How To Get Crayon Marks Off Your TV Screen

CrayonsCrayon marks are often a challenge to get rid of, but what do you do when your toddler has run wild with the colours on your brand new TV?

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Lifehacker reader Del wrote in with a useful pointer:

Seeing your tip for removing crayon from walls with vinegar reminded me of the time my 2 year old took crayons to my 3 week old LCD TV. As you can imagine, I wasn't too impressed! I Googled the problem, only to discover that I wasn’t the only parent with this problem. Everything from plasma screens to iMacs, projector screens to laptops have been colourfully decorated by budding Monets around the world with everything from crayons to ball-point pens. The even better news is that, makers of the offending weapon, have a section on how to deal with various stains. So, to remove crayon from your LCD screen/ Plasma screen/ laptop, use good old WD40. Spray it on a cloth, gently rub off the crayon (with the TV off), then wipe down with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue. Voila!

Thanks Del!


    WD40 worked fast and removed the crayon from our LCD without breaking a sweat!

    I laughed when this article first came out; but filed it away in my brain under "useless trivia", but on the weekend, My 7, 4 and 2 year olds traced around a picture that was paused on the 50" Plasma - this tip worked perfectly! It is now filed in my brain under "Butt Savers!"

      Did this really work? My brother just did this on my grandpa's $2000 dollar tv and he is totally freaking out now... I dont want to make it worse if this doesnt work

    Yes it works great, I was a lil worried, but it worked great without damaging it. You just don't wanna drench it though. FYI: I also found that WD-40 works awsome to get gum and nail polish off of sheets and laundry! :)

    Thank you so much for this tip! Was rather angry and worried that our 2 week old tele was going to have permanent crayon marks all over it but worked a treat!

    I always keep a WD40 at home its my handy helper. Now i consider him my best friend. Thank you so much cleaning the tv screen was such a breeze.

    Oh my god!! Thank you do much, my friends kid colored all over my ex-wife's tv and this saved me lots of money and fighting.

    so how does it work? what do i do? the story cuts off and does not tell me what i need to do to get the crayon off my plasma tv screen? getting really ticked i just bought it.

      Right? I was like WTF??

    Does wd40 get it off projection. Screen.

    i cant read what it says to use :( what is everyone using to get the crayon off?

    I used dawn soap and some water came off wicked easy ... Next best thing if yu don't have vinegar or wd-40

    I purchase a TV from Rent A Center and it has this writing on the back of the TV how do I get it off

    LOL!!! YESSSSSSSS! I just had this happen and was relieved to see my "older than 2" did this as well.....truly a butt saver!

    That was amazingly easy. WD40 worked like a charm. I'd almost let the kid do it again!

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