7 Ways to Use Olive Oil Outside the Kitchen
From polishing your furniture to, uh, shaving your legs
You already cook and bake and grill everything with the stuff. But what about removing your makeup with it? Here, seven ways to use olive oil outside the kitchen.
Fix a squeaky hinge
Forget the WD-40. Just pour a little olive oil on a dishrag and rub it on the hinge to take care of that creaky old door--without any harsh chemicals.
Get a smoother shave
Bonus: It doubles as a moisturizer, so you get silky, soft legs in one step.
Wood coffee table looking a bit dinged up? Combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar and funnel it into a spray bottle for your very own cleaning concoction.
It’s much gentler than most of the removers you’ll find at drugstores. Pour a few drops of olive oil onto a cotton round and gently rub it across your lids to whisk away any traces of tonight’s smoky eye.
Use it as a hair mask
Dry, frizzy strands? Mix 1/2 cup of olive oil with 1/4 cup of raw honey and slather on liberally from mid-lengths to ends. Then, clip it all up and catch an episode of Barefoot Contessa before rinsing everything out with warm water.
Studies have found that pouring a little bit of warm olive oil into your ear and letting it drip out will soften any wax and make it easier to clean ears afterward.
Rub paint off skin
Finally tackled that project from Pinterest? And got paint all over your arms? Instead of scrubbing your skin raw to remove that dried-on residue, rub your hands and arms down with olive oil to help paint chips slide off easily.