UNUSUAL USES FOR VANILLA ESSENCE

UNUSUAL USES FOR VANILLA ESSENCE Most of us know vanilla essence as an ingredient in cakes and other recipes. Have you ever thought of using vanilla essence any other way? I have a bottle of vanilla essence lying in the refrigerator which I seldom use, and I am sure many of you must be having at least one bottle of vanilla essence lying useless! Here I am with some unusual ways of using vanilla essence:

FRESHEN UP A FRIDGE

Having trouble getting rid of that bad odour in your refrigerator? Wipe down the inside of the fridge with vanilla extract. To prolong the fresh vanilla scent, soak a cotton ball or a piece of sponge with vanilla extract and leave it in the refrigerator.

NEUTRALIZE SMELL OF FRESH PAINT

If you don’t like the unpleasant smell of fresh paint in your house, mix 1 tablespoon vanilla extract into the paint can when you open it. The house will smell delicious!

SKIN SOOTHER

Vanilla is a potent skin saver, thanks to its antioxidants, which help soothe irritated skin.

How to use: Squeeze juice of 1 lemon into a bowl; discard seeds. Slice open 5 vanilla beans lengthwise, and scrape out seeds with a spoon. Add vanilla seeds, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and 3 drops vanilla essential oil to lemon juice; mix ingredients well. Apply scrub to your face (avoiding your eyes), and massage in for a few minutes; rinse with warm water, then splash with cold water.

REPEL BUGS

Everybody likes the smell of vanilla except bugs. Dilute 1 tablespoon vanilla extract with 1 cup water and wipe the mixture on your exposed skin to discourage mosquitoes, blackflies, and ticks.