It’s always such a joy when little ones begin to express their creativity through drawing, coloring, and painting – unless, of course, they decide to do it on the walls. Ah, yes! The creative expression of little ones always seems to make its way to the walls at one point or another. It’s then that parents wish their child would find a new interest. If you find yourself in this predicament, no need to fret, here are 5 tips to remove the “artwork” from your walls. If one method doesn’t work for you, try another.
No, we’re not going to put Elmer’s glue on the walls. We’re talking about a baking soda paste. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a half-tablespoon of water. If it’s too thick and crumbly, add a bit more water so that it becomes a paste-like consistency. Use an old toothbrush, dip it in the paste mixture, and brush it into the crayon marks. Use a circular motion scrubbing until the marks disappear. When you’re done, wipe the wall with a clean wet washcloth.
Vinegar is a tried and true ingredient for just about everything. From cleaning windows to washing clothes, this is one item that is great to have handy. It’s a gentle ingredient as well. You will want to mix the vinegar with water. The ratio of vinegar to water is 2:1. So, you can use 2/3 cup vinegar to 1/3 cup water. It’s advisable to use a scrub pad or sponge to clean the area.
This may sound strange, but hairspray takes out stains! It needs to be the aerosol type. Spray a bit on the wall, scrub with the toothbrush, and then follow up with a wet washcloth.
The Reader’s Digest suggests trying toothpaste to get out those crayon marks. Just make sure you use the non-gel type of toothpaste. You can actually put it right on a toothbrush, scrub, and watch those stains disappear.
Goo Gone or Magic Eraser (store products)
If you want to go the more conventional route, that’s no problem either. You can pick up some Goo Gone or a Magic Eraser at the store. With Goo Gone, you’ll just need a damp sponge to apply it. The Magic Eraser is a sponge, so you don’t need anything but water.
Now that you have your walls beautified again, you can redirect your little one to oversized sheets of paper for more lovely works of art.