Yesterday I talked about why you shouldn’t use vegetable oils to cook with so today I’m sharing how to use up those vegetables oils rather than consuming them. Thanks Linda for today’s guest post.
Six ways to use vegetable oils to clean
Vegetable oils may be a surprising addition to your cleaning arsenal. From corn oil to olive oil, these handy vegetables oils can also double as natural cleaning agents. Oils offer a wide variety of cleaning ability that you may not be aware of. Here are some of the ways you can clean with vegetable oils:
1. Make your own wood furniture polish with olive or vegetable oil. Mix in two cups of oil with the juice from a lemon. Apply a few drops to the wood furniture and work in with a soft cloth. To remove scratches in light wood furniture you can apply equal parts lemon juice and oil and rub with the grain.
2. To get your stainless steel appliances extra shiny, apply a few drops of vegetable oil to a soft cloth and rub across the surface.
3. Outdoor furniture, such as wicker and rattan, can dry out in the sun and weather. Prevent drying, cracking, and aging with oil. Warm a cup of olive or vegetable oil and then brush onto the furniture. Rub off any excess with a soft cloth. Do this every season and your furniture will last longer.
4. Buff up your shoes with a drop or two of vegetable oil. Dab onto scratches and scuffs and rub gently to bring back the natural shine.
5. Get paint off your hands the chemical-free way. Rub your hands with vegetable oil for a minute or two and then wash with soap and water. The paint should come right off.
6. We all know that you can’t wash cast iron cookware the normal way, so how do you get it clean? Well one way is to make a paste with oil and salt and then scrub the pan. The salt will kill germs and remove stuck on food while the oil keeps the cast iron ready for cooking.
As you can see, there are many ways to clean green with vegetable oils. It is always nice to find a new use for items you already have, and it is even nicer to be able to keep toxic chemicals out of your cleaning process. See what cleaning tips you can discover with things you already have around your home.
Author Bio: This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping. She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @ gmail.com.