Best Paints for People with Chemical Sensitivities

ECOS Paints 04/17/2024
Best Paints for People with Chemical Sensitivities

Painting is a calming experience for people but can be harmful for others. Here’s what to look for in the best paints for people with chemical sensitivities.

For a lot of people, the paint on the walls is one of the main ways to make a house more one’s own. They can choose reds for the kitchen or cover up the ghastly taste of the previous owner. That said, for some people, painting adds more stress than comfort, simply because of how harmful a lot of paints can be. If you’re someone who has any sort of chemical sensitivity, then painting is often put off to someone else. Luckily, companies recognized the lack of healthier paints, and now there are more options. Below, we’ve outlined what’s harmful in most paints and then listed what you need to look for in the best paints for people with chemical sensitivities—check it out!

Harmful Additives in Most Paints

If you’re not careful, the paint you choose could be full of harmful chemicals, additives, and toxins. Here is a brief list of what you might find in ingredient lists in conventional paints:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates
  • APEOs
  • Bisphenol
  • Glycols
  • Solvents

These are just a few, so if you want to ensure your health and clean air, then you’ll need to opt for clean paints—ones that disclose all of the ingredients in their paints and steer clear of harmful toxins.

What to Look for in Healthier Paints


When you just pick a paint can off the shelf, then there’s a high chance that you’re choosing a paint full of toxins. Similar to the examples we provided above, traditional paints are teeming with toxins—think back to when lead was in paint. Nobody thought anything of it until it started causing problems. Though there is no more lead in paint, there are many other toxins that are bad for you and your family’s health. When you can, choose paints that are non-toxic, like ECOS Paints’ paint. Our non-toxic paints conform to ASTMD-4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation, and respiratory effects.


This is probably one of the most important aspects that you need to look for in a health-focused paint. Volatile organic compounds are the things like formaldehyde and toluene, that as they dry, give off the harsh smell that damages both the environment and causes illness. When you search for a VOC-free paint, you’re eliminating those harmful chemicals from the paint and helping protect those with chemical sensitivities or allergies. ECOS Paints is the leader in zero-VOC paints—we conform to CDPH 01350, with VOC emissions tests taken at 11, 12, and 14 days for classroom and office use. Read more of our reviews and success stories here!

Air Purifying

Similarly, if you can find a paint that’s air purifying in addition to VOC-free and non-toxic, then you have an even better chance of finding the best paint for people with chemical sensitivities. Air purifying paints contain a filtering technology that will absorb any harmful VOCs if they are present in a room—it does wonders for improving indoor air quality.

As we mentioned, at ECOS Paints we create paint that people with chemical sensitivities can use. We don’t want people to lose out on the chance to experience the joy of painting, and everyone can feel good about using our paints. Whether you need some non-toxic floor paint or paint for the nursery, at ECOS we have what you need for a health-focused paint job.