Olive oil is best known as a kitchen product, which is often added to dishes and salads. However, this kitchen staple could also be taken out from the cupboard and be used in so many other ways. Here are some alternative uses for olive oil that you should try.
1. Hair Conditioner
If your have been desiring long and thick locks as opposed to your brittle and dry ones, extra virgin olive oil could do the trick for you. This liquid is high in vitamin A and E, niacin and biotin, which help lock in moisture in your hair to keep it soft and smooth. Get half a cup of EVOO and heat it in the microwave then lather on hair and massage into scalp. Leave it for 10 to 30 minutes like a hot oil treatment. Rinse it off with shampoo and you’ll have strong and luscious locks.
2. Prevent Acne
It might seem weird to use oil to treat acne as pimples are caused by too much sebum and dirt in pores however, the vitamins and antioxidants in the oil removes impurities that cause pimples. Make an olive oil exfoliating scrub by mixing 4 tablespoons of salt with three tablespoons of olive oil. Lather it into your face and scrub gently to remove dead skin and impurities that have clogged your pores. Leave it on your face for around 2 minutes so that the oil hydrates and moisturizes the skin in your face. Rinse it off with mild cleanser and warm water. For better results, do this everyday for one week and then go down to twice a week after.
3. Paint Remover
If you accidentally got paint in your hair as your were redecorating your room, olive oil is the answer. Simply get a cotton ball and wet it with olive oil and dab on the paint until it gets off. This could also be used in stubborn mascara makeup that is very difficult to remove.
4. Shaving Cream
Olive oil could be substituted for the expensive shaving creams out in the market. This is the best alternative compared to soap, which would only cause your skin to get rough. The nutrients in the olive oil make the hair easy to remove as well as moisturize the skin. Simply pour EVOO to your hands and lather all over the skin, which needs to be shaved. Not much oil is needed to do the job but if you prefer to keep it greasy, then feel free to do so. Rinse off afterwards and skip the aftershave lotio.
5. Makeup Remover
Removing makeup is essential to keep skin healthy and acne-free. However, some makeup remover brands are as expensive as the makeup itself. If you are looking for a cheap alternative, try using olive oil. While any olive oil would do, it is recommended that you use EVOO as it contains higher amounts of polyphenols which is good for the skin as it enhances skin cells to grow and protects it from harmful UV rays. Simply wet a cotton ball with olive oil and apply on your face. Let it sit for 30 seconds so the nutrients have time to moisturize your skin. Wipe excess oil afterwards with clean tissue or cotton.
6. Stainless Steel Polish
If your stainless steel kitchen equipment is starting to show signs of corroding, tarnish and wear, olive oil could keep clean it back to life. First, clean the surface with a mixture of baking soda and water. Let it dry. Once dry, get a clean rag and moisten it with olive oil. Rub it hard or until the streaks come off. After that, wipe the surface clean with a new rag to get rid of excess oil left.
7. Leather Conditioner
It might not be advisable to do this for all kinds of leather material but this process is effective in cleaning leather couches and baseball mitts. To clean and get rid of molds in the leather, mix one part of vinegar with one part of olive oil with two drops of lemon oil (for added scent). Moisten a clean rag with the solution and softly dab on the dirty and moldy part of the leather. Leave it on for around 10 minutes then wipe excess solution off.