January 28th, 2013

10 Interesting Uses for Olive Oil

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 I’ve been an olive oil user for years. I buy it  in a very pure minimally processed form, which is a healthier version than processed. Olive oil has a fairly high cooking temperature and adds great flavor to many dishes.

Olive oil isn’t just for cooking. It has a few interesting uses that make it even more appealing to keep around.

  1. Moisturizer. My grandmother used to sleep with Noxema and she had gorgeous skin. A little olive oil will do the same trick.
  2. Remove Stickers. This one would have saved me a lot of effort since my kids were notorious for putting stickers in all the wrong places. Cover the sticker with the oil, then gently peel it off the surface.
  3. Wood Furniture Polish. Apply olive oil to a soft cloth and use on your wood furniture.
  4. Lip Balm. I’m not by definition a DIYer , but there are times when the urge to use those creative juices is hard to resist. I actually made my own lip balm with olive oil last year. Here’s the recipe.
  5. Cleaning Stainless Steel. Cleaning stainless steel pots and pans is actually pretty simple. As the stainless pots and pans dry rub a bit of olive oil on the pan to prevent streaks, rust, and tarnish.
  6. Makeup Remover. Apply a small amount of olive oil to your face and gently wash off  with a damp washcloth.
  7. Prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Pour a layer of olive oil on top of stagnant water to prevent mosquitoes.
  8. Kill Lice. We’ve had lice more than once and olive oil was our savoir. Lice can’t hold their breath for over eight hours so the sleeping with olive oil on your hair kills them.
  9. Condition Cuticles. Put a little olive oil on your cuticles before you head to bed.
  10. Use Around the House Instead of WD-40. Use olive oil to fix a creaky door or a any other hinges that need a little tweak.

Do you have any other interesting uses for olive oil?

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11 Responses to “10 Interesting Uses for Olive Oil”

  1. Thank you for the great tips! I use olive oil as a hot oil pre-wash treatment for my hair. 1 to 2 tablespoons (depending on the length of your hair), sit with an electric heat cap or wrap a warm moist towel on your head for 20-30min. Wash hair normally with shampoo and conditioner. It has prevented my hair from drying or breaking during the winter months and it’s super shiny! :) Beats many of the expensive treatments I’ve used in the past!
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  2. I love olive oil, especially for some of the great reasons you mentioned. I especially love to use it on wood furniture with a a few drops of orange essential oil…..LOVE the scent!
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  3. I am a fan of olive oil but didn’t know one could use it for so many things apart from food! Fighting lice and cleaning stainless steel are my two favorite new uses I learned from you!

  4. So glad you learned something new! I’m amazed by how many different uses it has too.

  5. Good idea Cathy-adding a few drops of orange essential oil and you have a lovely scented furniture polish.

  6. Great suggestion for hair. Thank you!

  7. Love this list! Just “pinned” it!
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  8. Thanks! I’m so glad we found each other today :)

  9. Thanks for posting these. I wrote the book, The Passionate Olive -101 Things to do with Olive Oil and absolutely love that so many are interested in green, wonderful uses. Here’s one of my favorites: use sea salt and olive oil as an exfoliant.

  10. Hi Carol, Thanks so much for sharing the info on your wonderful book. What a great idea-using olive oil and sea sal as an exfoliant!

  11. Thankyou for sharing such invaluable info on uses of olive oil. I know it’s good for hair but other uses was unaware of. Keep posting anything new.

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