You probably already know about the plethora of health benefits cooking with olive oil can provide. This liquid gold works to keep hearts healthy, can reduce inflammation and the risk of certain cancers, and might even play a role in controlling diabetes and weight. But the benefits don’t stop there. Olive oil can also multitask as a great all natural cleaning and maintenance solution for items all around the house. No toxic chemicals or harsh fumes here!
Here are some of our favorite household tips:
1. Polish Wood Furniture
Combine the juice of 1 lemon, 1 T. of olive oil and 1 T. of water in a small jar, then shake until emulsified. Work the mixture into the furniture with a soft cloth.
2. Protect Rattan and Wicker Furniture
To help keep rattan and wicker furniture from cracking, gently rub some warm oil into the furniture with a soft cloth.
3. Remove Stickers with Ease
Olive oil helps to remove stickers and price tags from hard-surface items like glass, metal and wood. Apply a few drops and let the olive oil soak through the sticker for 15 minutes. Rub with a clean cloth. Follow the sticker removal process by cleaning the surface with undiluted vinegar to remove the oily residue from the olive oil.
4. Clean Cast Iron Pans
Make a scrubbing paste with olive oil and a teaspoon of coarse salt. Scrub it in with a stiff brush, then rinse with hot water.
5. Make Stainless Steel Sparkle
Olive oil alone will buff stainless steel and brass surfaces to a brilliant shine. Just wipe off any debris and allow the surfaces to dry completely, then pour a little oil onto a clean, soft cloth. Buff in circular motions with firm pressure.
6. Silence a Squeaky Hinge
Next time a door around the house starts creaking, try swabbing it down with a little olive oil to lubricate the mechanism and prevent that obnoxious sound. You can also try putting olive oil in a squeeze bottle to drizzle into the hinge to ensure you thoroughly coat the source of the squeak.