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Bull or No Bull: Testing hacks to remove crayon and permanent marker from walls

Posted: 1:38 PM, Oct 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-11 16:38:17-04

Normally, we test out products to see if they are Bull or No Bull, but we are going to see if this is a good hack or if it is whack.

The world is your canvas, but your kids might think the walls of your house are. So, we tested out some hacks to remove crayon art off the wall.

HACKS TO REMOVE CRAYON FROM THE WALL

REMOVAL HACK #1: TOOTHPASTE

We put a small amount of a non-gel toothpaste on a toothbrush and scrubbed the masterpiece. Then, we tried to wipe it away with a damp cloth, but the toothbrush bristles turned pink, just like the crayon, and, though the mark faded slightly, it still remained after repeating this process three times.

This hack is Bull.

REMOVAL HACK #2: A HAIR DRYER

We turned on the hair dryer, cranked up the heat, and blew it on the drawing. But, it became a melted mess. The writing stayed on the wall and was smudged all around when we wiped it with a damp cloth.

This hack is Bull.

REMOVAL HACK #3: BAKING SODA AND WATER

We made a paste with baking soda and water. We dipped our cloth in that mixture and the rubbed it on the wall. It looked like it was going to work, but after three applications, the paste started to take the paint off of the wall instead and left a powdery residue.

This hack is Bull.

REMOVAL HACK #4: GLASS CLEANER

We read that a spray bottle of glass cleaner is supposed to do the trick. As instructed, we spritzed the wall, let that sit for 15 minutes and then tried wiping it away with a damp cloth, but it didn't work. We also tried to wipe it with a damp cloth right after spraying, but the result was the same.

This hack is Bull.

HACKS TO REMOVE PERMANENT MARKER FROM THE WALL

So, what if your child upgraded to decorating your walls with permanent marker? We tried some hacks to try to remove that too! We drew a stick figure on the wall with a Sharpie.

  • HAIR SPRAY: We spritzed hair spray on the head of the stick figure and then wiped it down with a damp cloth. It faded the shape, but it also smudged it around too, similarly to how the crayon reacted to the hair dryer test. So, this hack is Bull.
  • GOO GONE: We put Goo Gone on a cloth and used that to rub the body of the stick figure. But, that made no difference. Since that didn't work either, this hack is Bull.
  • RUBBING ALCOHOL: We dipped a cloth in a solution of alcohol and water and wiped that on the stick figure's legs. We noticed a subtle difference, but it wasn't good enough. This hack is Bull.

After all of the failed attempts, one hack worked really well.

ACETONE AND MAGIC ERASER: We placed a Magic Eraser on the opening of the acetone bottle and flipped the bottle to let some of the liquid wet the eraser. We then rubbed the Magic Eraser on all of the Sharpie marks, and it worked! We checked the wall the next day, and the paint on the wall wasn't damaged.

This hack is No Bull!

These results may vary depending on the type of wall and the type of paint finish. Our wall was porous and covered in a more matte-based paint. So, if you try any of these hacks at home, let us know how they worked for you. Or should I say... if they work for you.

Are there any hacks or products that you want us to try before you buy? Let us know!