Green Ideas: Vanilla

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Oh those crafty realtors. We just learned about one of their simple, yet brilliant house warming tricks today: a drop or two of vanilla extract upon a lightbulb, and your home is filled with the comforting scent of baked goods (and this whole time we’ve been actually baking to create the effect!).

Vanilla extract packs a wallop of scent packed strength: easily deodorize that pungent microwave with just a little extract; heat a small amount on High for about a minute. Or rid yourself of the funky bouquet of a week’s worth of leftovers in your fridge with a soaked cotton ball using nature’s deodorizer. Mix a tablespoon into a can of interior paint, and the fumes will be dampened by vanilla’s charms. And because vanilla is a natural insect repellent, not only will your place smell deliciously welcoming, but it will be naturally free of mosquitoes, blackflies, and ticks.