Wacky ways to use olive oil

As a student taking cooking classes online you are familiar with the many uses of olive oil in food. From making flavorful pastas and sauces to dips for bread and more, you’ve used this staple ingredient in many ways. But have you ever used it to make leather shine or remove a sticky label? Take a look at some non-food related ways to use olive oil:

Bath and body
If you are cooking and find that your skin is particularly dry, just dab a few drops of olive oil onto your hands. Pat the oil into your skin and you’ll have smoother, softer hands that smell just like Italy. Is your hair feeling especially rough and lacking shine? Pour several tablespoons of olive oil into a cup and then microwave until it is warm. Massage the oil into the ends of your hair while making sure to keep it away from your scalp. Put on a shower cap and let it sit for 20 minutes. When the time is up, remove the cap and thoroughly rinse away all the oil residue. This treatment will leave your hair clean and conditioned. If you have stubborn makeup that won’t come off, dip a cotton swab in olive oil and use it to clean your skin. Wash with soap and water afterwards and your face will be makeup-free.

Polishing household items
Use a little olive oil on a cloth to shine your shoes, condition leather, and even clean wood. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender or rosemary, to add a pleasant scent to your new cleaning method. When making a furniture polish mix two ounces of lemon juice with a teaspoon of olive oil and you’ve got a seriously useful, natural polish and cleaner.

Removing sticky things
Don’t you hate it when you get a new set of dishes and they’ve all got little bar code stickers? Put a few drops of olive oil on the sticker and let it sit for several minutes. Then use a knife or scraper to peel off the label. This also works if you have a child with gum in their hair (or even the dog!). Just be sure to let the oil sit for a while before trying to remove the gum. Around 20 minutes is perfect and the gum should slide right off.

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