How to Clean Crayon Marks Off Painted Walls

Don't panic if you've got a budding Picasso at home—cleaning crayon off of painted walls is simple.

You will need

  • A clean white rag
  • A clean sponge
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • A bowl or bucket of warm water
  • An automotive lubricant like WD-40
  • Baby wipes
  • A mildly abrasive bathroom cleaner
  • Some baking soda
  • Paper towels
  • An iron

Step 1 Pick a cleaner Pick a cleaner. An automotive lubricant is often recommended by crayon manufacturers. A thick paste made from baking soda and water or a baby wipe will also work.

Step 2 Test the cleaner Test the product you will be using in an inconspicuous spot, like behind a door. Make sure it will not harm your walls.

Step 3 Apply Apply the cleaner to the stain. Use a clean cloth to gently rub the crayon marks, and then wipe clean.

Step 4 Rinse the wall If some crayon or cleaner remains, rinse the wall with a sponge that has been soaked in liquid dish soap and water. Scrub in a circular motion, and rinse again if necessary.

Step 5 Melt it off Another way to clean crayon marks is to cover the stain with a clean rag or paper towel and apply a warm iron on top of the cloth. As the stain melts, the crayon will be absorbed into the cloth.

Step 6 Check all crayons and markers Check to make sure all crayons and markers in your home are labeled washable. Place all permanent markers and paints in a top-secret childproof location.

Step 7 Buy an easel Buy a large easel or roll of craft paper. Offering a fun alternative to the walls might save you cleaning work in the future.