Are you using your olive oil to its fullest potential? Check out all the different Uses for Olive Oil so that you get the most out of this household staple.
Uses for Olive Oil
Finding multiple uses for a product is really fun and exciting! One look on Pinterest, and you can see the crazy amount of uses for coconut oil, plastic spoons, and even dryer lint! The alternative uses that people can come up with are insane!
Today, we’re going to explore a bunch of different uses for olive oil. This pantry staple can be used for so much more than just salads! Check it out!
Olive Oil Uses for Skin
Treat a sunburn. The oil can soothe a mild sunburn by keeping it moisturized. Chilling in the fridge makes an even bigger impact!
–Here are more sunburn remedies?
For dry skin. Mixing equal parts olive oil and beeswax will make an excellent balm. No beeswax? Just slather the oil on your lips.
–(You can also check out this recipe for Homemade Lip Balm.)
Cuticle Oil. I have horrible cuticles, especially during the winter. This is a great way to keep them moisturized and from cracking.
Get paint off of your skin. Rub the olive oil into the paint and wipe it away!
Sugar face scrub. Mix olive oil and sugar to make an awesome exfoliate for your face.
–Here’s a great Sugar Scrub Recipe.
Cleansing oil. Wash your face with equal parts of olive oil and castor oil. Rinse and wipe off with a warm rag.
Eye makeup remover. Massage into closed eyes and rinse to get remove eye makeup (even waterproof mascara!).
Alternative to shaving cream. Slather onto skin for a super close, yet moisturizing shave!
–Here’s a great recipe for Homemade Shaving Cream too if you want to go a step further!
Olive Oil Uses for Hair
Cradle Cap. Put a little on the baby’s head and gently exfoliate it with a warm rag. Rinse it out well with warm water.
Hot oil treatment for hair. Warm-up a container of olive oil. Massage it into hair and wrap with a towel for 30 minutes. Rinse well!
Kill lice. Warm your olive oil and comb it through the scalp. Wrap it in a towel for at least 30 mins. Repeat every ten days until the problem has completely cleared up.
Remove gum from hair. Massage olive oil into the area where the gum is present and leave on for five minutes. The gum should slide right out.
Olive Oil Uses in the Kitchen
Use instead of butter in recipes. Olive oil is a great substitute for butter! Just use a bit less than what’s called for in your recipe.
Clean measuring cups. Coat your measuring cups with olive oil to allow sticky stuff to slide out easier. (like peanut butter!)
Condition your cutting board. Rub a little olive oil into your cutting board with a cloth to condition a dried out, wooden board.
Other Uses for Olive Oil
Carrier for essential oils. Most essential oils can not be used topically without a carrier. Olive oil works perfectly as a carrier oil!
Prevent mosquitoes from breeding. If you have a rain barrel, add some olive oil to create a layer on the top that prevents mosquito larvae from contaminating the water.
–Here are more ways to prevent mosquitoes.
Use as Goo Gone. Saturate a sticker (or other sticky substance) and rub it in. Peel the sticker off to remove.
Ease an earache. Warm olive oil and drop in the ear. Massage for relief. For an ear infection, infuse the oil with garlic.
Shoe polish. Rub olive oil into shoes with a cloth to bring back the shine without the horrible smell or storebought shoe polish!
Help kitty pass hairballs. By adding about 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil to your cat’s food every day, it may help ease hairballs through their system.
Make Candles. Want to make some quick and easy candles? Head over to this Olive Oil Candles Tutorial.
There are so many uses for olive oil! If you have even more olive oil left after doing some of the things on this list you might want to consider making Olive Oil Oven Baked Potatoes to go along with your dinner- delicious!
Looking for more uses for common household ingredients? Check these out:
- Uses for Epsom Salt
- Uses for Witch Hazel
- Uses for Honey
- Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar
- Peppermint Oil Uses
What do you do with olive oil besides cooking?
Do you have any more uses for olive oil to add to this list?
This post on Uses for Olive Oil was originally published on Little House Living in October 2013. It has been updated as of October 2019.