For a long time we only had washable crayons and markers in the house. Washable markers are easy – all you need is water, and the stains are gone. But gradually more and more non-washable art supplies started creeping in (like my all-time favorite art set (affiliate link) – nothing is washable, but we use it all the time). One of our favorite ways to color is to tape paper onto the wall or underneath a table or counter (it helps to strengthen hand muscles), so we get marks on our walls and furniture a lot.
But –good news — You only need 2 things to remove marks from permanent markers (including Sharpies!) and crayons: cottonballs and lemon essential oil.
I’ve used lemon essential oil to remove marker stains from my coffee table, my painted walls, and my ceramic tile kitchen floors. (Yes – I definitely need to store my markers in a less accessible location!). And it’s never taken the paint or finish off with the mark.
All you do is put a drop or two of the lemon essential oil on the cotton ball or pad, and then rub it directly on the stain. Then (depending on the size of the marks), I usually reuse the same cotton ball, adding 2 more drops and rubbing again. Then I get a new cotton ball, add a drop or two, and rub again. I just keep repeating this until the stain is gone.
That’s it! I’ve never had the lemon oil remove anything other than what I wanted it to, you might want to try a bit of the oil on your furniture or wall before using it.
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