Homemade Ideas for Cleaning Bug Residue Off Walls

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Bug splats on walls leave a bug residue that can attract dirt.
Bug splats on walls leave a bug residue that can attract dirt. (Image: Bugs image by Viktor Alevetdinov from Fotolia.com)

Bug residue on your walls, whether inside the house or on the walls of your outdoor living areas, is unsightly and acts as a dirt magnet. While commercial products are available to remove bug residue and many other stains from walls, homemade remedies are effective, less expensive and spare your family and the environment the chemical exposure. Simple ingredients found in most homes are all that's needed to make an effective cleanser for removing bug residue from walls.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • 1 cup ammonia
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 white vinegar
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Scrub brush
  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Towels

Combine 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup white vinegar in a bucket full of warm water. Stir the mixture well to dissolve the baking soda. These all-natural ingredients create an all-purpose cleanser with a mild abrasive effect to help remove bug residue and accompanying stains.

Soak a clean cloth in the cleaning solution and wring out the excess liquid. Scrub the site of the bug residue on the wall. Use a scrub brush for especially porous walls, such as brick or natural stone walls.

A scrub brush cleans into the pores of the wall's surface.
A scrub brush cleans into the pores of the wall's surface. (Image: scrubbing the blues image by emmepi from Fotolia.com)

Tackle stains left by bug residue by sprinkling baking soda onto a dampened sponge. Scrub the natural, mild abrasive into the bug residue stain until fully removed.

Rinse the baking soda solution from the wall with a clean cloth, dampened with plain water. Dry with a towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a spray bottle of straight white vinegar handy in outdoor living areas. Use the vinegar to immediately clean bug residue on surfaces as well as repel bugs from your eating or sitting area.

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