How to Remove Stains From Painted Walls by Using Baking Soda

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At home, most of us have toddlers and children. They have lots of markers, crayons, and ballpoint pens to express their creativity with. Our walls are sometimes their canvas.

I’ve read about people using toothpaste on walls for those hard-to-remove stains and I’ve tried it with moderate success. But I wanted to see if baking soda can work too.

It’s a well-known fact that baking soda can remove many different types of stains from laundry, clean windows, and even remove odors from your refrigerator.

But can it also clean up stains on painted concrete walls?

Spoiler alert: I was pleasantly surprised at how effective it is.

This article shows a simple method for removing markers, crayons, and ballpoint pens from painted concrete walls. I’ve tested this method on satin, matte and semi-gloss finishes.

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

Baking soda
Scrub sponge
Towel or Paper towels

painted walls what you need


1. Make a baking soda paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1-2 tablespoons of water. The thicker the paste, the more abrasive it is.

make baking soda paste

2. Get a scrub sponge and apply the baking soda paste to the stains. Let it sit for 30-60 seconds.

apply paste

3. Start scrubbing off the stains with the paste. Keep scrubbing until the stains are gone.

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4. Rinse the area with clean water. Make sure to remove all leftover traces of baking soda. 

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5. Dry with a towel or paper towel.

towel dry wall

Is Baking Soda Capable of Removing Paint From My Concrete Walls?

Baking soda has been shown to be quite effective at removing paint from a variety of materials, especially metals.

However, scrubbing with baking soda paste isn’t enough to remove the paint from most concrete walls.

Of course, there are other factors to consider like the quality of paint used, the wall finish, or how abrasive the baking soda paste you made is. But generally, it shouldn’t remove paint from the wall.

Try using a little bit of paste at first just to be safe.

Can Baking Soda Paste Clean Hand Prints, Smudges, and Grease Off Walls?


Baking soda and water can also be used to remove stubborn stains like handprints, smudges, and grease off painted walls. The procedure is pretty much the same as the one above.

Just estimate the amount of baking soda to water ratio when making the paste. Remember, the less water you use, the more abrasive the baking soda paste.


The creative expression of your child should delight you rather than fill you with dread.

Now, you no longer have to be concerned about cleaning up after your little Picasso since baking soda is on your side. It’s a safe and non-toxic cleaner that you can count on.

If you want to learn more ways how you can use baking soda to remove stains, please check out my article on how to use baking soda to remove ink stains from your hands.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy