10 Surprising Ways To Use Olive Oil Outside Of Food

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If you cook your own meals, there’s a really good chance you have olive oil sitting around your house somewhere. It’s pretty much a kitchen staple. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that it can be used in many other ways outside of cooking. You’ll be amazed at what olive oil can do!

Without further ado, here are 10 ways to use olive oil that don’t involve cooking:

1. Polish wooden furniture.

Mix together 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts olive oil. Dip an old rag or sock in the mixture and wipe down your wooden furniture. Not only will it look amazing, but the lemon makes it smell amazing too!

2. Fix a stuck zipper.

Using a q-tip or cotton swab, wipe a small amount of olive oil near the stuck teeth of the zipper. Gently pull zipper tab down and—voila—it should be back to its fully functioning self.

3. Get rid of your cat’s hairballs.

If you have a cat, you know how common hairballs are. To help prevent them, and to help make your cat’s coat shinier, simply add a ½ teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food. Your feline friend will be thanking you in no time!

4. Remove makeup.

I know, I know, the thought of putting olive oil on your face might make you cringe. But surprisingly, it works wonders when it comes to removing makeup. Just add a few drops to a cotton swab and wipe away makeup. I bet you’ll be shocked at how well this works.

5. Help with diaper rash.

Have a little one that’s prone to diaper rash? We all know there’s nothing fun about that. Dab a little olive oil on your baby’s rash and gently rub it in. This should help soothe the irritation.

6. Moisturize dry skin.

Your baby isn’t the only one who can benefit from olive oil on the skin. If you have problem areas of dry skin, olive oil can help you too! Just rub a little on the areas of dry skin every day, and you’ll wonder how you ever used anything else.

7. Remove paint.

Dealing with stuck-on paint in your hair or on your skin? Olive oil can help that too! Just put a few drops on a cotton swab and rub on the painted areas. It really is that easy.

8. Protect garden tools.

If you garden, you know how quickly your nice tools can get rusty. But there’s an easy solution. Using a paper towel, thinly coat the blades of your garden tools with olive oil. This prevents caked-on dirt and will help prevent rusting, so you can focus more of your time on your garden.

9. Use as shaving cream.

No, I’m not joking. Instead of your usual shaving cream, reach for the olive oil. It will leave your skin feeling silky smooth without the need for the chemicals found in most shaving creams. Also, as a bonus, after shaving, you can dip your razor in a little olive oil to prevent blade rust.

10. Get rid of annoying throat tickles.

We’ve all had that annoying throat tickle before. You know, the one that comes about at the worst possible time, and no matter what you seem to do, you just can’t get rid of. Simply take a small sip of olive oil, which helps coat the throat, and your tickle should be a thing of the past!