Olive oil has stood the test of time as a welcome addition and basic component to the kitchen pantry. We love it for salad dressings. We love it to dab it up with a hunk of bread. We love it on pasta. We love extra-virgin and cold-pressed because it’s good for our hearts, and we love to be healthy. It’s hard to imagine a kitchen without it.

While all of that is well and good, olive oil gets even better as we take it out of the kitchen. Olive oil, like other natural ingredients, such as apple cider vinegar and baking soda, is wonderfully useful for taking on household chores, beautifying, and self-medicating. Whatever one’s reasons may be, moving away from chemical products or saving a little cash with DIY recipes, adding olive oil to the mix can quite often come in handy.


1. It Protects Wood

Start looking into the products we use to moisturize and protect our wood surfaces and it quickly becomes apparent that they’d ideally be a little safer. Those readily identifiable odors are often the result of carcinogenic chemicals. Instead, we can make up a simple mixture of olive oil and a few drops of essential oil of lemon or even just lemon juice. It’ll provide the pleasant aroma, as well as keep the wood (and us) healthy.

2. It Moisturizes Skin

It’s easy to drop a bomb on natural skin moisturizer or to damage skin with chemicals from cheaper versions, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve likely got a great skin moisturizer right next to the stovetop. Olive oil has lots of vitamin E, which helps with dry skin both by including it in one’s diet and applying it topically. Use it on cracked heels as well!

3. It Treats Chapped Lips

Chapped lips are a pain in the…mouth, but there are many all-natural home remedies for this common problem. Coconut and flaxseed oil are usually the recommended choices for treating chapped lips, but for those of us who are a bit more run-of-the-mill in the kitchen cabinets, olive oil is also great for getting those lips back to kissable.

4. It Lubricates Hinges

A squeaky hinge is one of those things that, one, can drive a person to the outreaches of sanity, and, two, can be easily remedied with something so simple as a bit of drizzled olive oil. There is no reason to continue putting it off until the next trip to the hardware store. Just add a little lubrication next time salad is on the menu. (It can be safely used to lubricate other things as well.)


5. It Removes Paint

While it may seem an unlikely way of removing paint from hands, especially with all of those abrasive soaps on the market or the smelly thinners, olive oil is actually a folksy way of getting hard-to-scrape paint off of skin. When the job is done, just rub in a little olive oil and paint slides right off of hands.

6. It Soothes Shaves

Shaving creams are steadily becoming more expensive, and they often have some questionable ingredients in them, stuff that certainly isn’t natural. But, olive oil is natural, good for the skin, and lubricates well, so it makes a great substitute for shaving cream. It can be applied to faces, as well as legs, and likely costs less than brand name products.

7. It Removes Stickers

Stickers can be an incredible nightmare, requiring long lingering moments in front of the sink, scrubbing away. Some of us hit the breaking point and buy chemical products that are powerful enough to take those final bits of sticky residue off, but we needn’t do that. Olive oil can get the job done, and we can save some time and money, and probably some health issues.

8. It Conditions Hair

Hair oil treatments help to make hair shiny and luxurious. Again, these are often a bit pricey and include unnecessary chemicals. Instead, just heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil and apply it to freshly washed hair. Massage it into the scalp and slowly move out to the tips of the hair. Let it sit for half an hour and then rinse it out.


9. It Shines Stainless Steel

Metal polish is just harsh-smelling, nasty stuff, and surprisingly enough, it’s not really so necessary. There are many things that give different metals a good polish, but olive oil is particularly well suited for shining up stainless steel and brass items, such as sinks, stoves, mixing bowls, fixtures, and so on.

All natural, DIY solutions are all around us, especially in our kitchen pantries. Olive oil is another simple product that simply has tons of uses.

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