A good paint job is a must for every home. It can be a fun but tedious activity depending on how big the area in your house that you are going to paint. Painting requires careful planning including the timeline, whether to hire manpower or do it on your own and where to temporarily store furniture and other things before starting the paint job.

It can take days or weeks to complete a paint job. It is also a cost-effective way to spruce up your exterior and interior walls and even your cabinets and other furniture. You can hire a home additions builder to help you achieve the home you’ve always wanted.

And then there’s that familiar stench

While the painting is, as mentioned, a cost-effective way to improve your home, it can leave a mark in the room. An unpleasant smell, rather. Well, that lingering smell is inevitable after a major paint job.

For one thing, the paint’s smell is not good at all. It can even cause a headache for others who can get a whiff of the scent of paint. You can simply open the door or the window to get rid of the smell of paint. But you cannot simply do so if it’s raining or it’s “pollen season” and you get allergies from it.

There is no denying that we get used, even immune, to the scent of our home. It can be a smell of different things. It can be the smell of daily homecooked meals. Or the musty smell of your natural body scent. Or the smell of your pet dog resting in the living room. Regardless, there are still ways to get rid of unpleasant smells especially the smell of paint.

Getting rid of paint smell

For some reason, the smell of paint can be addicting… but not good for your health. Whether you are building a home addition or just hired a home addition builder for your home improvement project, you need to get rid of the smell of paint as much as possible. Fortunately, there are easy ways to do so.

Baking soda

This white, scent-free powder is a blessing to mankind. It can do a lot of things, from whitening your teeth, clean bathrooms, and even use it as a baking ingredient. And yes, it can remove the strong scent of paint. Your home additions builder might also recommend using this humble kitchen item after a paint job. Simply put a good amount of baking soda in a bowl, leave it in a room, and let it do its magic.

Scented candles

Candles are not only for… well, romantic candlelight dinners. It is also a great way to get rid of paint smells. While there are different candles to choose from, there are also candles specially made to get rid of strong paint odors.


Not only the smell of coffee can jolt you awake every morning but is also a great odor absorber. Simply pour coffee grounds in a bowl and leave it in the room to get rid of the paint smell. But remember, do not use the coffee grounds anymore after using.


This one may seem controversial as not everyone is fond of the smell of onions. However, it is an effective way to rid of smelly paint. For this purpose, you simply have to peel and slice an onion in half. Put each half, with the cut side up, on each painted areas. The next thing you know, the smell of paint is gone!

More ways to freshen your home’s scent

The smell of paint is inevitable especially if you are undergoing a home remodeling addition or a condo remodeling. Here are other ways to make your home smelling fresher every time.

  • Change your bed sheets and linen once a week. Your room will smell better after every change.
  • Add baking soda on the carpet and let it sit for a couple of hours before you vacuum it.
  • Simmer water with various herbs like mint or lavender, spices such as cinnamon, or slices of citrus fruits and let it out in the open.
  • Light scented candles in different parts of your house.
  • Put indoor plants in your home. Not only can they make your home look fresher but also make it smell better.


Home improvement is a must from time to time. We can also expect to have to bear the dizzying smell of paint after a paint job. But the abovementioned tips should help lessen that annoying paint smell especially after a home remodel in DC.