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Monday, April 6, 2009

10 Eco-Friendly and Wallet-Friendly uses for Olive Oil

Good morning! I hope you had a nice weekend. We did a variety of activities (a class on making Faberge eggs, a farm park, National First Ladies Library, a hike) with our foster daughters over the beautiful weekend. And today we're supposed to get 1-3 inches of snow! Will winter never end?

In light of Earth Day coming up and people trying to pinch pennies, here are a few ideas that are kind to our environment and save us from having to buy unnecessary household products.

10 Eco-Friendly and Wallet-Friendly uses for Olive Oil

An article I read suggested several uses for olive oil which I thought were creative, green, and money-saving:

"Use Olive Oil to:
1. Shave. Olive oil can provide a closer shave when used in place of shaving cream.

2. Shine stainless steel. Many cleaning standbys, such as ammonia, can dull and even corrode chrome and stainless steel. Olive oil, however, is a safe and effective shining agent.

3. Remove eye makeup. Dab a little under the eyes and rinse off with a washcloth.

4. Prevent wax from sticking to a candle holder. Rub a thin coat on the base of the holder before inserting a candle. Dripped wax should peel away easily.

5. Care for your pet. Add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon to your cat’s food to help prevent hair balls.

6. Moisturize cuticles. Apply a small amount of olive oil to the nail beds.

7. Treat dry skin. Rub a thin layer over the skin after a shower or a waxing.

8. Unstick a zipper. Using a Q-tip, apply a drop to lubricate the teeth. (Avoid touching the fabric.) The zipper should move up and down freely.

9. Dust wooden furniture. Apply a bit of oil to a cloth and wipe.

10. Silence squeaky doors. Lubricate hinges by applying a small dab to a cloth, then wiping the top of the hinges so that the oil runs down the sides."

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