DIY all things cleaning the Walls in your home.
Are you ready for post 11 in my blog series on cleaning room by room? And if you have been following the series you already have everything you need, since I basically use the same natural items Ito clean everywhere in my home. Using the same items like Vinegar for cleaning the whole house saves everyone time, money & health plus the added peace of mind knowing that using these products in your home is safe for you, your family & the environment. This article is for cleaning your walls fast, easy & effectively using DIY safe natural cleaning products. A blog post on DIY cleaning ceilings will be in the subject of the next blog post in this series, so stay tuned for that.
You can go to any of the other 10 post in this series of articles & safely use the recipes found in them to clean almost everything in your home, cars etc so I highly recommend you check them out for more cleaning ideas.
Some of the things you need for DIY Wall cleaning:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Olive oil or Coconut oil
- Lemon Juice (or Lime)
- Essential oils (A new source for buying quality essential oils for health, beauty and DIY cleaning)
Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.
All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.
DIY clean Walls: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs & bacteria like commercial cleaning products do?
My answer again is: YES you bet they are! but I am guessing if you are still reading this series you agree & have looked up all the info provided in blog posts 1 -8, as I always say, research, research, research! If you ask me I will very fast tell you DIY green cleaning is down right amazing, then add to that we get sick so very rarely so that’s a big clue to them no compromising our immune system & them working. I also have known many friends who while switching to DIY natural cleaners saw their health improve greatly.
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Now onto how to make all things: DIY Cleaning your Walls.
On walls I always suggest spot checking first, cheap paints & flat paint can easily be ruined, so it is best to only clean painted walls that are semi gloss, high gloss & quality paints, as to wood, wallpaper or tile walls mostly refer to the info on the type & any sealer or shine it may have added.
These 2 recipes are rom Post #4 Livingroom & can be used to dust, clean any wood surface including wood walls, molding, trim etc
Dusting spray for wood (shine): 1 Spray bottle 1/2 of spay bottle with vinegar (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood) 3 tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp of olive oil is small spray bottle, 4 tsp if large spray bottle (option: use vegetable oil instead) 5 drops lemon essential oil Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water Combine mix spray & wipe.
Wood cleaner Vinegar & Olive oil equal amounts, use a wash cloth & buff wood (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood)
Ink on walls: Spray with straight rubbing alcohol or make a rubbing alcohol & baking soda paste or a rubbing alcohol, baking soda & salt paste, gently rub on with dry wash cloth or toothbrush, after the stain is gone wipe off with clean damp wash cloth. Options to add: Eucalyptus essential oil.
Crayon or pencil marks on walls: make a paste of baking soda & water & gently rub on with dry wash cloth or toothbrush, after the stain is gone wipe off with clean damp wash cloth. Options to add Eucalyptus or Lemon essential oil
Fingerprints: Simply mix 3 tbsp of Borax & 2 TBS of baking soda in 1 large spray bottle with warm water, shake & use, for really tough jobs use one of the baking soda paste above first before the spray. Options to add to spray bottle: Dish Liquid, Essential oils
Food on walls: 1 part vinegar, 1 part lemon juice to 4 parts water added to large spray bottle spray & clean… Or 1 part peroxide & 1 part lemon juice to 4 parts water added to a large spray bottle (store in dark place when not in use) Options to add to sprays: Orange essential oil, Lemon essential oil.
Nail holes: small holes in walls, make a thick paste of baking soda & water simply fill hole then paint spot with q tip once dry or some prefer to mix the paint into the baking soda paste instead of water.
Mold on walls: This can be used in a spray bottle or in a bucket, mix 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Tea tree oil for every 1/2 gallon of warm water, options to add: 2 tablespoons Natural liquid soap, 1 tablespoon of Eucalyptus essential oil ,3 tablespoons of grapefruit seed extract per 1/2 gallon of water. Also great is one spray bottle of straight vinegar & one spray bottle of straight peroxide spray the vinegar & wipe then spray the peroxide & wipe (do not mix in the same bottle) because mold can be very dangerous wear a mask & ventilate area, & try to not get mold into the air.
Scuffs on baseboard: Again a baking soda water paste, or baking soda mixed with any oil, use wash cloth to clean
Tile or granite wall cleaner: I have researched & all info states peroxide is safe on Granite, vinegar is not, so use a spray bottle with straight peroxide to clean granite & to clean & shine tile, peroxide is a great disinfectant also.
Musty, moldy, or pet smell on walls: 10 drops eucalyptus & 10 drops tea tree essential oils add to large spray bottle with water, mist walls & wipe dry, being very careful not to get them to wet or to leave on to long. Options to add: Lemon essential oil.
Spiders, Roaches & pests on walls or anywhere (repel): 20 drops peppermint essential oil in large spray bottle filled with water or added to one of your DIY spray cleaners. spray spiders directly then just wipe to remove any excess wetness after using a broom to remove spider (spider will probably still be alive) after removing all spiders spray areas they tend to live with your mixture, wipe off excess water, this might need to be repeated daily(also repels some other bugs & repels mice). You can also make a food grade diatomaceous earth & water mixture to spray, just do not add to much DE since it will clog the sprayer (Great for most pest in home & garden). To kill roaches add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of colloidal silver to a large spray bottle with water, or add 1/8th cup to your DIY spray cleaners, simply just use everywhere you have seen roaches & it repels them & you will start finding dead roaches.
I hope you are enjoying my blog series on cleaning with DIY products,
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