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   How to remove crayon from hard surfaces Posted by Chica 
June 2, 2008 
Chica
 

The last time I made a batch of firestarters (complete instructions here), I managed to spill some melted crayon wax on my kitchen table. I didn’t wipe it up fast enough, though, and it dried into a hard blob.

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I had some Vaseline petroleum jelly sitting next to me (needed for the fire starters), and a little light bulb went off in my head. Wasn’t this the stuff they used to remove oil from wildlife after oil spills? If it worked on oil, would it work on wax? I decided to try it out.

The first thing I did was to scrape up the excess wax with the end of a plastic fork. This left behind some streaks of wax.

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I then put a little bit of petroleum jelly on a paper towel and started wiping in a circular motion on the table. In a matter of seconds, the wax was gone!

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Clearly this technique would work to remove crayon wax from any surface that can survive having petroleum jelly applied to it, such as a kitchen counter, table, or other work surface. I start to wonder, though, if it would work on painted walls, too.

I’m never one to back down from a challenge, especially when I can help my readers, so I went into my garage, crayon in hand, and drew on the flat white paint of my garage wall. I grabbed a clean paper towel and dabbed a little petroleum jelly on it. Sure enough, the wax disappeared after just a minute or so of polishing. As I suspected would happen, though, there was a greasy spot on the wall from the petroleum jelly residue.

I decided to start with the simplest approach to remove this grease — a couple of drops of dish soap on a wet sponge. Nothing cuts grease like Dawn, right? It worked like a charm and when I wiped the soap suds away, the greasy spot was gone and the wall was clean once again. (Then I left the garage as quickly as I could, before I was tempted to give the whole thing a fresh cleaning!)

So the next time you find yourself the victim of a budding artist who thinks walls make great canvases, remember that petroleum jelly is a safe and effective way to remove crayon wax from most hard surfaces. Give it a whirl and then let me know how it goes!

7 comments so far:

  1. lcmdj said: (June 14th, 2008 at 6:39 pm)

    If your surface is resistant to heat you can use your clothes iron. Place tissue paper over the crayon and set an iron on the paper. Be sure the iron is on low heat and has no ateam. As the paper heats, the wax it will adhere to the it and lift right off. I have done this to remove candle wax and it works great.

  2. Lexi Beth said: (July 4th, 2012 at 6:33 pm)

    This was so useful! I’m 15, and I have two younger siblings…since I’m the oldest, I’m the one stuck cleaning up the crayon always drawn on the walls. Worked perfectly! Thank you so much!

  3. Sarah said: (November 27th, 2012 at 11:58 pm)

    Thank you for this! My two year made a masterpiece on the wall outside her bedroom while I was getting her brother to bed. It worked like a charm and was quick and easy.

  4. Chica said: (November 28th, 2012 at 8:21 am)

    So glad we could help with the clean-up, Sarah!

  5. Valerie said: (May 30th, 2013 at 12:37 am)

    Thank you! Thank you!
    Over a year ago…My daughter left a toddler sized red crayon in her carseat cup holder, which melted to the bottom in the summer heat. The cup holder was a light grey and at the end of the day it was red. I was completely at a loss of how I would ever get that out. So with my hesitation, I left it for over a year- yes a year…fall winter spring… And tonight washing the covers which I do periodically …I searched and found your crayon removal post. The cup holder is light grey again after a whole year of the crayon remelting & freezing. Good as new! Thank you from one mommy to another!

  6. Chica said: (May 30th, 2013 at 7:24 am)

    So glad we were able to help you solve this problem at last, Valerie!

  7. Alyson said: (November 30th, 2013 at 4:23 am)

    Thank you! Absolutely brilliant! I usually use boiling water to melt the wax and then wipe it off but it doesn’t always get rid of every trace. This worked a treat. I had a big tub of Vaseline for my baby which rarely got used – it gets used now!

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