How to clean walls:

Has anyone ever taught you how to clean walls? Me neither; I had to figure it out on my own. Whether you're doing spring cleaning, or getting ready to paint, it's a dreaded chore that most people ignore. But not you! And the good news is that once you know how to clean walls, it's actually not that hard or time consuming.

The first time I cleaned the walls I was shocked (shocked!) at the difference it made and at the amount of grime and dirt that I had simply grown accustomed to. The bathroom wall collects the most grossitude, so start there. Then once you realize it's not that hard, move on to other rooms like the kitchen, hallways, and the bedrooms. I do want to emphasize that, unlike other green, non-toxic cleaning products that kids can use safely, the product I use for this job is too harsh for small hands, so best to do it yourself.

Okay, so let's get started.

What supplies do you need to clean the walls?

  • Two plastic dish tubs

  • One will contain the cleaning solution and one will have just water for rinsing. I like to have two cleaning tubs for this (and other cleaning) purposes that I keep under the sink.


  • TSP

  • Tri-sodium phosphate is a powder cleanser that you can find in your local hardware store. I use gloves when I use this cleanser because it's a little harsh. It's a stain remover and degreaser. It dissolves in warm water and then you can clean with it. It works better than anything else I've tried for grimy, handprinty walls. Remember to keep this product out of reach of your kids!

  • Two large rags

  • Use one for cleaning and one for rinsing. I like the Clean Team basic white rags because they're durable for scrubbing, but any rag will do. You could also cut up a towel for this purpose.

  • Towel

  • This is for drying the wall after they've been scrubbed and rinsed. I have certain towels for cleaning that are not used for personal use, so that's what I recommend. Keep them with your cleaning supplies.

  • Scrub brush

  • Keep a plastic scrub brush for cleaning with your cleaning supplies for tough jobs like this—it's priceless.

    That's it! So here's what you do:

    How to clean walls:

    1. Follow the directions on the TSP container and pour the amount you want (heavy cleaning will require more powder) into one of your plastic tubs. Fill to the appropriate level with warm water.

    2. Fill the second plastic tub with warm water for rinsing.

    3. Bring the two tubs into your work area and toss one rag into each tub and the scrub brush into the cleansing solution.

    4. Wring out the cleaning rag and start at the bottom of the wall to prevent streaking from drips. Scrub the wall to remove grime and spots as best you can. If you come across a stubborn stain, try rubbing in different directions, like a snowflake (up/down, side-to-side, diagonal) until it hopefully comes off. If the wall is exceptionally dirty, you might ditch the rag and try the scrub brush. If it's an actual stuck-on something, you might have better luck flipping the scrub brush over and scraping at it.

    5. Wring out the rinse rag and wipe off the area you just cleaned. I wash and then rinse after every 10 square feet or so.

    6. Continue back and forth in this way until you're all done!

    Now you know how to clean walls in your house! It's not that hard or time consuming and it makes a huge difference! Good luck!

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