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How to remove the smell of paint from a room

Updated February 21, 2017

As nice as a freshly painted room may look, the smell can be a great deterrent. The smell of paint can not only be irritating, but it can be hazardous to the health of anyone exposed to it long enough. Rather than avoiding the freshly painted room, it is best to remove the lingering smell as quickly as possible.

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  1. Place a bowl of vinegar in the centre of the room for 24 hours. At this time, the room will now smell like vinegar, but it easier to remove than the paint smell. Open the windows. Air out the room until the smell is gone.

  2. Cut up an onion. Place it in a bowl of water. Set this in the room overnight, and the onion will absorb the paint smell. Air out the room to remove the smell of the onion by opening the windows and turning on a fan.

  3. Place bowls of baking soda throughout the room to absorb the odour.

  4. Crush several pieces of charcoal up. Place the charcoal in a bucket with several wet paper towels. Leave this out overnight to absorb the odour.

  5. Tip

    To help reduce the odour from paint, try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract or peppermint oil to a gallon of paint before painting. Odour free paint is another good way to prevent the smell of paint from lingering in a room.


    Paint fumes are toxic and can lead to respiratory problems and lung disease.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Onion
  • Baking soda
  • Charcoal
  • Paper towels

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