I always keep an extra bottle of vegetable oil stored away in my pantry. Vegetable oil is an incredibly useful tool in the kitchen.
Plus, you never know when a baked good craving is going to strike! I always have to be prepared for those.
Vegetable oil isn’t only useful for cooking in your household. It has countless other household uses too! From beauty hacks to treating your pots and pans and wicker furniture. It’s a hugely versatile for such a cheap price.
Here are 11 creative ways you can use vegetable oil in your household!
1. Silence Squeaky Hinges
Squeaky hinges can quickly be silenced with vegetable oil. Just dab a small amount of oil onto the area where the squeak is happening. Then move the hinge back and forth to help work the oil. This will help lubricate the metal part of the hinges.
As well, this works great for hardware or other metal tools!
2. Remove Sticker Residue
Need an easy way to remove the leftover sticker residue? Use a generous amount of vegetable oil over the remaining adhesive residue. Allow the container to sit for an hour or so. The oil during this time will help loosen the rest of the sticker residue, breaking down any remaining paper stuck. After an hour, the sticker residue will come right off.
3. Caring for Your Cast Iron
Maintaining your cast iron to keep it in good condition for a long time is important. Oiling your cast iron with vegetable oil prevents food from sticking to it. Vegetable oil is inexpensive and does the trick without having a strong taste or odor left over.
4. Moisturize Your Hair
Use vegetable oil as a deep conditioning treatment. Use half a cup of oil and warm it up in the microwave. Then massage the vegetable oil into your hair, shampoo, and then rinse it out.
5. Soothe Diaper Rash
If your little one has a diaper rash you can soothe their pain and protect their skin with vegetable oil. Rub a little vegetable oil on the diaper rash area.
6. Remove Paint From Your Hands
Do you have paint stuck on your hands from painting for fun or doing a home renovation? Use a small amount of vegetable oil to remove it by pouring a little into your hands. Rub it in and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Then wash your hands as you would normally.
7. Polish Your Wood and Steel Appliances
Vegetable oil is the perfect polisher for your wood furniture and stainless-steel appliances. Use several drops on a dry cloth and these will help make your wood and steel appliances shine again.
8. Open Sticky Lids Easily
It can be annoying to open sticky lids on jars of honey, syrup, and more. To make it easy to open those stuck lids, use vegetable oil. Apply a bit of the oil around the outside of the rim. The oil will prevent the sticky substance from sealing the lid of the jar, so next time you open that jar it will be much easier.
9. Get Splinters Out
Splinters can be irritating and frustrating to get them out. If tweezers aren’t doing the job, then apply some vegetable oil to the area and let it soak for several minutes. Your skin will be softened and make it easier for you to ease the splinter out.
10. Protect Your Wicker Furniture and Items
Wicker is prone to cracking and fraying with age. An easy way to keep your wicker furniture and items protected is by using a little vegetable oil. Pour a small amount of oil onto a cloth then rub it over the wicker furniture or items and allow it to soak for several hours. Then buff the furniture or items with another clean cloth.
11. Relieve Bug Bites
Vegetable oil is a great itching reliever from bug bites. This is the perfect item on hand to use for those mosquito bites or other itchy spots to offer temporary relief.