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Chemical-Free Homemade Wallpaper Remover


Removing old wallpaper is messy and if it is an older home it is likely there are several layers of paper which need to be removed.  We once owned a 20 room home built in 1895 which seemed to require non-stop work in order to upgrade it to our 21st century requirements (starting with the installation of circuit breakers to replace the old fuse system).

Our current home was built in 1900 and has been expanded several times over the past 100 years and my wife decided it is time for a facelift as well, starting the removal of some wallpaper and decorative trim.  Here’s a pretty easy method to use.


⅓ cup of lemon juice

2 cups white vinegar

2 cups water


Spray bottle


putty knife

old debit card

plastic  tent stake


The Process

Before you begin anything, make sure your room is ready for its facelift. Remove all the furniture that you can, and either cover the flooring and furnishings that remain or be prepared for an extra step in your clean-up process.


There are different methods of wallpaper removal, but what works is to remove the top layer of paper first – it is thicker and comes off easily. What’s left is a thin, papery residue that is quite stuck to the walls, especially in the areas where glue was applied. It can be picked off by itself, but it takes ages.


When you are down to a thin, brown layer, spray a section with your solution. Start with a small patch or a partial wall to see how quickly you will be able to get the paper off. Let the wallpaper removal solution sit for 3-5 minutes. This is just enough time to let the solution penetrate the paper and begin to dissolve the glue, but not enough time for it to dry.


When your wallpaper is wet and kind of slimy, go ahead and begin peeling it off. Fingernails are perfect for starting it out, but I wouldn’t depend on your hands too much. This solution is acidic, so too much exposure will leave you feeling raw. It’s best to use a scraper for the majority of the work.


Get it Cheaper - A reader has created a website - that compares prices on eBay and Amazon. Although mostly useful for buyers it does give sellers an opportunity to compare prices and maybe even find the occasional arbitrage item to flip from one site to the other.

DIY Oxygen Cleaner

Do you like the name brand oxygen cleaner for your laundry, but dislike the price? Try making your own. Mix one cup hot water, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide.

Just soak the clothing in it for 20 minutes to overnight. Then wash as usual. I've found that this is easier on fabrics than bleach.


Knowing When and
How to Stockpile Groceries

So you are using coupons, learning how to price match, and focusing on needs versus wants. Yet you still feel like you could be saving more money. Another tool in the bargain-hunters toolbox is stockpiling. The idea is to stock up on items when they are on sale. Yet it is not quite as easy as it sounds. Here are some tips to streamline stockpiling.
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Stop Draining Dollars
Pour money down the drain. That's what many of us do every time we run the water. But you can stem the tide with a few simple steps that will lower your water and sewer bills and, sometimes, your electric bill as well. Even if you use well water, you will save on your electric bill and possibly pump repairs too.


More tips, tools and tutorials, simply click the links below...

How To Make Butter In A Jar With Kids

10 Tips - Eating Healthy For Less

101+ Dehydrating Recipes

Starting Seeds Indoors: What To Do When They Sprout

Food Storage Without Electricity - Top 10 Foods To Stockpile

13 Cheap & Easy DIY Greenhouses

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Yours in freedom,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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