Vinegar for Wallpaper Removal

I decided to finally re-do the kid's bathroom after finding a great bargain at a yard sale for a bathroom set. The bathroom had really ugly wallpaper and border on the wall. It was stuck on there good and tight - 2 layers in fact!


I filled a spray bottle (new one from Dollar Tree) with an equal mix of water and white vinegar. I sprayed the wall paper and used a pan scraper and started peeling. It took the paper off quickly and without much work. I thought I would share this as a safe, environmentally friendly and, best of all, super cheap - less then $1 for a large bottle of vinegar. I was able to do the entire bathroom for less then $1!

By Betsy from Hernando, MS

June 10, 20080 found this helpful

I wanted to remove wallpaper in one of my bathrooms but was told by several that it would practically be impossible since the wallpaper had been painted over. I'd like to hear from those of you who had good luck removing wallpaper that had been painted.

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June 11, 20080 found this helpful

For years, we always used water mixed with dishwashing liquid, works like a charm.

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

Fabric Softener also works well.

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June 14, 20080 found this helpful

Great idea -- I've spent a few too many dollars on the wallpaper removal sprays. Will try this next time. Here's an article about using water and rollers. Could do the trick as well.

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January 21, 20140 found this helpful

I once removed in a stairwell and through a hall 2 layers of paper, next a coat of oil based paint and then 3 more layers of paper. It was not easy and I would not recommend it. Most of the time removing wall paper is difficult because the wall was not properly prepared but once in awhile you can have some stubborn stuff.

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