26 Things to Do with Olive Oil Other Than Cooking.
Olive oil can be used for literally scores of things besides cooking. Here are some different ways to use olive oil that we hope you might find useful around the household and for personal care. You don't need to use premium Extra Virgin olive oil, just grab a bottle of inexpensive, domestic olive oil for around-the-house use. You can cut down on excess oil by investing in a refillable spray can, such as the Misto® olive oil sprayer.
General Household Uses
1. Easy clean up of garden tools. Spray some olive oil on your tools. There will be less dirt build up and it will rinse off much more easily. Repeat as necessary during use. Then rub a little on the tools before storage to prevent corrosion.
2. Wood furniture polish. Put about a teaspoon of oil on a soft rag and wipe. You may wish to try 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice to increase cleaning power and add a nice fresh smell and shine.
3. Fix a squeaky door. Use a little oil on a rag or cotton swab or a small squirt of oil and apply to the top and sides of a squeaky hinge to help quiet a car or home door. Wipe up excess oil with a paper towel.
4. Free a sticky zipper. Put a little oil on the teeth of a sticky zipper with a cotton swab (be careful not to get it on the fabric), then gently ease the tab down.
5. Shine stainless steel and brass. Rub metal objects with a little olive oil on a clean rag to prevent streaks, corrosion, and tarnish on stainless or brass.
6. Remove paint from skin. Rub olive oil onto messy hands, arms or faces and allow the oil to soak in for five minutes, and then rinse with soap and water.
7. Remove paint from hair. Use a cotton ball moistened with olive oil, gently rub it into your hair and work the paint free.
7. Condition leather. Rub olive oil into worn leather, such as shoes, slippers, belts or even an old baseball glove, and let set for 30 minutes, then wipe away any excess and buff to a shine.
8. Footwear conditioner and polish. Rub down your shoes or boots with just a spray of olive oil to maintain their suppleness and shine.
9. Clean greasy hands. Pour 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt or sugar into palms and massage briskly into hands and between fingers for several minutes. Rinse with soap and water.
10. Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder. Rub a thin coat on the base of the holder before inserting a candle. Dripped wax should peel away easily.
11. Lubricate measuring cups and spoons. Rub or spray olive oil on your measuring tools for easy clean-up of sticky substances like honey, grain mustards, and sugar syrups.
General Personal Uses
12. Stop a throat tickle. Take a sip of olive oil to stop the itchy flicker that is making you cough.
13. Cure an earache. Very carefully, use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the outside ear cavity to help with earaches and excess wax.
14. Help reduce snoring. Take a sip of olive oil before heading to bed. It might lubricate your throat muscles and stop you from snoring.
15. Shave. Olive oil can provide a safe and natural lubricant for a close shave. Rub in an extra teaspoon once finished.
17. Bathe. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to your running bath water to help moisturize and soften your skin.
18. Remove makeup. Dab a bit under your eyes, on your cheeks and forehead, then wipe with a damp cloth.
19. DIY lip balm. Mix olive oil and melted beeswax in a 1:1 ratio with an essential oil for fragrance, and help reduce dry and chapped lips.
20. Control hair frizz. Comb a bit of olive oil through dry hair to tame frizz and flyaway on humid days or in the winter.
21. Fingernails. Use a bit of olive oil to moisturize cuticles, or mix oil and water and soak your hands before a manicure.
22. Exfoliate your face and hands. Rub your skin with olive oil, and then scrub with sugar or coarse salt, and rinse.
23. Soften your skin. Rub olive oil daily on notoriously dry areas, such as your feet or elbows, especially after a shower, shaving, or waxing.
24. Cure diaper rash. Gently apply olive oil to your baby’s bottom to help with the irritation of diaper rash.
25. Release chewing gum from hair. Pour some oil on the gum and surrounding hair. Then, use your fingers to pull on the gum; you may need to rub the oil around to loosen the gum up.
26. Benefit your dogs and cats. Mixing a little olive oil in your pets' food will help lessen your cat's chances of producing fur balls. It will also help your dog shed less fur. Mix an eighth of a teaspoon once a week into your cat's food. For your dog, add one teaspoon of olive oil into his/her food on a weekly basis.