Enchanted Mommy

The Best Way to Clean Walls!

So I have to consider myself an expert in wall cleaning… mostly because I have 3 crazy boys and babysit 2 more boys full time (this equals a lot of fingerprints!!!!), but also because I have moved A LOT.

We are just getting ready to move again this week (to Florida this time Yahooo!) and this will be our 11th move in the almost ten years we have been married.  Crazy right!  I should tell you that the first 6 moves happened before we had kids .

Anyway, I have gotten pretty good at doing my move out check list and have discovered the best overall way to clean walls.  It will keep even your white walls looking perfect (even when you have 5 crazy boys running around your house like I do!).

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1.  So the first step to cleaning your walls is to dust them.  Sounds silly I know, but if you start cleaning your walls when there is dust on them already you end up smearing the dust across the wall and giving yourself a bigger mess to clean.

2.  After you dust, go over all the spots that stand out with a magic eraser.  Those things are golden!  I practically buy target out of the generic version every time I move. Ha!  They clean pretty much anything (crayon, marker, scuffs, you name it).  Soak your magic eraser in water, squeeze it out, and just start scrubbing.  The magic eraser can often leave a water dripping marks down the wall, but don’t worry about this just yet.

3.  Now  get a box of wet Swiffer’s Sweepers and wipe down the whole wall.  The Swiffers really work awesome and make your walls smell nice and fresh!  You can always just fill up a bucket with a multipurpose cleaner and use a wash rag to wipe down the wall too.  I use the Swiffers because it is so fast and easy… makes an obnoxious job up a cinch!  This will clean up any water marks left from the magic erasers.

4.  Last step is to use some bounce dryer sheets to dust the base boards.  I just started using the dryer sheets and I can tell you it makes all the difference!  The dryer sheets don’t just clean your baseboards, but they prevent dust and hair from getting stuck to them in the future.  Win!  Then you rarely even have to clean your baseboards.  (The dryer sheets also work great on the bottom of your stair railings and prevent build up there as well).

There you go… some moving advice from a moving professional!  Ha!


  1. Mara Stratton

    Aug 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I have heard about the bounce sheets for base boards, but I thought they said “used” dry sheets. Used or unused do you recommend?


    • Jamie Hinckley

      Aug 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      I use the dryer sheets straight from the box. They almost have a little bit of a waxy feel to them that your rub off onto the base boards.


  2. dustin

    Mar 05, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Im gonna give this a try today since I have new furniture comine at noon and need clean walls while the room is empty


  3. Sandra

    May 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for the awesome tips. I am moving and this was a job I was dreading. We bought everything you mentioned and did it all in a day…after looking at so many ways to wash walls online…this was the easiest/fastest.


  4. Rhonda

    Jun 05, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    i dont have washable paint…what do you recommend? just repainting. The paint is not white and i dont want to wash off the paint.


    • Jamie Hinckley

      Jun 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      So you have the eggshell finish rather than a satin finish? You can still use this method, just do not scrub too hard with the magic erasers. Do it very lightly and you should be fine. If you do decide to repaint, make sure you use a satin finish paint. This wont look glossy on your walls, but wipes clean easily. Good luck.


  5. Sara

    Jul 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    This post saved my entire security deposit this week. I was moving apartments, and my wall was COVERED in duct tape marks from hanging posters there over the last ten years. We sprayed down swiffer pads with WD-40 to strip off the rest of the adhesive and then used magic erasers and more swiffer pads to wipe everything down. The marks didn’t come off the whole way, but we got them flat to the paint and they were much faded. The apartment people said they wouldn’t charge me a thing. Thank you so much!

    Also, my mother had spent awhile the night before cleaning the fridge, but when I took the magic eraser down the front of it, there was an obvious cleaner streak. She was so mad at me for not buying them before! Haha, it was priceless.


    • Jamie Hinckley

      Sep 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Ha! Thanks for sharing! Glad it worked out for you!


  6. Lisa Petersen

    Aug 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the tip when I saw what you said about cleaning and dusting your wall it does make it look better tomorrow I will start on my bedroom this afternoon I finally got done with my living room walls


  7. Dawn

    Dec 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Thank you for the tips, I can’t wait to try them!


  8. Anne

    Feb 20, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Jamie……I am a 70 year old lady, who just couldn’t stand my nasty walls anymore. So I did what I do when I am looking for how to do stuff, go on the internet. You are a lifesaver. I am doing the bathroom at the moment and will move on to the rest of the house. But, I had never thought of using any of these items as you suggested. Thank you…. Even us old girls can learn a new trick or two.


  9. Kim

    Mar 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    My walls are pretty bad, driving me nuts looking at them, I did a bit with the magic eraser, did not like the swiffer results tho. I usually use a wash cloth and soapy hot water with a touch of bleach (we got smokers).
    I put 2 & 2 together, take my washcloth, wring it out and it DOES stay wrapped around the swiffer head!!, so now I get more of the rough er scrubbing action that I get from the terry cloth, a bit more time consuming but still way easier.


  10. Raxhelle

    Mar 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    What do you dust with before cleaning the walls?


    • Jamie Hinckley

      Apr 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I just use a dry wash rag.


  11. Shelly K Turner

    Apr 22, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I love the magic erasers but hate the streaks they leave. What is the best solution for that?


  12. Tiffany McWhorter

    Apr 26, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Do you think the Swiffer wet pads, even a febreeze scented one, would be safe for color painted walls? We have satin paint.


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  14. Margie

    Jul 06, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    I just did my walls (hall and living room)… easy peasy… OMG no step ladder, no wringing out wash cloths… How very simple…. LOVE IT may actually do it twice a year rather than every 4 or 5 years… WOW


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