HOUSEHOLD TRICKS WITH OLIVE OIL

Olive oil is so much more than a healthy topping for salad and a heavenly dip for fresh-baked bread. Olive oil has dozens of unusual uses around the house, other than its powerful moisturizing and healing properties on the hair and skin. It might seem weird to stick a bottle of olive oil in your hall closet, or next to your workbench, but after you try these household tricks, you may be tempted to permanently relocate your supply from the pantry!

HOUSEHOLD TRICKS WITH OLIVE OILFURNITURE POLISH

Olive oil helps remove dust from furniture and gives it a shine. Add a teaspoon to a quarter cup of lemon juice, and you’ve got a non-toxic, petroleum-free polish that also gently cleans wood surfaces.

SQUEAKY DOOR

Lubricate a sticky hinge or creaky knob with a few drops of olive oil to quiet an irritating noise without harsh chemicals or a toolbox.

LUBRICATE MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS

Rub or spray olive oil on your measuring tools for easy clean-up of sticky substances like honey, grain mustards, and sugar syrups.

PAINT CLEAN UP

When your hands are covered in paint, sap or any other sticky substance that’s hard to remove, try scrubbing them with olive oil and a little salt or sugar. The paint will come right off and your skin will be soft and exfoliated.

STICKER REMOVAL

Dab olive oil onto a sticker or label, let it sit for a few minutes and the sticker will peel right off. No scraping needed, no annoying residue left behind.

STAINLESS STEEL SHINER

To clean stainless steel, use a sponge and warm, soapy water to wipe away any debris. Then, pour olive oil on a clean, soft cloth (a microfiber cloth works well). Buff in a circular motion with firm pressure until the surface shines like a new penny.