How to Remove Paint Odors with Essential Oils

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After we moved my daughter’s gorgeous, handmade dresser to her room, I noticed that it smelled.  The odor of the finishing products we used (both oil-based paint and wood stain) was pretty strong.  It wasn’t strong enough to keep us from using the dresser, but strong enough that I smelled it whenever I walked into the room.  I decided that I needed to figure out how to remove paint odors so that Emma’s room wouldn’t be so overpowering.

Then, my mind went to something new and bright and shiny, and I promptly forgot what I needed to figure out.  Story of my life!

A few weeks later, my friend Myra posted on Facebook that she painted her boys’ bedroom with low VOC paint and it still smelled bad.  To get rid of the paint smell, she opened the bedroom window and added a Young Living essential oil blend, called Purification, to the diffuser in their room with the door closed.  At the end of the day, the paint smell was completely gone – not masked by another smell, but G.O.N.E.

Wait, what?  There’s a magic oil that makes paint odors go away?

Well, in a word, yes.  Myra turned me on to the different properties of essential oils this past summer when we were roommates at the Haven blogger conference.  I don’t claim to understand how or why they work, but different ones help with my migraines, clear up congestion and help me sleep more soundly.  I like to put mine in a diffuser, which is a little device that you can use to disperse the oils into a room as a fine mist.

I did have the Purification on hand (it was in the beginner’s set of oils I bought), so I thought I would give it a shot in Emma’s room.  I had used it previously when I accidentally left a rag I had used to clean up spilled milk in the laundry room for a few days with the door shut.  Yeah, that was gross, and the smell didn’t go away even when I washed the rag.  I ran my diffuser with Purification in the laundry room for a few hours and the disgusting smell was completely gone.

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So in Emma’s room, I filled he diffuser with tap water and put 4 drops of Young Living’s Purification in the water.  I turned it on, shut the door and opened a window.  I let it run until the diffuser ran out of water and turned itself off, which is about 4 hours.  I could still faintly smell the paint odor, so the next day I ran the diffuser again but left the window closed.

Now, the paint smell is gone.  And once it didn’t smell like Purification (which smells delightful, by the way) in her room anymore, I couldn’t smell the paint.  It’s almost like it vanished into thin air!  Weird, right?  I know that it’s seriously hard to believe, but it’s true.  I’m wondering if this will work for removing smells from thrift store furniture.  I’ll have to try it the next time I bring a new/old treasure home!

I have four different diffusers – two from Young Living and two like the one pictured above that came from Amazon.  I keep one in each of our bedrooms and one in our living room/kitchen area.  I actually prefer the ones from Amazon (affiliate link)- they are like $70 cheaper (!) and you can run them without the night light option (which really bugs me on the YL ones I have).

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living essential oils, please do contact my friend Myra.  I don’t sell the oils myself, but I like sharing with you the things that I have found work for me in my home.  Myra is a wealth of information about essential oils…and the sweetest gal you’ll ever meet.

Do you use essential oils?  How do you use them?

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. I had no idea you could even do this or that it would even work! I’m planning on painting the ENTIRE interior of my home, so this post is a life saver☺ I love your home, it’s fun and amazing. Thanks for sharing–♥Angie

  2. This is awesome!! Thanks for sharing! I do have a quick question on the use of the diffuser -do you notice an oily residue on your furniture and stuff in the room when using the diffuser? Trying to convince hubby to use this in our home, but he’s really concerned about that happening.

  3. hello! this is new to me and i am really interested. do you have to use it in a diffuser? we have humifiers in rooms and i hate to get another electrical device – can i use it in the humidifier or can i put it in a spray bottle. this stuff sounds awesome!

  4. another trick is 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract per 1 gallon of paint

  5. if you turn on your YL diffuser to the setting you want and hold the button in for a few seconds the nightlight portion will turn off:)