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2X4: Four New Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is the darling of the health-conscious world these days (rock on, lower cholesterol), but did you know that it can make life easy around the house, too? Here are four other ways to use that giant jar of coconut oil:

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Grease Muffin Tins. You may have heard that you can use coconut oil as a butter substitute in muffins, but that’s not the only way it can improve your baking! Keep your muffins from sticking to the pan by giving your tin a good greasing before you bake. Be generous, and slather your tin with coconut oil – that way, you won’t even need muffin cups! Your baked treat will slide out of the tin perfectly formed and ready to devour.

Polish Bronze. Haven’t you heard? Bronze is totally trendy right now. If you’re all about bronze décor items these days, keep them bright and shiny with a little coconut oil! Pour a tablespoon or two of the slow-running oil onto a soft cloth and rub it into your bronze items. It will clean your bronze and deepen the metallic color you know and love.

Relieve Diaper Rash. If your poor little baby is suffering from diaper rash, relieve their irritation with coconut oil. Coconut oil can do more than soothe the pain – when a diaper rash is specifically caused by Candida yeast, studies have shown that coconut oil causes the yeast cell’s nucleus to explode! Your baby will be cooing (and not crying) again in no time!

Remove Sticky Stuff. If your little one went sticker-happy when your back was turned, don’t start weeping for your furniture just yet. To remove the goo that holds stickers, decals and tape, just use coconut oil. Don’t worry, it won’t ruin the furniture. Cover the label or sticker with a film of coconut oil and let it sit for 60 seconds. The sticky-item should wipe right off! If there’s any residue leftover, just use a bit more oil on a towel to remove it.

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