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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Don’t rub too hard or you may damage the paint surface!
  • 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.
  • FACT: Scribbling is an essential developmental task; the process of drawing strengthens a child’s ability to read and write later on, and also fosters creative thinking.

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

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