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Paint It Green

That odor you smell after painting a room is a result of VOC, volatile organic compounds, which are toxic to the environment. To reduce damage to the environment, Jodi Helmer, author of "The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference," recommends buying low-VOC or no-VOC paint.

There are a variety of brands like Mythic Paint, Benjamin Moore’s Natura brand paint and the Home Depot's green paint, The Freshaire Choice.

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