With an undeniably appealing scent, vanilla extract is a popular flavoring found in kitchens all over the world. From making pastries, cakes and other desserts taste better, there are other lesser known uses for the extract. The spiciness and intense aroma comes in handy when home remedies using vanilla extract helps solve everyday issues around the household.
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Vanilla Extract Home Remedies
While some of the cheaper synthetic vanillas marketed today may offer aromatic properties, they cannot compare to the real thing. When using the following home remedies for vanilla extract, make sure to select pure vanilla:
a) Refrigerator Freshener:
If you have a bad odor in the fridge that doesn’t disappear even after scrubbing everything. Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator with vanilla extract. Some people will also leave behind a cotton ball soaked in vanilla extract to prolong the nice scent.
b) Soothe a Toothache:
Applying vanilla extract to a tooth ache can provide pain relief when you pour three to four drops onto a cotton ball and swab the tooth and gums.
c) Get Rid of Microwave Odor:
When you’ve microwaved food that leaves behind a lingering odor, place a bowl with a small amount of vanilla extract in it. Cook on high for one minute, and the strong smell will have been nicely replaced.
d) Remove Sticker Residue:
Since vanilla extract usually possesses a high alcohol content, a small amount can be used for removing sticker residue.
e) Neutralize Paint Odor:
The smell of fresh paint can literally give you headaches. Add one tablespoon of vanilla extract to a paint can when you first open it.
f) Room Deodorizer:
To add a nice scent to your rooms, place one or two drops of vanilla extract on a lightbulb. When you turn on the light, your spaces will fill with an appealing aroma.
g) Insect Repellent:
While the scent of vanilla extract is pleasant to you, bugs do not like it. Add one tablespoon of vanilla extract to one cup water. Wipe the solution on exposed skin to discourage mosquitoes, blackflies, and ticks from treating you like their next meal.
h) Burn Relief:
Vanilla extract can actually soothe the pain that comes when you’ve grabbed a hold of a hot pot or suffered a grease splatter on your skin. The evaporation of the alcohol in the vanilla extract will cool the burn .
i) Teething Baby Treatment:
Vanilla extract is safe to use on teething babies. Not only does it provide temporary pain relief, but also offers a calming effect.
j) Perfume Substitute:
If you need a quick scent when you’ve run out of perfume, place a dab of vanilla extract on each wrist. Some people have reported that the scent is quite relaxing.
 Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 341.