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2X4: Think Outside The Bottle! Four Other Uses For Olive Oil

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Jessica
07.03.12

It’s delicious in dip and perfect for pesto, but did you know olive oil can also polish wooden furniture and clean your garden tools? Here are four ways to get a little more from your olive oil:

Photo: West Elm 

1) Clean Garden Tools. If your rake and hoe have acquired rust and grime, freshen them up with olive oil. Put a small amount of olive oil on a soft cloth and lightly oil the tool. The more oil you use, the more dirt you’ll be able to remove. Your tools will look nicer and last longer! To learn more, read: Six Olive Oil Tricks and One Delicious Dip.

2) Polish Wooden Furniture. To restore the natural shine to your wooden furniture, whip up a batch of homemade furniture polish. Mix two parts olive oil with one part white vinegar in a bowl. Moving with the grain, apply a thin coat of the polish to the furniture’s surface, and then buff with a clean cloth until it shines. Tip: If you have water spots on your furniture, don’t mix the olive oil with vinegar. To learn more, read: Remove Water Rings & Prevent Problems With Creative Coasters.

3) Oil Measuring Cups. Have you ever measured out the right amount of flour only to have ¼ of it stick to your cup when you pour? Try rubbing your measuring cups with a little olive oil before you begin cooking. That way, viscous substances like honey, mustard and syrup won’t stick to the cup, making it easier to clean. Olive oil is also a great greasing agent for baking pans. For more pro-baking tips, read: Don’t Crowd the Oven and Other Pro Baking Tips.

4) Shine Stainless Steel. Instead of spraying your stainless steel appliances and countertops with chemicals, use olive oil to bring back the sparkle! First, wipe off any debris on the stainless steel surface. Then, pour the olive oil onto a clean, soft cloth. Buff in a circular motion with firm pressure until the surface shines. To learn more about cleaning and maintaining stainless steel, read: Maintain Your Stainless Steel Countertop.

If yellow owls aren't your thing, check out these other measuring cup designs:

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Photo: West Elm

Photo: West Elm

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