Traditionally, wallpaper is removed using harsh chemicals that are as toxic to your lungs as they are to the planet. Now, as more people are making the choice to use healthier products and materials, they want to know how to do home repairs and improvements – all without causing harm to the Earth.
The great thing about this method, is that you probably have all the materials you need to remove wallpaper in your cupboards already! You’ll need: a basic spray bottle, either white or apple cider vinegar, some water, and if you have it, and iron with the steam function.
First, you’ll want to make your removal solution. It’s so easy! Just combine 3 parts vinegar and one part water inside the spray bottle and give it a good shake! Complete. Then, you want to spray the section off wallpaper until it is soaked, letting it absorb for a few minutes until its good and saturated.
Now the fun part! You can start peeling the wallpaper from the top in a horizontal strips – working slowly so you don’t leave tears along the way. If the wallpaper is stubborn, you might need to repeat the spraying as you go along, targeting problem areas. For super resistant wallpaper – try holding the iron close to (but not touching!) the wallpaper and giving at a few shots of steam.
This method may take slightly longer, but you’ll have done the right, green thing, and your respiratory system will thank you!