Life is so easy once your home and life are green and toxic free. You almost get lulled into false hope believing that the rest of the world live in the same little bubble you do. What goes in and out of your home is so routine now. You know the trusted brands and ingredients. You have your skin care sorted. Your kitchen sorted. Your laundry sorted. Your food sorted. Life is good.
That was until I suffered a momentary lapse of judgement. It only took a second.
In preparation to selling our home, we decided it needed a repaint. I discussed low and no VOC paints with the painter. We used low VOC paints in our previous home that I painted entirely myself and they were lovely. This time with Mr one-year-old-and-a-bit, I don’t have the opportunity to paint myself. It’d take me years! Mr painter assured me that paints these days are all pretty good and in my momentary lapse of judgement I didn’t follow up my usual research.
Which leads me to now.. My entire family sleeping to the fumes of what smells like seriously toxic paint!!! How could I be so stupid as to have let this into my home!!!!
They say that new paint can emit hideous levels of VOC’s and half of them in the first year!! Yikes!! And are allergy, asthma and cancer causing little nasties!!! So now I’m on a mission to absorb as many of these hideous little bastards that I can!
I’m sure I’m not the only one to have made this mistake so I thought I’d share with you the solutions I have found so far…
Apparently cut onions are wonderful absorbers of toxic smells. I’m not sure the onion smell is going to be all that lovely either but this is the first thing I plan to do this morning. I have read that if you dice two onions to a room, spread them widely on a plate and leave them to dry for a few days they will reduce the smell and the VOC’s considerably.
2. Fresh air
Well this is a given really! Open windows. Doors. Whatever you can open, open it!! Fresh air is amazing!!
3. Indoor plants
I’m not a lover of indoor plants as I am a firm believer that a beautiful garden and open windows is the bomb but I’m willing to change my judgement for a while… Potted gerberas are apparently really good for removing toxins so I’m willing to work with that…
4. Essential oils
I didn’t realise but burning essential oils can rid indoor air of toxins and petrochemicals! Nice!!
I don’t have research to support this one but I have a cupboard full of fabulous charcoal that is a wonderful electromagnetical absorber so I’m sure it’ll work nicely on the VOCs. It’ll be filling every room of my room just nicely!
Fingers crossed these work.