Health + Wellness

The Many Surprising Ways To Use Olive Oil

Nearly everyone that cooks or eats knows the versatility, flavor, and health benefits that olive oil can bring to food preparation. But did you know that it has nearly countless uses around the house to preserve finishes, fix squeaks, and even enhance your beauty routine?


Utensils: After hand-washing wooden kitchen pieces, give them a good coating of olive oil to nourish the wood and prevent cracking and discoloration. Let the oil sit on the wood for about five minutes and then buff with a soft cloth.

Shine Stainless Steel: Put a dab of olive oil on a soft cloth and rub stainless steel appliances, pots, and sinks to prevent streaks, water spots, tarnish, and corrosion. Finish by buffing with a soft cloth.

Remove Sticky Labels: Saturate paper labels with a drop or more of olive oil and let it remain on the label for at least 15 minutes. The label will peel off easily and the plastic, glass, or wooden item can be hand-washed to remove any remaining residue.


Remove Tight Rings: Have a ring that just won’t budge from your finger? Coat your finger in olive oil and use a soft cloth get a grip on the ring and slowly work it off your finger.

Protect Razor Blades: Razor blades are expensive. To help them last longer and prevent dulling rust, wipe down dry razor blades with a cotton ball or swab dipped in olive oil. Allow the blades to dry before using.


Soften Cuticles and Moisturize Skin: Olive oil is an ideal natural lubricant for rough cuticles and dry skin. You can even add a bit to your warm bath to soften skin while you bathe.

Control Frizz: Comb a bit of olive oil through dry hair to tame fly-aways. You can also rub a bit on your hands to run through your hair to control frizz. Both your hair and hands will look better.

Remove Makeup: Dabs of olive oil will remove heavy makeup without any drying chemicals and leave your skin feeling soft. It is particularly good for removing mascara because it also moisturizes dry lashes.


Prevent Mosquitoes: Pour a little olive oil into rain barrels. It will float on the top and prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

Protect Garden Tools: Olive oil will protect wooden tool handles from drying out and splitting. Coat metal tools to prevent rust and help dirt and snow from sticking and oil the moving parts of pliers and clippers. Don’t forget to protect wooden outdoor furniture!

Invigorate Plants: Ferns and palms will be lush if you add two tablespoons of oil to the base of the plant about once per month.


For more ideas check-out The Spruce. No need to use your most expensive olive oil; opt instead for a bargain brand for household uses. To make it even more useful, keep some oil in a regular spray bottle or a reusable pressurized sprayer that can be found in kitchen supply stores.

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