Life Hacks - Stop Fresh Paint From Smelling



How to Get Rid of Paint Smells

Four Methods:

Though many paint brands are now eco-friendly and safer than ever, the smell of paint can still be toxic, headache-inducing, and unpleasant. Thankfully, you can eliminate the smell of paint from your home or office using one or more general household items.

Steps

Using Buckets of Water

  1. Fill up a one- to three-gallon bucket with tap water.
  2. Place the bucket of water in the center of a room that has recently been painted.The water should absorb any solvent vapors leftover from the paint job.
    • Use two or more buckets of water as needed for large rooms or spaces.
  3. Allow the bucket of water to sit overnight, or until the paint smell has dissipated.
  4. Dispose of the water when finished.The water will not be safe to drink or use after having absorbed paint smells.

Using an Onion

  1. Peel away the outer layer of a medium- or large-sized white or yellow onion.These types of onions are best at absorbing odors.
  2. Use a knife to slice the onion in half.
  3. Place each half of the onion onto its own plate or shallow bowl, with the cut side facing up.
    • Use two or more onions as needed for large rooms or spaces.
  4. Place each bowl at opposite sides of a room that has recently been painted.The onion will naturally absorb the paint odor.
  5. Allow the onions to sit overnight, or until the paint smell has dissipated.
  6. Dispose of the onion when finished.The onion will not be safe to cook with or eat after absorbing paint smells.

Using Salt, Lemon, and Vinegar

  1. Fill up three or more bowls halfway with tap water.
  2. Add a slice of lemon and one-quarter cup (59.14 mL) of salt to each bowl of water.
    • Substitute white vinegar for lemon and salt if you lack these ingredients. If using vinegar, use one part vinegar for every one part water.
  3. Place all bowls around a room that has recently been painted.Water, lemon, salt, and vinegar have the ability to naturally absorb paint odors.
  4. Allow the bowls to sit overnight, or until the paint smell has dissipated.
  5. Dispose of the lemons, water, and other contents when finished.These items will not be safe to consume after having absorbed paint smells.

Using Wood Charcoal or Coffee Grounds

  1. Put on work gloves and use your hands to crush and break up whole pieces of wood charcoal into smaller pieces.Alternately, use a coffee-bean grinder to grind up whole coffee beans.
  2. Place the charcoal pieces or coffee grounds into two or more bowls as needed.
  3. Place all bowls around a room that has recently been painted.
  4. Allow the bowls to sit overnight, or until the paint smell has dissipated.
  5. Dispose of the charcoal pieces or coffee grounds when finished.These items will not be ideal to use for cooking after having absorbed paint smells.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    I had my kitchen and living room painted in July, and now it smells like smoke and my eyes burn. I have tried all kinds of things to clean the wall, but had no luck. Any suggestions?
    Bo$$yNJ
    Community Answer
    Do you smoke in the house or burn incense or candles? That may be your problem. Try something different for odor control like the ceramic rings that you put scents on, or open a window and use Febreeze.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I avoid fumes and odor while painting?
    Bo$$yNJ
    Community Answer
    Stores sell paint with less fumes; open a few windows, use a fan, and if you have a vent system, utilize it.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • Can I use baking soda to remove paint odors?
  • I spray painted a dresser and the smell is very strong in my room, how do I get rid of the smell?
  • Can we use all the mentioned steps to accelerate the removal of paint fumes?
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Quick Summary

To get rid of paint smells, fill up a large bucket with water and place it in the middle of the painted room so it absorbs the vapors. Allow the bucket to sit overnight, then dispose of the water. Alternatively, peel away the outer layer of an onion, slice it in half, and place each half on a separate plate. Then, put the 2 plates of onions on opposite sides of the freshly painted room to absorb the fumes. Let the onions sit out overnight, then throw them away.

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  • Open windows or use fans to help accelerate the removal of paint smells from a room. Fresh air from outdoors or air circulation from fans can help clear out the smell of paint even faster when combined with any of the methods outlined above.

Warnings

  • Make sure all pets and children are kept away from objects you’re using to absorb paint smells, such as water and onions. These items may be hazardous when ingested, especially after having absorbed paint fumes.

Things You’ll Need

  • One- to three-gallon buckets
  • White or yellow onion
  • Knife
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Lemon
  • White vinegar
  • Work gloves
  • Wood charcoal
  • Coffee grounds

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