11 January 2006

Cleaning up crayon marks and poster paint

Beth in the UK writes:

If your little darling has drawn on the walls with wax crayons, use baby wipes to take it off. The sooner the better of course but if you don’t discover it until weeks later because they’ve hidden it behind the sofa etc. it’ll still come off with a little persistence.

Be it ready mix or powdered, if you squirt a bit of washing up liquid in the mixture it will come off/out of most things.

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What about Sharpie pens?

Try the "magic erasers" you see at the grocery store - they work really well on most kid-created marks on walls and wood. Another favorite solution: Bon Ami cleaning powder (non-toxic, all natural) and a little water.

Vingar also works well, but if you use it on glossy paint it will dull it some.

Toothpaste will remove Sharpie (permanent) marker marks on wood (and possibly other) surfaces. We found this hint on the Internet when our 2 year old marked all over our cherry dining table :) It worked incredibly well and you couldn't tell anything had ever happened to the table.

What about ball point on wood or painted walls? Just found it today. >:(

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser gets out most crayon, pen marks, etc.

Better yet: buy erasable crayons.

How can I remove the blue crayon lines from my daughter's aquadoodle mat? No it was not a washable crayon.

Thanks, Dan

Sharpie Pens, rubbing alcohol takes it right off.

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