5 Simple & Effective Ways to Clean Your Walls
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We’re sharing the best ways to clean every inch of your walls without ruining them.
Ever wonder how to clean your walls? Yes, I said walls. It’s one area most of us tend to avoid or forget about altogether when cleaning our homes!
Forget no more because I’m sharing the best, easiest, & most effective ways to clean your walls – no matter whether they’re tiled, painted, or wallpapered!
Helpful wall cleaning tips before getting started:
- Before using any of our wall cleaning tips, test your favorite technique in a small area first to ensure it will not damage your wall or finish.
- Keep in mind that using any liquid on flat paint is not ideal and will likely leave streaks.
1. Aunt Fannie’s All-Purpose cleaner will clean any wall surface & it’s extremely clean itself.
After seeing a video on Instagram about this cleaner taking off a wall scuff, I was already totally sold! Plus, it’s even awarded the highest health & safety rating for cleaning products by the EWG so, in my opinion, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Not only is it ideal for cleaning your painted walls, but it’s also wonderful for your removable wallpaper, sinks, tile, stone, and everything in between! Aunt Fannie’s All-Purpose Cleaner comes in 4 essential oil scents and is the perfect wellness-inspired cleaning product for your walls.
Hip Tip: Have harder to clean marks or scuffs on your wallpaper? Many people swear by using an Artist Gum Eraser to easily get rid of scuffs on wallpaper. Plus, they don’t crumble like magic erasers tend to do.
2. Make your own earth-friendly & frugal all-purpose cleaner with vinegar & water for basic spot cleaning.
You will need:
Vinegar is super inexpensive and has many benefits when it comes to cleaning which makes it a great way to clean your walls! If you’re also looking to clean your walls in the most natural way possible, vinegar mixed with water is an easy & effective DIY wall cleaning idea so grab a microfiber cloth and read how to make it in your home!
In an empty spray bottle, simply mix equal parts distilled white vinegar and water, and add essential oils if desired. Essential oils are a great way to disinfect naturally and they smell amazing! Our DIY blogger, Lina’s, favorite refreshing scent combination is Tea Tree Oil & Lemongrass Oil! Or you can add in your favorite citrus and herbs, such as lemon and rosemary.
Here are 9 other ways you can use vinegar in your home.
3. Use a reusable Turbo Mop to get rid of cobwebs, dust, & fingerprints from the kids.
You will need:
- Turbo Mop System (reusable pads included)
You may not have ever thought about using an actual mop to clean your walls, but the Turbo Mop couldn’t be the more perfect solution! Similar to a Swiffer, these microfiber mops are even better since they’re reusable. They’re also perfect for walls of any finish or texture since they use a gentle, non-abrasive microfiber pad.
Even better, they can also be wet or dry so whether you’re just getting rid of some hard-to-reach cobwebs or you’re battling little dirty fingerprints, it’s sure to get the job done quickly and easily. Best of all, when you’re done, you just throw the microfiber mop head in the wash when done and use it for next time!
Read more about why I love my Turbo Mop!
4. Use some of your laundry detergent & water to do a deep cleaning of your walls.
You will need:
If your walls are in need of a seriously deep clean, laundry detergent is an easy way to scrub down all your walls from head to toe. Just keep in mind this effective way on how to clean walls is the most time-consuming. However, it can also be the most rewarding too!
Simply fill one of your large buckets with about 1/4 of laundry detergent and 1 gallon of warm water. Then fill your other bucket with plain, warm water (this will be used for rinsing).
Grab your stepstool (if needed for harder-to-reach areas of your wall) and place your dropcloth or towel in the area you’ll be cleaning first to avoid any drips on your floor.
Dip one of your microfiber cloths into the soapy water and begin to wipe your wall clean with the damp cloth. (White is preferred to eliminate the possibility of color transfer to your walls.) Use your other dry microfiber cloth for wiping any remaining drips or streaks off your wall. Repeat until your entire wall is complete!
5. A cloth, hot water, & Pine-Sol is a traditional way for how to clean your walls & cut through grime.
Some of my Hip sidekicks learned the best way on how to clean your walls is simply to stick with tradition. If you already have some PineSol laying around, it’s definitely a simple tried & true way to scrub down those walls since it’s popular for being able to cut through grease and grime – perfect for those kitchen tile walls! However, with some hot water, it’s also great to simply clean walls of all kinds.
Plus, if you love the fresh, pine smell, it’ll freshen your home for days with its deodorizing abilities.
“I’m a bit old-school and I just use Pine-Sol and hot water on a microfiber cloth or sponge.” – Jessica, Hip2Save sidekick
“I use a little bit of Dawn on a sponge then follow up with hot water and Pine-Sol. Just don’t do this on flat paint as it will ruin the sheen – speaking from a friend’s experience!” – Angela, Hip2Save sidekick