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4 Alternative Uses For Olive Oil Around The Home

That's right, VCO isn't the only wonder oil!

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The magic of olive oil is not new to anyone. For many years, people have been harvesting wild olives for it's fruity flavor and using its essence for its marvelous moisturizing properties. 

Today, this miracle liquid has become more than just a salad dressing option or an easy eye makeup remover—it also has a number of effective uses around the home. Here are four reasons why your pantry should always be stocked with a bottle of EVOO. 

Main photo from: Naturally Curly

It can bring back the luster of boots and patented shoes. 

During the rainy season, rubber boots can get chalky from all the puddle backlash. To take out the marks, drench a softcloth with olive oil and rub it onto the shoes in small circular motions. Repeat the process until all the residue is removed. 

RL Tip: Avoid getting oil on the soles to keep you from accidentally slipping the next time you wear your shoes.

It's great for rustproofing garden tools. 

Did you know metal tools need moisture, too? Start by washing them under running water and pat dry. Pour the oil onto the cutting and digging sides of your equipment and leave as is until you have to use them again. The emollients in the oil help repel dirt and prevent oxides from weakening the steel. 

Photo from Jackie Patten via Pinterest. 

It's a potent furniture polish. 

If your dining tables and chairs are looking a little lackluster, all you need is an old kitchen towel and some olive oil to get them sparkling again. This method doesn't only rid your furnishing of dirt but it helps the wood preserve it's natural moisture, too! 

RL Tip: For a stronger cleaning power, mix the olive oil with 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar.  

It can silence squeaky doors and drawers. 

Instead of going to the store to buy dry graphite to stop the annoying sound every time you open the door, try using olive oil first. Apply a few drops of olive oil on top of the squeaky hinge then try moving it back and forth a few times to work it in. 

Photo from The Blender Girl

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