How to Clean Your Walls and Remove Stubborn Stains

Struggling to remove those tough stains? Here are 6 tips to clean your walls with DIY cleaners using club soda, vinegar, and other household items.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
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How to Clean Your Walls and Remove Stubborn Stains

Quickest Way to Clean a Wall

Whether your walls are the victim of dirt and grim or your little Pablo Picasso has created a beautiful work of art all over your living room wall, the easiest way to get them clean again is with a baby wipe. Rub in a circular motion until the crayon is gone. (Test first on an inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t harm your paint job.)

DIY Magic Eraser

What’s the easiest way to remove crayon, pencil, ink, or even furniture scuffs from painted surfaces? Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, rub clean, and rinse.

DIY Wall Cleaner

Do your painted walls need a cleaning? Try a solution made of one cup of white vinegar, a quarter cup of club soda, and one quart of warm water. Simply dip a rag or sponge into the solution and use to wipe down walls.

Get Rid of Scorch Marks

If your beautiful candle is staining your walls with black soot marks, don’t try to simply scrub them away—that will only make more of a mess. Instead, remove those unsightly spots by sponging them with rubbing alcohol. Also works for removing marker stains.

How to Get Rid of Greasy Finger Marks

A great way to clean walls covered in greasy fingerprints is with white bread. You can eliminate fingerprints, light stains, and even ball-point ink by simply rubbing a piece of white bread vigorously over the spot.

Hard-to-Remove Wall Stains

If you have an especially though stain on your wall, try this trick. Cover the area with a brown paper bag or kraft paper, then apply a warm iron. The paper will absorb the grease.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.