a clean, damp cloth.
5. Use Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise oil removes the waxy remains of crayon on the wall. Dab a bit of mayonnaise on the affected area and let sit for up to 10 minutes. Rub the mixture with a cloth or sponge to remove the crayon. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
6. Erase with Pencil Eraser
Another simple and effective option to remove crayon from the walls is to erase using a pencil eraser. If the eraser doesn’t get the tougher stains, dampen the eraser with water and try again. If this doesn’t work, try combining this method with the dish soap or another to get to those tougher stains.
7. Use Steel Wool
If the crayon is on wallpaper (only), you may use steel wool to remove the stain by gently rubbing the steel wool onto the areas in one direction. If you have crayon on painted walls, do not use steel wool or it will damage your paint job.
Often the most stubborn crayon stains may need a combined method to remove. Always start with a test area to make sure you don’t damage the paint or wall surfaces. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue from any method. You might try this homemade cleaner for other stains as well.
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