Vinegar and bi-carb soda aren’t the only household items moonlighting as cleaning products. It turns out olive oil can also be used as a cleaning agent.
Here are three uses for olive oil that don't involve cooking.
1. Stainless steel appliances
Stainless steel appliances are a popular choice for kitchens until they end up covered in grubby finger marks. Luckily, there’s an easy, natural way to clean them. All you need is some vinegar and of course, a drop of olive oil. Spray your appliance with vinegar and using a soft cloth or paper towel wipe in the direction of the grain removing some of the tougher marks. Next, put a few drops of olive oil on your cloth and continue to wipe down with the grain. Voila, a clean and shiny and appliance.
2. Cast iron pans
Have you got food stuck to your skillet? The last thing you want to do is scrub it with soap. Using salt and a bit of olive oil, remove the scraps while preserving your seasoning.
3. Condition and shine leather
Like any furniture, it needs to be cleaned. Make sure you dust your leather pieces regularly and clean with leather cleaner twice a year. (Always check with the leather furniture manufacturer before applying any product.)
In addition, a homemade leather-conditioner can be applied. Speaking to www.bhg.com, Leslie Reichert, aka The Cleaning Coach, shared a simple recipe: “Mix ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup brewed tea, and ¼ cup white vinegar in a spray bottle. Lightly spritz leather, let sit for 5 minutes, then wipe dry.”
“Ron Holt, CEO of Two Maids & a Mop, recommends this simple leather shine-promoting solution: Apply a few drops of olive oil to a dry microfiber cloth, and rub into leather with a circular motion.”
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