3 Natural ways to get rid of paint fumes

3 Natural ways to get rid of paint fumes

The best way to spruce up your house is by painting it. A fresh coat of paint can make a room look new, even if your furniture isn’t. Unfortunately, with paint comes paint fumes, which can range from unpleasant to asthma-inducing, depending on the type of paint chosen and the size of the room to be painted.

To avoid being overwhelmed by the fumes, consider using one or more of these methods:

1)  Open a window.

This is the quickest and easiest way to get rid of paint fumes. Opening all of the windows in the painted room and setting up a few fans for ventilation will clear the room of fumes without having to resort to chemical-based neutralizing agents or candles that simply mask the smell. 

2) Add vanilla extract to your paint

Before you begin to paint, mix in one tablespoon of vanilla extract per quart of paint then stir well. The vanilla will neutralize most, if not all, of the paint fumes, removing them from the room before you’ve even started painting. 

3) Set out chopped onions and bowls of vinegar

 Chop up several onions into tiny pieces and set them out on plates, then pour an inch of vinegar into a few bowls. Set them out in the room to be painted, in places where you won’t trip over them. Both the onions and the vinegar will soak up the paint fumes, cleansing the air. 

The best way to avoid breathing in paint fumes is to not have them to begin with. Most indoor and outdoor paints contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These compounds are ingredients in the paint and are responsible for the odors emitted as the paint dries. Low-VOC paint is commonly available. It has less of an odor and is safer for both you and the environment.

If you’d like us here at Pride Paint & Tile to use low-VOC paint on your walls, just let us know at the time of your quote. We’re happy to accommodate you!