Washing your walls is a wonderful deep cleaning household task that can be done year round but is most often associated with spring cleaning. These 5 easy steps with useful tips will help to make the process much easier.  

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How-To Wash WallsScotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Clothes in packaging


Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths.  – over the years I’ve used microfiber cloths and plain flannel rags but these scrubbing cloths are my favorite.  Even though the label says dishcloths I use them all over the house for cleaning.  The scrubbers really help to loosen dirt and make tasks easier.

*They’re also machine washable and dryable which is another reason I like them so much.  Use them, toss them in the washer, dry them and use them again – NO WASTE!

Two Buckets


Swiffer or a Microfiber Dry Mop – I haven’t used this one but I do have it on my wish list of household products and if you do use one like this, you won’t need to purchase the scrubbing cloths

Scotch-Brite Dish Cloth close up above stove

What Type of Walls Do You Have?

My walls are drywall with a washable paint and this worked great for my needs.  Before using these tips test the method on a small area that’s out of sight.  

I really liked using the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloths for this.  The cloths are non-scratch, have scrubbing power provided by the scrubbing dots with wiping and drying functions.  It’s everything you want in a cleaning cloth.  Graphic stating How-To Wash Walls in 5 Easy Steps with buckets, vinegar, and dry mop

Now, to the nitty gritty!

How to Wash Walls in 5 Easy Steps

First, remove artwork and other objects from your wall.  If possible, remove nails so you start with a smooth surface.

Dusting baseboards with cloth

Dust baseboards using the smooth side of the cloth or a microfiber rag.

High walls shown being dusted with swiffer type dry mop before washing walls

If you will be washing areas that you cannot easily reach, attach the cloth, smooth side out, to any sweeper floor mop.   Start at the top of the wall working your way from top to bottom.
Close up of dust on Scotch-Brite dish cloth after wiping down wallsYou will be surprised at how much dust there is on your cloth.

Once you have completely wiped the dust and dust bunnies from the wall, rinse out your cloth with fresh, clean water.
Vinegar and Water solution for washing walls - two-bucket methodMix your cleaning solution in a bucket: 1/4 cup white vinegar to one quart of warm water.  Always test your homemade cleaning solution on a small and inconspicuous area first before using. 

You’re going to want to use two buckets; one with the cleaning solution and another with clean water. Close up of hand wiping down walls with Scotch-Brite dish cloth

Place your cloth/rag into the solution, squeeze it out well and start washing.  Squeezing out the cloth well is an important step; while cleaning your walls you don’t want to make a mess with water dripping down walls and/or onto the floor.  

Start at the top of the wall and work your way down doing so in small sections.  Don’t get ahead of yourself.

Once you have thoroughly cleaned one section (top to bottom), using the cloth that is in the fresh clean water, squeeze water out from the cloth and go over the section of wall you just washed.

Finger pointing at scrubbing dots on a Scotch-Brite dish cloth

*Note, if you need a little extra scrubbing action switch from the smooth side of the dishcloth to the scrubbing dots side.

Wiping down dirty walls with clothNow, take a DRY Scotch-Brite dishcloth (I’m glad I bought two 2-packs) or any rag you’re using and dry the wall you just washed and rinsed then move on to another section of the wall replacing water as needed so you always have both clean solution and clean water for rinsing.

Once done, stand back and enjoy the clean walls!

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How-To Wash Walls in 5 Easy Steps