Non-Toxic Wallpaper Remover: Dishsoap

Non-Toxic Wallpaper Remover: Dishsoap

Tiffany Finley
Mar 8, 2011

Ugly wallpaper. At least it's removable... well, almost. I can remember scraping wallpaper off with my fingernails when I was little. We moved into our new house and it was covered in wallpaper. Glued right onto the drywall in some parts of the home, it took a few days for my family to take it all down. Instead of digging out my little scrapper again I found this great tip to peel it right off!

Dishsoap! Just add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with warm-hot water and shake. Then spray it on the wall and let it sink in for a few minutes. Alternately, you can sponge it on as well to make sure that it really soaks in. Test to see if the wallpaper will start to peel away, if not let it 'set' longer. This is a quick, easy, and non-toxic way to quickly remove wallpaper.

Commercial cleaners often have warning labels hinting at their toxicity. Some even have that inviting tip that the State of California believes the product to contain substances known to cause cancer and birth defects. Not exactly what you want to read when envisioning a clean new room!

We like these non-toxic solutions that can also keep you from gouging your wall with a scraper, trust me I know. After my little scrapper was done with the work, let's just say the little putty knife came out to patch things up. Vinegar, water, and a scoring tool have also been a potent and non-toxic solution to remove wallpaper.

Any other tips out there?

(Image: Elite Painting)

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