Here are a few kid-smart solutions, courtesy of First magazine:
- Right off the bat, if your pint-size Picasso creates a crayon masterpiece on your living room wall, try this: Mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water until it's the consistency of toothpaste. Then, using a damp white cloth, gently rub the paste in a circular motion until the marks disappear. The soap-like compounds in baking soda will dissolve the color, and the mild abrasives will buff away greasy crayon wax without damaging the wall.
- Here's the secret to reviving dried-out magic markers: Pour a half-inch of acetone nail-polish remover into a paper cup, and soak the uncapped markers for 30 seconds. Then, set them aside to dry for 5 minutes. It restores moisture and draws ink into the tips, without diluting the color and the markers will be better than new!
- And finally, erase ground-in dirt, grime and ink from your child's favorite doll with peanut butter. I kid you not! Just smooth a thin layer of peanut butter on the doll's plastic face, arms and legs with a dry cloth. Leave it for 5 minutes, and wipe away with a damp, soapy paper towel. Why does it work? The oil in the peanut butter seeps into the porous plastic, and absorbs the embedded dirt that scrubbing just won't get rid of.