8 Amazing Ways Olive Oil Is A Lifesaver Outside The Kitchen

Your favorite salad topper and pasta sauce ingredient can do so much more than make dinner taste delicious.

April 8, 2016
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1. Fix A Squeaky Hinge

It seems silly to keep petroleum-based aerosol lubricants around the house for the few occasions when you need to take care of a creaky door. Not only are they highly flammable, but they’re also extremely toxic. However, you probably always have olive oil on hand, which will do the trick just as well. Pour a little on a rag, and rub on the offending hinge to silence that irritating screech in no time. 

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2. Get A Smoother Shave

It turns out that using olive oil instead in your hair removal routine will give you smoother, softer skin—especially if you moisturize with olive oil in between shaves, too. Olive oil softens hair and skin before shaving, says The Olive Oil Source, allowing the razor to cut as close to the skin as possible without leaving irritating red bumps. Use it on your face, legs, head, or anywhere else.

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3. Hairball Control

According to the book Homeopathy For Your Cat: Remedies For Common Feline Ailments by H.G. Wolff, mixing a teaspoon of olive oil in with your cat’s food will lubricate blockages in the intestines, smoothing the way for hairballs to reemerge in the litter box, not the living room.

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4. Polish Furniture

You never know exactly what you’re getting with commercial furniture polishes, especially when they contain puzzling ingredients like “proprietary thickening agent” and “fragrance.” Luckily you can make a safer homemade version with trusty olive oil, lemon essential oil, white vinegar, and water—just check out DIY Cleaning Recipes For Every Room Of Your House.

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5. Remove Eye Makeup

Drugstore makeup removers contain ingredients you probably don’t want anywhere near the delicate area around your eyes, like petroleum-based mineral oil, toxic fragrances, and irritating benzyl alcohol. Luckily, all you need is olive oil—just one natural ingredient to remove even stubborn makeup. Simply pour a drop or two on a cotton ball, and use it to gently rub off makeup. As a bonus, olive oil softens skin around the eyes and smoothes out wrinkles with repeated use.  

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6. Get Paint Off Your Hands + Hair

If you’re a dedicated DIY-er, you’ve probably finished up a project only to realize there was more paint on you than on your newly refurbished dresser. Olive oil is the nontoxic trick to getting paint splatters off your body fast. It works as a solvent, the way turpentine does, but without the harsh fumes.

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7. Prevent Earwax Buildup

If you’re got a wax blockage, take care of the problem with organic olive oil rather than dangerous ear candles. Researchers found that using a few drops of warmed olive oil in the ear can soften earwax, making it easier to leave the ear. After adding the olive oil, lie down with your ear against a towel, and let the oil and wax drip out again. 

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8. Clean Garden Tools

You may have read that some gardeners use motor oil to condition their tools, but why chance introducing that stuff to your spring flowers? After washing your clippers and trowels to get all the dirt and grime off, rub them with a bit of olive oil using a clean cloth instead. Not only will olive oil make them shine, but it also protects them from rust and even prevents dirt from building up on the surface.