Keep it Natural, Folks! Olive Oil Hacks for Your Home, Beauty, and Even Pets

We all have a bottle of olive oil in our kitchens, right? But how many of us use it for anything other than cooking eggs and pouring on top of our salads? Exactly. My point is that there are lots of uses for Mother Nature’s super healthy oil.

A glass bottle filled with olive oil with olives on the side.

Olive oil can be useful for quite a lot of things, including stuff around the house, beauty routines, and yes, even your pets! But you’ll just have to wait and see…

Refresh Your Wooden Chopping Boards & Utensils

Wooden cutting boards and utensils are not just useful; they’re also pretty. And it sucks when they get old-looking and worn out. So use some olive oil to freshen them up with a natural ingredient instead of a chemical-based cleaner.

Olive oil being poured onto a used wooden cutting board.

The hack: rub a small amount of olive oil onto the cutting board and utensils with a kitchen towel and leave them to dry. It will revitalize the wood and disguise any scratches and marks. It will also give them a nice new-looking appeal.

Intensive Hair Treatment

Who said you need to buy fancy salon-only products for your hair? Treating your hair can be as simple as taking out the bottle of extra virgin olive oil. This can be a weekly hair treatment that your locks have been craving.

On the right is a bowl of olive oil and the left a woman brushing olive oil through her hair is pictured.

The hack: massage half a cup of oil into your hair when it’s dry. Then comb through it, and put a shower cap on. If you can, leave it on overnight, or take a hot bath or shower to let the steam help the oil penetrate into the scalp. After that, give yourself a thorough shampoo.

Silence a Squeaky Door

Whoever hates a squeaky door, raise your hand. How annoying are squeaky doors? Yes, WD40 will do the job. But look, not everyone has a can in the cupboard. This is for those of us who prefer natural remedies.

A door hinge being oiled to keep from squeaking.

The hack: lubricate a squeaky hinge with a few drops of olive oil. It will quieten down any noise the door made and, therefore, the screaming in your head.

Natural Earache Relief

Earaches can be painful and just plain uncomfortable. But, hey, there’s no need to suffer! And you also don’t need to run to the doctor right away. First, try this olive oil hack for a fast and effective way to relieve earache.

A woman placing olive oil drops in her ear to help with the pain.
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The hack: warm the oil by placing the bottle in a bowl of hot water. Then pour a few drops into your ear. Yes, it’s that easy. And you can thank us later.

No More Stuck Zippers

A zipper that just won’t budge is not just frustrating, it’s irritating! And why does it always happen when you’re about to head out the door? Don’t panic, though. Olive oil is your friend.

A woman is pictured rubbing some oil onto her zipper using a q-tip.

The hack: use a cotton swab to put a small amount of olive oil to the teeth of your zipper. It acts as a lubricant, and then you can gently release the grip.

Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

I think most of us would like whiter teeth, no? I mean, all the coffee and red wine does take a toll on our pearly wannabe whites. So this is a way to whiten your teeth without the cost?

A before and after shot of whitening your teeth.
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The hack: “Oil pulling” is an ancient Ayurveda ritual involving swigging a natural oil around your mouth. It creates better oral hygiene, whiter teeth, and other dental hygiene benefits.

Diaper Rash Treatment

As a mom, I gotta admit that I never even thought of this and kind of wish I knew about it before. As it turns out, olive oil can also be used on our little ones’ bums. And when it comes to diaper rash, natural is the way to go.

A baby in a diaper with a bottle of olive oil.

The hack: apply a small amount of olive oil onto the rash. It will provide relief to their sore little bottoms, which will also give you some relief, too!

Shine Stainless Steel and Brass

Make those utensils and kitchenware sparkle! You know, just like you see in the commercials. Not only wood can benefit from olive oil, but so can stainless steel and brass.

A hand using a paper towel and oil to shine an older pan.
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The hack: rub some olive oil on a clean rag and buff your steel or brass pots and pans, stainless steel microwave, and anything else that needs some shine. It will also prevent further streaks, corrosion, and tarnish.

Cuticle Oil & Dry Hand Treatment

If you’re anything like me, you clean the house without wearing gloves. Gloves feel gross. But what feels grosser is the dry hands you get from after all that cleaning. Olive oil is an awesome natural moisturizer.

