Cleaning tricks: 12 amazing household uses for coconut oil

By Anna Shelswell-White 11-03-2016
Cleaning tricks: 12 amazing household uses for coconut oil

Think coconut oil is all cooking, lip balm and makeup remover? Think again! Here are 12 cleaning tricks that'll make your home shine.

Make your wooden surfaces shine. Mix 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil, 4 tablespoons distilled white vinegar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Pop in a spray bottle and shake. Spray on the surface and wipe away as normal.

Remove stains. Mix equal amounts of coconut oil and baking soda and apply to stain. Let sit for a few minutes before wiping away.

Clean and condition cutting boards. Remove any excess dirt or crumbs with a damp towel before applying a mix of coconut oil and lemon juice, to the board, with a soft cloth.

Get rid of rust. Rub coconut oil directly on to the rusty area and let sit for an hour minimum. Rinse with warm water.

Polish metal. After you’ve removed the rust. Rub the coconut oil over the metal again and let it sit for a minute, then buff to a shine with a soft cloth.

Prevent cast-iron from rusting. Especially for cast-iron pans, firstly coat with coconut oil. Then put the pan in a cool oven and turn it to 300 degrees and leave in oven for half an hour after it reaches set temperature. Let pan cool in oven after turning it off.

Remove chewing gum. One of the toughest things to remove but not if coconut oil has a hand in it. Rub melted oil into the material and rinse with warm, soapy water.

Polish leather. This is a good one for clothing and shoes as well as furniture. Brush off any dirt first, then apply a tiny amount of coconut oil in a circular motion.

Remove shower scum. Soak the soap scum in the oil for about 20 minutes and wipe away with a rough sponge or cloth. Mist some vinegar over the oil, before removal, if the scum is particularly bad.

Shine house plants. Apply some coconut oil to a dry cloth and wipe down your plant's leaves. This will also prevent dust build up, the natural way.

Remove annoying sticky labels. How much do you hate those stickers on new crockery or kitchen utensils? Cover the label with coconut oil and let it soak in before wiping away.

Fix squeaky hinges. Simply rub it into the noisy, offending area.

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