It also makes a great lubricant and protectant for metal, which means you can use it on hinges, gardening tools, and kitchen knives. Make sure to remove rust and grime before applying the olive oil, to ensure the surface is as clean as possible. You can also use olive oil as a lubricant while sharpening knives; just wipe the blade down afterwards to remove any metal fragments!
Carol notes that olive oil has a lot of body care uses as well, for both adults and babies. She recommends using EVOO for olive oil taken internally or applied to the body. Itís gentle and natural, which makes it good for people with sensitive skin or environmental concerns.
Olive oil can make a great hair and skin oil, and it can also be combined with salt, sugar, or ground coffee to make an exfoliating scrub. The olive oil will smooth the skin while the exfoliants clean out the pores and remove debris. Itís also a great treatment for diaper rash, and can be used to remove makeup as well as paint, chewing gum, and other sticky substances. Colwell says that flavored olive oils can also be used for massage and bodywork, where people may enjoy the pleasant aroma of added ingredients like lemons, Mandarin oranges and lavender.
People arenít the only ones who can benefit from a little more olive oil in their lives, Carol told me. It can also be used for some basic pet care, including hairball prevention; a few drops of olive oil on pet food can act as a lubricant, and both cats and dogs can develop lush, healthy coats with a little more oil in their diets. Olive oil can also relieve skin irritation caused by fleas or dry skin, and itís a great lubricant for sore, cracked paws; a common problem for dogs walking on sidewalks in the summer heat.
Enterprising crafters can also give olive oil soap a try. Store-bought soaps can be expensive, and may contain unwanted additives. At home, soap makers can control all the ingredients and the production conditions for a bar of soap perfectly tailored to their needs. Lots of tutorials are available and a local crafts store may offer soap making classes to allow people to learn how to make their own olive oil soap. In addition to being useful at home, it makes a great gift for friends and family.
How can you tell when itís time to rotate a bottle of olive oil from the pantry shelf to the cleaning closet? Remember that: ďthe four enemies of olive oil are heat, light, air and time, which all contribute to rancidity.Ē
Carol says that olive oil should always be stored in glass, tin, or stainless steel, not plastic, so products sold or stored in plastic bottles shouldnít be used for cooking or personal care. She also notes that dark containers are better, because they prevent light damage, and that olive oil should be stored in a cool, dry place to prevent damage. Furthermore, approximately 60-90 days after a bottle is opened, it can start to go rancid, which means itís not usable for conventional purposesóbut it still makes a perfectly serviceable lubricant and cleaning product!