If you have a toddler, then you most likely have crayon on your walls somewhere in your house. So, after five kids and many colorful walls, I decided to test which is the best way to remove crayon off walls. Check it out!
The other day, my 2-year-old daughter was being super quiet. That’s when you know trouble is brewin’. So, I came downstairs and discovered a beautiful mural of crayon artwork on my white wall. This wasn’t my first rodeo. Instead of getting frustrated, I decided to test out the various ways to remove crayon from white walls to see which worked the best. Here’s what I found out.
The WORST methods to get crayon off walls
- Distilled vinegar – White vinegar can be a great green way to clean but not for removing crayon from walls. I scrubbed and scrubbed but it didn’t come off really at all. Not worth the effort.
- Steel wool – Although steel wool can really scrub off soap scum and the like, this will damage your wall. It may get the crayon off but your wall will not end up looking better. You might have to repaint it.
- Glass cleaner – The cleaner just dripper down the wall and made a mess. If you still want to give this a try, get the foaming glass cleaner, but even then, it just didn’t remove the crayon very well.
- Mayonnaise – They say the oil from the mayo breaks down the wax in the crayons without damaging your walls. But, then you have greasy mayonnaise on your wall. I was kind of grossed out by this option.
- Simple Green – This product is safe for the environment and can clean really greasy stains but for some reason it just didn’t work very well for getting crayon off walls. But, I would recommend it for cleaning sinks, tile and stoves.
The BEST methods to get crayon off walls
Here’s five of the best ways that I found to wash crayon from your painted wall. Keep in mind that I was looking for the quickest and easy option, something that I could use to scrub really quickly and be done in about five minutes.
- Baking soda – You can make a paste with 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water and then gently rub it onto the wall. This was my least-favorite of the five best options simply because it takes a while.
- Dishwashing soap – Just like you would expect it, soap adheres the crayon that is sticking to the surface of the wall and removes it. It works and it came off pretty fast. Just make sure you wipe your wall clean with water to remove any residue.
- Toothpaste – I was legitimately surprised that this worked, but non-gel toothpaste contains mild abrasives (such as baking soda) to gently remove crayon marks without damaging the wall. So, it was easier than the baking soda option.
- Pencil eraser – Just like erasers remove pencil, apparently they remove crayon as well. It helps to wet down the pencil eraser a little bit before rubbing it on the wall. Although, it did seem a little bit tedious and I wouldn’t recommend using an eraser to remove crayon off a big section of a wall.
- WINNER! Magic Eraser – I can always rely on a Magic Eraser to get the job done. And that’s exactly what it did! Using an extra durable Magic Eraser, I just soaked it in water and the crayon markings came right off. It was quick and it was easy. The entire area was clean in 10 minutes.
Here’s a little video that I made showing how I tested each of these product methods.
Hopefully this blog post was helpful for you as you’re washing crayon off walls in your home. Whichever method you decide to use, make sure you take a picture of your child’s artwork. You’ll smile about it later on.
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