Use Lemons and Water To Send Paint Fumes Packing

Use Lemons and Water To Send Paint Fumes Packing

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 8, 2012

Although there's many eco-friendly paint options on the market these days, that doesn't mean they are always your first choice when it comes to color or price point for the project at hand. The downfall of using more traditional paints are the fumes that come with your newly painted hue. Want to know how to make them go away in a jiffy?

Paint fumes will go away on their own, of course, but if you don't want to have them lingering you can get rid of the odor with a simple bucket of water and a handful of lemons.

If you don't own a bucket, try using your largest pot for the stove (and change it frequently) and add a few lemon slices inside. Not only will the lemons give you a natural fresh smell, but the water will actually soak up the paint fumes your diy project left behind.

Change your water once a day until fumes are gone, but in most single rooms this trick can work almost overnight! Brilliant!

(Image: Flickr member Sam Fox Photography licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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