How to Remove Interior Paint Fumes

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Freshly painting your home's interior will not only make it more attractive but also increase its value. If you plan to sell your home in the near future consider using a nice neutral paint scheme. When painting your home, however, you may be bothered by odors that can be toxic to your health.

Things You'll Need

  • Low VOC or no-odor paint
  • Vanilla extract
  • Fans
  • Baking Soda or activated charcoal
  • Onion
  • Bowl
  • Cold water
  • Minimize paint fumes by painting the interior of your home in the fall when humidity levels are lower. Paint has the strongest odor when being applied and while drying, and when humidity levels are higher the moisture in the air slows the drying process.

  • Purchase a low VOC (volatile organic compounds) or no-odor paint. These paints release minimal pollutants and are nearly odor-free.

  • Add a few drops of vanilla extract to the paint. According to the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Kentucky, vanilla extract has excellent odor removing characteristics and can help neutralize paint smells as you pain.

  • Open all windows and place high powered fans in the rooms to circulate the air and speed up the drying process.

  • Place boxes or bowls of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or activated charcoal throughout the house to help remove paint odors. Both reduce fumes by absorbing hydrogen ions and neutralizing the acidic smell.

  • Cut onions and place them in cold water throughout the house. Onions will help eliminate the odor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear a breathing apparatus when dealing with toxic paint fumes. Prolonged exposure can lead to lung disease and respiratory complications.

References

  • Photo Credit jacreative/ flickr.com
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