Monday, May 21, 2012

Wall Paper Removal

Removing wallpaper – it's not a fun job, but it doesn't have to be an expensive or chemical-laden job. Here's how to make your own effective wallpaper remover:

What You Need:

  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • A spray bottle or sponge

What You Do:

Mix equal parts vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle or other container. Then, apply the mixture to the wallpaper, and allow it to soak in for fifteen minutes. The wallpaper should now scrape off easily.

Why This Works:

The acid in the vinegar acts as a solvent, and dissolves the wallpaper paste.

Benefits of Removing Wallpaper with Vinegar:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • no harsh smells
  • non-toxic


1) If the wallpaper still doesn't come off easily, use a scoring tool to score the paper, and apply another coat of remover.
2) Focus on a small area at a time. This will ensure that you have time to get the paper off the wall before the wallpaper remover dries.

***Note:  I found this info on  I'll let you know if this works for us.  In one home we remodeled it was impossible to remove so we did a "stucco" type wall treatment right over the top of it.  It actually worked well, but was in a much smaller space than what we have to deal with here.***


  1. I recently removed wall paper in our bathroom. My MIL told me to score the wall paper then spray it with diluted fabric softener. Let it sit for a few minutes and start peeling. It worked really well!

  2. Cool tip, Lynette! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Thanks for posting that!! We're on vacation right now, but we'll certainly have to try it when we get home. I'm actually excited to try! :)


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