How to Get Dried Milk Off of Walls

Milk splashes may go unnoticed for a long time, particularly on white walls. Once the milk dries, it leaves a tough, sour-smelling stain that can't be removed with a simple wiping. You can soften and pick up dried milk with a bit of persistence and normal household cleaning products.

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Remove dried milk with soap and water.

Step 1

Gently scrape off as much as the stain as possible, using a butter or putty knife.

Step 2

Mix 1 quart cold water and 1/4 teaspoon liquid dish soap in a bucket or large bowl to make a sudsy solution. Do not use warm or hot water, as this will cook the proteins in the milk, causing it to coagulate.

Step 3

Dampen a washcloth with the solution and blot it onto the stain.

Step 4

Spray warm water on the stained area and blot dry with a clean washcloth.

Step 5

Continue washing, rinsing and drying the area until the milk stain disappears. If the stain won't budge, switch to an ammonia solution.

Step 6

Dilute 1 part ammonia with 10 parts water in a bucket. Blot the stain with the ammonia solution using a washcloth.

Step 7

Spray warm water on the stained area and blot it dry with a clean washcloth. Continue washing, rinsing and drying the area until the milk stain disappears. If the stain won't budge, replace the ammonia solution with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution or 1 part chlorine bleach diluted with 10 parts water and continue the cleaning, rinsing and drying process.


Christina Sloane

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.