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5 Things To Do with Olive Oil

Fat fighter, heart protector, antioxidant provider… is there anything olive oil can’t do? This superfood has plenty of uses outside the kitchen. Here are some interesting suggestions, including how to use it to polish furniture and solve paint problems.

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Olive oil makes an excellent moisturizer since it contains Vitamin E.

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Remove Paint From Hair

It’s not that difficult to get almost as much paint in your hair as you do on the walls during a big paint job. Luckily, you can easily remove that undesirable tint by moistening a cotton ball with some olive oil and gently rubbing it into your hair. The same approach is also effective for removing mascara-just be sure to wipe your eyes with a tissue when you’re done.

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Make Your own Furniture Polish

Restore the lost lustre of your wooden furniture by whipping up some serious homemade furniture polish that’s just as good as any of the commercial stuff. Combine 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice or white vinegar in a clean, recycled spray bottle, shake it up and spritz it on. Leave the mixture on for a minute or two, then wipe it off with a clean towel or paper towel. If you’re in a hurry, apply the olive oil straight from the bottle onto a paper towel. Wipe off the excess with another paper towel or an absorbent cloth.

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Clean Your Greasy Hands

To remove car grease or paint from your hands, pour 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt or sugar into your palms. Vigorously rub the mixture into your hands and between your fingers for several minutes, then wash it off with soap and water. Your hands will be clean, and softer as well.

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Substitute for Shaving Cream

If you run out of shaving cream, don’t use soap-it could be rough on your skin. Olive oil, on the other hand, is a great substitute for shaving cream. It not only makes it easier for the blade to glide over the face and legs, but it moisturizes the skin as well.

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Recondition an Old Baseball Glove

If your beloved, aging baseball glove is showing signs of wear and tear-cracking and hardening of the leather-you can give it a second lease on life with an occasional olive oil rub-down. Just work the oil into the dry areas of your glove with a soft cloth, let it set for 30 minutes, then wipe off any excess. Your game may not improve, but at least it won’t be your glove’s fault.

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