Do you have an old bottle of olive oil around the house? Do not throw it away! I spoke with Carol Firenze, author of The Passionate Olive – 101 things you can do with olive oil, about some creative ways to use this versatile product in the house. She points out that olive oil is organic and can be more profitable than commercial products, and she especially likes Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), although it does have a warning for consumers: "Given that the United States has no truth in the labeling laws, many people buy what they think is EOO only to discover that it is not good, fresh, tasty, etc., and it is refined. "
Rich Colwell of Thundering Herd Ranch in California adds that consumers who are looking for high quality oils might consider buying locally. Many ranches of olive oil allow people to visit for tours and try their products, which allows them to meet farmers, taste oils and find the flavor they like. Colwell explains that olive oil can actually be made from several varieties, and includes a range of flavor products pressed with lemons, oranges and other ingredients. For those who think that olive oil is boring, a tour of the farm can be an experience to open the palate.
Furniture conditioner and polishing agent
As Carol explains, olive oil is an excellent brightener and conditioner for wooden furniture (although your local carpenter may not even know it), and you can also use it on leather shoes to restore its shine, restore flexibility and protect the leather. . In both cases, start by cleaning the surface with a sponge or towel to remove dust and dirt. Let it dry, and apply a light coat of olive oil, rubbing to allow the oil to soak completely.
Lubricant and protector for tools.
It is also an excellent lubricant and protector for metal, which means you can use it on hinges, garden tools and kitchen knives. Be sure to remove rust and grime before applying olive oil, to make sure the surface is as clean as possible. You can also use olive oil as a lubricant while sharpening knives; Simply clean the blade down to remove any metal fragments!
Moisturizing cream for the skin, nourishing hair oil, exfoliating and treatment for diaper rash
Carol notes that olive oil also has many uses for body care, both for adults and babies. She recommends using EVOO for olive oil taken internally or applied to the body. It is soft and natural, which makes it good for people with skin or environmental problems.
Olive oil can make a great oil for the skin and hair, and can also be combined with salt, sugar or ground coffee to make an exfoliant. Olive oil will soften the skin while exfoliating cleans pores and removes waste. It is also an excellent treatment for diaper rash and can be applied topically on the affected area, providing instant relief.
Makeup and paint remover
Olive oil is gentle enough to remove makeup effortlessly and can also be used to remove makeup, paint, chewing gum and other sticky substances.
Colwell says that flavored olive oils can also be used for massage and bodywork, where people can enjoy the pleasant aroma of added ingredients such as lemons, tangerines and lavender.
Carol did not tell me that only people can benefit from a little more olive oil in their lives. It can also be used for basic pet care, including the prevention of hairballs; Some drops of olive oil in pet foods can act as lubricants, and both cats and dogs can develop lush and healthy coats with a little more oil in their diets. Olive oil can also alleviate skin irritation caused by fleas or dry skin, and is an excellent lubricant for sore and cracked paws; A common problem for dogs that walk on sidewalks in the heat of summer.
Entrepreneur craftsmen can also try olive oil soap. The soaps purchased in the store can be expensive and may contain unwanted additives. At home, soap manufacturers can control all the ingredients and production conditions of a bar of soap perfectly adapted to their needs.
There are many tutorials available and a local craft store can offer soap making classes so that people can learn how to make their own olive oil soap. In addition to being useful at home, it is an excellent gift for friends and family.
Shelf life and storage of olive oil
How can you tell when it's time to rotate a bottle of olive oil from the shelf in the pantry to the cleaning cabinet? Remember: "the four enemies of olive oil are heat, light, air and time, which contributes to rancidity."
Carol says that olive oil should always be stored in glass, tin or stainless steel, not in plastic, so products sold or stored in plastic bottles should not be used for cooking or personal care. He also points out that dark containers are better, since they avoid minor damage, and that olive oil should be stored in a cool and dry place to avoid damage. In addition, approximately 60-90 days after opening the bottle, it may start to turn rancid, which means that it can not be used for conventional purposes, but it is still a perfectly useful cleaning product and lubricant!
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