Eco-Friendly Paint Stripping Chemical Options

Most paint stripping chemical concoctions that you find on the shelf at your local store are very caustic and dangerous. A paint stripping chemical is designed to break down the bond of the paint to the surface. This action creates heat which can lead to fire, can also cause blindness and lung damage as well as burn skin. The information below will share with you paint stripping chemical alternatives that are natural and Eco-friendly.

Mineral Washing Soda

You can find this product in the laundry section. Wear gloves when working with it and spot test it. Mix the washing soda with a little water to make a thick paste. You spread it and let it set for a day while keeping it moist by misting it. Rinse it off and peel away the paint.


This is a product that has a very low odor, non-caustic, non-toxic and biodegradable. Works great on lead-based paints and also works quickly and it can be used indoors.

Borax and Ammonia

Borax and ammonia are both found in eco-friendly varieties and both, when mixed with water, can be used to strip paint. Mix one cup borax and one cup ammonia to a gallon of water and sponge on the paint.