The Serious Health Effects of Toxic Paint Fumes

The Serious Health Effects of Toxic Paint Fumes

Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make a room feel fresh and new. Some paints emit harmful chemicals that can cause a range of health-related issues, from dizziness and headaches to liver or nervous system damage. The problem is that VOCs from paint can cause serious health effects including skin and eye irritation, kidney damage, cancer, reproductive disruption, respiratory issues and impaired cognitive functions.

Considering that painting a single room with a “Zero VOC” product (containing five grams per liter of VOCs) will produce about the same mass of volatiles as if you sprayed out the entire contents of a can of deodorant. 
(There would be ten times this amount with low VOC paints) it is something to consider.


  • Consider milk paints as a healthier alternative to water-based latex or oil-based paints.
  • Look for mineral- or plant-based pigments. These are less toxic to produce and have far fewer health risks compared to those used in conventional paint.
  • Always work in a well-ventilated area. Even if you are using low-VOC paint, always work in a well-ventilated area and with open windows whenever possible.

Learn more about The Dirty Details of Paint Hazards.

Purchasing the perfect paint for you and your family can be difficult, especially if there’s a chemical sensitivity involved. While some paints claim to be natural, healthy, or zero VOC, a lack of ingredient labels and hazy regulations are enough to make you think twice.

Consider the dangers of paint fumes to your health what safer products have you found and used? Comment Below.

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