5 NEW and Creative Uses for Olive Oil!




Introduction: 5 NEW and Creative Uses for Olive Oil!

About: Designer of things, Maker of weirdness and Baker of the macabre.

We all know olive oil is wonderful to cook with, and can be great for your skin and hair, but I bet you never thought of it as a locksmith or a first aid companion.

Today I'm so excited to share my 5 NEW and Creative Uses for Olive Oil. Olive oil is my favorite, but vegetable oil can also be used for all of the following hacks, so grab some from your cupboard, and let's get started!

Step 1: Key Hole Helper

Does the lock on your front door struggle every-time you try to open it? Does it seem to fight with your house key?
Wipe down your key down with some olive oil. It acts as a lubricant, helping the key to get into the lock with ease.

Step 2: Wipe Down Key

  • Wipe down your house key with a small amount of oil. (no dripping)
  • Be sure to only slightly lubricate the key, you don't want buildup in your lock. It will last for about a week.

Step 3: Try Key

  • Gently slide the key in and turn. If it works easily, you've done it! If not, lubrication is not the issue, so don't add more oil. You probably have a bent key, and need a new one.

Step 4: Wheel/Grill Cleaner

Get rid of the brake dust, bugs, dirt and pollen that accumulate on your car’s grill, tires and hub caps. Why use expensive special auto cleaners when olive oil works perfectly! .

Step 5: Prepare Rag

Pour a a small amount onto a paper towel or a rag

Step 6: Wipe and Done!

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Step 7: Shovel Coating

Gardening and yard work, can take a toll on your shovels and gardening tools. A great way to help them out (and yourself) is to use olive oil to coat them. This helps prevent dirt from clumping onto your tools. The cleaner they are, the better they work!

Step 8: Wipe Down

Coat your shovel with a thin layer of oil, using a rag.

Step 9: Give It a Whirl!

Try your tool, and prepare to be amazed by how the dirt and debris simply falls away.

This technique will help you avoid putting away dirty tools, which over time damages them greatly.

Step 10: Sliver Removal

My kids tend to get slivers occasionally, and I've found that nothing loosens them up easier than olive oil!

Step 11: Coat Sliver Area

Rub a small amount of oil over the sliver.

Step 12: Gently Massage

  • Massage gently
  • Often the sliver will slide right out without even needing tweezers

Step 13: Tweeze If Needed

If the sliver does need a bit more coaxing, use tweezers.

(be sure your hands are oil free)

What's great about this technique is that the oil aides in loosening up the sliver, which reduces the pain slightly, making it easier to help an upset child.

Step 14: DIY Makeup Remover Sheets

Makeup remover sheets can be pricey, but I have a cheap easy hack to make PERFECT ones at home with 2 simple items! All you need are baby wipes and olive oil!

Step 15: Prepare Wipes

Pour about 1/2 cup of olive oil into the opening of a pack of dollar store baby wipes.

Step 16: Squishy Squish

Close the pack and squish the oil around for about 2 minutes.

Step 17: Open and Use!

  • Open up your pack and pull out one of your newly created wipes.
  • Gently wipe over makeup, and be amazed by how quickly and effectively it removes the most stubborn makeup!
  • Olive oil is also a great moisturizer, so every time you remove your makeup, you are naturally improving your skin! BONUS!

Step 18: Enjoy Your Results!

Thank you for reading! I hope these creative oil hacks helped you in some way! Please vote for me in the Oil Challenge!

Have a wonderful day!

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    7 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Any vegetal oil will fit these uses, most of them are cheaper than olive oil. I love olive oil, italian or spanish, french or portuguese, greek, etc. I've got different types for different meals.


    1 year ago

    Great uses, very clever :)

    That Redhead
    That Redhead

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much!

    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    1 year ago on Step 18

    Hi, Red, these really work. I just tried that key one. Fixed the struggle I was having right away. It now slides like butter--er -- like olive oil, I mean. Now to browse some of the other Instructables you've posted.


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    That Redhead
    That Redhead

    Reply 1 year ago

    Awsome! So glad!

    eric death
    eric death

    1 year ago

    Never put any sort of oil in a lock (or on a key that goes into a lock). The lock might work better for a short while but the oil attracts all types of dust, dirt and grit into the lock. This makes the lock wear out at a much, much faster than normal rate. If the oil itself becomes dry or sticky, or has bought in too much dust the oil can seize the lock completely.

    Instead use powdered graphite (hardware stores, locksmiths, cobblers) and "puff" that into the lock. Work the lock a few times and if it is still not as smooth as you would like repeat the process

    That Redhead
    That Redhead

    Reply 1 year ago

    Well I've done it for years and have never had a problem. And this is a trick my dad passed down. I'm sure there are other methods that work great, but buildup has never been an issue for me. Thanks for your comment!