Olive oil has been a kitchen cupboard staple for centuries. It's rich with various vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a must-have for healthy cooking. But, believe it or not, the long list of health benefits merely scratches the surface of what this powerful oil can do. Read on to discover 12 insanely helpful (non-food-related) ways to use olive oil around your home. Your life will never be the same!
A fun day at the beach can quickly turn into a few days of pain. Gently rub some olive oil by hand onto sunburned areas to help accelerate your skin's healing and soothe discomfort.
Keep Razors From Rusting
Make your razors last longer (and save money!) by applying olive oil between uses. Simply add a few drops of oil to a cotton ball and smear it onto the razor blades. The oil will work as a sealant to protect the blades from the air and prevent premature rusting.
Clean Car Interior
Save your money and ditch the store-bought dashboard cleaners. Olive oil will do the trick for a fraction of the cost. Add a small amount of oil onto a clean microfiber cloth and lightly wipe over the dashboard and steering wheel.
Moisturize Dog Paws
If you're like me, you love to spoil and pamper your fur baby. However, one thing that can often go unnoticed is their paws. Our pups can experience dry skin just like we do, so it's important to help keep them moisturized. Give your pooch's paws some relief from dryness by occasionally massaging a tad bit of olive oil into the paw pads.
Clean Makeup Brushes
Beauty tools can build up dirt and bacteria that can clog your pores and cause blemishes. A mixture of water, dishwashing liquid and olive oil will pull the grime from your brushes and keep them clean before touching your skin.
...And it isn't just good for removing makeup from your brushes — it also works for your face! Olive oil is a gentle alternative to store-bought wipes and cleaners that will remove product buildup while simultaneously moisturizing your skin. Talk about a win-win.
Loosen Stuck Zippers
Before you give up on that favorite purse or jacket because the zippers have suddenly refused to work properly, let some olive oil bring them back to life. Simply dab some drops onto a cotton swab and apply it onto the zipper's stuck area to get it working smoothly.
Polish Stainless Steel
Stainless steel appliances add a sleek touch to any kitchen, but it doesn't take much for them to become covered with unsightly smudges. Keep them looking clean and shiny by adding some olive oil to a microfiber cloth and gently wiping along the grain.
Shine Leather Shoes
It's time to get that old pair of kicks shining like new again, and you don't have to purchase a shoe-shiner product to do it! Add a few drops of olive oil to a clean cloth, use a little elbow grease and your leather shoes will be turning heads in no time.
Why go all the way to the store for furniture polish when you could just take a few steps to the kitchen? A DIY mixture of olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar applied with a soft, clean cloth will save your favorite wood pieces from scratches, wear and tear.