Home Remedies for Cleaning Crayon Marks

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Oh no, the toddler has gotten a hold of the crayons again. You probably think white walls and furniture are a goner when a small child expresses their inner Picasso. Thankfully, home remedies for cleaning crayon marks can save you time, money and sanity when your walls have become an unwilling canvas.

Crayon Mark Home Remedies

It’s amazing the kinds of common household products that can become an instant life- and money saver. When it comes to tidying walls and furniture that come in contact with young children, you may need to familiarize yourself with the following home remedies for cleaning crayon stains:

a) Baking Soda:

Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on a damp rag and wipe off crayon marks from walls. If crayon is on your wallpaper, test out a hidden spot before fully using this home remedy.

b) Lighter Fluid:

Dab a small amount of lighter fluid on a clean rag and wipe off crayon marks on your walls.

c) Mayonnaise:

Remove crayon marks from your wood furniture by rubbing on a small amount of mayonnaise. Allow the substance to saturate for a couple of minutes. Wipe off the surface with a damp cloth.

d) Pencil Erasers:

Try erasing the crayon marks on your walls by using a simple pencil eraser.

e) Art Gum Eraser:

Some people prefer an art gum eraser for removing or lightening crayon marks from wallpaper. Gently rub over the stains in a circular motion. Do not apply too much pressure or you risk damaging wallpaper.

f) Hair Spray:

Spray a rag with a hairspray (like Aquanet) and wipe over crayon marks on walls and wallpaper. Make sure to test a small patch to make sure this home remedy will not cause any damage. Do not spray the hairspray directly on the walls – use the rag. Follow up with a wiping of a damp, clean cloth or rag.

g) Steel Wool:

To remove crayon marks from wallpaper, skim the surface of your wallpaper with a small amount of steel wool (such as a wool soap pad like Brillo). Stroke the wallpaper in one direction instead of scrubbing in a circle.

h) Toothpaste:

Apply a dime-sized drop of toothpaste onto a soft rag – make sure it is the plain white kind and not a gel formula. Gently rub the toothpaste over crayon marks left behind after using a previous cleaning method. Use a rag or scrub brush to remove the stain. Rinse well with water.

i) Vinegar:

You can treat stubborn crayon marks on walls by using a toothbrush to scrub a small amount of vinegar into crayon stains. Use a damp cloth to remove leftover residue. For removing crayon on clothing, soak an old toothbrush in undiluted vinegar and rub out stains before putting in the wash.

j) WD-40:

When your walls are decorated with crayon drawings, spray a bit of WD-40 on the artwork and wipe away with a clean rag. It is a good idea to test a small patch before using this home remedy, but WD-40 will not damage paint or most wallpaper. WD-40 will also remove crayon marks on furniture and appliances [1].


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 379.