13 Surprising Ways You Can Clean with Olive Oil in Your Home

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Olive oil is a staple in most cooking. It has versatile properties, flavor, and health benefits too. Did you know that it has other useful benefits besides cooking? You can use it around your home to help preserve finishes, fix squeaks, and nourish surfaces by loosening stains, grease, and grime.

I had no idea how many countless benefits there were!

Surprisingly, you won’t need to purchase the most expensive olive oil. You can just use any plain old olive oil, a clean rag, and then some good old-fashion elbow grease! Olive oil is the perfect alternative if you are out of your favorite household cleaners or want to stop using toxic chemicals within your home.

If this sounds like something you want to do keep some olive oil in a regular spray bottle or reusable pressurized sprayer found within kitchen supply stores. Then read the following ways you can clean with olive oil in your home!

1. Cleaning Cast-Iron Pans

You can make a scrubbing paste with olive oil or another vegetable oil. Mix with a teaspoon of coarse salt. Scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with hot water.

2. Get Paint Off Your Hands

Rub some oil into your skin. Let it sink in for 5 minutes and then wash thoroughly with soap.

3. Repair and Condition Leather Furniture

Like any furniture within your home, it needs to be cleaned. Make sure you dust your leather furniture regularly. Pour a small amount of oil onto a cotton cloth and rub it into the scratched area of the furniture in a light circular motion.

You can also use olive oil to soften and supple other leather items, such as gloves and baseball mitts. Just use a few drops of olive oil over the surface.

4. Protect Rattan and Wicker Furniture

To help this furniture from cracking, gently rub warm oil into the furniture with a soft cloth.

5. Shine Stainless Steel

Stainless steel appliances are a popular choice for kitchens these days. Unfortunately, they can end up being covered in fingerprints. You’ll need two items: vinegar and olive oil. Spray your stainless steel with vinegar and use a soft cloth or paper towel. Wipe in the direction of the grain. Then put a few drops of olive oil on the cloth and wipe down with the grain.

To give your stainless steel a quick sparkle, pour olive oil onto a cloth and buff.

6. Polish and Shine Wood

Remove the dust from furniture by using a micro-fiber cloth first for the best results and shine. Then combine 3-parts olive oil and 1-part lemon juice in a bottle. Mix well so the ingredients are fully integrated. Cover a clean cloth with the oil and lemon mixture. Make sure you don’t over-saturate but cover the cloth, so the oil is transferred to the furniture. Then rub the cloth on the wood furniture until it is polished.

You can use this for wooden cutting boards, salad bowls, and utensils.

7. Squeaky Doors

Pour olive oil into a bottle. Use a spray bottle with a “spray setting” for the best results. Then spray directly on the squeaky area. Wipe with a cotton ball to remove the residue. Test the hinge of the squeaky door. Apply more if needed or wipe the residual oil from the hinge.

8. Remove Stickers or Price Tags

You can easily remove stickers or price tags with a little bit of olive oil. Dab some olive oil onto a clean cloth then apply directly on the sticker surface. Make sure you use enough to cover the entire sticker. Rub the oil in a circular motion and allow the oil to sit for a couple minutes. Then run your fingernail underneath the sticker to lift from the surface. Reapply the olive oil if the sticker is not lifting.

9. Silverware

Silverware that might be tarnishing can easily slow down the process by giving it a protective layer of olive oil. Use a soft cloth to rub the olive oil over the silverware. You only need a small bit.

10. Shine Shoes and Boots

Shine your shoes and boots that have patent leather, rubber, and natural leather with a bit of olive oil. Never use olive oil on suede or napped leather. Buff with a clean cloth.

11. Remove Tough Stains from Your Hair and Skin

Besides removing paint from your hands, you can remove gum from your hair. Coat the area well and work out the sticky mess with a tissue slowly. For tougher stains on the skin, such as hair dye, grease, and permanent marker, mix a few drops of the olive oil and one teaspoon of sugar. Scrub the ingredients onto the area and then rinse with warm water.

12. Refresh Plants

Ferns and palms can become lush if you add two tablespoons of oil to the base of the plant. Do this once per month.

13. Unstick a Zipper

Dip a cotton swab in some olive oil. Rub it over the teeth of the zipper. Slowly work and gently ease the zipper up and down.

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