How Can I Get Rid Of The Smell Of Paint In My House?

Oil-based paints can leave a lingering smell such as gloss, satinwood or eggshell. These fumes can be overpowering for a few days after painting.

Bad paint smell
Bad paint smell

In this how-to guide, we are revealing ways to reduce the smell of gloss and other oil-based paints from taking over your home.

There are many techniques and ideas we have heard over the years such as a bucket of water in the middle of the room and lemon juice on the side.

But, these are gimmicks and will not have much of an impact on freshly painted gloss paint.

Tips To Get Rid Of The Smell Of Paint

Painting takes time and glossing takes the longest especially staircases, skirting boards and doors. Here are some ideas that will help reduce the smell of gloss:

  • Plugins that release a perfumed scent
  • Cut 2 onions in half and place near the gloss
  • Sprinkle baking powder over the carpet
  • Candles positioned around the home

1) Open Windows and Turn Heating Up

This is a tried and tested method and we recommend to every customer we work for. Once the painter has finished open all the windows in the home and turn the central heating to the maximum.

The heat will help dry the paint and also encourage the strong-smelling paint vapours to rise and leave through the windows.

This method drastically removes the smell of gloss, satinwood and eggshell, within 24hours you will have greatly reduced the smell of paint and also dry the paint at the same time.

2) Use Low Odour Paints

If the smell of gloss and other oil-based paints will have an adverse reaction on your health then we would advise you to use low odour paints.

These low-odour paints dry quicker and made with ingredients that will not leave a lingering smell.


Paint odour and vapours can affect our senses, especially if you have to sleep in the same room or even the same house because the vapours will travel all over your home.

Low odour paints are the best option if paint odours affect your health and well-being.

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