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Olive oil is not just for cooking: Surprising uses for olive oil

There are many kinds of olive oil, and there are many uses for olive oil. Some of those uses you probably have never thought about. Olive oil is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps. Olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean countries and, in particular, in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece, which has the highest consumption per person.

Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives. Olive oil is a pantry must-have, but did you know the cooking staple has tons of other uses too that you can use at home and in your garden? Besides food, olive oil has been used for religious rituals, medicines, as a fuel in oil lamps, soap-making, and skin care application. The Minoans used olive oil in religious ceremonies.

As a cleaning agent, you can use olive oil to clean grease off your hands by rubbing a little bit of olive oil and salt in your hands to remove stubborn grease. You can remove makeup from your face with olive oil. You can remove gum from shoes by soaking a facecloth in olive oil sit, then resting it on the bottom of your shoe for several minutes. It should break down the sticky stuff enough for you to easily remove it.

Olive oil can be used on fingers to loosen tight rings. You can take a spoonful of olive oil for a cold or dry throat, and to
loose ear wax. Use olive oil to keep things bright and shiny. Use a few drops for shiny hair. Use olive oil to shine shoes. Polish floors with olive oil by rubbing olive oil into hardwood floors with a soft, dry cloth. If you rub olive oil on a fake houseplant, it will look shiny and real. Polish furniture and stainless steel with olive oil. Improve aging leather by working a bit of olive oil into leather items like jackets or baseball mitts to add moisture and smooth out cracks.

Rub olive oil into kitchen cutting boards, salad bowl, skillets and cast iron or wooden pieces to season them and to prevent them from sticking. Use olive oil to unstick a zipper and to peel off kids’ stickers. Men can even use olive oil to shave.

Use olive oil in your garden. Clean your garden tools by rubbing olive oil into your tools after using them. This keeps the dust and dirt away and leaves your tools shining. Olive oil also keeps moles and other animals out of your garden.

Additional uses include putting a few drops of olive oil into a squeaky door hinge and to lubricate a key hole. In fact, you can use olive oil just like you use WD-40.

Perhaps you can think of other uses for olive oil that's not included in this article.