A bowl of olive oil used to moisturize a woman's hand and nails.
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The hack: rub a few drops of olive oil onto your hands and nails. The Omega-6 and Omega-3 in olive oil have great skin-smoothing properties that replenish lost moisture, keeping your hands looking young and supple.

An Alternative to Shoe Polish

Olive oil can help polish many things, not just wood, steel, and brass. It’s also really helpful when it comes to leather shoes and jackets. Keep your favorite pieces looking dapper with this hack.

Olive oil pictured next to a freshly polished leather shoe.
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The hack: use olive oil to buff your leather shoes or jacket to give them an instant shine. Apply a small amount and rub in a circular motion with a clean cloth.

Remove Paint From Your Hair And Skin

Again, for those of us who hate wearing gloves, this hack comes in handy for any home renovations. After painting a room, you look in the mirror and gasp at all the paint on your face, hands, and arms. And in your hair!

Woman pictured applying oil to her hair.
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The hack: Moisten a cotton wool pad with some olive oil and gently rub it onto the area. This also works well on your little ones who are perfecting their creative process.

Moisturize Your Pets’ Paws

Olive oil is wonderful for our human skin, but what about our furry little friends? Their paws need looking after, too! And keeping it natural is the best way to do it.

A cute dog being pampered with olive oil, pictured above.
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The hack: massage some olive oil into their paws to soothe the skin. Sometimes they get dry paws from an unusually hot summer’s day, and this will give them some extra care.

Add Some Olive Oil to Your Dog’s Diet

Olive oil is good for your dogs’ diets. Vets recommend one teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight per meal. Extra virgin olive oil, which has a lower acid content, is the best choice.

A dog looks hungry while woman pours olive oil into food.
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The hack: Mix it in with your dog’s regular wet or dry food. Keep in mind that too much can cause digestive issues and weight gain. So keep it in moderation.

Ladies and Gents, a New Shaving Cream Alternative!

Are you running out of shaving cream? Or do you prefer not to use it? This is a hack for both men and women that will make shaving a much smoother experience. Not to mention smoother skin.

A barber places oil on a man’s face.
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The hack: smooth olive oil onto your skin before shaving, and it’ll help the razor glide gently over the skin. It will also prevent any cuts, lumps, or bumps. Nice.

Cracked Heel Treatment

Give those precious feet the nourishment they need! If your feet are feeling and looking as dry as the Sahara desert, this is the perfect and easiest hack for you.

Oil being placed on a woman’s heel for moisture.
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The hack: apply a layer of olive oil to your heels before going to bed, and massage it in thoroughly. Put on a pair of old socks and leave it overnight to nourish the skin.

Hairball Prevention

Cats need some olive oil lovin’ too! Keep your fluffy friend happy by preventing the number of hairballs they cough up regularly. On average, cats cough up 3 to 4 hairballs a month.

A cat checking out some bottles of olive oil.
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The hack: mix one teaspoon of olive oil into your cat’s food for three days. Adding olive oil to their diet regularly can also keep their fur shiny and soft.

Stop or Reduce Snoring

Okay, so who else here has a husband (or wife) that snores and you hate having to constantly nudge them to roll over? There are all kinds of snoring remedies out there; some come at a high cost. This is a not yet proven hack, but is definitely worth a shot!

A sip of olive oil to drink before bed.
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The hack: some say that taking a little sip of olive oil before bed can lubricate throat muscles. And that means that it can reduce the amount of snoring during the night. I’m definitely getting my hubby to try this one!

Rust-Free Razors

Razors can be pretty expensive, especially the long-term use ones. And the better the razor, the more costly. So this is great for maintaining and prolonging the shelf life of your favorite razors.

A razor for shaving dipped in olive oil.

The hack: drip a small amount of olive oil onto the razor blades. What it does is repel water to keep your razor rust-free, and therefore, able to use for a much longer time.

A Relaxing Bath Trick

Ahh, baths. That activity we grant ourselves about once or twice a year after a tough weekend involving the kids’ tantrums, a holiday dinner, and the dog throwing up in your closet. Anyway, make your next bath the best one.

A woman is pictured pouring oil into her bath.
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The hack: pour a cup of olive oil into a hot bath and enjoy a nice soak. It’s packed with Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant to protect your skin from premature aging.

