Another Household Use For Vinegar: Strip Your Wallpaper!

Another Household Use For Vinegar: Strip Your Wallpaper!

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 10, 2011

Although there are many ways of brightening a bedroom with eco-friendly materials, sometimes we don't need to add more to a space; instead, we need to take it away. If you've been spending your nights looking at wallpaper that just has to go, turn to everyone's favorite eco product instead of more harsh alternatives— vinegar!

Household tip blog DIY Life shares with us another use for white vinegar. We're only surprised it's a use we never really considered before!

If you need to strip some wallpaper, before you turn to chemicals or funny little circular razors from the store, try reaching under your kitchen sink first. Start by mixing 1/3 cup white vinegar with 1 quart of warm water. Use a large sponge or spray bottle to dampen the wall in question. Wait 5-8 minutes (in hopes the warm solution will work its magic) and try using a paint scraper to remove the paper.

The idea is that the vinegar will help dissolve the glue and the warm water will soften the paper, allowing the vinegar in. Read more over at DIY Life.

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