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10 Surprising Ways You Can Use Olive Oil Around the House

When it comes to tackling your chores, olive oil really comes in handy.

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Olive oil uses

We think of olive oil mostly as the miracle cooking ingredient that it is—but it’s also got a ton of uses around the house you never realized. Read on to find out what other uses that bottle of olive oil has around your home. Then, don’t forget about these extraordinary uses for other household staples.

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Polish the furniture

Sure olive oil makes a wonderful dip for bread and even makes cookies taste amazing. But did you know it makes a wonderful furniture polish? Simply apply it with a soft rag. To make it smell less like olive oil, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Learn how to remove water stains from wood.

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Make cleaning measuring cups easy

Making a pecan pie for a holiday party? It’s really not that difficult…except for the cleanup, especially when it comes to getting the corn syrup, honey, or molasses out of the measuring cup. But you can avoid that annoyance by rubbing olive oil into the measuring cup before filling it with a sticky ingredient. It’ll slide right out and cleanup will be easy! These are the cleaning tricks that don’t actually work.

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Free a stuck zipper

Got your zipper stuck halfway? No worries: Olive oil has your back. Simply apply a dab of it with a cotton swab to the teeth of your zipper. The gently ease your zipper into the direction you want it go. Have you ever wondered why zippers have the letters “YKK” on them?

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Shine stainless steel and brass

Apply olive oil to stainless steel or brass using a clean rag. It not only brings the shine but also prevents streaks, corrosion, and tarnish. Here are some more tricks for cleaning the dirtiest items in your home.

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Remove paint from your skin

DIY painting can save you money, but afterward, how are you supposed to get the paint off your skin without rubbing it raw? Easy: Rub on a dab of olive oil like you would lotion, let it soak for a few minutes, then rinse with soap and water.

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Fix a creaky door hinge

Olive oil is a lubricant, after all, so it only stands to reason that applying it to an annoyingly squeaky door hinge can quiet the creakiness. Check out more ways to fix your rattling door.

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Polish your shoes

Shoe polish smells terrible. Olive oil smells like…olive oil. And it doesn’t stain your hands. So what better way to shine your shoes than to spray a bit of olive oil on them and buff to a high shine? Learn how to clean every type of shoe.

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Clean your garden tools

A bit of olive oil applied to your garden tools before digging into the dirt can cut down on dirt buildup. It can also help prevent rust and corrosion. Don’t miss these other homemade cleaners that actually work too.

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Condition leather

Rub olive oil into your leather chair or your baseball glove, let it sit for 30 minutes and then wipe away the excess. Your leather will be grateful. Another thing you can use to condition leather? WD-40, which has these other surprising uses as well.

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Remove gum

Got gum in your hair? We hope not! If you do get into this sticky situation, just grab your olive oil. Soak some into a washcloth, wrap it around the gummy hair and let it sit for ten minutes. The gum will break down and literally slip right off your hair. Now, find out all the ways you can use vinegar around the house.

Originally Published on Taste of Home