15 Surprising Things You Can Do with Olive Oil

Pour out some olive oil for more than just bread or pasta. This hero can be used to help maintain your home and body.

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin,
Olive Oil

This simple kitchen staple adds softness, shine, and protection to common household objects and packs amazing benefits for your hair and skin.

Household Solutions

1. Furniture Polish from the Pantry

Olive oil (and vegetable oil, too) works wonderfully on wood furniture. A very light coat will nourish the wood and help protect the finish, but be sure to rub it in well so it doesn’t leave a residue. You can put it in a spritz bottle, or just pour a bit on. Add a little lemon juice for a great scent.

2. Condition a Baseball Glove

With a soft cloth, work a bit of olive oil over the dry areas. Leave on for 30 minutes, then wipe off any excess. Baby oil works, too.

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3. Reveal Shiny Leaves

Using a cotton ball or rag, rub a little olive oil on each side of houseplants’ leaves. It will repel dust and keep the foliage gleaming!

4. Protect Your Tools

Olive oil makes an easy lubricant for metal. Use it on kitchen and gardening tools to lubricate and protect. Just start with a clean surface by removing any dirt or rust.

5. Save a Trip to the Vet

Skin irritation is a common complaint in pets—and a common source of vet bills! Olive oil can soothe irritation caused by fleas or dry skin. It also helps heal sore, cracked paws that can bother your buddies in summer heat or icy, snowy winter conditions.

Health And Beauty

6. Secret to Silky Locks

To transform dry hair into soft, shiny hair, rub in olive oil, starting at the ends and working at least halfway up. Then blow-dry on the hottest setting and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Wash and condition as usual, and get ready for super sleekness!

7. Remove Mascara Naturally

Moisten a cotton ball with some olive oil and apply. Then simply wipe off with a tissue. Coconut oil works in the same way.

8. Soothe Diaper Rash

Just rub a little on the affected area for immediate relief! The vitamins in olive oil fight inflammation. Coconut oil can serve the same function, providing moisture and creating a barrier to protect baby’s skin.


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