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5 Surprising Uses for Common Kitchen Items

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Olive Oil

Out of shaving cream and needing to get some of that stubble removed from your face (or legs)? Don’t resort to soap, which can be drying and irritating. Grab the olive oil from the pantry and get to work. Use warm to hot water to get your face (or legs) ready and then massage a bit of olive oil onto the area primed to be shaved. Then go to town. Works just as good, if not better, than conventional shaving cream/lotion.

Related: 10 Unusual Uses for Olive Oil


Most people know about the cleaning properties of vinegar when it comes to household chores, but few would think to pour vinegar over their head. But it is true. Vinegar works wonders in removing conditioner and hair product build up in your hair. Just work about a cup, or less, of white vinegar through your hair and then rinse clean. While you may smell a bit pungent for an hour or two, your hair will be reborn.

Related: 23 Uses for White Vinegar & 10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

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Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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2:01AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Thank you for the information

7:29AM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

good to know

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Here I am again-interesting about milk. Use baking soda mixed with water for an upset stomach-tastes absolutely horrible but sometimes only that will work. It is advised to add a few drops of lemon juice since technically it could damage the stomach, but have used it without for decades and haven't imploded my stomach yet.

Have returned to this topic because the other offering for Daily Action was doable only if one could provide an American zip code in the signing of the petition. Nice, but some of us live elsewhere on this far flung planet and use postal codes instead or in the event one is a Hobbit, a toe print on the envelope suffices.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fabulous, knew most of the tips but there are always new ones to use.
Would be nice to read these articles without ads that point flashing arrows and other moving effects that are annoying.

4:35PM PDT on May 28, 2012

olive oil for shaving mmmm..interesting!

10:42PM PDT on May 13, 2012

Things my Mama taught me long ago...... except she did not know about the olive oil & that was an item we never had @ our house bc it was too expensive. Thanks for the reminders!

7:05AM PDT on May 13, 2012


12:41AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Good tips. Thanks for sharing

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Thanks for sharing :")

Love the ideas, thanks for sharing.

Mayo is mayo. Whatever is in Just Mayo is not mayo so it should be called a mayo substitute.


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