99-Cent Store Solution #1: Scuffed Countertops

Countertop scuff-removing toolsA crayon, a spatula knife, and a bowl are all you need to fix a countertop scratch. Image: Liz Foreman

Here’s how to make short work of this common countertop ailment with finds from the dollar store.

If you’ve ever had a scuff mark on a colored countertop, you know that it sadly becomes the room’s focal point. But we found the right supplies to save you any embarrassment.


  • Crayons, 99 cents
  • Spatula knife, 99 cents
  • A microwave-safe bowl, 99 cents (If you have one you’re willing to sacrifice to melt crayons, you just saved another 99 cents.)

Total: $2.97. $3.96 if you throw in a weak lemonade-type drink.

What you do:

  • Pick the Crayon whose color comes closest to matching your countertop. Peel off the paper and place it in the bowl.
  • Pop the crayon and bowl in the microwave.
  • Pour the hot, melted crayon onto the scuff mark and work it into the indentation with the spatula knife.
  • Scrape off the excess with the spatula knife.

The Crayon mixture will harden and dry quickly, erasing your countertop flaw.

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What other inexpensive home fixes have you found or tried? What minor home repair job have you neglected because of lack of time?