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Homemade Wallpaper Remover

How to Remove Wallpaper Frugally


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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 for next to nothing:

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 scrap off easily.

Why This Works:

The acetic 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.

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