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Finding that your child has turned one of your walls into a crayon-covered art project is never a pleasant surprise. This particular issue is common enough that many parents have already struggled with the crayon removal process before finally finding a solution.


The good news is that you can learn from their trials and errors. You may assume that you would need to go through the messy, labor-intensive process of painting over the crayon marks. However, this is not usually the easiest or the most effective solution.


While waxy crayon marks may seem to be stuck permanently on your walls, this is not the case. Several solutions can easily remove all traces of the crayon marks and deliver the pristine results that you need.


How to Get Crayons Off The Wall


Water & Liquid Dish Soap

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Is there anything a little soap and water can’t do? Wet a microfiber rag or trusted cleaning cloth with warm water, wring it out, and apply a couple of drops of a gentle dish soap, like Dawn. You shouldn’t be getting the wall too wet otherwise you’ll risk damaging the paint. Slowly rub the cloth firmly but gently to erase the crayon marks. Rinse the rag occasionally with warm water, so you’re not transferring crayon around your walls.


Magic Eraser


Melamine sponges, otherwise known as Magic Erasers, are universally loved and used around the house for a variety of projects. If you catch the crayon when it’s still fresh, the magic eraser should make it super simple to remove.


Wet your eraser sponge and wring it out to remove any excess water and activate the cleaning agents within. Rub it firmly along the crayon marks until they are gone, periodically rinsing and wringing as you work.


Baking Soda


Baking soda is another universally loved cleaning product that can be used around the house, and this project is no different. Mix water with a generous amount of baking soda to make a thick paste.

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Rub the baking soda paste onto the crayon marks using an old, clean toothbrush or with a clean, damp rag. Reapply the paste as needed, but don’t rub too hard or you will damage the paint.


All Purpose Cleaner


Household products like all-purpose cleaner can actually work well as a crayon eraser. Spray a small amount onto a cloth or old toothbrush, not directly onto the wall, and rub the product around the crayon to remove it. Once the marks are removed, wipe the area with a damp cloth. Make sure to test your spray in a small, hidden area to make sure it won’t damage your walls.




White vinegar contains something called acetic acid which can work wonders against stubborn crayon wax. But before you go wiping your walls with white vinegar, know that this method is NOT safe to use on every type of wall finish.


You should always test a small hidden area on your wall to make sure it is safe to use before applying it to the entire area to avoid causing damage.


Dilute the vinegar with warm water in a small bowl or even a spray bottle, and dip an old toothbrush in the solution, or spray it onto a microfiber cloth. Gently, but firmly, scrub the marks with the vinegar solution until the crayon is removed. When you’re done, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away vinegar and crayon residue.




To remove crayon marks from walls using mayonnaise, apply a thin layer of mayo on the stains, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then gently wipe with a cloth or sponge. Clean any residue with a mild soap solution, pat the wall dry, and inspect for remaining marks, repeating if necessary. Test in an inconspicuous area first and be gentle to avoid paint damage.




Concerned about damaging your paint or wallpaper with the methods above? Here is one that is less harsh for you to try. Have a bowl of hot water and a few drops of dish soap handy, and start by turning your hair blow dryer to the lowest air setting and mid-range heat setting.

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Direct the dryer around the crayon marks, and once the area is warm enough that the wax begins to melt use a clean cloth dipped in the warm soapy water to wipe the marks away. You might have to repeat this a few times, but after the wax is removed use a dry cloth to wipe the area.




How do you get Crayola marker off the wall?


Start by wiping the area with a damp sponge and a drop or two of dish soap. If stains are left, apply a small apply Soft Scrub with the damp sponge, and work in a circular motion around the area. Rinse the area well once all the marks are gone.


Can toothpaste remove crayon from walls?

You can use some toothpaste to gently scrub away the crayon marks, then wipe with a clean, damp cloth. This method will work even better if the toothpaste contains baking soda.


Can you paint over crayon marks on a wall?

Unfortunately, painting over your kid’s latest art project won’t solve the problem. Since crayons are just colored wax, the paint will simply be displaced from around the wax and not cover it up. So you’ll have to remove it even if you plan on repainting your walls anyway.


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