Most paint strippers contain methylene chloride and other toxic petroleum-based ingredients. These paint strippers are plant-based and non-toxic:
- Citistrip — a citrus gel formula that stays active for up to 24 hours allowing stripping of multiple layers in one step — can be used on wood, metal and masonry surfaces
- Dumond Chemicals Paint Remover — 100% biodegradable, water-based paint stripper that can remove multiple layers of architectural and industrial coating
- Blue Bear 605 Pro Coating Remover — a zero VOC stripper that removes multiple layers of paint, varnish, enamel and urethane
- Paint Stripper Super Remover — this stripper claims to be the strongest paint remover available without methylene chloride or other toxic chemicals
- Sunnyside 63432 Paint & Varnish Remover Gel — a sripping gel that removes multiple layers of paint or varnish in one application
Soy-Based Gel Paint Strippers
This bio-based solvent is much more sustainable and environmentally-friendly than petroleum-based products. It’s low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and it has a low flammability.
Soy-based solvents are safe to use on wood, concrete, and metal. These solvents work effectively but take slightly longer to lift the paint from a surface. You can apply soy solvents with a paintbrush and it can be left on the paint surface for several hours because it does not evaporate. The longer a soy-based stripper remains on the paint, the easier the final removal will be.
Citrus-Based Paint Strippers
Citrus-based paint strippers contain terpenes — organic compounds derived from plants (usually oranges).
Citrus-based removers have an orange or citrus-scent Like soy-based gels, they work more slowly in removing paint than toxic products. They are safe to use on any painted or varnished surface. While these strippers are biodegradable, they do still contain some harmful chemicals and should be disposed of properly.