What’s best to remove sharpie marks from walls

Oh boy.

Sharpies. It’s a four letter word in our house. Our 2 year old is a *huge* fan of them.

Our walls? Not so much.


And Momma is *really* not a fan of sharpies. But we all need sharpies in our lives. So in our house, they must stay.

But how to deal with the artwork? Well, after one particularly rough day, we had plenty of test areas. So we decided to set the stage for our experiment.



Our contenders in the sharpie off war are Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Thieves Household Cleaner, non-actone nail polish remover, and hairspray.

First up? Thieves Household Cleaner.

Now I am a *huge* fan of Thieves Cleaner. It’s my go to for all my daily cleaning. It uses my beloved Young Living Essential Oils and is all natural.


It’s just not strong enough for my tastes to really remove stains. It’s great at degreasing and smells amazing, but natural has it’s limits.

So, I used thieves on a paper towel at full strenght and the result was pretty much what I expected. Nothing. Then I put the thieves on a sponge. Still nothing.

Moving on.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Oh man. When we first moved in our house, my husband went a bit crazy with these things and pretty much erased most of our baseboard paint in the process. Before our test, this was our normal marker treatment.

So if you come over to my house, please don’t notice how many walls have dull spots. This is a paint killer. No two ways about it.

So, we know what it does. But, in the interest of empirical testing, we went after it again.


So, do I enjoy this method? Nope. This small result took 15 minutes of scrubbing and removed a good portion of the shine of my paint. Not fun.



This method was the one that I thought was the *kooky* one. Why on earth would hairspray remove marker? It’s for jacking up hair, not unjacking up walls…but I tried. I sprayed the hairspray on the marks and let it sit for a minute or two, then resprayed and blotted off.

But…it sorta worked. Sorta. Kinda. For a hot minute.

As soon as I sprayed, the ink started to drip down the wall, which I thought was encouraging. Until I noticed that the dripping ink was staining more parts of the wall. Then I tried to spray the wall with a paper towel held up directly under that section. Things improved for a minute or two.

Until I noticed the paint damage.

Now, I didn’t paint these walls. I don’t know if they are flat or semi-gloss. All I know is whatever small amount of gloss that did exist is now long gone in the area that got the hair spray. What remains is a sad brown stain with lighter wall paint patches. In all honestly, sitting on my bed across the room with just the overhead light on, I can’t see the stain marks or the lighter areas. But up close, it’s pretty apparent.hairspray


So…what’s next.

Non-acetate nail polish remover.

When I saw this listed online, my first thought was “Oh man, bringing out the big guns. Hope you’re planning to repaint…”

But now?

This will be my go to marker-on-wall treatment. It’s pretty fantastic.

I poured the remover straight onto a paper towel, and rubbed over the stain.

(to be noted. The red is the marker. The green accents are Crayola’s very washable crayons, which very much live up to their billing.)

I don’t know if you get the same results with Acetate nail polish, or if that is harsher to your walls, but man, you can’t tell there was a mark on the wall, and it still looks glossy. I’m sold.

But wait, I hear you say.

My kid doesn’t color on walls. He got my table! Or my dresser!

Yea, I feel you. E is a equal opportunity drawer too.

This dresser is painted with a semi-gloss spray paint. The nail polish remover isn’t perfect, but is *way* better than the Magic Eraser.

So, what’s the best way to get sharpie markers off walls?

Hands down, Non-acetate nail polish remover.

I may just buy this stuff by the gallon now…

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