In the July/August issue of HLMS magazine we discussed the health benefits of consuming olive oil and introduced you to the idea that olive oil is not just for cooking. In addition to using olive oil on your skin, hair and lips as a moisturizer we have discovered even more unique household uses for olive oil.

  1. Cuticle oil. Use a bit of olive oil to moisturizer cuticles, or mix oil and water and soak your hands before a manicure.
  2. Exfoliate. Rub your skin with olive oil, then scrub with sugar or coarse salt, and rinse.
  3. Use in place of mascara.  Condition and darken lashes with a dab of olive oil.
  4. Makeup remover. Dab olive oil on a cotton ball over stubborn eye make for easy removal.
  5. Remove paint, markers and hair color from your skin. Rub on olive oil, allow it to soak in, then rinse with soap and water.
  6. Remove gum from hair. Massage into area with gum and leave five minutes. The gum should slide out.
  7. Use as a shaving cream replacement.
  8. Prevent diaper rash.  Use instead of harsh ointments.
  9. Cure an earache.  Using a cotton swab, gently dab olive oil in the ear to breakdown wax build-up.
  10. Use to treat head lice.  Coat hair and scalp in olive oil and allow to sit for 30 minutes before shampooing.
  11. Ease snoring. A small sip of olive oil before heading to bed can help lubricate your throat muscles, and stop you from snoring.
  12. Stop a throat tickle. Take a sip of olive oil to stop that annoying itchy throat that is making you cough.
  13. Prevent mosquitoes from breeding in rainwater barrels.  Pour a little olive oil in the barrel, it will settle on the top, deterring the mosquitoes.
  14. Shine stainless steel.   Just dab a little olive oil on a cloth and wipe clean.
  15. Wood furniture polish. Wipe with a teaspoon of olive oil and a soft rag. Add a bit of vinegar of citrus juice to bulk up the cleaning power, and add a fresh scent.
  16. Shoe polish. Just a spray of olive oil and a quick rub down can help to maintain your shoe shine.
  17. Condition leather. Rub olive oil into worn leather and let set to soften before wiping away any excess.
  18. Condition your cutting board. Rub into aboard with a cloth to condition a dried, wooden board.
  19. Use on squeaky doors instead of WD-40.
  20. 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,
  21. Fix a stuck zipper. Apply olive oil to the teeth of a zipper with a cotton swab, then gently pull the tab down.
  22. Easily remove stickers.  Apply a coat of olive oil to sticker, let sit, and wipe off.
  23. Cat care. Add a teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food to help prevent hairballs and keep their coat shiny.