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Tips to Make Effective Wall Cleaning Solutions

Payal Kanjwani
Looking for homemade solutions to effectively clean your walls? Here are a few easy wall cleaning tips that you might find helpful.

Some Important Tips

✦ Always start with dusting walls, removing spiderwebs and other build up.
✦ Always test the solution prepared on a small patch of the corner that isn't in limelight.
✦ Begin the cleaning procedure from bottom of the wall, and rub it in one direction. (Do wear hand gloves.)
Oil splashes, smoke from oil, dirty hand prints, pencil and crayon work by your toddler, no matter how efficient you are at housekeeping, you ought to get these stains on your walls. Cleaning with soap solution and water may help in removing mild stains, but not the stubborn marks! And also there are those greasy kitchen walls?
You need not wander in aisles of supermarkets for fetching those expensive, stain-free promising solutions. We promise a solution wherein you'll get all the ingredients at your home to make recipes for cleaning your walls.

Effective Wall Cleaning Solutions

Baking Soda

Baking soda falls under the category of one of the most effective wall cleaners.
✦ Make a thick paste by mixing equal amounts of baking soda and water.
✦ Grab a cleaning cloth.
✦ Soak this cloth in the paste formed and lightly scrub it over the stains.
✦ It's effective in removing crayons, ink, pencil scribbles, etc.

White Vinegar

An all-natural cleanser - vinegar removes stains from carpets and windows to kitchen and bathroom walls.
✦ Take one cup of distilled white vinegar.
✦ Prepare a solution by pouring this vinegar in equal amounts of warm water.
✦ Fetch an old, but clean toothbrush (which is not in use), or a sponge, soak it in this solution and rub on the stains.
✦ Wash off after an hour or so. If the marks are still visible, you could have a rewash with undiluted vinegar.
✦ Ventilate your room by opening the windows or by using a fan, to get rid of the pungent odor of vinegar.


Borax is an eco-friendly solution to keep your home squeaky clean!
✦ Make a thick paste using powdered borax (1 tbsp.) and warm water.

✦ Lightly apply it over the stains. Don't scrub it. Let it stay for half an hour.
✦ Since the paste is powerful and thick, you may require to rinse off with soap solution first, and eventually with water.
✦ For cleaning toilet walls, you could make a solution of borax (1 cup) and water (1 gallon). Keep it overnight. Clean your toilet in morning with this solution using a brush. It loosens all the dirt buildup.


Toothpaste has some amazing uses other than whitening teeth. The abrasion in toothpaste compels the stains to run off.
✦ Grab a tube of a non-gel toothpaste.
✦ Spurt out toothpaste in a ceramic container. You can add a drop or two of water to thin the paste.
✦ With a scrub brush, rub this paste on the marks of wall.
✦ Wash off the surface of wall with water.
✦ Effective in removing crayon from walls.

Washing Soda

This can be called a stronger version of baking soda. People have been using it to clean their homes since time immemorial. Do wear gloves before employing this method.
✦ Make a solution of washing soda and water.
✦ Take 3.5 oz of soda and 1 gallon of water. Mix well.
✦ With a clean cloth, wipe the area that is badly stained, rusted, with this solution.
✦ Rinse off with water immediately.
✦ If kept for long, it would remove paint from wall.

All Purpose Cleanser

✦ Fetch a bottle. Add warm water (2 cups), borax (2 tbsp.), and grapefruit oil (4-6 drops). You could use a funnel for this purpose.
✦ Shake the bottle well.
✦ Add 1 tsp. of liquid castile soap and shake again.
✦ With a sponge, scrub the walls using this solution.
✦ Wipe with a damp cloth.


Bread can work as an efficient cleanser. It best works on wallpapers that get spoiled with grimes and grunges.
✦ Using a vacuum brush, dust off the walls.
✦ On the blotched area, rub back and forth with bread. Be careful for it will shed crumbs.
✦ Now brush one more time to gather bread crumbs.
✦ If required, use a dampened cloth to clean the surface.