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Why markers are once again banned at our house

I had to make a quick five-minute phone call this morning to get some tax paperwork straightened out. While I was on the phone, I made the mistake of not keeping Silas (my 22-month-old) within my line of sight.

Somehow, he found two markers — which I had thought were well-hidden — and whipped up a rather large wall mural for us:

The good news? He was thoughtful enough to do his artwork with washable markers instead of permanent markers, so a Mr. Clean Eraser and lots of elbow grease later, all traces of the drawing were removed.

We really should buy stock in Mr. Clean Erasers for how often I’ve been using them recently. I’ve yet to find anything which holds a candle to them when it comes to removing kid-stains off the walls.

Here’s to hoping your day is off to a smoother start than mine! 🙂

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  • Gigi says:

    My daughter drew on her new white furniture with a red Sharpie – and good ol’ Mr. Clean Magic Erasers got it off. Sharpie! Love those Magic Erasers, too!

  • Mary says:

    My son recently did the same thing, on my newly painted kitchen wall. He and Silas are about the same age. I scolded him and sat him on the floor by his art work and took a picture of it. Trying my best not to smile at his first wall art in front of him. 🙂

  • Bonnie says:

    Here’s a great tip if Permanent Markers are ever used. My little Picasso did her damage, but a few sprays of Spray Sunscreen, and her masterpiece wipped right off.

  • Jen says:

    I have three boys – the oldest of which just turned 4 the other day. It is always a bit crazy around here! I prefer all natural cleaning products (mostly just using vinegar, baking soda, etc.) but I use the white eraser…my secret little trick!!!

  • says:

    I just spent the morning cleaning marker off curtains with magic erasers. Those things are amazing. My husband is ready to ban markers in our house as well!

  • Renata Young says:

    I feel your pain… Markers are locked away in our house for the same reason! And I still worry about it a bit…

  • says:

    Funny you should post this. Yesterday my daughter got ahold of a blue highlighter pen and drew all over her face. I took it away and lectured her on not drawing on her skin with pends or markers. Not 2 minutes later she came into the room covered in purple marker. ARGH!!! I also discovered a wall in her room had writing on it (!!!!) I was just thinking how grateful I am for Magic Erasers last night.

  • says:

    What a fun distraction from work this was! Much better than the number crunching I usually do. Thanks for the pick-me-up!

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