Shine Dull Wooden Furniture

Here’s a hack for some DIY homemade furniture polish. As we all know, over time, wooden furniture can dry out and look old and crummy. So this is a way to restore the lost luster.

A hand shining some wooden furniture is pictured above.
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The hack: rub some olive oil on your wooden pieces of furniture with a smooth and clean cloth and get your home looking shiny and new again. It’s also a good idea for when you want to take some photos of the house.

Rust-Free Garden Tools

Here’s one for the green thumbs out there. Garden tools are among the many tools that happen to gain a lot of rust over the years and the water damage that take a toll on them.

A partially rust-free gardening tool is pictured above.
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The hack: apply olive oil to your garden tools every few months. It will keep them in good condition, prevent rust, and basically help you to get the job done and keep your pretty little garden.

Keep Your Skin Feeling Amazing

Whether you have dry or combination skin, olive oil can help create a smooth complexion. It’s a great thing to add to your regular beauty routine.

A young woman pouring olive oil into her hand for use from a glass bottle.
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The hack: massage a few drops on your skin using a cotton pad. Then rinse with water. For a real moisture boost, try leaving the oil on your face, run a clean piece towel under hot water and place it onto your face. The heat opens pores to let the oil penetrate the skin for a deeper treatment.

Lip Scrub for Kissable Lips

Want more kissable lips? Who doesn’t? Those dry, chapped lips need some exfoliation and nourishment. Get your lips looking and feeling a heck of a lot smoother. It’ll be extra helpful in the winter months.

Homemade lip scrub made out of brown sugar, honey, and olive oil is pictured here.
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The hack: mix 1.5 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbsp brown sugar, and 1 tsp honey into a small container. Massage the mixture on your lips then wash away with warm water. Mwah!

Natural Makeup Remover

Get your face clean in a purely natural way. Listen, makeup wipes can cause more damage than good. Some of the ingredients dry your skin out or cause spots, which is only counterproductive.

DIY makeup remover recipe is pictured above.

The hack: Mix one part olive oil and with two parts water together and apply it to your skin in small circular motions. Then remove it by using a hot cloth. Voila!

Effective Sticker Removal

How annoying are those stores that slap stickers on their products that are basically impossible to remove? Haven’t they ever heard of those easy to remove stickers? Anyways, this is a hack for that.

Pictured left is olive oil, green leaves and olives on the table, and on the right is a sticker easily peeling away after being soaked.
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The hack: dab some olive oil on the sticker or label and let it saturate it for a few minutes. It will peel right off without having to scrape or scrub. No residue is left behind either.

Remove Rain Marks

Remove those rain marks on your dark leather boots in a flash! Olive oil is useful for not just shining shoes but also for removing rain marks from rubber wellingtons, leather boots, and other kinds of boots.

A woman rubbing olive oil into her leather couch is photographed above.

The hack: rub some olive oil on a clean cloth and rub you’re your boots down. Let it sit for a while, and you’ll see the leather will all blend nicely and look like new.

Lubricate Measuring Cups and Spoons

For those who like to bake, using measuring cups and spoons can mean a lot of time cleaning up. Sticky substances like honey, grain mustards, and sugar syrups are not easy to clean.

A chef sprays oil onto her measuring cups to make it easier to work.

The hack: rub or spray olive oil onto your measuring tools for easy clean-up. It’ll make your next batch of peanut butter and honey oatmeal cookies a lot more fun to make.

Chewing Gum Removal

We sincerely hope you or your kids never have to deal with getting chewing gum stuck in your hair. Anyone who has can attest to how frustrating it can be to have to cut that piece of hair off in a fit of frustration and defeat.

A woman pictured putting olive oil in some gum that is stuck in her hair.

The hack: apply the oil liberally to the area and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before gently easing the chewing gum out. You’ll be thankful later that you didn’t need to take out the scissors!

Taking Off a Tight Ring

Yikes! It looks like your finger seems to have gotten a lot, um, fatter since this morning. Or maybe since the last time you put it on at your wedding, which was maybe…17 years ago?

A man holding his ring over a bowl of olive oil after removing it.

The hack: to ease that super tight ring off your finger, rub some olive oil on it. It will give some lubrication, and the ring should slip right off. Phew! You were worried about going to plan B (whatever that means).

