How do I easily remove wallpaper with baking soda? Our tips and advice

Is your wallpaper very outdated and would you like to replace it with a more modern pattern? Yes, this is a great idea, but you still need to remove the wall paneling to get a smooth wall.

Unless you are an expert, removing old wallpaper is not an easy task. However, you can successfully complete this tedious task if you follow this effective method. You’ll use a foolproof ingredient you have at home: baking soda.

What ingredients and tools are needed?

duct tape
Lukewarm water
Liquid dishwashing detergent
Wallpaper grater
Clean towels or rags
Step 1: Prepare the room
First soak the wallpaper surfaces well with warm water. Then scrape off the hardest areas vigorously with a wallpaper rasp.

We also recommend that you empty the room before starting the operation to avoid damage to all areas. Don’t forget to cover the floor and cover any switches or outlets with tape.

Step 2: Preparing the Cleaner
Once the walls are finished, prepare your cleaning product. To do this you will need hot water, dish soap and a tablespoon of baking soda.


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Put all the ingredients in a bucket and mix well until a homogeneous preparation is obtained. This solution is extremely effective in softening wallpaper glue and making it easier to remove.

However, if the glue is very strong, add white vinegar to your mixture. Calculate approximately 1/4 cup of vinegar per 1 liter of water. This will help you avoid purchasing an expensive stripper.

Step 3: Apply the product to the wallpaper
With your hands protected by the rubber gloves, take the sponge and dip it into the previously prepared solution. Then rub the wallpaper and let it take effect for a few minutes.

After this time the wallpaper will quickly become softer. At this point, you should immediately remove the wallpaper and wipe off the adhesive residue with a clean cloth.

Step 4: Scrape the wall
Once the wallpaper is removed, the work is not yet complete. In fact, you still need to sand the walls with a wallpaper squeegee. This scrapes the walls and removes wallpaper and glue residue at the same time. Then throw all the trash into the trash can.