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When buying or renovating a home, sometimes you can smell an odor in the house.

It could smell like something sweet. Or somewhat metallic. There are a variety of odors from chemicals that definitely leave a scent in the air that is not pleasant.

Many people can't tolerate these odors. And they have a negative reaction to them, such as watery eyes, headaches, scratchy throat or fatigue. These symptoms are not normal and not okay to have with new things that come into your home.

But do you have to suffer with it until it finally disappears?


And you shouldn't. Because that offensive smell could be an indicator that there are problems in your home.


Why You Don't Want VOCs in Your Home

You might not think anything about buying a new couch on sale because it is cute. Or you got a good deal on new peel-and-stick vinyl flooring that looks like high end floors do. But all of these things could cause you more problems down the road. You might be shocked to know that VOCs are off gassing from so many common items in your home. Every day things such as:

  • Cabinetry
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Paints
  • Stains
  • Varnishes

Among some of the worst off gassing offenders with VOCs are anything made with a wood veneer. If you think you're buying wood products, but the price is pretty low, chances are you are actually getting a wood veneer. It is often used in:

  • Cabinets
  • Engineered hardwood floors
  • Furniture
  • Shelving
  • Other pieces of home décor


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Does that mean you can't buy any of your favorite items? No, it doesn't. But you should buy with caution, and with an education about what you are bringing into your home.

Especially if you or someone in your family has allergies, asthma, or other medical conditions that might be affected by poor indoor air.

While prevention can go a long way to avoid bringing in toxic chemicals into your home - which means that you are breathing them in all day - you do not have to worry if you bought a shelving unit you love but you think it smells bad.

There are products you can use at home that will seal in VOCs from off gassing into your air. 

That is right, if you are willing to add a layer of paint or sealant to your furniture, flooring or walls, you could stop the source of indoor air pollution.

A lot of products out there will promise a lot of things. Some of the claims are just bogus or wrong. I tend to stay with companies that I know and trust. 

I highly suggest this VOC Sealant if you want to reduce off gassing and smells in your home. I have used it in my own home.

And if you are on a tight budget for furniture but you really want to reduce your chemical exposure as much as possible, using one of the products from the company highlighted above is an economical way to do what you can.

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Good to know you can paint over it!  But carpeting and upholstery can be a big problem too - the flame retardants are very dangerous.

Apr 27, 2020 01:10 PM
Kimberly Button

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 Definitely! This article just covered what you could do with hard surfaces. Definitely have issues with carpeting and upholstery that can't easily be contained with a swipe of paint. 

Apr 27, 2020 01:44 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Thank you, you just gave me another arrow in my quiver why people should buy antiques, often the same price or about the same price as much of the brand new furniture which is definitely not green in how much of a carbon foorprint it has. VOCs.

Apr 27, 2020 01:29 PM
Kimberly Button

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 So right! Buying antiques and vintage furniture, especially if it's solid wood or metal, is a great way to avoid the probelms in the first place. And you get quality pieces. 

Apr 27, 2020 01:45 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kimberly Button getting rid of smells can be a big problem, so thank you for sharing this with us.

Apr 27, 2020 01:38 PM
Kimberly Button

George Souto Thanks so much! Yeah, a lot of people are sensitive to them but not a lot of people will say something about it. Hoping to help and keep others from suffering from these indoor allergies and respiratory triggers.

Apr 27, 2020 01:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kimberly- Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 makes an excellent point about buying antiques.  I'm going to check into this. 

Apr 27, 2020 05:30 PM
Kimberly Button

Kathy Streib He does! It's an excellent idea and smart one, too.

Apr 27, 2020 05:35 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't like it that so many things are made with chemicals these days and might alleviate one issue but cause another.

Apr 28, 2020 06:15 AM
Kimberly Button

Brian England I so agree! Especially when there are other alternatives!

Apr 28, 2020 07:42 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kimberly Button  what a great post, I am here thanks to Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 reblog nice to meet you Endre

Apr 28, 2020 11:50 PM
Kimberly Button

Thank you so much Endre Barath, Jr. !

Apr 29, 2020 07:48 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kimberly,  Good job with this blog for us here in the Rain.  You make some excellent points for us.


Apr 29, 2020 08:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 02, 2020 06:39 PM
Kimberly Button

Thank you! When I become familiar with how all of this works, I will be returning the favor! It's still so new to me!

May 04, 2020 02:42 PM
Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

I would never have thought about bringing in VOC's in the house.  Never crossedm my mind.  Thanks for your post.

May 03, 2020 05:23 AM
Kimberly Button

Rick Frissell You're welcome!

May 04, 2020 02:41 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kimberly Button - thank you for this information.  I will now be more careful when buying these items.

May 03, 2020 06:01 AM
Kimberly Button

Grant Schneider Wonderful! Glad I could help!

May 04, 2020 02:41 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Indoor air pollution is worse than people think Kimberly Button It's why Pam & I invested in air purification AND we only use green cleaning products we buy through our online Shop Free Club. 

May 03, 2020 06:48 AM
Kimberly Button

Doug Dawes Such great ideas! Glad you are doing smart things already.

May 04, 2020 02:40 PM
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

There's nothing like having the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and a runny nose when you enter a home. Going green does help!  I'm going to have to check into the VOC sealant, we're due to repainting our home. Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips.

May 03, 2020 08:31 AM
Kimberly Button

Graziella Bruner I know! I have those same symptoms with new carpeting. It really does matter!

May 04, 2020 02:40 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and glad that you are in Kathy Steib blog for today.  It was a interesting read the fitst time around and not I seen it again.


May 03, 2020 09:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kimberly:

Thanks for some great education about getting rid of smells.


May 03, 2020 04:35 PM
Kimberly Button

Jeff Dowler, CRS Thank you!


May 04, 2020 02:39 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Hi Kimberly,  Thank you for such a great post and such valuable information.  For people who are allergic or have asthma like my grandson, this is good to know. 

May 03, 2020 06:58 PM
Kimberly Button

Ricki Eichler McCallum Thank you so much. Yes, your grandson definitely could benefit from this information!

May 04, 2020 02:39 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post!  As a green agent I'm always looking for links to share for clients on my vendor site, gotgreen.info.  I saved the recipe for the window cleaner, too.  Thank you for sharing as I come across chemically sensitive homeowners as well! 

May 06, 2020 02:45 PM
Kimberly Button

Jan Green That's wonderful to know! Thank you so much! I'm happy that you are a green agent and helping chemically sensitive homeowners!

May 11, 2020 08:30 AM