Chemical-Free Easy Wallpaper Border Removal


I don’t know about you, but it seems that every house I’ve lived in has had wallpaper or wallpaper borders in nearly every room. I suppose in the 60’s and 70’s that was the thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, they look nice and add that little touch to the walls. However, I have had to remove more borders and wallpaper than I care to admit (besides just now).

I have tried all sorts of products to help with the removal process. The most common kind are the ones that have you score the paper first (with a specially provided tool), apply product, let sit and scrape till it’s gone. While I had marginal success with some of thoseĀ the cost for the tools and product is high, plus after you’re done you have left over product. I wanted a simple homemade option that required very little tools. After scouring the internet and watching countless videosĀ I have found it and boy did it work well!

Required Tools

  • Vinegar + Warm/Hot water.
  • Spray Bottle
  • Putty Knife
  • Towel


  1. remove top coat (if vinyl)
  2. spray wallpaper with mixture (don’t be afraid to over spray the wall, get it real wet even to the dripping point, just use the towel to stop it)
  3. wait until bubbling begins
  4. take putty knife and scrape a corner up and slowly pull back wallpaper.
  5. continue removing paper
  6. If there are remnants of paper/glue, re-spray with mixture
  7. scrape the rest off
If tough or really old wallpaper it will require another ingredient, elbow grease. While this mixture will make it easier to remove but may require a lot more scrapping.

Finishing Tips

  1. Dry with the towel
  2. Take a sanding block and lightly sand over the entire area you just removed, overlapping with where the border was not. This will remove any excess glue (even if you can’t see it). This will allow you to paint and have a nice smooth transition from where the wallpaper border was to where it wasn’t.
Good luck. If you’ve found something to work well to remove wallpaper, what is your solution/mixture and why do you use it?

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