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12 Clever Uses for Olive Oil

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12 Clever Uses for Olive Oil

s.e. smith writes about Bay-area plumbing and home maintenance issues for Networx.

Have an old bottle of olive oil sitting around the house? Don’t throw it out! I talked to Carol Firenze, author of The Passionate Olive – 101 Things You Can Do with Olive Oil, about some creative ways to use this versatile product around the house. She points out that olive oil is ecologically friendly and can be more cost-effective than commercial products, and she’s especially fond of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), although she does have a caution for consumers: “Since the US doesn’t have truth in labeling laws, many people buy what they think is EVOO only to find out that it is not good, fresh, tasty, etc., and it is refined.”

Rich Colwell of Thundering Herd Ranch in California adds that consumers looking for high-grade oils might want to consider buying locally. Many olive oil ranches allow people to visit to take tours and taste their products, allowing people to meet the farmers, test oils, and find a flavor they like. Colwell explains that olive oil can actually be made from several varieties, and includes a range of flavored products pressed with lemons, oranges, and other ingredients. For those who think olive oil is boring, a farm tour might be a taste bud-opening experience.

As Carol explains, olive oil makes a great wood furniture polish and conditioner (though your local carpenter might not even know about it), and you can also use it on leather shoes to help bring back their shine, restore suppleness, and protect the leather. In both cases, start by wiping the surface down with a sponge or towel to remove dust and grime. Allow it to dry, and apply a light coat of olive oil, rubbing to allow the oil to soak in fully.

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10:06PM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

love it

2:50PM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

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9:50PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

Thanks! I mix it with coconut oil and orange essential oil and use it as an after shower body oil

12:57PM PDT on May 26, 2013

Love olive oil,Thanks for sharing

7:46PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Cool! Thanks!

6:09AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thank you.

9:05AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

I've never ever doubt the good uses of Olive oil
It contains countless health-beneficial qualities that is really good!

1:28AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Thanks Chaya :)

11:37AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Love olive oil, thanks!

7:03PM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

I love the tip about using it for leather. I use it as a bath oil (with a few drops of lavender essential oil), as hair conditioner and as a quick make up remover/cleanser.

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