10 olive oil tricks that have nothing to do with making food

Use these tricks to your advantage!

A tablespoon of olive oil in a pan to prepare a delicious dish or a dash of it through a salad as a nice dressing. Olive oil has long since proved its excellent use in the kitchen, but did you know this oil is also very useful for a ton of other things around the house?

There’s no need to buy expensive oil for these tricks; a cheap bottle will do.

10. Makings stainless steel shine

Apply a little bit of olive oil to a soft cloth and use this to rub your stainless steel pots and pans, the sink or the extractor hood with to prevent or remove water stains and corrosion. Polish your stainless steel items with a clean, soft cloth.

9. Slow down the tarnishing of silver

Silver nearly always gets tarnished after a certain period of time. Although olive oil can’t prevent this from happening altogether, the substance can slow down the process. Apply a bit of oil to a soft piece of rubber and dab this onto the silver.

8. Remove stubborn stickers

We’re sure everyone must be familiar with the annoying task of removing a sticker, like a price sticker, that doesn’t want to be removed. The solution? Olive oil. Apply a little bit of olive oil to the stubborn sticker in question and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, you’ll be able to peel the sticker right off.

7. Clean pearls

Over time, pearl necklaces or earrings can start to look dull. However, most cleaning products are too aggressive for pearls. So, what does work? You’ll have guessed it by now: olive oil. Rub a bit of oil onto the pearls using a soft cloth and your pearl jewellery will shine like never before.

6. Loosening a stuck zipper

It happens to the best of us: a zipper that gets completely jammed and won’t move an inch anymore. Luckily, this problem is easily fixed with the help of some olive oil. Just rub a bit of oil onto the tooth of the zipper and it’ll run smoothly up and down again.

5. Making shoes shine

Shoe polish will get you a good way there when your leather shoes have gotten a little dull, but not everyone owns it or wants to buy it. There’s a good chance you’ve got a bottle of olive oil in the kitchen, though, so why not use that? Apply a bit of oil to a soft cloth and use this to rub your leather or rubber shoes. Don’t use this method on suede, though!

Go to the next page to read about the four best olive oil tricks!

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