I was reading my April issue of Health this morning and came across my name and this mention of Planet Home. Fun! I love vanilla.

“Kick household stenches (and maybe even some germs) to the curb—sans chemicals—with vanilla. Not only does it lift odors, but a compound in vanilla may serve as an antibacterial. You can concoct your own nontoxic deodorizing spray by adding a few drops of pure vanilla essential oil (preferably organic) to a few cups of water in a spray bottle, says Alexandra Zissu, co-author of Planet Home. Spray it in stinky spots throughout your house to make your place smell like baked goods. Sweet!”

There’s also a sweet tip for how/where to store vanilla beans (hint: it involves sugar) in the article. Click here for more.