10 Unusual Uses for Olive Oil

Olive oil is a “healthy fat” and in moderation can help reduce your risk for all sorts of ailments, like heart disease and high blood pressure. We know that olive oil is healthy for our insides, but did you know it has all sorts of other uses for you, around the home, and even for pets?

Let’s take a look at some uses for olive oil beyond the kitchen, and I’d love to hear your unusual uses for olive oil in the comments!

1. Make your own sugar scrub

You can use olive oil to create a moisturizing, exfoliating sugar scrub that’s great for soothing dry winter skin. Just mix up sugar with enough olive oil to form a paste, add scent with your favorite essential oils, and you’re ready to rock. Massage the sugar scrub into your skin in the shower or bath.

2. Moisturize your hands and feet

To give those dry hands and feet some extra TLC this winter, massage a small amount of olive oil into your skin after you take a bath or shower. Put on socks and gloves afterward to help that moisture absorb into your skin. You’ll notice results almost immediately!

3. Oiling your hair

Oiling your hair is a practice that’s been around for centuries. While some tutorials call for coconut oil to oil your hair, olive oil works just as well. Just put a few drops of olive oil onto your hands, massage into your scalp, then brush or comb to distribute the oil evenly. Let it sit for about an hour, then wash the excess oil away with your favorite non-toxic shampoo.



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4. Hairball prevention for cats

Even your cats can benefit from olive oil! Depending on your cat’s size, feed her 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of olive oil to help prevent hairballs. The olive oil will help their coats look shinier, too!

5. Unsticking a zipper

Ever gone to take off your boots, only to discover that the zipper is stuck? Free yourself by dabbing a bit of olive oil onto the zipper’s teeth to help it slide along smoothly. Remember: a little oil goes a long way.

6. Makeup remover

Store bought makeup removers and cold creams are often loaded with toxic mystery ingredients. You can skip the polysyllabic guessing game with olive oil instead. Use a warm, damp wash cloth or a cotton ball with a couple of drops of olive oil to remove makeup and moisturize your face at the same time.
washing my face

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7. Soothe a sunburn

You don’t want to put oil onto your skin the day that you notice a burn, but start moisturizing with olive oil a day or two later to help prevent peeling and heal your damaged skin.

8. Treat a dry scalp

Forget the Head and Shoulders, which is full of mystery ingredients! Massage a small amount of olive oil into your scalp to moisturize and fight those flakes.

9. Revitalize wood furniture

Whip up a mixture that’s 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice. Put a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, and wipe down your wood furniture. It will keep the wood from drying out and help hide small nicks and scratches.

10. Wash your face

Washing your face with oil may sound counter-intuitive, but many green beauty gurus swear by the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). Need some tips to get started? Kayla Coleman has an excellent how-to for OCM newbies!

I bet this only scratches the surface of olive oil’s many uses. How do you use olive oil when you’re not cooking with it? Let’s keep the ideas coming in the comments!


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Klára Ertl
Klára Ertl2 years ago

When my door gets creaky I put some olive oil on the hinges, fixes it right away. Someone once massaged me with olive oil, I know nothing about massage but if you don't have special massage oils around, why not... Also, it's technically a kitchen use but I don't know if you've tried just putting olive oil on toast (with maybe a bit of salt)... I learned that from my Mediterranean boyfriend for whom this is completely normal, I found it a weird idea (I live in the Netherlands, and we have our strange habits too, he did not understand at all the existence of hagelslag) but I tried and it tastes great. Who needs butter now! :)

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you Becky :)
Working with the olive trees I had the chance to learn a lot. Also about myself :)

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

There must be something new each day

Kamia T.
Kamia T4 years ago

Great info. I love additional uses for products one has around the house anyway. My daughter swears by the Olive Oil Cleansing method for her face and body. Doesn't even use soap anymore, and has the best skin now. I've begun soaking my nails in olive oil, because they were becoming so dried that they were splitting. Doubt I'll ever have Vampira nails, but it's nice to not be in pain anymore!

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Julian M.4 years ago

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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

Love and use olive oil 4 and on everything! Love it on my face too---better than all the moisturizers out there. Thanks

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ
Sonia M4 years ago

Great tips.I always use olive oil,thanks for sharing

Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago

I use olive oil for everything! I don´t use any body lotions.
One of my favorite use is makeup removal! Try it!

Kathy T.
Kathy T5 years ago

I like the fact that you can use it on face and hair.

Nora Hetrick
Nora H5 years ago

thanks for sharing..