If you’re like many parents, your children will bring out their inner Picasso all over your beautiful walls at some point or another. The important thing here is to not panic and grab a harsh cleaner and start scrubbing away! You’ll probably end up doing more damage than good. There are many ways to get rid of that abstract piece of childhood art easily and quickly!
Before using a cleaner that may harm your walls, try these solutions first:
- Clean Magic Eraser – this little wonder is great for removing ink, crayon, marker, and more!
- Baby Wipes – cleans easily and gently
- Rubbing alcohol – Use a very small amount on a cotton ball or swab and rub gently
- Toothpaste – Try leaving a little white non-gel toothpaste on a mark for 5-10 minutes, then wipe clean.
If those don’t work, try this:
For latex paint, mix 2-3 drops of dish detergent in a bucket filled halfway with water. If you don’t have dish detergent, you can substitute 2-3 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. Soak a sponge in the mixture, then ring it out. You don’t want to create drip lines all over your walls. Just leave it damp enough to clean with.
For oil-based paint, you can try using the method above, but because oil-based paints are a little more enduring than latex, you can use a mild degreaser. This is especially helpful in the kitchen, on walls near the stovetop.
For any method, never use a coarse scrubber. Always use a normal sponge or soft cloth!