Dear Heloise: How do I remove crayon marks from walls? -- Nick, Via E-mail
It sounds like you might have a young artist in your home!
You can try removing the "artwork" by using a spray lubricating oil or dry-cleaning solvent. You must first test it on a small, out-of-the-way area to make sure it's safe to use on the wall. Is it paint, wood or wallpaper? This is why it is key to test it in an inconspicuous area first.
Put some lubricating oil or dry-cleaning solvent on a cloth and work on one small area at a time. The crayon should come off.
Next, clean with a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 to 2 drops of mild dishwashing liquid. Use a clean sponge dampened (don't overwet) with the mixture, then rinse well with clear water and go over the area again to remove any soap mixture. Dry the wall with a clean cloth, and that should be it. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When packing for a trip recently, I found the need for protective shoe bags (to keep my shoes away from my clothes). I had been saving those plastic zippered bags that sheet sets come in, and they worked perfectly as shoe bags. I like the fact that they provide a clear view if packing more than one pair of shoes. -- Bill Eppard, Washington, D.C.
Dear Heloise: When I have candles burning, the curling iron on or anything that could start a fire, I write myself a note and, with a magnet, place it on my front door so I will see it if I have to leave. I always leave by the front door.
Young or old, you can be forgetful! -- Mary Light, Houston
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