A Non-Toxic Way to Remove Paint from Glass

A Non-Toxic Way to Remove Paint from Glass

Sarah Rainwater
Feb 18, 2010

Home Hacks month has inspired us to undo all of the bad DIYs left in our home by previous inhabitants. For example, the 4-foot-long vintage mirror in the bathroom was callously splattered with paint when someone constructed a questionable homemade shelf next to it. Luckily, removing the paint was easy, non-toxic and didn't damage the glass at all.

What You Need

White Vinegar



1. Boil 3 tablespoons of white vinegar with 3 tablespoons of water.

2. Dip the rag in the hot vinegar and water mixture, being very careful not to burn yourself.

3. Rub the rag on the painted glass, slowly at first as the heat loosens up the paint and then scrub a bit harder once the paint starts to come up.

Additional Notes: This worked to remove our paint in minutes, but if the paint is very stubborn, you can use a razor blade to scrape off the paint once it has been loosened by the hot vinegar mix. Be sure the surface is wet and scrape very carefully so you don't scratch the glass.

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