Monday, November 29, 2010

Messy Monday: Their World, a Canvas

You know that saying that the world is a canvas? Well, my kids seem to think their world (our house) is their canvas. Marks of their artistic expression are everywhere: walls, woodwork, blankets, and more. Last week, I actually took away all the possible writing utensils in this house: crayons, colored pencils, regular pencils, markers. Every. single. one. The boys are not allowed to use them without permission, and without supervision for the time being.

Why such a drastic action, you ask?

After scrubbing the woodwork in our sun porch and several walls, we all had a big talk about the right and wrong places to draw. (We've had this talk before). Everything was reasonably clean. Then last week, it happened again. The very same wall I worked so hard to clean was crayoned even worse than before. That's why everything went in a giant Ziploc bag--just for the time being.

But here's a secret I want to share with you. Did you know you can make your own Mr. Clean Magic Eraser simply with a rag and a baking soda paste? It works wonderfully to remove crayon marks on walls. Simply dampen your rag, sprinkle on some baking soda (I used quite a bit because I had a large area to cover), and put the baking soda paste side directly on the marks you want to remove and rub them off. Erased, just like magic.

I will try to post some pictures later today to give you a visual of what I am talking about!

Have a great day!
(Linked to Works for Me Wednesday)


  1. I tried this out on a yucky black shoe stain on a white door and it WORKED! I am amazed at your magic. Thank you!

  2. Baking soda is my #1 favorite for scrubbing anything that you don't want scratched. Friends swear by Kosher salt also which has a coarser grain than regular salt.

  3. This tip could possibly save my kids future dreams to be wall artists! I too am on the verge of removing all writing utensils! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Caroline, your comment made me laugh! Maybe we just need to cover our walls (and cabinets, chairs, garage doors...) with canvas and let the budding artists create to their hearts' content ;)

  5. This is great b/c I read recently that some children have allergic reactions to a chemical in the magic erasers. I'm going to give it a try - thanks, Cheryl!