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coconut oil

Coconut oil has a ton of uses – both in and out of the kitchen. Read on to learn what you can do with this miraculous oil!

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There are so many products found in the kitchen that have lots of other uses around the house, which can lead to a healthier home and body. Over the next few months I will be sharing some of these products with you and hopefully pass on some wonderful, creative uses…and save you some money!

Coconut oil is THE product getting huge buzz these days for its healthy multi-purpose effects so it seems like the perfect product to start with. Hurry up and grab a large jar of 100% pure coconut oil at your local health store, or even a big box store, and get ready to use it all up!

1. Cooking

This is what most people typically think of using coconut oil for and it really is a great oil choice! It has a high smoking point so it makes frying easy and quick – plus it adds such a wonderful flavor.

Coconut oil can be used to replace butter in baking to make your favorite recipes dairy free – use it in place of butter with an 80% oil to 20% water ratio.

2. Moisturizing

Coconut oil has been described as ‘nature’s moisturizer’ because it has such deep hydrating effects. If you have been worried about what types of chemicals are lurking in your moisturizer then just switch to coconut oil for a completely natural hydrator.

3. Hair benefits

Using a small (and I mean small – you don’t want to look too greasy!) dab of coconut oil on your frizzy hairs or split ends helps to seal them a bit and give you a smoother sleeker look while adding some moisture to your hair.

You can also use coconut oil as a hair conditioner – apply to hair after shampooing, let it sit about 5 minutes and rinse well.

4. Makeup remover

Throw away your chemical based, contact lens unfriendly, make up remover and use this instead! It works wonders to just melt makeup away while moisturizing your skin and the delicate area around your eyes gently. Plus you won’t risk getting any yucky chemicals in your eyes!

5. Massage oil

This oil is amazing to use during a massage. It tends not to get as sticky as other common massage oils and it smells fantastic! Imagine you are in the tropics as you are getting a relaxing massage – ah bliss!

6. Diaper cream

When my newborn got a bit of diaper rash I was hesitant to use the rash cream I had because it had some pretty unpronounceable ingredients. Someone suggested using coconut oil and it did the trick – naturally!

7. Leather polish

Rub a small dab of this onto clean leather furniture using small circles with a soft cloth to keep it supple and looking like new.

8. Stain remover

I have not personally tried this but a few friends of mine swear that coconut oil mixed with equal parts of baking soda makes a fantastic stain remover. Dab it on carpets or upholstery, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe it away.

9. Lubricant

No, not that kind of lubricant – although I would think that likely would work too…Anyway I mean lubricant for squeaky hinges and small groaning motors. You likely already use one of those chemical sprays for these types of jobs, but doesn’t using a bit of coconut oil to grease it up sound a lot better – especially if you are using it on your kitchen appliances or around children or pets?!

What do you use coconut oil for?

Do you use coconut oil? Share with us your favorite uses that we may not have known about!

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Erika Palmer

Erika Palmer is a Mom and freelance writer located in Beautiful British Columbia. She is currently working hard to create a home for her new family and is stumbling hilariously down the road to becoming a domestic goddess. In addition to her love of family, and reading and writing, she enjoys exploring new interests with friends, shopping for just about anything, and cuddling up with a great cup of tea and some sort of chocolate treat.