How to Use Olive Oil for Household Cleaning

· June 5, 2017
Looking for cheap, easy and environmentally friendly cleaning products? Look no further than olive oil, which can be used to clean almost everything!

Olive oil has been part of the diet of millions of people around the world for centuries.

It’s valued for its incredible nutritional composition. This includes a high concentration of essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

This oil is not only a natural source of energy for the body, but is also a natural alternative to combat many conditions that affect our health.

However, beyond its medicinal power, it’s a versatile product that can be used as a natural cosmetic or beauty treatment.

In addition, since its texture is oily and easy to apply, it can be used as for cleaning many household items.

In this article, we want to share several of its outstanding uses so you can use it as a replacement for many harmful chemicals.

Try it!

Polishing metals

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Household metal objects tend to become opaque because of their continuous contact with dust and volatile environmental substances.

To make metal objects bright and look like new again, simply rub them with a small amount of olive oil and baking soda.


  • ¼ cup olive oil (50 g)
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda (10 g)


  • Combine the baking soda with the olive oil and rub it on the metal objects that you want to brighten.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes and remove the excess with a damp absorbent cloth.

Cleaning wooden furniture

A combination of olive oil and lemon juice serves as an alternative product for cleaning and disinfecting wooden furniture.

This facilitates the removal of dust, water marks and any traces of stuck on dirt.


  • ¼ cup olive oil (50 g)
  • The juice of ½ lemon


  • Combine the juice of half a lemon with the olive oil.
  • Rub it on the wooden furniture with the help of a cloth.

Polishing leather items


You can use a little olive oil combined with apple cider vinegar to restore the natural shine of leather items.

Use it on your leather shoes, accessories or furniture.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (48 g)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (10 ml)


  • Combine the two ingredients and rub the mixture on the desired objects.
  • Wipe the items with a microfiber cloth to keep them in perfect condition.

Cleaning glass

A small amount of this vegetable oil can also help give a shiny finish to windows or glass objects.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (16 g)
  • Newspaper


  • Sprinkle some olive oil on the glass surface and rub it with some newspaper scrunched into a ball.

Degreasing pots and stoves


Instead of buying expensive degreasing products for the kitchen, you can choose to use this wonderful product.


  • ¼ cup olive oil (50 g)
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar (60 g)


  • Combine the two ingredients in a bowl and rub them on the pots and stoves with the help of a sponge.
  • Let the mixture on for a few minutes and remove the excess with plenty of water.

Cleaning rust stains

Due to its oily composition, this ingredient is also a good option to use to remove rust stains that form on walls, furniture, and other surfaces.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (32 g)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (10 ml)


  • Mix the two ingredients in a bowl and rub them on the rusted areas with a sponge.
  • Leave the combination on for 20 minutes and remove the excess with a soft cloth.

Do you want to know more? Read: How to Remove Mildew Stains from Bathroom Curtains

Cleaning sticky surfaces

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You can get rid of the sticky feeling of some kitchen items or products with stickers by using just a few drops of this oil.


  • 6 drops of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar (5 ml)


  • Mix the drops of olive oil with the teaspoon of vinegar and rub it over the sticky areas that you want to remove.
  • Wait for 5 minutes and rinse.

If you’re part of the group of people who are trying to adopt ecological cleaning habits, don’t forget to test these uses of olive oil.

Since you won’t be using it for nutritional or medicinal purposes, you can use the cheap versions of this oil that they sell in the market.

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