Take the squeak out of noisy hinges. Use a little coconut oil in exactly the same way you would use any other substance intended to lubricant a hinge and silence a squeak.
Clean makeup brushes. Instead of using a more expensive makeup brush cleaning product, try rubbing a little coconut oil into the bristles of a used make-up brush. Then wipe the brush with a clean cloth or paper towel until the brush is makeup-free. Coconut oil will condition brush bristles as well.
Soften ragged fingernail cuticles. Apply a small amount of coconut oil on cuticles, letting it sink in to hydrate and soften them.
Spiff up dreary looking household wood. A little coconut can nourish wood, remove minor scuffs, and add shine. Rub some coconut oil into wood furniture, banisters, molding, etc. and polish with a clean cloth or duster. Always test first in an inconspicuous spot on the wood.
Moisturize dry, aging skin. Apply just enough coconut oil to moisturize your skin. But be conservative, because a little goes a long way. Concentrate on dry areas, like elbows and knees. Not only will your skin feel smoother, it will have a nice glow as well.
Remove makeup quickly and easily. Place a little coconut oil in your clean hands and gently smooth it over your makeup. Then use a cotton ball or clean soft cloth to remove excess oil. Afterwards, follow your usual skin cleansing and skin care routine.
Polish up a dull pair of shoes. Coconut oil can be used as neutral shoe polish for almost any shoe color. Rub in just a small bit of coconut oil on your shoes. Let the oil sit for a few minutes before buffing the shoes to a gleam with a clean cloth or brush. Always test out coconut on your shoes in a hidden spot first.
Put some luster in leather. Not only will a little coconut oil add some shine to leather, it also helps keeps leather supple. Rub a small amount of coconut oil into leather and then buff with a soft cloth. Always test in a hidden spot first.
Address “flyaway” or frizzy hair. Since coconut oil is, of course, oily, it should be used sparingly on hair. But it is amazing what just a tiny dab of coconut oil can do for hair. Rub a small amount on to your hands and then run your hands through your hair to get rid of static and reduce frizz. Coconut oil also conditions dry hair.
Add sheen to your plants. Rub a little coconut oil on plant leafs. Then buff with a clean, dry cloth. Try it out is a small spot first, just to be safe.
Confused About Coconut Oil? Join the club. Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention recently. You’ve probably heard the claims that adding it to your diet has all kinds of health benefits, like helping you stay healthy, lose weight, strengthen bones, heal hemorrhoids, and even prevent Alzheimer’s. But, hold up…WAIT! As is often the case, not everything you hear about coconut oil is true. Before adding coconut oil to your daily diet, speak with your doctor. Ask for her or his opinion.
Some of the promises floating around out there about the health benefits of coconut oil aren’t necessarily based on solid scientific evidence. Many nutrition experts and major nutrition guidance organizations have not yet jumped aboard the pro-coconut bandwagon. In fact, while researching coconut oil, we found out that the FDA has prohibited “therapeutic claims” by makers of coconut oil products. As it turns out, coconut oil has a high level of saturated fat… although there is some evidence that the saturated fats in coconut oil act differently in the body than saturated fats from other foods.
So…we are NOT going to suggest that you start adding coconut oil to your morning coffee or use it to replace butter. Instead, we have a few suggestions of things you can do with coconut oil that have nothing whatsoever to do with actually consuming it.
Add some gleam to the inside of your car. A little coconut oil can help make your dashboard and other surfaces in your car look cleaner and shinier. Always buff with a clean cloth until all oil has been absorbed.