The Versatility of Olive Oil

Everyone knows olive oil is great for flavor and health benefits when cooking. But did you know that olive oil can be used in many other ways around your home? Here’s a pro tip, keep some oil in a spray bottle.

In the Kitchen

Protect Wood. After washing your wood cutting boards, salad bowls and utensils, apply a light coating of olive oil. This will nourish the wood and prevent any cracking or discoloration. Let the oil sit on the wood for about five minutes and then buff with a soft cloth.

Stops Sticking. If a recipe calls for measuring cups or spoons, place a bit of olive oil on beforehand to easily release sticky foods like honey, peanut butter and mustard. No more hassle or messy clean-ups.

Shine Stainless Steel. Your appliances can easily be brought back to life with a dab of olive oil on a soft cloth. Rub it into the appliance to prevent streaks, water spots, tarnish and corrosion. Make sure to buff with a soft cloth afterwards.

Around the House

Squeaky Doors. A few drops of olive oil will silence a squeaky hinge. Try a few spritz on doors, cabinets, appliances or car doors.

Water Rings. If wood in your home has small scratches or water rings, apply oil on a soft cloth and then buff with a dry cloth. Make a furniture polish with one-fourth cup olive oil, four tablespoons of distilled white vinegar and two teaspoons lemon juice. You can store this in a refrigerator to use weekly, just give it a good shake before applying.

Revitalize Plants. Help the ferns and palms at your home stay lush year-round with olive oil. Add two tablespoons to the base of the plant about once a month.

Source: The Spruce

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