Secret Uses for Olive Oil

April 13, 2011 at 2:00 am 6 comments

By Kaye Nemec

A few weeks ago I accidentally bought waterproof mascara. For those of you familiar with waterproof eye make-up, you know that the term “waterproof” is not used lightly. It is also soap, face wash and wash cloth proof. Conveniently, make-up brands sell make-up remover to use along with their semi-permanent products. But, determined to get the mascara off of my eyes before sleeping with it on all night and running to Target in the morning, I searched for another option and what I landed upon was olive oil. After testing it out and getting a positive result, the doors to a world of uses for olive oil that I never knew existed were opened. Read below for some of the most practical uses.

  • Shaving lubricant
  • Polish – olive oil can be used as a substitute for furniture polish. Just dab a small amount of olive oil on a soft cloth and polish wood furniture as you normally would. Also use it to shine stainless steel and brass.
  • Moisturizer – olive oil makes a great skin moisturizer. Rub it into your hands, use it to moisturize cuticles etc. Using it to remove eye make-up also allows you to moisturize the soft skin around your eyes safely.
  • Frizz control – use a small dab of olive oil to tame unruly or frizzy hair (side note: dryer sheets also work well for this).
  • Snoring/Coughing – take a sip of olive oil to lubricate your throat. Do it before bed to help prevent snoring and do it if you have a scratch or tickle in your throat to prevent coughing.
  • Diaper rash cure – wipe a small amount of olive oil onto a baby’s bottom to help clear up diaper rash.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Victoria  |  April 13, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I bet it’s a fraction of the price of waterproof eye make up remover too!

  • 2. jdurley  |  April 13, 2011 at 11:34 am

    For many years I used baby oil as a waterproof mascara remover. It works well for many of the other items, too, (not recommended for Snoring / Coughing! )

  • 3. Sid Ated  |  April 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    It’ll make your furniture smell horrible though. Unless you happen to be someone who likes that ‘olive’ scent around the house.

  • 4. Jenn  |  April 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    In a pinch, I’ve used it as a lubricant for something other than shaving. I’ve also heard that it’s good for the digestion (promotes regularity).

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