Better yet, opt for a paint labeled as low or no volatile organic compounds as these emit far fewer fumes. Open windows at opposite ends of the room or home to increase the amount of fresh air indoors and render the paint smell less powerful. If the odor of paint still lingers, sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and upholstered furniture and leave it overnight. This method may sound strange, but it has successfully been used for generations to remove the effects of paint odor. The ultra violet rays will go to work in neutralizing the stench of the paint odor, while the fresh air and open space will gently lift any residual chemical scent. They are made of sodium aluminosilicate. Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists.