How To: Clean Wallpaper of Fingerprints With...Bread?

How To: Clean Wallpaper of Fingerprints With...Bread?

Gregory Han
Jan 29, 2009

Did you know you can clean wallpaper of dirt or fingerprints using plain old slices of bread? Neither did we, since we almost always finish any bread sitting around the house...and we don't happen to have wallpaper to worry about. But this tip caught out eye for the sheer comedy of imagining dabbing our walls with our favourite carbohydrate...

But the tip is one of the most amusing cleaning tips we've read from the list of Victorian era recommendations on

The bread still being employed in the art of wall paper cleaning here in 1839: The very best method is to sweep off lightly all the dust with clean cloths, bound over a long handled broom, then rub the paper with stale bread--cut the crust off very thick, and wipe straight down from the top, then begin at the top again, and so on. - The Good Housekeeper; 1839

We're suddenly hungry.

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