If you’re a parent like me, then I’m sure you’ve been in my current situation a time or two! You give your little one a few Crayola sticks and a piece of paper and then go off to fold the laundry (or simply to use the bathroom). No big deal, right? WRONG! You come back 5 minutes later to a wonderful new masterpiece, ON YOUR WALL! The paper hasn’t even been touched. If you have, then here’s my best solution for removing crayon marks from your wall.
I’m no newb when it comes to the many sticky/messy shenanigans my children have thrown at me but in the past, I’ve always relied heavily on Clorox wipes! Usually they do just about everything from disinfecting surfaces to cleaning up the tray to my tot’s highchair, so naturally I whipped those suckers out first. DO NOT DO THIS!! The bleach in these puppies can actually eat away at your paint, which I found out the hard way. If you want to simply wipe down your walls from a FRESHLY thrown bowl of spaghetti then by all means, go for it. For any type of actual scrubbing, stay away from anything with bleach or super harsh chemicals.
Now some of you may say, “Oh just use some Fantastik! It will come right off!” This is also not true. ALOT of scrubbing was done with said cleaner and a paper towel and even though it seemed to be working. . . Like I said, lots of scrubbing. That’s too much elbow grease for me.
What I did find, however was that these babies got the job done in a blink of an eye and I had 4 different walls to tackle! (Yes you read that right. FOUR. All in the time it took me to take a tinkle.) Mr. Clean Magic Eraser- Extra Durable are little white textured sponges of pure genius. Just put a dab of water on that sucker and go to town!
Or have your kids do it for you (make a game out of it). That’s what I did anyway. I told my 8 year old that if she could get the wall in the playroom done before bedtime then she would win a special prize! Needless to say she cleaned one of the walls in their bedroom as well as the one in their playroom in that time!
Of course, I started out with the Magic Eraser first, testing the waters with my new little buddy on the wall in the hall way and a different spot in their bedroom and it came right off. Those were lighter colors of crayon though and I got a little anxious when preparing myself to tackle the black and brown concoction in the playroom. However, Vaeh asked if she could help and I gladly obliged. I went to show my husband what I was finally able to do thanks to Mr. Clean and then checked back on her progress and she was already halfway done! To say I was surprised was an understatement.
So needless to say, if you ever have a war between your wall and your toddler with a crayon, make sure you have the shiny white bald guy on your team; unless you want to waste time scrubbing your heart out that is. I guess if you count it as exercise it’d be worth it? Yeah, I’ll pass lol.
See how quickly it came off!!