If you want to revive your living space, painting the walls can be one way to do it. This project can leave behind a clean and fresh look. However, that isn’t the only thing that painting contractors can leave behind. A lot of paints can leave behind paint odor that stays for a couple of days. This is particularly true for oil-based paints.  

Though it is always recommended to paint when you’ve got a lot of ventilation, that is just often not possible. Luckily, you can get rid of these lingering paint fumes using common household items. 


You can get rid of the lingering fume of fresh paint using a simple bucket of water. However, if you want it to be more effective, you can mix it with the effects of other fume-absorbing liquids.  

  • Put a bucket of water in the center of the room and leave it for several hours.  
  • Combine equal portions of water and distilled white vinegar in bowls and place them around the room. You can also just one white vinegar. 
  • Combine water and a couple of lemon slices in shallow bowls and place them around the room. 


For those who don’t know, a candle can absorb odors. That is why it is great if you want to get rid of your lingering paint fume issue.  

  • Make sure you put the candles in fire-safe holders and put them at the opposite corners of the room. Regular candles will work. However, you can also purchase special fume-eliminating candles. You will typically find these products on the household aisle or smoke shops.  
  • Light the candles and let them burn for a couple of hours. This will help get rid of the paint fume and leave your room smelling clean and fresh. 

Baking Soda 

Almost every homeowner should know that a simple baking soda can get rid of odors. Of course, paint odors aren’t an exception. When utilizing baking soda to get rid of paint fumes, you’ve got a couple of choices.  

  • Combine ½ cup of baking soda with several inches of water in shallow bowls. Dissolve the baking soda by stirring it. Put the bowls around the room. You can leave them overnight to get rid of the fumes.  
  • You can sprinkle baking soda over the carpet if the room is carpeted. Let it stay for a couple of hours and then vacuum up the baking soda whenever the paint fume is gone.  
  • Fill a couple of shallow bowls using baking soda and put them around the room. Leave them for a couple of hours until the fume is gone. 


Yes, you have read it right. Onions also have fume-absorbing abilities. This household product can do wonders in getting rid of the fume when you are still painting the room. However, you can also add it after the room is painted. https://www.wikihow.com/Paint-a-Room 

  • Get 2 medium-sized onions and them in half.  
  • Put every half of the onion in a shallow bowl. Make sure the sliced portion is facing upward.  
  • Place the bowls in the corners of the room.