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I think every parent at one time or another has found themselves in a situation where they look away for a split second to answer a call or put something away, only to come back to find your kids’ artwork all over the windows or in some cases the walls.
We find ourselves asking how they could possibly make such a big mess in such a short amount of time.
Unless you plan on holding your kids 24/7, it’s not really possible to watch them every second of the day. Believe me, they only need a few minutes to make a big mess!
I remember a time when my oldest, who was around two and a half at the time, went upstairs to grab a snack for herself. When she didn’t come back down right away, I went upstairs to check on her only to find baby powder all over the entire living room and white footprints leading into the dining room and kitchen.
She had baby powder in the couches, all over the carpet, and all over herself while she was just sitting there smiling up at me! It literally happened in less than two minutes!
So if you find yourself in a situation where your kids have drawn all over your windows, first of all, it happens to the best of us. And secondly don’t worry, not all hope is lost.
Markers can be cleaned off windows and typically but isn’t even too hard to clean. You can use magic erasers, Goof Off, Goo Gone, or even nail polish remover to get it off.
Which of these products will work best to clean marker off of your windows will depend on what kind of marker your child used on them.
The most common marker kids tend to pick up is that wonderful Crayola marker that we all know and love. Kids love color and markers are so vivid, that really the kids can’t help themselves.
So if your child has used a regular or washable marker you can try one of these things to remove it:
- Try spraying the window with glass cleaner and wiping it with a dry cloth or paper towel. It might take a little elbow grease to get the job done, but generally it comes off without much effort.
- You can also try using warm water mixed with Dawn dish soap or warm water mixed with white vinegar for the more stubborn stains.
- If none of the other options work, you can also try using nail polish remover with acetone in it or rubbing alcohol.
To see the most popular markers that are easy to wash off just click here.
Will Permanent Marker Wash Off Windows?
Everyone has a Sharpie story, right? Hopefully that’s not just me. Well imagine you are seven and a half months pregnant with two children ages two and four, that’s where my wife’s story begins.
She was cleaning the kitchen while the kids were playing in their perfectly baby-proofed playroom. The playroom was right next to the kitchen so she was able to hear them playing and having fun.
Well that was short-lived because after just a few minutes she realized it was way too quiet. You know, the kind of quiet that suggests that they are getting into trouble?
So she went to check on them and low and behold, in a matter of just a few minutes, they had found a marker and one of their whole walls from her knees down was covered in their wonderful Sharpie masterpieces!
A very comical scene ensued as my kiddos got a lesson in washing walls and after helping them clean everything up my wife had to try to get myself back up off the floor!
There was also a time my youngest found a Sharpie and drew all over our sliding glass door. Like for real, someone tell me where do they find these random markers?
He was 4 and I literally just went to put away the laundry and when I came back, there it was!
Now the walls were tricky and needed a lot of scrubbing which ended up damaging the paint, but the window was not too bad.
Permanent marker will wash off windows but it will require the use of chemicals or even using dry erase markers to remove it.
Here are some additional tips if your child has used a permanent marker on your windows:
- By far the quickest and easiest method that almost always works is using a dry erase marker. Just simply write over the top of the markings and rub off with a dry cloth or paper towel!
- Another method is using regular toothpaste mixed with baking soda which is a great non-abrasive and chemical free method.
- WD-40 is another good method that works pretty well.
- And just like washable markers you can also use nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol.
What Kind Of Markers Wash Off Windows?
Sometimes as parents we can kind of see things in black-and-white; or at least I know that I do. We obviously do not want our kids using permanent markers on our walls and windows, so we tell them they have to draw on paper.
While that is a perfectly good option, there are markers that are specifically designed for windows and mirrors that would allow you to embrace your kids’ creativity, without letting them ruin the whole house!
Here are a couple great marker options that only require minimal supervision, and wash off of windows easily:
Crayola Window Crayons
These crayons come in a box of bold colors. They are super easy to draw with and are easily washable. The crayons can be used in the house or even the car! Can someone say road trip?
Washable Window Markers or Window Writers.
Again both of these have beautiful and bright colors. The only real difference is that they are in marker form.
For me this would be the way to go. They are super cost effective and all you need is a paper towel and maybe a little glass cleaner to remove it. Dry erase markers come in a variety of colors and are super cost effective!
And BONUS you can use these on your bathroom or standing mirrors to put reminder messages or even some words of affirmation. It can be a great way to encourage your kids or even yourself!