It’s no surprise that the Olive + M family is huge on the benefits of olive oil for your skin, but there are surprising ways to use this miracle oil that you likely don’t know. From creaky doors to pet health care, olive oil is one of the most versatile, natural ingredients you can have on hand. Check out some of our favorite ways to use olive oil.
Substitute the chemical-laden furniture polish in your home with natural olive oil. The conditioning agents in the oil soak into the wood, restoring a sleek finish. Use a dry towel to wipe any dust or dirt off the furniture, then apply a small amount to the wood and wipe in the direction of the grain – but don’t stop with the coffee table! Olive oil is a great polish for leather shoes and will help protect the leather from showing signs of wear and aging.
Lubricant & Protectant For Metal
Olive oil is a great protectant of metal, so try it on a squeaky door hinge, or to sharpen your kitchen knives. You’ll want to remove the rust from any metal before applying the oil, and if you use it as a lubricant to sharpen knives, use a towel to remove any excess or metal shavings.
Extra virgin olive oil should be your go to when you consume or use it on your skin. Quality EVOO works well for those with sensitive skin and can be used on your hair and nails. Use EVOO to mix with salt, sugar, or ground coffee to create a natural exfoliating scrub.
EVOO cleanses your pores, conditions hair and nourishes nail beds. The oil can also be used on diaper rashes and other skin inflammations as a topical treatment to provide relief and help heal the skin.
Make Up and Paint Remover
Olive oil is gentle and versatile enough to remove makeup and paint. Using an olive oil cleanser is a great way to gently remove even the toughest of waterproof makeup. It can also be used to remove paint or chewing gum (a great secret if you leave a piece of gum in an article of clothing that makes it into the washer).
Even your four-legged family members can benefit from olive oil. Add a few drops of olive oil to pet food for hairball prevention and to help dogs and cats develop luxurious, healthy coats. The oil can also relieve dry skin patches on pets and help heal sore, cracked paws.
To keep olive oil fresher longer, store the oil in glass, stainless steel, or tin – avoid plastic. It’s also best to store olive oil in a dark container to prevent light damage. After 60 to 90 days of opening, olive oil shouldn’t be used for cooking or skincare, but it’s still perfect for cleaning, polishing or to use as a lubricant on metals.