Use Vanilla To Make Your Home Smell Amazing

May 25, 2012

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Use Vanilla To Make Your Home Smell Amazing

Perfect tip if you are going to have company over or you just want your house smelling amazing. Simply  place 2 teaspoons of vanilla into a coffee mug and place in a 300 degree oven for 1 hour.

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Lea May 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

This really is amazing. My mom does this all the time. Especially when she was selling her house, whenever buyers would come to view the house she did this. :) Only difference is she would just put a little in a small sauce pan and heat it on low heat on the stove top. The house always smelled like she was baking cookies. <3

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Desiree Lees May 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I do it in the saucepan too, because I don’t like to heat up the whole oven. I put water and cinnamon/ other spices depending on the season and my mood :)

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Becki Noll May 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

I am having my 1st open house today…how long does the awesome smell last in the house.

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Lisa Howard May 26, 2012 at 12:47 am

I always pu vanilla with some whole cloves and cinnamon in a pan and let it simmer, makes the whole house smell like heaven.

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Christina August 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

Hi Lisa,

That sounds fantastic, do you add water to it or what??

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Jennifer May 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

what a great tip! Can’t wait to try it!

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Asia May 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Very good info, but why isn’t it print friendly? Would be nice, and I don’t think it takes anything from you.

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Budget Savvy Diva May 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm

There is a print friendly button on the page — it says the text print.

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CatHerder May 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I have a woodburning stove with a cast iron crock on top to humidify the air …i always throw cinnamon sticks and vanilla in

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kim June 4, 2012 at 2:37 am

Was just wondering if you got your info from those books from ltd . ? I think you posting this is awesome !!!!!!!

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Budget Savvy Diva June 4, 2012 at 3:10 am

What is ltd?

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Amythyst November 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

LTD is a company that sells everything from household items, toys for little ones, clothing, etc for cheap.

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Leslie June 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm

This will also work in a tart warmer.

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Amanda G October 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Great idea~ I am going to try this right now!

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Beth June 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Has anyone tried this with a candle warmer and a glass dish? Just curious, because I tend to catch stuff on fire, so candle warmers are my friend!

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Ashlea June 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm

This might sound like a stupid question…but are u referring to vanilla extract??? LOL

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Budget Savvy Diva June 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Yes I am :)

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Courtney June 14, 2012 at 4:11 am

Actually, I do something a lot easier than that! This is an old realtor’s trick. Place a drop of vanilla on light bulbs. When the lights come on it heats up the vanilla and makes the house smell amazing! I do that all the time!

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Nicole Becker October 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for the great idea Courtney!!

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Shannah March 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Love that idea!! I have put drops of essential oils on light bulbs, but I never though to try vanilla.

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Liz Trent July 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

awesome tip! How long does the scent last?

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Courtney July 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Liz, I don’t know if you are referring to me or the original post, but when I put a drop of vanilla on the light bulbs, the smell usually lasts a couple of days.

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Barbara August 1, 2012 at 4:28 am

Does that lightbulb trick work with the new, energy saving bulbs?

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Courtney August 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Barbara, yes it does. That’s what I have in my house. I love putting it on them right before company comes. Everybody always talks about how wonderful my house smells! I’ve been thinking about trying peppermint oil to see if that works too!

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Bonnie August 17, 2012 at 2:02 am

Courtney,
I had a florist and gift shop for many years, the light bulb trick works with any kind of potpouri oil. Cinnimon oil works great too for the holidays and add a drop or two of orange oil…

Michelle September 3, 2012 at 6:01 am

Does the lightbulb trick make the light bulbs dirty? Will it start to run down the lightbulbs even with just one drop?

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Courtney September 10, 2012 at 1:16 am

I usually always use the clear vanilla extract. I always have it on hand because I make cakes. I’m not sure if it would make it dirty or not.

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MrsS September 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

Try 2 teaspoons of vanilla, half a fresh lemon, and a sprig of rosemary in a saucepan of water and simmer… Heavenly!!!

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Erin September 16, 2012 at 3:02 am

This may sound silly, but does the vanilla burn on the light bulb? I love this idea but just want to make sure I don’t set something on fire…

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Shana Roybal November 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Ladies Thank you with all my heart for sharing this trick I’m truly happy to have read as I’m constantly looking into new ideas to make my home smell good. Thank you all so much!!

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ashley February 19, 2013 at 12:23 am

i wonder can be use vinilla into coffee machine ? same idea of put coffee bean turn it on smell amazing too.

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Mary Beth February 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Make sure the light bulb is cool when you put the vanilla on it, otherwise it will shatter.

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Tara @ Movie Bites February 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

I was having a Hunger Games DVD release party last year and realized my house smelled like onions from dinner right before my friends were supposed to arrive. I remembered pinning something about a quick fix so I quickly hopped online and got your idea. Worked like a charm! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Therese Breece March 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

Thanks Mark, glad you identified it useful. :)

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Kelly April 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I am doing this RIGHT now for my open house :D I love it but find that it doesn’t last TOO long… I might try the sauce pan idea next time!

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Chels May 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Doing it right meow:) two cats in an apartment has to have a cheaper scent covering solution! Thanks:)

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Larissa May 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Vanilla extract is just awesome! Another great idea we always use at my house is, when cleaning the fridge add vanilla to water as your last wipe, and you will see how amazing your fridge will smell. Hope it works for you!

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Janda June 1, 2013 at 7:12 am

This is a great tip ! We have LOTS of cats at home and we usually have a spritzer bottle filled with water & vanilla essence to spritz on the carpets & upholstery every now and then – but doing it this new way makes more sense, will get a more powerful smell … and I love vanilla !! Another trick I can add is BICARBONATE OF SODA in the ashtray of your car, absorbs smells – and good old CHARCOAL (in an open container) is also a good smell absorber for Storage Areas, Garages and even Shoe Cupboards !

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Kim June 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

A other thing you can use is cut up oranges and stick of Cinnamon and 2 drops of vanilla and simmer it on the stove the smell is a amazing

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Janetcat July 3, 2013 at 3:35 am

In the winter when I peel an orange or lemon I put the peel in a small saucepan water and what ever kind of spices I feel like at the time, simmer in low. My house smells great, and it lasts several days, just reheat and it renews the scent.

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Megan July 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Could I put this in a wax burner?

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Deltavogue July 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I would love to try rose oil!

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suzanne phillips August 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I have an open house tomorrow. It is a cottage and smells like one. Just put vanilla and water on stove????

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Courtney October 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Hi there ladies to let u know menards sells inserts for furnace in homes that do this but do it all day long for days i just bough 2 for 3.00 !

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Mrs. P.T. February 21, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I’ve just put a saucepan of this mix onto our rayburn stove. We’ve got 2 wet, muddy labradors and I think our house if going to smell an awful lot better any minute now. Thanks so much, brilliant idea x

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donna March 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I’m going to try it in my crock pot,then don’t have to watch it…..couldn’t get the original text…..just got the comments but got the just of it…..thanks

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