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Olive Oil, more than just a salad component...

You've probably heard of all the health benefits of olive oil. From its antioxidant properties to its positive effects on heart, bone and digestive health. It is no wonder olive oil is sought after by health enthusiasts the world over. It is typically used in cooking. But, if you're a homeowner, you should know about all the other uses for olive oil that can help you maintain your home and keep your household items looking their best for a long time. And no, you do not need to use the purest, most expensive, olive oil for this. A simple, inexpensive brand would work just as well.

Uses for olive oil in the kitchen

Believe it or not, there are many uses for olive oil in the kitchen apart from cooking. Olive oil can help to protect or breathe new life into old wooden wares and utensils like cutting boards and salad bowls.

After prolonged use, you may find these items starting to fade, crack or become discoloured. To prevent this, brush a light coating of olive oil over your wooden utensils after each use. Make sure to wash them thoroughly first! After coating, let the oil rest on the wood for a few minutes before buffing with a soft cloth. The coating of olive oil will help to nourish the wood and keep it looking fresher for longer. It will also help to prevent cracking and discolouration.

Olive oil is also an inexpensive way to shine and polish stainless steel, whether it is appliances or items like pots and pans. Simply put a dab of olive oil on a soft cloth and gently rub your stainless-steel items. Buff with a soft, dry cloth afterwards. This will not only bring some shine to your appliances but will also help to prevent water spots, streaks, rust and other blemishes. This can also be done on silverware to keep them polished and shiny and slow the effects of tarnish. Use olive to polish and shine your silver jewellery and valuables.

Here's another hack using olive oil that can save you big on time, money and even help to protect the environment. We all have bottles and jars left behind when a product is finished. For instance, a glass jar that once held jam or jelly. Instead of throwing these jars away, you may want to recycle and use them for storing something else. But how do you get rid of that pesky label? Sticky labels can be tough to remove fully and often leave some gooey residue behind. Olive oil will take care of this with ease. Saturate the label with olive oil and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. You will find that the label will peel off easily afterwards and rinsing with soap and water will take care of any remaining residue. This will work on both glass and plastic co