So we are going to be moving in April; and with that comes all the packing, cleaning and patching. I figured I could get a head start and start packing the things we don’t really need in day to day life. So, as very clever me went to remove the bajillion pictures and wall hanging items we have I had a mini heart attack as I saw black smudges that stained the once white wall.
I tried scrubbing them off, I tried some soap, I tried our little dish eraser type thing. NOTHING! So I googled, my answer was-ammonia. No thanks, no way, not in my home. I figured there had to be a way, there just had to be. Then I remember that I had made all my homemade cleaners one time, and we still had a degreaser. The degreaser is essential baking soda and dish soap. Which offered the clean as well as the abrasive scrub.
So I gently covered the smudges with the paste, as extra measure I let it sit then sprayed some vinegar over it making it react with the baking soda. Then I scrubbed, and while it was not perfectly pristine white on the first try the spots are definitely gone and black smudges no longer plague my wall. So here is how you can erase those pesky stains from your walls as well, with no harmful ingredients as well as being zero waste as well.
Baking soda scrub:
Half and half baking soda/dish soap – mix well
spread the mix on the wall, let sit for a few minutes. Optional to add vinegar to ensure extra stain removal, and then scrub away. Make sure to test this before use so you don’t damage paint, but this did fine with my walls and I rent an apartment. A rough sided sponge works best for this as well.
Make sure to go back over and wash all the residue off the walls with soapy water as well. And WALLAH your walls are cleaner and less spotty. This might take a few scrubs but for me this beats having to buy and use ammonia. You can still see that I have some residue left, but this worked wonders for me and did so much more than I thought. Huge improvement from the dark picture fram shaped stains for sure. Going over it again will definitely help I think, and I love that I found a non-toxic way to deal with tough stains.