How to Remove Crayon Marks From Walls

ย 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!!





25 Replies to “How to Remove Crayon Marks From Walls”

  1. Hello Ash,

    I have heard great things about the Mister Clean Magic Erasers, but I have yet to try them out myself. I was always skeptical that such a small spongy object could work such wonders. After reading your post and seeing the video of the Magic Eraser in action, I am sold. They definitely seem to be able to tackle tough messes without all the added elbow grease. I will have to add these to my arsenal of cleaning products. Like the saying goes ” work smarter, not harder.”

  2. Wow, that is really neat! My girls go under the table and I have noticed they are writing on it. It’s a really nice table and I do not want to ruin it’s glossy dard finish. Will this be okay on a wooden surface? It’s birch wood.

  3. Awesome advice. I’ve always wondered how to remove those crayon marks correctly. It seems like the product you mentioned works wonder. Does it work for other marks as well ?

  4. This is great. I have no kids myself, but my cousin who has 3 toddlers is always complaining about how the kids can’t stop writing on the walls and yet the crayons give her a very hard time to clean off the walls. Am gonna share this post with her.

  5. This is amazing! I am so bought over! And yes, the kids will have to do this, not me. I wish I had learnt of this product sooner, would have saved me all the scrubbing and swearing in the past!

    1. They didnโ€™t have these when I was growing up! My grandma would make us scrub her walls for her and it was NOT this easy lol

  6. It’s funny, I started reading your blog post and was thinking “I’d bet those Mr. Clean Magic Markers would get this off” and then sure enough, next paragraph…โ€ฆ Too funny…

    I honestly swear by these Magic Markers as they take EVERYTHING off. Our son plays hockey and lacrosse and there’s not a weekend that goes by that he doesn’t bang a hockey stick into the wall leaving a black paint mark, or bump the walls with his equipment bags. These Magic Markers are a must-have for sure, as they bring the wall back to new again! Minus the ding he put in the wall, but that’s another story….. LOL

  7. Well, I’ll def be checking out Mister Clean Magic Erasers! Adults with cognitive impairments can accomplish amazing things in the same amount of time as your toddlers did while you stepped away briefly. So I’ve had similar experiences of returning to the room to find messes.

    Like you I’ve watched the paint strip off of the wall with bleach-based products. Ugh! I need to stock up on these erasers and get that bald headed guy on my team. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the helpful info!!

  8. I LOVE magic erasers! With 3 kids, I think I have attempted to clean-up just about everything with them and have not been disappointed. Fortunately (knock on wood), no one has attempted to colour my newly painted walls as of yet. At least now I know that my trusty magic erasers will do the trick. Loved the video ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I thought that I was watching a magic show! As that demo in your vid, shows that the Mr.Clean really does wonders!

    I came across this article in the perfect time! I practically have “Mona Lisa’s” on three on my walls, thanks to the kids!

    Going to give it a go and will let you know on the results

  10. No joke, this happened yesterday for the first time with my preschooler and I about lost my mind! I have tried the magic eraser before and actually had it take the paint off my wall as well!! Any tips or advice for taking off just the crayon? Maybe I was using too much water? Thanks!

    1. Hmm . . . I didn’t have any trouble but I barely wet mine and didn’t scrub very hard. Maybe it was the type of paint that was on your wall? Our walls had a gloss on them and they were white. So sorry that happened!

    1. No problem Dana! And I about had a heart attack when i saw it!! And the first product didn’t work so I was freaking out and then I tried the Mr Clean erasers.

  11. Wow I’ve never used these before. I always thought that mr clean was overrated but after watching your video i guess not. product speaks for itself. Ill have to try these sometime.

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