How to Get Crayon Off the Wall: 7 Speedy Solutions

Did your young artist mistake your home's walls for canvas? These quick fixes will show you how to remove crayon from walls in no time.

From Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (Reader's Digest Association Books)
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    Baking Soda

    Have your walls been redecorated with some original crayon masterpieces? Don’t lose your cool. Just grab a damp rag, dip it in some baking soda, and lightly scrub the marks. They should come off with a minimal amount of effort.

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    WD-40

    Did the kids use your wall as if it was a big coloring book? Spray some WD-40 onto the marks and wipe with a clean rag. WD-40 will not damage the paint or most wallpaper (test fabric or other fancy wall coverings first). It will also remove marker and crayon marks from furniture and appliances.

    Toothpaste

    Roll up your sleeves and grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a rag or—better yet—a scrub brush. Squirt the toothpaste on the wall and start scrubbing. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will rub away the crayon every time. Rinse the wall with water.

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    Mayonnaise

    Here’s a simple way to remove crayon from a painted wall that requires hardly any elbow grease: Simply rub some mayonnaise on the crayon marks and let it soak in for several minutes. Then wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.

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    Pencil Erasers

    Try “erasing” the crayon marks to get the wall back to a clean slate.

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    Steel Wool

    Your toddler just created a work of crayon art on paper. Unfortunately, it’s on your wallpaper. Use a bit of steel wool soap pad to just skim the surface, making strokes in one direction instead of scrubbing in a circle, and your wall will be a fresh “canvas” in no time.

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    Vinegar

    Kids often manage to get crayon marks on their clothing as well as the walls. You can easily get these stains off by rubbing them with a recycled toothbrush soaked in undiluted vinegar before washing them.