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How to Clean Pepper Spray Off Walls

Heather Vecchioni

If you’ve been sprayed with or have inhaled pepper spray, you likely know just how strong and menacing it is. Causing eye tearing, trouble breathing and a host of other issues, pepper spray is often used for self-defense.

Remove pepper spray from your wall using non-oil based soap.

When sprayed, it can reach other surfaces, such as walls, where it can linger and affect those who may breathe it. Clean off pepper spray from walls and other surfaces as soon as possible.

  1. Pour cold water into a large bucket. Wipe the affected area with a water-soaked cloth.

  2. Apply a non-oil based soap to the wall, such as dish detergent. Scrub the detergent into the wall with the cloth. As pepper spray is oil-based, using a product that contains oil will merely trap the oil into the wall, instead of removing it.

  3. Dip the cloth into the water and wipe off the soap from the wall, after you have let it soak for 10 to 15 seconds. You may have to wash and rinse the affected spot several times, depending on how much spray was used and how deeply it penetrated into your wall.

  4. Tip

    Take care not to breathe in the spray or to make contact with the spray when removing the liquid from the wall. If you experience burning because of the spray, wash yourself with cold water and non-oil soap. Let the mixture sit for 10 to 15 seconds before rinsing it away and repeat as necessary.