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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Toothpaste Removes Crayon From Walls: Not a Myth!

So my youngest child, who is determined to go down in history as the demon spawn of the household, has a habit of decorating my walls with crayon. All over. Multiple times. I mentioned demon spawn, right?

Anyway, I'm a huge fan of the Magic Eraser, but this job made even Mr. Clean flinch. This is a very small example: her bedroom wall. Creative, yes? This was almost every wall in my house.

So I went online looking for alternatives. And I saw, many times, toothpaste as an option.

As a couponer, and I'm sure those of you who do feel me on this, one thing I have a lot of is toothpaste. So I was willing to give it a go. I got a cloth and a small bucket of water, wet the cloth, squeezed on some toothpaste, and used it like Soft Scrub. And it actually worked. You do need to rinse it, though, heads up.

I know, I know, you still see crayon, right? That's because this was not just a cleanup mission, but a learning experience as well. Guess who had to finish it up?

After the toddler finalized the job, we had a clean wall that was also minty fresh.

Now, if you're wondering if fluoride can be absorbed through the skin and be dangerous (Well, I did, so even if you didn't...), from what internet science has revealed, no. I am not a scientist, nor a doctor. but my sources show that it is absorbed by tooth enamel when you brush and through the gut when ingested (as in flouridated water), but the skin can handle it. So don't eat it, and you should be fine. If you're really concerned, rubber gloves are easy enough to add.  SOURCE.

So hit that stockpile toothpaste and get those walls lovely again!

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