Helpful Non-Toxic Wallpaper Practices

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Last week, I rounded up several eco-friendly, PVC-free wallpaper designers. If you are putting up or taking down wallpaper in your home, then read on to find out how to ditch the commercially-bought products (some have warnings of their own toxicity!) and put on your DIY hat to complete the project in an eco-friendly way.

Removing Wallpaper
If you have wallpaper that needs to be removed, follow this simple concoction to remove it without using any harsh chemicals. The secret ingredient? Dishsoap!

Applying Wallpaper
Once your walls are clean and bare and ready for wallpaper application, instead of using store bought adhesives, try making your own. Here is a recipe from Care2 Healthy Living that doesn't use anything more than these simple household ingredients:

• 1 cup flour (wheat, corn, or rice)
• 3 teaspoons alum
• water
• 10 drops oil of cloves (natural preservative)

Combine the flour and alum in a double boiler. (If you don't have a double boiler, set a smaller pan inside a bigger one that contains enough water that can be brought to a boil without overflowing). Add enough water to make a consistency of heavy cream; stir until blended. Heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened to a gravy texture. Let cool. Stir in the clove oil. Pour into a glass jar with a screw top. Apply with a glue brush.

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