Olive oil can be used in so many ways that go way beyond cooking, from personal care to home improvement, natural remedies and beyond. Using olive oil can help you avoid the need to use chemicals, compounds and other substances that aren’t beneficial for the environment.
In your home, Olive oil can be used to:
Polish wood furniture. Add citrus juice to olive oil to boost the cleaning power and leave a fresh scent. Pour a few drops on a soft rag to polish furniture. Use 1/3 cup of citrus juice for every cup of olive oil. It does go rancid though so keep in the fridge and bring to room temperature before using.
Condition and revitalize leather. Rub olive oil in any worn leather, such as a baseball glove. Let set for about 30 minutes and then wipe away any remaining surplus residue.
Make brass or copper sparkle. After polishing brass or copper, rub in a little olive oil to delay the reoccurrence of tarnish.
Buff stainless steel appliances. Many cleaning products, such as those containing ammonia, can dull and even oxidize chrome and stainless steel. Olive oil, however, provides a safe and effective shine. Simply rub a bit of olive oil on a soft rag to prevent streaks, corrosion, and tarnish.
Prevent water stains. Using a small amount of olive oil, rub a cloth along the inside of your clean and dry kitchen sink. It prevents water stains from forming and will make your sink sparkle and shine.
Lubricate measuring cups and spoons. Rub or spray olive oil on your measuring tools for quick and simple clean-up of sticky substances like honey, grain mustards, and sugar syrups.
Avoid cracking in your wooden items. Rub olive oil into wooden cutting boards to help prevent cracking. This also helps deter staining and marking. It can also be used on wooden handles or even fret boards on guitars to restore the natural glow without drying the wood.
Fix a squeaky door. Use a rag or cotton swab to apply olive oil to the top of a noisy hinge in your home or automobile. Wipe the top of the hinges so that the oil runs down the sides.
Shine your shoes. Wipe your shoes with just a mist of olive oil to maintain and/or restore their shine.
Protect garden tools and prevent difficult clean up. Coat garden tool blades with a thin layer of olive oil to cut down on dirt buildup and prevent rusting.
Free a jammed zipper. Using a cotton swab, apply a drop of olive oil to the teeth of a zipper, and then gently ease the tab down. Avoid touching the fabric since staining can result.
Restore a hardwood floor and kitchen cabinets. Olive oil can be used in small amounts to restore the shine and luster to hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets. It works better than traditional polish and doesn’t have an overbearing smell.
Lengthen the life of your razor blades. Submerge the head of the razor in a small container of olive oil between uses. One blade will last for months and for far more shaves than you would believe possible. The oil prevents rust from developing on the blades.
Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder. Before inserting a candle, rub a thin coat on the base of the holder. Dripped wax should easily wipe or peel away.
Get rid of adhesive residue. Pour directly on the sticky surface and spread it around. Let it set for a few minutes and remove with a paper towel or soft rag.
Eradicate tough stains from clothing or skin. Olive oil removes tar, paint, asphalt, anything oil or petroleum based from skin & clothing. Wash the oil spot from clothes with a lye laundry bar when you are finished.
Clean your greasy hands. Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon salt or sugar into your palms to remove paint or car grease from your hands. Vigorously rub the combination into your hands and between your fingers for several moments; then rinse with soap and water. Your hands will not only be cleaner, they’ll be softer as well.
Remove gum from hair. Rub oil directly on the gum and comb the gum out. Place a little bit of powder on the affected area to absorb the oil until the hair can be washed.
I hope you enjoyed this article and as always STAY HEALTHY and BEAUTIFUL!