How To Make Those Paint Fumes Go Away

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Despite companies working toward making house paints that emit less fumes, chances are you're going to have an odor in your house after you repaint. Companies have shied away from using oil-based paint inside for a while now, which has definitely reduced the odor that you have to deal with. Still, if you don't want even a mild paint smell, you don't have to simply deal with it and do your best to ignore it. Look at these ways to reduce paint smell and see which might work best for you.

Opening Windows

Telling someone to open their windows sounds like a request for every sarcastic comment possible to be thrown at you, but it's one of the major ways to let paint fumes dissipate. No matter what other tactics you use to get rid of the paint fumes, open your windows when you're at home and awake. If it's very cold out or raining, you can still open them a crack.

Lemon Juice, Water, Salt, and Vinegar

Combining another scented item and water can mask the smell of paint. There are claims that these combinations will also absorb the volatile organic compounds in paint that create the odor, but those are anecdotal. Placing lemon slices and salt in water is one combination; white vinegar and water is another. Change the water mixture daily.

Another option is to simmer water with lemon slices, creating a potpourri-type effect. The heat will help release the scent of the lemon. The drawbacks are that this can be done only when you have time to monitor the stove so the water doesn't evaporate away, and it consumes power.

Supposedly, using a plain bucket of water placed in the center of the room, changed daily, can also help. This is one that is easy to try, and if it doesn't work, you haven't really wasted much time putting a special preparation together.

Stovetop Potpourri

You can go one step further with the simmering-lemon trick and create scented potpourri mixes with apple slices, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and more. These can be quite strong, but again, use these only when you can monitor the pan on the stove.

An Onion

Bob Vila advises chopping an onion in half and leaving it for a while, with each half at opposite ends of the room. On one hand, this will cover up the paint smell with an onion smell that, while not everyone's favorite, is likely less nausea-inducing than the paint smell. It's also supposed to absorb the fumes rather quickly.

By the way, all of the food and water items used here should not be eaten or drunk after you're done using them. Throw away or compost the lemons, vinegar, and other items. (If you can't bear to throw away food, you're going to have to get over that.)

You should also talk to your painters, people from a place like J Maintenance Co, about any tips and tricks they might know.

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3 April 2017

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