Why Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is the edible oil extracted from the meat of a coconut. It’s made up of a unique combination of fatty acids that have proven to be antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Because of this, it is often regarded as a “super food” that is not only beneficial when ingested, but also when applied topically to the skin.
Household Cleaning with Coconut Oil
In addition to it’s many health benefits, there’s a growing list of uses for keeping your home a well-oiled (pun intended) machine. Try these 12 ways to clean your home with coconut oil.
(1) Remove gum. Dubble Bubble is great until a wad of it ends up in your hair. Remove gum from hair by applying oil directly to the culprit, let sit for a few moments, then gently pull gum from hair. The same trick also works for carpet. And if you need to remove a sticker label from a container, the same method applies.
(2) Condition wooden items. Your cutting boards and chopping blocks can be conditioned with coconut oil (be sure to test a small inconspicuous area first). Bonus: coconut oil has natural antimicrobial properties so you’ll be cleaning while you condition.
(3) Unstick a stuck zipper. Nothing worse than dashing to the bathroom, only to realize the zipper on your jeans is jammed. Don’t get caught with your pants up. Dab a small amount on a stuck zipper to help get it moving again.
(4) Season cast iron cookware. Because cast iron cookware doesn’t have a layer of nonstick surface, it has to be seasoned before it is used. Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil or shortening.
(5) Clean metal items. Make your lackluster 3rd place bronze medal shine and restore it’s deep color with a layer of coconut oil.
(6) Remove rust. You left your gardening shears out in the rain. Again. Rub a layer of coconut oil to rusted area, let sit for one hour then rinse with warm water.
(7) Prevent litter from sticking to the box. Clean-up will be a breeze when you rub the bottom of the box with a thin layer of coconut oil before pouring in the litter.
(8) Get a squeaky clean shower. Clean your shower by applying 1 tablespoon to a damp cloth and evenly distribute the oil all around the tub. Rinse tub thoroughly with warm water. Then spray with hydrogen peroxide and wipe dry with a clean cloth for an extra sanitizing boost.
(9) Lift scuffmarks from floors. The MC Hammer dance-off in the kitchen was totally worth it but now you’re left with unsightly scuff marks from your sneakers. Rub a small amount of coconut oil directly on mark with a clean cloth and scrub until gone.
(10) Clean ink off plastic and vinyl. Sometimes your toddler’s latest art canvas also happens to be your favorite piece of furniture. Use a small dab of coconut oil on offending mark and wipe away.
(11) Quiet squeaky hinges. No need to buy a new can of WD-40 (or scare yourself silly listening to the spooky sounds at 2am). Apply a small amount of coconut oil to door hinges and you’ll be creak-free in no time.
(12) Clean and moisturize leather. Those sweet leather pants treated you right at the club last night and they deserve some TLC today. Using a clean cloth, work a small amount into leather items to moisturize and condition.
There are many more uses for coconut oil around the house, but these are some of our favorites. Aunt Fannie’s believes in the power of food, both to nourish our bodies and provide us with the solutions to keep our homes clean and healthy. Learn more about us here!