11 Really Helpful Things You Can Do With Olive Oil
Olive oil is great for sautéing and salad dressings, however if you're only using it in the kitchen, then you're missing out! I'll show you 11 practical uses for olive oil all over the house.
That bottle of olive oil in your kitchen cupboard is much more useful that may think! In addition to blending it with lemon juice to make a fast vinaigrette, you can also use olive oil for cleaning, personal care, and more!
In today's blog post we'll be sharing 11 surprising and practical uses for olive oil around the house. We believe you will be thrilled to learn just how versatile this oil can really be! :-)
A Quick Note About Olive Oils
There are a handful of quality grades when it comes to olive oil, together with the most popular being extra virgin olive oil. "Extra virgin" means that the petroleum was mechanically pressed from fresh olives to get the best taste and aroma.
These are important qualities when it comes to cooking, but they aren't particularly important for the applications listed below. So feel free to save yourself some money by employing standard olive oil instead!
11 Surprising Strategies For Olive Oil Around The House
Sub For Shaving Cream
Olive oil makes a great substitute for shaving cream at a pinch! Just lather your thighs using a bit of oil for a smooth shave without a razor burn.
Olive oil is very moisturizing too, so that your legs will feel super soft afterward. For even softer legs, utilize that olive oil to make my exfoliating leg scrub!
Repair Cracked Heels
Suffering from rough, dry, or cracked heels? Moisturizing olive oil makes a great overnight repair treatment!
Before bed, exfoliate dead skin using a heel file or pumice stone, then apply olive oil to your heels. Pull a pair of socks on and you're going to wake up with softer, smoother feet!
Remove Gum From Hair
The fat content in olive oil can be really useful for removing gum from someone's hairloss. (No scissors needed!)
Just apply a generous amount of oil into the gum and the hair around it, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then gently pull the gum free.
Unstick A Zipper
Got a zipper that just will not budge? Moisten a Q-tip using a little bit of olive oil, then apply the oil into the zipper teeth to get it moving again.
(Just make sure that you keep the oil off the fabric!)
Avoid Wax Buildup
Before you put a tapered or pillar candle into your candle holder, apply a thin coat of olive oil into the base of the holder.
The oil will make it much easier to remove any wax drips later on!
Unstick A Ring
Who hasn't accidentally gotten a too-tight ring stuck in their finger? Luckily for us, olive oil makes it easy to get those rings unstuck!
Just rub some olive oil onto the finger where the ring is stuck, and you should be able to slide the ring straight off.
Eliminate Stickers & Labels
Use olive oil to remove stubborn decals and labels with ease! Just apply enough oil to saturate the decal, allow it to sit for a few minutes, and you are going to be able to remove it without any sticky residue.
Erase Eye Makeup
Olive oil can also function as a gentle way to remove eye makeup. Put a small amount of oil on a cotton pad, then gently wipe away eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.
Once the makeup is gone, rinse your face with warm water and follow up with your favorite facial cleanser.
Protect Wooden Kitchen Things
There are a lot of oils you can use at a pinch to nourish and condition wooden cutting boards, bowls, and utensils in your kitchen, including olive oil.
The key is to apply it sparingly and allow it to soak in for a few minutes. Afterwards, use a dry, soft cloth to buff away any excess oil.
Prevent Rusty Razors
Replacement cartridges for razor blades can be expensive! But you safeguard your investment by treating them with olive oil to help prevent rusting.
Pour a little bit of oil on a cotton ballthen apply the oil to the blades. Allow the blades to dry for a while before using the razor.
Soften Cuticles & Dry Skin
Olive oil is both moisturizing and packed with antioxidants, so it is great for treating rough cuticles and repairing dry skin. Dab it on rough and ragged cuticles daily for healthier, more beautiful nails.
You can add a little bit of olive oil to a warm bath for softer skin all over!
Do you have any other uses for olive oil outside of the kitchen?
- Neil Naran