What Types of Paint Are Best?

There's a variety of different paints for a variety of different needs in a variety of different finishes.

It can get really confusing trying to figure out what is best.

Thankfully, the products and brands below offer a range of paints to suit your needs inside your home.

Whatever paint company you choose (and maybe you don't even go with one of these more-healthy brands), keep this in mind: Latex paint is always better than oil-based paint when it comes to health. 

Oil-based paints have a much higher amount of toxins and chemicals in their ingredients with petroleum-based solvents as a carrier.

Non-Toxic Paints 

AFM Safecoat

I have used this product. I have to admit, it's among the best when it comes to non-toxic ingredients. And they have every type of paint, sealer and product that you might want.

However, it does have a smell (here's my review about using SafeCoat primer). Just because something smells bad does not mean that it is bad for you. And that's what happens with AFM Safecoat.

If you are not sensitive to smells, or can have someone else paint with this brand while you are out of the house, it's a great brand to try. It can even be ordered on Amazon.

Green Planet Paints

Using mineral clays and plant oils, Green Planet Paints exceeds industry standards when it comes to non-toxic, chemical-free paint.

Paints, stains and sealers are available with no VOCs, preservatives or biocides. Green Planet Paints are a true No-VOC paint, even after color is added.

The eco-friendly paint even takes their raw materials as cast-offs from other product manufacturing processes so that nothing goes to waste that could be saved and used in a sustainable way.

ECOS Paints

This company has been around for more than 30 years and is a favorite among homeowners looking for non-toxic paints.

ECOS offers paints, primers, stains, varnishes, concrete products and more.

Among their interesting products is Air Purifying paint. After the paint has been applied (there are a few different varieties), this product promises to neutralize and absorb formaldehyde or chemicals, pollutants, solvents and VOCs that are in your indoor air, even ones that aren't part of the paint.


This healthy living paints company offers an array of different types of paint, stains and and enamel, all with zero-VOC and no solvents.

Among them are clay paints and solvent-free wall paints. Even paints used specifically for bee hives (Bees are apparently very picky about being near chemicals normally used in paints. These paints allow painted bee hives to have no chemicals, so you might like to try them, too!)

Bioshield uses naturally-derived raw materials, including citrus peel extracts, natural pigments, tree resins, seed oils and more.

Benjamin Moore Natura

This paint is easier to get on short notice. Chances are, you can find a Benjamin Moore store or retailer near you.

The Natura line of Benjamin Moore paints has Zero VOC and Zero Emissions. The 100% acrylic paint is CERTIFIED Asthma & Allergy Friendly.

Benjamin Moore says they were the first company in the U.S. to introduce a zero-VOC waterborne tinting system so that their zero-VOC paints remain zero-VOC even after being tinted.

Sherwin-Williams Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex

Another paint that is readily available in stores, Harmony is a zero VOC formula.

It uses sunflower oil and soy, among other ingredients, to make a paint that is better for indoor air quality. In fact, Sherwin-Williams says that Harmony will actually reduce odors and formaldehyde in rooms.

The problem that I have with Harmony is that there is additional ingredients added which inhibit mold and mildew growth. Other natural paints don't use these ingredients. So it depends on what you are comfortable with.

Old Fashioned Milk Paint

Made with dried milk protein, these types of natural paints have been used since man started adding color to his home. Yep, they've been used for thousands of years.

This company has been making the naturally safe product since 1974.

A combination of milk protein, lime and a natural pigment offers a muted color that will last (no, it won't wash off the walls or start dripping down if it gets wet!).

EarthSafe Finishes

A VOC-free paint that has no heavy metals. EarthSafe Finishes has a wall paint, but what makes them unique is that they also offer paints designed for crafts, small projects and furniture upcycling.

Check out their chalk paints with no fumes. Plus, they have a Baby Safe Finish, too.

Earth Pigments

These natural pigments can be mixed into milk paint or other products. This is more for a serious DIYer who wants only natural colors.

***See Shopping Guide for direct links to products.

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