Treat Lice Naturally

Olive oil is a great natural alternative to killing head lice. This hack only kills the lice and not the lice eggs, which means you’ll have to redo it again after a few days until all the nits are removed.

Place olive oil in your hair and cover it with a shower cap as pictured above.

The hack: Apply olive oil to the hair and leave it on for at least 40 minutes. You can cover it with plastic wrap and then a shower cap, or even leave it on overnight. The next morning, comb through your hair with a metal comb to remove the nits. Then wash with shampoo.

Cure a Sore Throat

Do I really need to justify the need to cure a sore throat? We all hate the feeling, and it sucks because it’s usually one of the first signs of getting sick, which means a crappy week is ahead of you. Ugh.

Pictured here is a man pouring oil into his mouth.
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The hack: mix olive oil with essential oils like eucalyptus, lavender, or tea tree oil. Massage the mixture onto your throat to reduce any inflammation and pain. It also stimulates lymphatic drainage and circulation.

Treat Cradle Cap

Cradle cap sometimes happens to babies where their scalps get really dry and can get super itchy. And your baby doesn’t need any other reasons to have a crying fit! So you can prevent and treat it with olive oil.

Man using a baby brush to comb out dandruff from a newborn baby's head.
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The hack: apply a little oil and let it soak in for a few minutes before going ahead and brushing away the dry flakes. You might want to ask your pediatrician first, but it’s an all-natural useful remedy.

Deal With a Bad Sunburn

We all know how uncomfortable a sunburn can be. So grab some EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and put it to good work.

A girl smears oil on her burn at the beach.
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The hack: apply it to the red skin. Put on a thin layer so you you’re not too greasy. Let it sit an hour, then wash away. And next time, wear sunscreen!

Relieve Arthritis and Aching Joints

Instead of using the conventional chemical-filled treatments for arthritis and aching joints, you can try using olive oil. Your bones will thank you. And you will thank us.

Place some olive oil on your irritated joints as pictured above.
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The hack: simply rub oil onto the affected area. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil should produce some results within two weeks.

How To Strengthen Nails With Olive Oil?

The winter is a tough time for our hair, skin, and nails. But you can soak your nails in a warm olive oil bath. It’s an excellent way to strengthen them, and it only takes 5 or 10 minutes.

A woman soaking her nails in olive oil pictured above.
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The hack: soak your nails in slightly warmed up olive oil. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t be too hot, just at room temperature. Do this once or twice a week and enjoy strong and healthy nails!

Olive Oil Eye Cream

It shouldn’t come as a surprise by now that you can use olive oil on many parts of your body. And yes, you can use it as an eye cream. It’ll nourish the skin around your eyes and soften any fine lines, which are going to turn into wrinkles.

Young beautiful woman applying oil on her face near circulate splash of olive oil.
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The hack: dab some olive oil under your eyes before going to bed or in the morning. Keep the olive oil eye cream in the fridge! Now you can enjoy a refreshing, vitamin-filled beauty treatment.

Homemade Face Masks

This is a cleansing and refreshing face mask for normal skin types. It’s something fun to do with the ladies or on a night in watching Netflix. What’s your binge-worthy show at the moment?

Acne skin treatment, homemade facial mask with egg white and lemon juice.
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The hack: mix one egg yolk with a tablespoon of olive oil (or you can add a teaspoon of lemon juice, if you want to brighten your skin, too). Apply it to a clean face for 5 – 10 minutes; rinse with warm and then cold water.

Clean Heavy Grease From Your Hands

Working on your car by yourself? Good for you! You’re saving money and learning on the way. The problem is all that grease that hardly comes off. But you can remove car grease from your hands with olive oil.

A motor mechanic cleaning his greasy hands after servicing a car.
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The hack: mix 1 teaspoon of oil with 1 teaspoon of salt or sugar in your palms. Rub them together and between your fingers for several minutes. Then wash with soap and water.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Ladies, did you know that you should clean your makeup brushes every month? Most of us don’t, and that’s a big no-no! Lots of dust and yucky stuff builds up, and then we put it on our faces!

Woman washing dirty makeup brush with soap and oil in the sink.
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The hack: mix two parts antibacterial soap and one part olive oil. Use the mixture to wash your brushes and then wash with water. This will remove any bacteria and still keep your brushes moist.