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How to Clean Walls

We all know that with kids and animals around the house, it can be really hard to keep walls clean and mark free. Here’s some tips on how to clean walls!

Ink (Pen and Permanent Marker)

Thanks to the artistic attempts of our little cherubs, this seems to be the creative medium that ends up most often on our walls. To remove ink from painted walls, there are a few methods you can try:

  • Spray some hairspray onto a cotton ball until it’s fairly soaked and rub it gently over the ink mark.
  • Try some rubbing alcohol/metho on a cotton ball and dab it on the ink stain until the stain is gone.
  • Apply some toothpaste to it, leave it for 10 minutes, then wash off with water (this method is also great for wallpapered walls).
  • Apply some eucalyptus oil to a cotton ball and rub directly on the mark.



Another material the kids like to apply to our walls is crayon. To remove it from painted walls, get a small plastic spoon and gently scrape some of the crayon wax off the wall. Then sprinkle some bicarb soda on a cloth and rub it over the mark. Wipe it off with a damp cloth. If there is remaining crayon residue, try rubbing the rest off with eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball.

To remove crayon from wallpapered walls, use the toothpaste method above and follow it up by wiping it down with some white vinegar.

Dirty Fingerprints and Scuff Marks

To get rid of dirty fingerprints, the best thing to use is a ½ cup of white vinegar and ½ cup of warm water and wipe the walls down with it. Eucalyptus oil on a cotton ball rubbed on the fingerprints will also work well.

Grease Marks

The same vinegar/water solution as above may be used to remove grease stains from your walls (especially in the kitchen). Lemon juice is a great degreaser, so you can add a couple of splashes of that to the solution for the stubborn grease marks.

General Wall Cleaner

For a general clean and freshen up of your walls, you can try Shannon Lush’s technique. One teaspoon of lavender oil in a spray bottle of water. Spray it all over the wall and wipe off with pantyhose. Alternatively, you can buy sugar soap from any supermarket or hardware store to wash your walls down.

There are other suggestions I have seen which may also work on your walls, such as using baby wipes, Magic Erasers and Gumption or even just plain soapy water.

What do you use to clean your walls? Have you ever had a stain or mark that NOTHING would get out?




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