20 Uses of Olive Oil Outside the Kitchen


Everyone knows how fantastic olive oil is as a salad dressing. But did you know that this healthy and superbly tasting oil pressed from full-grown olives can be used in so many other ways than flavor those greens? Continue reading to come across 20 things that can be done with olive oil.

1. Superb Shaving Oil

Use olive oil as a lubricant to achieve a close shave. After you’re done, massage a small amount to newly shaved skin to keep it moisturized and irritation-free.

2. Razor Blade Protector


Make your razor blades sharp for months by applying olive oil on them in between uses. This keeps those razor blades from getting rusty, allowing them to be of service for a long time.

3. Wooden Furniture Polish

After dusting wooden pieces of furniture, condition and polish them with olive oil. Place some olive oil on a soft, clean rag and polish away!

4. Stainless Steel and Brass Protector

Use a clean rag to apply a thin layer of olive oil on stainless steel or brass decors to shield them from corroding or tarnishing. As a bonus, those prized possessions of yours will shine like new!

5. Stuck Zipper Solver

That stuck zipper starting to get on your nerves? Worry not. Use a cotton swab to lubricate the problematic part and gently slide the zipper tab.

6. Hairball Stopper

Add a teaspoon of olive oil to the food of your furry pal in order to prevent hairballs. This will also give Whiskers a shiny, healthy coat.

7. Simple Snore Eliminator

Getting complaints that you snore too loudly? Before you hit the sack, have a sip of olive oil. This will lubricate your throat and put an end to your snoring.

8. Itchy Throat Soother

A teaspoon of olive oil can relieve that tickle you feel that’s making you cough. Got a full-blown sore throat? Get relief fast by swallowing a tablespoon of honey mixed with olive oil.

9. Leather Conditioner


Condition your leather bag, jacket, baseball glove etc. with olive oil to make it look better and last longer. Simply apply a thin layer of olive oil on the surface and allow it to set for 30 minutes. Blot off excess with a dry rag.

10. Instant Shoe Polisher

Noticed that your shoes need some shining at the last minute? Get your hands on a clean rag, rush to the kitchen, grab a bottle of olive oil and shine away!

11. Diaper Rash Healer

At some point, your baby will probably end up with diaper rash no matter how careful you are. Gently applying a little olive oil on diaper rash will help in easing it.

12. Remover of Paint from Hair

Happy with your DIY wall painting project but furious that your tresses got specks of paint? Remove them with a cotton ball moistened with olive oil. Works great on bubble gum too!

13. Squeaky Door Stopper

Is that squeaky door getting more and more annoying? Put a stop to it by simply applying olive oil on the problematic hinge using a cotton swab or rag.

14. Gardening Tool Protector

Before you let your green thumb spring into action, rub olive oil on your gardening tools to reduce dirt buildup. After gardening and cleaning up your tools, apply olive oil once again to protect them from getting rusty.

15. Measuring Cup and Spoon Lubricator

You like whipping up baked goodies but not the cleaning up of measuring cups and spoons afterwards? Spray olive oil on them beforehand to make it easier to remove gooey ingredients later on.

16. Lice Remover


Liberally apply olive oil on scalp and hair and allow it to stay there for at least 40 minutes. Use kitchen towel to blot out excess before shampooing thoroughly. Do this weekly for lice prevention.

17. All-Natural Insect Bite Repellent

Ran out of your favorite insect bite repellent? Fret not for as long as there’s a bottle of olive oil around. Apply olive oil on exposed skin to keep those pesky insects from biting.

18. Acne Reducer

Combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 4 tablespoons of salt. Gently massage the mixture on your face with your fingertips and leave it there for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Do this once a week to heal acne.

19. Excess Ear Wax Remover

Wax buildup leaving you with an earache? Use a cotton swab to apply olive oil on the outside of your ear cavity to soften and remove excess wax.

20. Nail and Cuticle Moisturizer

Apply a little olive oil on your fingernails and cuticles with a cotton ball. Wait for a few minutes before you get the manicure started for the perfect outcome.