5 Crayon Removers You Already Have at Home

Remove Your Kid's Crayon Art the Cheap and Natural Way

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Crayon on the walls – it's a punishing discovery, but the clean up needn't add to the punishment. For a cheap and effective way to remove those offending crayon marks, turn to common household items and watch them vanish before your eyes!

How To Remove Crayon with Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most effective ways to remove crayon from painted walls. The acetic acid in vinegar breaks down both the wax and pigment components of the crayon mark.

If it works on your surface, this chemical reaction can save a lot of scrubbing power.

How To Do It: Dip an old toothbrush in undiluted white vinegar and use it to scrub away at the stain. Once you remove all the offending crayon, wipe down the wall with a clean, damp cloth.

Are you worried about the smell of vinegar? Don't worry, once the vinegar dries the smell disappears and it leaves no lingering odor.

Reasons to Use Vinegar: Vinegar is a useful cleaner for many household chores. It is a perfect choice for this task because it is inexpensive, non-toxic and safe for most surfaces.

Warnings

  1. Test vinegar on a small area before applying to the entire stain. Not all paints and finishes will react favorably to the treatment and you might have better luck with one of the options below.
  2. As with any cleaner, you should avoid all contact with the eyes and prolonged contact with the skin.

More Crayon Removers You May Want to Try

Vinegar is not going to be the best option for every wall surface.

If you find that your test was not a success, give one of these tricks a try.

  • - Regular (non-gel) toothpaste is a tool countless parents have used to remove their child's art from walls and it has even successfully removed permanent markers. Simply scrub it in with an old toothbrush or rag and rinse with water.
  • Baking Soda - Baking soda is a mild abrasive and can be effective as well. Dip a damp rag into baking soda, gently scrub it in and rinse with a second damp cloth.
  • Pencil Eraser - Sometimes the most obvious answer works and a pencil eraser just may do the trick for small marks. Be very gentle as you don't want to rub off the paint and even more so when trying it on wallpaper. If a regular eraser does not work, an artist's gum eraser may be a better choice.
  • Turn to the Kitchen or Bath - The solution to your problem may be right there in your fridge or bathroom. Parents have used mayonnaise, peanut butter, shaving cream and even hand lotion to remove crayons from paint. Try rubbing your 'remover' of choice into the crayon and allow it to set for several minutes. Wipe it away with a damp cloth.