11 Surprisingly Helpful Things You Can Do With Olive Oil

Uses for Olive Oil

That bottle of olive oil in your kitchen cupboard is much more useful that might think! In addition to mixing it with lemon juice to make a quick vinaigrette, you can also use olive oil for cleaning, personal care, and more!

In today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing 11 surprising and practical uses for olive oil around the house. I think you’ll be delighted to learn just how versatile this oil can really be! :-)

A Quick Note About Olive Oils

There are several quality grades when it comes to olive oil, with the most popular being extra virgin olive oil. “Extra virgin” means that the oil was mechanically pressed from fresh olives to get the best taste and aroma.

These are important qualities when it comes to cooking, but they aren’t particularly important for the uses listed below. So feel free to save yourself some money by using standard olive oil instead!

11 Surprising Uses For Olive Oil Around The House

Uses for Olive Oil

1. Sub For Shaving Cream

Olive oil makes a great substitute for shaving cream in a pinch! Just lather your legs with a bit of oil for a smooth shave with less razor burn.

Olive oil is very moisturizing too, so your legs will feel super soft afterward. For even softer legs, use that olive oil to make my exfoliating leg scrub!

Uses for Olive Oil

2. Repair Cracked Heels

Suffering from rough, dry, or cracked heels? Moisturizing olive oil makes a great overnight repair treatment!

Before bed, exfoliate dead skin with a heel file or pumice stone, then apply olive oil to your heels. Pull a pair of socks on and you’ll wake up with softer, smoother feet!

Uses for Olive Oil

3. Remove Gum From Hair

The fat content in olive oil can be really useful for removing gum from someone’s hair. (No scissors required!)

Just apply a generous amount of oil to the gum and the hair around it, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then gently pull the gum free.

Uses for Olive Oil

4. Unstick A Zipper

Got a zipper that just won’t budge? Moisten a Q-tip with a bit of olive oil, then apply the oil to the zipper’s teeth to get it moving again.

(Just make sure to keep the oil off the fabric!)

Uses for Olive Oil

5. Prevent Wax Buildup

Before you put a tapered or pillar candle into your candle holder, apply a thin coat of olive oil to the base of the holder.

The oil will make it much easier to remove any wax drips later on!

Uses for Olive Oil

6. Unstick A Ring

Who hasn’t accidentally gotten a too-tight ring stuck on their finger? Luckily for us, olive oil makes it easy to get those rings unstuck!

Just rub some olive oil onto the finger where the ring is stuck, and you should be able to slide the ring right off.

Uses for Olive Oil

7. Remove Stickers & Labels

Use olive oil to remove stubborn stickers and labels with ease! Just apply enough oil to saturate the sticker, let it sit for a few minutes, and you’ll be able to remove it without any sticky residue.

Uses for Olive Oil

8. Erase Eye Makeup

Olive oil can also serve as a gentle way to remove eye makeup. Pour a small amount of oil onto a cotton pad, then gently wipe away eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara.

Once the makeup is gone, rinse your face with warm water and follow up with your favorite facial cleanser.

Uses for Olive Oil

9. Protect Wooden Kitchen Items

There are a lot of oils you can use in a pinch to nourish and condition wooden cutting boards, bowls, and utensils in your kitchen, including olive oil.

The key is to apply it sparingly and let it soak in for a few minutes. Afterwards, use a dry, soft cloth to buff away any excess oil.

Uses for Olive Oil

10. Prevent Rusty Razors

Replacement cartridges for razor blades can be expensive! But you protect your investment by treating them with olive oil to help prevent rusting.

Pour a bit of oil onto a cotton ball, then apply the oil to the blades. Allow the blades to dry for a while before using the razor.

Uses for Olive Oil

11. Soften Cuticles & Dry Skin

Olive oil is both moisturizing and packed with antioxidants, so it’s great for treating rough cuticles and repairing dry skin. Dab it onto rough and ragged cuticles daily for healthier, more beautiful nails.

You can even add a bit of olive oil to a warm bath for softer skin all over!

Do you have any other uses for olive oil outside of the kitchen?

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  • I use olive oil about once a week to help with stubborn earwax build up. The tip was in a magazine. I warm it a small dab about 10 seconds in the microwave. I put a little in my ears. Then I use cotton rounds and then sleep with it in my ears overnight. I think it kind of helps some. My hearing can be affected by wax buildup in my ears during allergy season.

  • I rub olive oil onto my skin and let it sink in for a couple of minutes before a bath. More effective than adding oil to the bath and doesn’t leave the bath as greasy. Soak for at least 10 minutes, makes skin feel so soft.

  • My sister taught me a neat trick. Use EVOO as a butter substitute by doing this: Put some in a small tupperware container and sit it in the freezer for a few hours until it has hardened. Transfer it to the fridge. It will keep it hardness and can be used as a spread instead of butter and margarine. Just spread it on bread with your knife, like you do butter!

    • How is the “spreadability” – is it rock-hard like refrigerated butter, or just more solid than liquid? I keep a stick of butter at room temperature for spreading purposes, so evoo (or eloo, etc.) that just gets hard like butter would defeat the purpose. I use grass-fed butter so the nutritional comparison isn’t an issue for me.

  • I put window cleaner into a spray bottle. It’s also great for removing tight rings. Just spray some on & off it comes. It also brightens diamonds at the same time!

      • We used what is called sweet oil. (It is olive oil) You can find it in the pharmacy. Just put a couple of drops in your ear. We got it to use on our rabbits for ear cankers and mites. I found black pepper on a cotton ball in your ear will help with an earache until you can get to the Doctor. It heats up and soothes the pain without having to hold something there.

  • Cats can sometimes develop painful mats especially older cats. Olive oil rubbed gently into the mat will help heal the skin and the mat will eventually fall off. Did this with my elderly McCat and she’s feeling very much better!

  • If you use Olive Oil or any oil for that matter to moisturize your skin or face, it is very important to mix it in with your favorite skin /face lotion or cream. It can be absorbed better this way, this comes from my Dermatologist and Aesthetician as well. Oil will appear to absorb alone, but it doesn’t absorb deeply enough without the lotion/cream.

  • I use EVOO as a moisturizer for my face and décolletage; not every day due to the fragrance but if I’m not planning to go anywhere besides the grocery store I rub it all over. and it works wonders.

  • Extra-virgin refers to the level of acidity in the olive oil (the lower the better) and is strictly regulated by law in the country of origin. It is not enough for the olives to be fresh, they must also be low in acidity. It is illegal to label olive oil as “extra-virgin” if it does not conform to the acidity parameters. Just to set the record straight, because many people in the US are not aware of this and may be paying high prices for oil that is not up to standards.

    • Not only “not up to standards,” but not even from the purported country of origin. “Spanish” or “Italian” or “Greek” olive oil could be a blend of oils from many places and of different qualities. My understanding is that the only way to ensure that a given olive oil is where it says it’s from is to buy oil made in the U.S. For this reason I’ve been buying only California olive oil.

  • Instead of pricey olive oil, EVOO or otherwise, I would use baby oil or plain old mineral oil. Baby oil remains my all-time favorite eye makeup remover.

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