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8 Uses for Olive Oil (That Have Nothing to do with Food)

Updated on October 30, 2012

Olive oil is something that you almost certainly have in your kitchen cupboard. Most of us use it to fry up the foods that we love or to top off salads. However, cooking isn't the only thing that olive oil can be used for. In fact, it can be used for a whole variety of things that you've probably never even thought of.

Here are just eight great uses for olive oil that don't have anything to do with cooking:

1. Cure dry hair. Or oily hair for that matter. You can balance out the natural oils produced by your hair by using cooking oils like vegetable oil to regulate your oil secretion. Simply rub a dab of olive oil on your scalp before bed. Dry hair will brighten up and oily hair will start to calm down.

2. Polish your furniture. Why pay a fortune for fancy furniture polisher when the olive oil that you've got in your kitchen will do the trick? Use it on all different types of wood to maintain that look you paid for.

3. Medicinal purposes. There are many things that can be cured with olive oil. Two common ones are earaches and lice. For earaches, pour the olive oil into your air, add a cotton ball and relax while it works its magic. For lice, clean out the critters with a comb first and then add olive oil to the scalp to solve the rest of the problem.

4. Beautify your skin. You can use olive oil as a skin lotion. You can use it to assist you in shaving without nicking yourself. Or you can add some to your bath to get a silky smooth feeling from your cleaning. In all these ways, olive oil improves the appearance and feel of your skin.

5. Add shine to your kitchen. You can use olive oil to clean stainless steel so any appliances or utensils that you have which are made of this material can be easily brightened up with a little help from your olive oil.

6. Stop that squeaking. Anything that you hear squeaking probably just needs a little oil. Before making a mess with the WD-40, consider seeing if some olive oil will solve the problem.

7. Eliminate wax from your nice candle-holders. You didn't pay all that money to have wax melt on to them. Coat them with a little bit of olive oil before you burn your candles and you should have no problem peeling that wax away.

8. Give new life to old things. Certain items just need some shine to get them looking like they should - or working like they should. For example, you can improve the leather on shoes and baseball mitts by rubbing olive oil into them.

Olive oil is great in the kitchen. It can be used on salads, as bread dip or to fry up meats and vegetables. However, olive oil gets its best use when it's taken out of the kitchen and turned into a useful tool around the home. Anything that you can think of which requires oil, moisturizer or some shine might benefit from a dab of olive oil.


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    iluvceleb 7 years ago

    wow. I only know that olive oil is very healthy. I did not know that it could be useful to ease problems especially lice and dry skin. Thanks for sharing

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    Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    Awesome hub! Had to bookmark it! Thanks!

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    shanekruger 7 years ago

    Nice information, specially the first 2 usages. It seems I never knew olive oil true benefits. Great I will try some. Thanks

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    Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Never knew you could use olive oil in all those ways. I'm going to try a few. Thanks for a great hub.

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    thaninja 8 years ago from America

    My goodness, that covers a lot of different things. I could see the candle holders gettting a bit slippery though.

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    Marian Swift 9 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

    Fantastic Hub! I've linked it to my recent HubMob Hub on frugal housekeeping. Hope that's OK.

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    stephen mukuna  9 years ago

    I like the tips but its not easy to tell real & fake olive here in kenya or Africa

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    Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

    wow great info here. Thanks.  especially liked the wax from candles....I used it with 100 o/o pure organic Oregano oil to help me heal my leg from celulitis .  The oregano oil helps get rid of bacteria's..1 teasp.oregano oil and 2 teasp. olive oil ..worked like a charm. In the hospital they wondered why I smelled like spaghetti.. hee hee ha ha G-Ma Hugs :o) (p.s. also nice when you give a message)tsk tsk

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    Rhym O'Reison 9 years ago from Crowley, Tx

    I have been using olive oil as a moisturizer forever, but I can't get other women to see how great it is for their skin. Now I am going to give my furniture a face-lift too. Thanks for the great info.

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    luvhandles 9 years ago from Jacksonville

    I knew you could use olive oil on your body, but I didn't know that you could use it to polish the furniture!

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    christinekv 9 years ago from Washington

    Interesting and informative hub! You probably are already aware that olive oil is one of the key ingredients for anointing oil the Bible speaks of as well. I've used anointing oil in my sons ear when he gets an ear ache (accompanied by prayer), and it has always worked! You have inspired me to perhaps try it as a skin moisturizer and leather conditioner as well. Thanks!

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    Research Analyst 9 years ago

    Wow, so many uses, great!

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    erinlis 9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

    Great ideas! I can't wait to try some out.

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    singpec476 9 years ago from Not Too Far Away

    Who would have thought that it would be so handy. Great hub.

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    Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

    I use olive oil as a body lotion and use it for all my squeaking doors which work perfectly!

    Thanks for all these other tips;)

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    highwaystar 9 years ago

    You've done it again...thanks for some great tips, you're much appreciated.

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    sim71 9 years ago from Norwich, Norfolk, UK

    This is a great hub - I have lived in the olive oil producing area of spain and have used olive oil for many things, but this is a great list!

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    optimisticbob 9 years ago


    Thanks for the shaving tip. As you can see from my profile photo, i have a lot to shave every day. Do I just lather it on before the shaving lotion?