When I think of olive oil, my first thought is drizzling over a salad or a dish! The second makes me think of Popeye, the cartoon! I would have never imagined you could use olive oil in so many different ways! Below are some uncommon ways you can use olive oil around the house!

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15 Unexpected Ways to Use Olive Oil

Fix squeaky doors, use it on your skin, and so much more. If you are like me, you might be surprised at a few of these uses! We all might have a bottle tucked away in a cabinet, so make sure to dust it off and try out some of these awesome olive oil hacks! You will never look at olive oil in the same light again!

Removing Paint

Dried paint on your arms, legs, or hands after a fun paint job is inevitable. Dab a little olive oil onto the area where the paint is, let it sit for a few minutes and then massage area. This will help loosen paint, and then wash it away!

Get that Gum Out

Grab your olive oil when your kiddo walks in with gum stuck in their hair! Put just a little on the area, let sit a minute and start to rub the hair and it will loosen the gum.


We have all experienced a sunburn or two, so grab that EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and put it to work. Just apply to the areas that are nice and red. Do a thin layer so you are not super greasy, let sit an hour then wash away.

Squeaky Doors

If you have a door that won’t stop squeaking when you open and close it, then grab that EVOO! Just get a paper towel or rag, apply some oil to the rag, and rub it on the top of the hinge of the door. It should make the squeaking stop!

Dry Feet

Have dry or cracked feet that are in need of a little TLC? Simply grab an old pair of socks, and rub some olive oil on your feet right before bed. Then put the socks on and sleep through the night. In the morning,  wash off excess oil and pat dry.

Freshen Up Furniture

15 Unusual Ways to Use Olive Oil - Wood Polish

Furniture over time can begin to show wear, if you have some wood that needs a little shine brought back to it, then try this out. In a spray bottle mix 1 part vinegar to two parts olive oil. Shake well and then spritz it onto the wood table or other wood items. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe away with a soft cloth.

Diaper Rash

If you are in a bind and your baby has diaper rash and you have no ointment at home, grab your EVOO. Apply a little to your baby’s diaper rash, and it will help relieve the pain and lessen the skin irritation. Or this can be your approach to a diaper rash all the time if you prefer a more natural route.

Shine Shoes

If your shoes are looking a little dull, grab your olive oil and use it to shine them. Just apply a dab of olive oil to a soft cloth and start cleaning!

Reduce Aging on Face

If you see some wrinkles coming on, and want to reverse time, a little try this trick out. Just apply a little olive oil to our face, and rub in. This is to help keep skin tight and have a youthful glow.

Soften Up Lips

If your lips are a little dry and hurting, apply a dab of olive oil. It will help moisturize your lips, the same way it works for dry feet.

Cuticle Relief

15 Unusual Ways to Olive Oil - Cuticle Care

Have some cuticles that are a bit of a hot mess? Apply some olive oil onto the cuticles and massage it in. This will moisturize them and get them looking great, you can even apply the oil all over your hands. Let sit 15 minutes and then wash it away.

Remove Eye Makeup

Ran out of eye makeup remover, then grab your EVOO! Put some on a cloth or little pad, and wipe away your makeup with ease!


If you have some troubled acne spots, apply some olive oil to the troubled area. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can really help reduce acne!

Soothing Bath

Needing to relax and want a soothing bath. Add a few tablespoons to your next bath, and your skin will be feeling super soft and refreshed. Just make sure to wipe down tub good, as the oil can make it a little slick.

Smooth Shiny Hair

Eliminate frizz and get smooth shiny hair with olive oil. Just put a little in your hand and apply to your hair when wet. Comb it through and it will help reduce frizz and give your hair a nice shine. Use very little or you might look oily!

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Have any clever olive oil hacks of your own? Share them in the comments!

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