Vanilla Extract for Fish Odor

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.

By onesoutherngal from MI

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June 9, 20111 found this helpful

I always use vanilla flavoring in my ice chests when I clean them after each use. I have even used it in stinky ice chests after my husband put his fish he caught in them.


You know, men never wash them out as good as we women do, so they get a smell.

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June 11, 20110 found this helpful

Would this work on other odors? Like pet urine?

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June 11, 20110 found this helpful

Just reminded me that you can add clear vanilla to white paint to help with new painted room smell. And if the paint color is in the beige/brown tones you can use regular vanilla. GG Vi

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