Mrs Hinch fans share 44p food that removes permanent markers from walls

Fans of cleaning guru Mrs Hinch have shared her tips for removing permanent marker stains from walls – and all it takes is a grocery item, which can cost as little as 44p

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Removing permanent marker stains can sometimes feel impossible (stock photo)

If you have young children, chances are you’ve struggled through the nightmare of finding them drawing on something they shouldn’t be.

And while some arts and craft supplies are fairly easy to clean from your surfaces, others don’t wash away so easily — like permanent markers, for example.

But thankfully, fans of cleaning guru Mrs Hinch – full name Sophie Hinchliffe – have offered their helping hand to a weary mum facing the exact same issue, as they were quick to respond on her Facebook group after she asked for advice, Express reports.

On Mrs Hinch’s Facebook page for cleaning tips, the mother wrote: “My little boy drew all over my mother’s wall with permanent marker.

Mayonnaise is the key to removing marker stains (stock photo)


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“Is there anything that can pull that out?”

Members of the group were quick to offer the woman their support, with several revealing that the key to removing permanent marker stains from your walls is found in an easy-to-find kitchen item – mayonnaise.

One group member said, “Mayonnaise will do.”

While another explained: “I’ve been in your situation before and tried the mayonnaise trick. Bought the cheapest I could find, 44p from Asda, and it was groundbreaking.

“I wouldn’t recommend using it all the time, but it definitely works well.”

As the commenter noted, you can buy mayonnaise in a 500g bottle for just 44p from Asda, although branded versions from companies like Heinz and Hellmann’s retail for between £1 and £3.29 depending on the size of the bottle or jar .

The mayonnaise trick works because of the condiment’s oil content and high vinegar content, both of which are believed to penetrate permanent marker stains.

Mrs. Hinch fans recommended putting a scoop of mayonnaise on the stain and rubbing it lightly before leaving it on for five minutes, then wiping it off with paper towels.

It’s also best to let the pen dry before attempting to clean it, being careful not to rub too hard as you could risk damaging the paint underneath.

Meanwhile, other fans in Ms Hinch’s group suggested using antibacterial hand gel, which you may have in abundance at home since you’ve been stockpiling it amid the coronavirus pandemic.

One person said: “Use hand sanitizer. Do not rub in, just dab.”

While another added, “Try hand sanitizer or hairspray, works well.”

Alcohol-based sanitizers will loosen the stain and make it easy to wipe away – and it’s recommended to cover the stain with hand sanitizer before leaving it on for 30 seconds and wiping away with a soft cloth.

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