How to Clean Pepper Spray Off Walls

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Cloth

  • Non-oil based soap

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

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. 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.

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.


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.


Heather Vecchioni

Heather Vecchioni is a freelance writer in Maryland. Her work has appeared in several animal-interest magazines, as well as Baltimore-area newspapers and publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years and has been writing and editing professionally for over five.