Walls need to be cleaned at least once a year to get off grime, dirt, and those pesky cobwebs.

Spring cleaning your walls is a big job that takes a ladder, many rags, and a homemade solution that will take any type of crud off the walls. It also may entail moving furniture out from the walls. If you are ready to give washing walls a try, enlist the help of the entire family. These solutions will not harm anyone with respiratory problems or allergies because they are green.


In a wide mouth canning jar combine the following:

1 cup ammonia

½ cup of white vinegar

½ cup baking soda

Mix the solution up and combine ½ cup of this solution with a quart of warm water in a bucket. Cap the canning jar and put it in a safe, dark area to be used next time you want to clean the walls. This solution is also great for vinyl or no-wax floors.


There is a method of washing walls. It is important to start washing up near the ceiling line. Dip the cloth or sponge into the solution and wring out so that the sponge or cloth is damp and not dripping. Wipe side to side in a section of the wall and continue down the wall to the base board. You can wipe in sections but always start at the top and work your way down. This way, any liquid that drips down is wiped up as you proceed downward. No streaks will appear on the walls. Once the sponge or cloth beings to get dirty or dries out, dip it again and start wiping.


Once you moved the sofa away from the wall, you noticed that little Johnny stuck stickers on the wall and they’ve been there awhile. Do not despair because there is a way of getting them off without removing the paint. Soak a sponge with white vinegar and dab generous amounts on the sticker rubbing it gently. Pretty soon the edges will start to stick up, but do not be tempted to pull just yet or the paint may come with it. Continue to dab under where the edges are curling and gradually and carefully pull the sticker up bit by bit.

Johnny may also have decided to enhance your walls with some artwork that has been hiding behind the bookshelf. He drew pictures of the entire family with crayon. He also used some chocolate pudding to color in Fido’s coat in the drawing of the dog. This will take a little elbow grease. Pour some baking soda on the surface of a damp sponge. Baking soda is abrasive. Just rub the marks on the wall with the baking soda until they come off. Be very careful you do not scratch the wall however. Another way to get crayon off is to set an iron on hot. Have a family member hold a piece of baking parchment paper against the crayon and iron the wall. The crayon should transfer to the paper, but you have to keep moving the parchment paper to a clean spot all the time.


Spring cleaning your walls with homemade cleaning solutions is a more effective way of getting everything bright and shiny for the summer to come. You know exactly what is in the solutions and nothing can do harm to the walls or to the people that live in the house.