Best and Natural Ways to Deodorize Newly Painted Rooms
Repainting the interiors of your home can certainly help you relive the love you’ve felt when you first moved into your cozy space. Whether you’ve chosen to just go with the old colors, or you’ve chosen to reinvent your space with a splash inspired by the latest home trends, repaint jobs usually give you a mood boost.
That is, until the paint fumes start attacking your nostrils, and you find that you simply can’t live with the smell even if you’ve chosen a water-based canister, and the smell is “not as bad” as oil-based paint. So how can you kick that annoying paint smell out of your room fast? These simple tips should help.
Do you have any charcoal left over from your barbeque party last weekend? Go outdoors, put the unactivated charcoal onto a pan, let the pan sit on a safe surface that won't burn when heated, and ignite the charcoal. You don't need to keep the coals too hot. Wait for the red edges to soften and the smoke to minimize before bringing it back to your home. Don't hold the pan with your bare hands, though. Use a thong instead of a pot holder just to be on the safe side.
Leave the pan with charcoal on a safe corner of the room, again on a surface that won't discolor or burn when hot, for a few hours. The smell should be gone in one to two hours as long as you've also kept the windows open and the room vented out. Do not place pan close to a fan because this could reignite the charcoal. If you must leave the room, make sure you check on the coal every few minutes just to make sure you don't start a fire.
Light up an incense
Just like the charcoal idea, incense produces smoke and this can help to neutralize the smell of your room. Unlike charcoal, though, the deodorizing prowess of an incense is a little bit lower. However, because it is designed to be lit indoors, it's a lot safer and less messier. If you have an incense stand, this also keeps your floors and tables from getting damaged by the heat.
Choose a scent, though, that would help eliminate the paint odors instead of blend with it and actually make is smell worse. Safe choices include lavender and vanilla. Some home owners like the smell of bamboo in their homes. Citrus smells can work wonders if you're using a liquid deodorizer, but for some reason, citrus incenses do not always have the same effect. The real judge are your nostrils, though.
Sliced lemons and water
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Generally, liquid natural deodorizers work wonders in deodorizing a room but are not as fast as activated carbon. If you're looking for a safe and easy way to neutralize the paint smells in your room, though, you can try slicing about five lemons and placing them in a bucketful of water at the corner of your room. Usually, this works overnight, but if the fumes are really bad and you feel that you need to continue with the treatment for another night or two, simply change the water. There's no need for you to replace the lemons. They should still work their magic.
Vinegar in a bowl
This is similar to the sliced lemons and water, but the acidic smell is harsher, which could work for you or not work for you. It depends on the intensity of the paint smell, and your tolerance for the smell of vinegar. The vinegar in a bowl trick usually works overnight, but in some cases, the bowl needs to be left for a little longer to completely get rid of the paint smell. In other cases, though, the vinegar actually overpowers the paint smell and lingers, but only if you've spilled some vinegar on a cloth surface.
Once it does its job, you can simply drain the vinegar on a sink and wash your bowl. This should get rid of the vinegar smell too, if that annoys you. Use white vinegar for optimum results.