A Paint Odor Removal Remedy for the Home


While the look of a freshly painted room is appealing, the smell isn't. With the exception of certain paints that boast low or zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds), most paints contain chemicals that not only smell bad, but can be unsafe for respiratory health. If odors from paint are lingering in your home, there are several things you can do to help get them out.

Things You'll Need

  • Fan
  • Onion
  • Bowl
  • If you are still in the process of painting, add a few drops of vanilla extract to the paint. This helps get rid of the paint smell.

  • Close the door of the room that was painted to prevent the smell from affecting the rest of the house.

  • Open windows to create airflow through the room and force the bad air out. This is also beneficial in helping paint dry quickly.

  • Place a fan, facing out, near an open window. This will help further force the unpleasant-smelling air out of the house.

  • Slice an onion into pieces, and place it in a bowl of cold water. Leave this in the room overnight to help absorb lingering odors. Discard the onion and water in the morning.

Tips & Warnings

  • Opt for nontoxic paints in the future to prevent harmful odor in your home.
  • If someone in the house begins to display any symptoms of becoming ill from the odor, such as dizziness, headaches, or overall not feeling well, remove them from the home immediately. Contact your doctor for further guidance.


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