Vanilla Extract as Odor Remover

I recently inherited a piece of furniture that had unfortunately been in a fire; nothing was wrong with the dresser other than the smell of smoke. My colleague told me to try this, and it worked wonders at eating the odor! Take a paper towel, dampen it and sprinkle with vanilla extract; place in a small container. I took the container and put it in the drawers, one at a time, for about three days. It worked great!

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When we were first married, an ice storm hit our area while we were away. We returned home to find our new freezer full of spoiled shrimp and venison. The smell was horrible! I tried everything to get the odor out, but nothing worked.

Desperate, I called my father for help. He told me to spray the interior of the freezer with vanilla flavoring, shut the door, and leave it for a few hours. It worked! The odor was completely gone.

I have since used this technique on ice chests, and once even used clear vanilla flavoring on the interior of our car after my husband tried to transport fresh shrimp in a leaky container. It worked and did not stain the carpeting.

Source: An old fisherman's trick passed down to me from my dad.

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