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How to remove crayon from painted walls

Updated on February 22, 2012

I’m sure most parents of toddlers at one point or another have walked through the house to find the walls have been scribbled over with crayon. Kids just seem to love to scribble on white walls. As the dad of two boys I have lost count of how many times the house has been redecorated with crayon without my knowing.

There are many tips on the Internet on how to remove crayon from walls, but the one which has worked best for me is WD-40.


  1. Spray a little WD-40 on to the area colored by crayon and wipe down with a cloth or kitchen towel (try not to use baby wipes as these contain alcohol which will take off the paint). If you catch the markings early the crayon will come off very easy with relatively little effort, if the markings have been there for some time it will require a little more effort to remove the crayon but persevere as it will come out.

  2. Once the crayon has been rubbed off wash the oily residue off the wall with a damp cloth.

The WD-40 product with the smart straw is good to use as it can be sprayed on to the affected area more accurately than the traditional spray can variety.

The house will smell like a garage for a few minutes, but that soon passes and the walls will be back to looking like new.


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