5 Uses for Olive Oil You Probably Didn't Know About

More than 3 million metric tons of olive oil are produced each year — needless to say, it's a popular product.
You probably have a bottle or two hanging out in your pantry. And, while you might rely on it for cooking, there are so many more uses for olive oil than just as a recipe ingredient.

Here are five new olive oil uses to try.

1. Shaving Cream Substitute

If you need to shave your legs and don't have any shaving cream on hand, you can rely on olive oil.
Use it just as you would shaving cream. Slather a thin layer onto your legs, then run a razor over them. Your skin will be protected and nourished during the hair-removal process.

In fact, your legs will feel super smooth and soft after using olive oil instead of shaving cream. You might not go back to the traditional method!

2. Massage Oil

Have some knots to work out?

Grab a bottle of high-quality olive oil from Olivebox or another reputable brand. Shake a bit of it in your hands, then get to work on a massage for yourself or your partner.

You can make it even more relaxing by mixing in a bit of your favorite essential oil. A few drops of lavender plus your olive oil will create a soothing massage blend.

3. Hair Mask

Olive oil-based nourishment isn't just good for the skin — it works for your hair, too.

Pour a one-quarter cup of olive oil into a pan and gently heat it. Then, comb it into your hair from your scalp to the tips of your hair. Leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it out with shampoo.

The healthy fats in olive oil moisturize both your scalp and your hair. It's an excellent treatment for tired, brittle manes.

4. Unstick a Zipper

Now, this one's not one of our more traditional olive oil home remedies. Still, it's valuable to know you can use olive oil in this way.

Let's say you have a zipper that won't move anymore. Dip a Q-tip into some olive oil, then rub it onto the zipper's teeth. It should move more freely once it's lubricated.

When trying this one, be sure to keep the olive oil off of the fabric surrounding the zipper — it could leave a stain behind.

5. Remove Eye Makeup

At the end of a long day, nothing feels better than washing off your makeup.

If you run out of your go-to makeup remover, reach for olive oil to do the job. Pour a bit onto a cotton pad, then wipe away mascara, eyeliner, and any other makeup that requires removal.

This step can slot right into your facial cleansing routine, right before you wash your face with a cleanser.

The Uses for Olive Oil Are Endless

These are only five of the countless uses for olive oil. So, start here, but don't be afraid to branch out — this healthy, nourishing oil is a resource for your home and health.

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