Resolution #3: Go Green with Olive Oil.
What better way to “go green” than with olive oil for common household uses? And, what better way to use old olive oil or olive oil that was fraudulently labeled EVOO? Because olive oil is created from natural ingredients, it won’t release harsh chemicals into the air like many common household cleaning products. Here are my top Inside the Home Uses for Old or Fraudulent Olive Oil:
- Remove tree sap or tar spots off the floor: Combine ½ cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Dip a dry cloth into the mixture and rub on spots to remove.
- Use for beading: Put a dab of olive oil on the thread when having trouble with thread and the bead
- Polish kitchen cabinets: Put olive oil on a dry cloth and polish your cabinets.
- Lubricate squeaky hinges: Use a spray bottle filled with your old olive oil to lubricate the squeaky hinge.
- Polish furniture: Combine 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice or white vinegar in a bowl or a clean spray bottle. Using a circular motion and following the grain of the wood, apply or spray a thin coat onto the wood surface. Let it stand for 5 minutes, then use a clean, dry, soft cloth and buff to a deep shine.
- Burn in olive oil lamps: Olive oil is safe and burns effectively. You can purchase olive oil lamps or pour olive oil into a glass jar; poke a hole into the jar lid and insert an oil lamp wick. Light and enjoy.
- Shoe polish: Use a dab of olive oil on a cloth and buff. then buff your shoes with a cloth.
- Sticker and Label remover: Dab olive oil onto a sticker or label; let sit for 10 minutes. Sticker or label will peel off.
- Unstick a zipper: Use a cotton swab to apply olive oil to the teeth of a zipper, and then gently ease the tab down.
- Remove paint or gum from hair: Dab a little olive oil to the paint or gum and surrounding hair. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then pull out the gum or remove the paint