Long before we had retail stores to serve our home renovation needs, people used to make their own paint at home.

Milk paint is an ancient form of paint made up of curdled milk or cheese combined with lime and natural pigments for color.

Many colonial-era furniture pieces were painted using milk paint and still show their vibrant colors today.

As consumers have grown more wary of chemicals and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) found in household latex and oil-based paints, they are looking for no VOC paints like Real Milk Paint.

The Lowdown on VOCs

Most household paints including latex (water-based) paints and alkyd (oil-based) paints contain VOCs which stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. Over time, the chemicals found in these types of paints release airborne toxins. This is sometimes referred to as off-gassing. Latex paints contain lower levels of VOCs than their oil-based counterparts.

So, how do VOCs affect your body and health? As these toxins enter your body, they can affect your immune system, major organs and in severe cases, brain functioning. They can also cause eye and skin irritation. Some types of household paints may produce off-gases for up to 4 years. For people interested in reducing the level of chemicals within the household, milk paint is an attractive option.

VOCs have also been found to contribute to the greenhouse effect as they form an ozone layer with the addition of oxygen.

What is Milk Paint Made of?

Real Milk Paint® is made from purified milk protein, lime (to prevent mildew growth), and naturally-harvested fillers and pigment. Our milk paint is mildewcide-free and completely non-toxic with zero VOC. This means that because milk paint is such an eco-friendly paint, you can simply dispose of it in your garden without worrying about any harmful environmental side effects.

What makes our milk paint different from the rest? Other types of milk paints may contain kaolin clay. We have avoided this ingredient in our paints as kaolin is sometimes obtained from radioactive clays. The lime used in our milk paints is of pharmaceutical grade. This high-quality lime undergoes a process known as carbonization which when applied to your walls, helps to absorb your household’s carbon dioxide which creates cleaner air.

Why Use Milk Paint?

Customers love using milk paint because it’s better for your health and it’s an environmentally friendly paint. You can easily paint walls and update the look of your furniture without worrying about chemicals harming your children or pets.

The powdered paint is great for mixing to get the exact shade you’re looking for and is easy to use and apply.

Shop our selection of eco-friendly paint and find a great color for you next milk paint project.