How to Remove Wallpaper Easily

Make Your Own Effective Wallpaper Remover

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Removing wallpaper – it'll never be a fun job, but at least it doesn't have to be an expensive or chemical-laden job. Here's how to make your own effective wallpaper remover for next to nothing:

What You Need:

  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • A spray bottle or sponge
  • A wallpaper scoring tool

What You Do:

Run a wallpaper scoring tool over the wallpaper that you wish to remove. It'll make little perforations in the wallpaper, that'll make it easier for your homemade wallpaper remover to penetrate the wallpaper paste.

Then, mix equal parts vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle or bucket, and apply the mixture to the wallpaper liberally. Allow it to soak in for fifteen minutes. Then, use a scraper to remove the wallpaper. It should come up easily, if you've used enough of your remover.

Why This Works:

The acetic acid in the vinegar acts as a solvent, and dissolves the wallpaper paste.

Benefits of Removing Wallpaper with Vinegar:

  • inexpensive
  • no harsh chemicals
  • no harsh smells
  • non-toxic


1) If the wallpaper still doesn't come off easily, score the paper again, and apply another coat of remover.

2) Focus on a small area at a time. This will ensure that you have time to get the paper off the wall before the wallpaper remover dries.

Another Chemical-Free Way to Remove Wallpaper

If you have a lot of wallpaper to remove, are trying to remove multiple layers of wallpaper or are just having an especially hard time removing your wallpaper, consider investing in a wallpaper steamer.

It uses heat and water to steam the wallpaper off the wall. You just hold the steam plate up to the wall for 10 seconds or so, and it loosens the wallpaper enough that it just peels right off the wall. It's a fairly inexpensive device, and well worth the cost given all the time and frustrations it saves.

If you're dealing with painted wallpaper, vinyl wallpaper or lots of wallpaper paste, it's a real game changer. The vinegar trick is great, and when it works it works really well, but some you just need something more to get the job done.

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More Removers You Can Make

Whether you're trying to spruce up your home or just keep it maintained, these other homemade removers are sure to come in handy:

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