I was getting out of the shower one day when I heard my son yell, "Mom!!! mumble mumble Eliza mumble the wall!"
Even though I could only understand a few of the words, the fact that he said 'Eliza' and 'wall' in the same sentence could only mean one thing, she found something and drew on the wall again!
I threw on my oh so unflattering mom bathrobe, ran out the door and saw this
She was down the hall holding two eyeliner pencils and looking very guilty. I wish I could say that I reacted calmly and rationally, and that I lovingly corrected her behavior in such a way that resulted in a beautiful mother daughter bonding moment that is worthy of a Folgers commercial from the 80's, but I didn't. I pretty much reacted like this.
That afternoon I grabbed my mayonnaise to try and clean it up but it didn't even smudge the eyeliner. I tried make up remover, but surprisingly that didn't do anything either. So I got on yahoo.com and posted a question on one of their forums. I got several suggestions and decided to try a few.
Baby Oil's Verdict: It came off very easily without taking any paint off, but left a nice greasy spot that wouldn't come off. Pass
Nail Polish Remover Verdict: It worked so well that the paint came off with it. Pass
Hand Sanitizer Verdict: It got a little bit off but I had to scrub pretty hard and it started to take the paint off. Pass
Witch Hazel Verdict: It just smudged the make up a little bit. Pass
Rubbing Alcohol Verdict: This was a big fail. A couple of rubs and I had wiped off all the paint and primer. Big Pass
Hot Water and Soap Verdict: We have a winner! It took a little scrubbing but it got the make up off without hurting the paint. The cloth I was using had to be hot. When it started to cool off I would have to scrub harder and harder until eventually nothing would come off. I would rinse the towel in hot water, throw a little more soap on and start scrubbing again.
I hope this is the last post I have to do about getting things off the walls, but the odds are slim.