How to Remove Crayon From Walls
6 Methods for Removing Crayon from Walls
As your preschooler knows, art has no borders. While you sponsor their creative endeavors, you’ll likely end up with dozens of little masterpieces—some of which might be all over the white walls of your living room. Until your Picasso learns to channel their artistic efforts onto the page, crayon stains can be a pain. However, with the right cleaning method, you can handle them in a snap. From DIY tricks to powerful Charlie’s Soap cleaning products, here are 6 ways to get crayon off the walls.
1. Dish Soap
For interior walls, a cleanser should be mild but powerful. Walls with flat paint or wallpaper can easily be chipped and scratched. On the flip side, finished, painted walls are more durable, but they’re also more difficult to clean. Liquid dish soap is a gentle but effective cleanser, so it’s perfect for washing walls without damaging them.
For this method, start by mixing a few drops of dish soap into a bucket of warm water. Then, wash away the crayon stains using a clean rag with soapy water. A microfiber cloth works best since it’s soft enough not to damage the walls but textured enough to break through the grime. Wash the crayon marks gently but firmly. If the crayon doesn’t budge, try applying some heat with a hair dryer. As the additional heat melts the wax, the crayon becomes more malleable, and you might have better luck scrubbing it away.
After you’re done, rinse the wall with clean water. It takes a bit of time and elbow grease, but this is a great solution if you’re worried about damaging your walls.
2. White Vinegar
If dish soap alone isn’t powerful enough to take care of the crayon stains, add some white vinegar to give the cleaning solution an extra punch. A cup of white vinegar + warm, soapy water = crayon kryptonite. However, white vinegar is more volatile than dish soap, so it requires a few additional precautions.
Not all paints and finishes react to vinegar the same way. Before you start scrubbing the crayon stains, test your dish soap and vinegar mixture on a small, inconspicuous area of your wall. Wait for a few minutes to see if the vinegar affects the color. If there’s no change, you’re good to proceed. Using a microfiber cloth with your cleaning solution, scrub away the crayon. If a microfiber cloth isn’t working, try using an old toothbrush instead. Toothbrush bristles can scratch walls and damage paint, so be careful to clean in small, circular motions, pressing gently but firmly.
After you’ve cleaned the crayon away with your vinegar solution, rinse the wall with water.
That’s right: toothpaste. It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you discover your toddler’s crayon mural, but toothpaste has tried-and-tested household cleaning power. Its mild abrasiveness and slight texture make it perfect for breaking through crayon wax.
Non-gel toothpastes work best for this hack. With a rag, apply the toothpaste and wash the crayon stains with consistent and gentle strokes. If the rag isn’t working, try a scrub brush or old toothbrush. After you’ve scrubbed the affected area, wipe the toothpaste residue away with a damp cloth or a paper towel. If it’s a particularly dense stain, it might take a few rounds of toothpaste application and scrubbing, but the crayon should get progressively lighter until it disappears.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an age-old DIY cleaning solution that can be found on most kitchen shelves. For best results, mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda into a thick paste. Since it’s highly reactive, baking soda is good at breaking down stains—but it’s also known for damaging some household surfaces. For this one, you’ll want to do a spot test on a small wall area before you go at the big stain. If the mixture damages the wall’s color, texture, or finish, skip this hack.
If your spot test gives you the all-clear, apply the baking soda mixture to the crayon with a sponge or a microfiber cloth. Scrub in a circular motion. After the crayon has lifted from the wall, you’ll just want to rinse away the residue with a damp rag.
5. Pencil Eraser
If you’ve got wallpaper or particularly delicate painted walls, pencil erasers could be the solution to your crayon graffiti. Simply use an eraser (such as a regular school pencil eraser, a large pink eraser, or an art gum eraser) on the crayon marks as if you were removing a mark from a paper. If it doesn’t make a dent, try dampening the eraser with a little bit of water to help buff the marks away. It is still possible to do damage with this hack, so you’ll just want to be extra careful not to apply too much force.
6. Charlie’s Soap
Looking to skip the hassle of DIY cleaning? Charlie’s Soap’s products are convenient, accessible household cleaners without all the harsh chemicals. Our multi-purpose indoor and outdoor surface cleaner has the power to tackle everything from dirt and grime to crayon stains. It’s free of dye, bleach, and abrasives, so it’s safe to use on interior and exterior walls alike. Simultaneously, it’s a powerful cleaning agent, perfect for stain removal and more.
Our surface cleaner is easy to use. Simply spray the crayon marks, wash them with a clean cloth, and rinse the area with water. Voila—a natural stain solution in minutes.
Natural Cleaning Solutions
Cleaning crayon from your walls can seem like a never-ending battle, but there’s an end in sight. With a few cleaning tips and tricks, you can remove crayon marks in a snap.
Besides, pretty soon, your child will move past their crayon era. But if their next passion is finger painting, don’t worry. Charlie’s Soap has a product to clean up every mess. Explore our natural cleaning solutions here.