Cleaning with Cooking Oil 

 Originally Written: April 8, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on April 8, 2009 by Hanna Trafford

cookingoilWe all do it – keep spending money on various cleaning products, always thinking that the one we haven’t tried yet will be so much better than the last one we used.

Now – give this a try! And you don’t have to run out and buy it, because I am sure you have cooking oil in your kitchen right now!

Cleaning with Cooking Oil:

  • Vegetable and plant-based oils, such as sunflower and olive oils have the ability to  remove dirt, diminish scratches and imperfections as well as hydrate wood that has gone dry and aged.
  • You can also make a paste from cooking oil and salt and use it to remove stubborn cooked-on mess
  • If you get paint on your skin, rub it with vegetable oil and then wash with soap
  • You can easily remove scuff marks by rubbing vegetable oil applied to a soft cloth over the scuffed area.
  • Leather shoes will buff beautifully using few drops of oil on a chamois
  • OIl does a great job on wicker or rattan furniture, preventing it from drying or cracking. Lightly brush the furniture with oil, then rub with soft cloth. You can warm the oil a little first, it will be easier to apply.
  • Stainless steel will sparkle if you buff the surfaces with olive oil on a soft cloth.
  • And you can make your own furniture polish by mixing 2 cups of olive or vegetable oil with the juice of 1 lemon. Use soft cloth to apply and buff, removing any excess.

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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