Everyone deals with mess and odor in their home. Did you ever think of looking in your cupboard for the solution? Vanilla extract is usually used for baking, but it can also be used to make your home clean and smelling great. Use these helpful and inexpensive solutions.

  • On your vacuum filter or dust bag, add a couple drops of Vanilla Extract to create an amazing vanilla aroma every time you vacuum.
  • For a quick clean up in the microwave, place a few drops of Vanilla Extract on a wet sponge and wipe down the inside. This will cover up any burnt or strong odors as well.
  • Empty out your refrigerator, place a few drops of Vanilla Extract on a clean, wet sponge and wipe the entire inside. This will leave a delicious smell and attack tough odor. Not to mention, your refrigerator will smell great every time you open it.
  • When you clean out your coffee maker, add a few drops of Vanilla Extract. Not only will this make the machine smell great, but your next batch of coffee will be less bitter.
  • Out of air freshener? Soak a few cotton balls in Vanilla Extract and place them in the bottom of a vase with fake flowers or just a bowl. The smell will fill your room in no time.

I prefer to use Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract. The imitation extract has a more potent smell that will last longer than pure extract.  Also, the clear extract doesn’t leave a brownish tint when wiping down the microwave or refrigerator.

Vanilla Extract can be found at these national stores and also at your local grocery store (prices vary).

  • Walmart: McCormick Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract 2 fl oz: $2.06
  • Target: Market Pantry Imitation Vanilla Extract 2 fl oz: $3.89
  • Mackenthun’s (local grocery store): McCormick Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract 2 fl oz: $3.19

With these helpful tips, you’ll save money and have your house smelling refreshed! Next time you’re searching for a way to get rid of an odor, grab some vanilla extract out of your cupboard, and get cleaning.

This has been a guest post by Alesha from Waconia, MN
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19 thoughts on “Extract the Odor With Vanilla”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great tips! Thank you all.
    Did you also know that “pure” vanilla can be used to keep the Buffalo flies at bay for your chickens. I spray it on the back of their heads and necks when the flies are in full season. I also hang soaked strips in the chicken house. The flies try to get in their ears and noses, I lost chicks before I knew of this. (they suffocated them) I also dab some on my face and neck when in the garden to keep them off me.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does it get the smell of pee out of a mattress? If not, does anyone know how??!

    • Anonymous says:

      Go to a pet supply store (Pet Smart) and purchase a cleaner called Nature’s Miracle, it works wonders.  Not only does it knock out smells but it’s good for stains.

  3. Lisa King says:

    lol@ “out of air freshener?” who could possibly be a couponer and be out of air freshener……lmbo!

  4. Anonymous says:

    We use pure vanilla to knock a headache within minutes. One tablespoon in a cup of water will do it. My local Amish bulk store has it for only $8 for a quart. If you want it without alcohol, you might have to look in a healthfood store and pay more.

  5. Vicki Nigg says:

    I am eager to try this.Thank you for the ideas.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have also head that Jennifer Love Hewitt wears it like cologne .. and men love it.  

    • Anonymous says:

      Hmmmm, KelleeC- I think there is probably something else on Jennifer Love Hewitt that men love…lol!

  7. Anonymous says:

    lol  i was like Mackenthun’s, I haven’t heard that name in a long time!  Then I saw you were from Waconia.  It’s a small world.  I moved from Norwood to Golden 15 years ago.

  8. What a fabulous idea!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I always make my own vanilla extract for baking etc. Use about 1/2 cup of vodka and 1 vanilla bean, split down the center .Store in a dark glass container with a tight fitting lid/cap in an dark cabinet for 6 months and you have high quality vanilla extract for baking etc.

    •  Glad to hear we’re not the only ones that make our own! We buy a pound of beans at a time (I sell online & can get them wholesale, passing along the savings to my customers selling the rest). Mah Hubz makes awesome vanilla liquors with them too. Not sure why more people don’t do it, since the flavor is by far much better. :)

      • Anonymous says:

        I cook a ton and have always wanted to use a vanilla bean…do u know if they sell them at stores or where do u get them??

    • Coupon Queen says:

      You go girl…Vodka :-) Now that has to make most everything taste great :-)….and if it doesn’t you won’t realize after the first drink :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Pizzaz uses a couple of drops of Vanilla Extract to make Vanilla Coke.  I have never spoken of this to anyone ever before.