10 INTERESTING HOUSEHOLD USES FOR COCONUT OIL
We’ve been going nuts about coconut oil for years now, and why wouldn’t we?
But in addition its host of health benefits and endless uses for cooking and uncooking, coconut oil is also an incredibly versatile, non-toxic and natural product to have on hand elsewhere around the home.
It’s true – not only can you use it in your body, but there endless other practical uses for putting it on and around us too.
From the laundry to the bathroom and beyond, let us count the ways we can use these brilliant big jars of tropical, oily goodness:
Remember we recommended you try this one back in July?
This ancient Ayurvedic cleansing and detoxifying technique allows the antibacterial properties of the coconut oil to retrieve nasties from your body, via the mouth, alleviating everything from inflammation to allergies.
It’s as simple as swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes a day, before spitting it out.
Make up remover
Forget those bottles of product that could just about strip paint — coconut oil is just as effective, without doing any damage to your skin. Massage a generous dollop onto your face, before wiping it — along with your makeup — away with a warm, wet washcloth.
Even the most stubborn eye makeup stands no chance!
Massage it into your skin after a shower or onto your lips throughout the day.
Sooth your sunburn, rub it into your stretching, pregnant belly, or onto your baby’s dry skin or nappy rash.
You can also make your own exfoliating scrub by mixing it with sugar, coffee grinds or salt and rubbing it gently into your skin.
Ditch the shaving cream and rub coconut oil on your skin before and after shaving.
Voila — silky smooth, hair-free skin.
Carpet and upholstery stain remover
Mix one part coconut oil with one part baking soda. Apply the paste to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe away.
Rub a spoonful through your dry hair, covering completely. Leave it to sit for a good while and work its magic, before rinsing well with warm water.
Wood, metal and leather polish
To make wood furniture glossy, combine 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil, 4 tablespoons white vinegar and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray lightly on wood furniture and wipe away with a clean, dry cloth.
For leather and metals such as copper, wipe some coconut oil onto the surface and buff and till properly rubbed in.
This is an easy DIY recipe for homemade toothpaste that actually leaves your pearly whites feeling clean and fresh.
Mix 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 3 tablespoons baking soda and 12 drops peppermint essential oil together. Store in a glass jar with a lid. All you need is a little smear on your toothbrush each time!
We’ve also heard it’s a good, natural base for homemade deodorant too!
Add a generous scoop of coconut oil to your bath, along with some Epsom salts and your favourite essential oils. Lush.
Self-explanatory, really. Just use it on its own, or add a few drops of essential oils and off you go!
Are you a fan of using coconut oil around the home? What else do you use it for? Share with us in the comments below!