You will be surprised: 11 things in the house you can clean with olive oil

Alina MilsentLifestyle
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While vinegar and baking soda are perennial favorites for cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces. However, their abrasive particles and acidic nature can cause damage. It is worth adding an equally effective component to the arsenal of environmentally friendly and safe products: olive oil.

This liquid will be an excellent tool for polishing and cleaning surfaces. Experts told us what can be cleaned with olive oil at home.

Stainless steel

You can use olive oil on stainless steel to get rid of fingerprint stains. Simply pour a little oil on a sponge, clean the surface, and wipe it off with a paper towel.

Leather goods

Cara Gambini from Texas Hill Country Olive Oil recommends rubbing olive oil on leather goods. This process will moisturize worn leather to make it shiny again.

Cast iron products

Apply a thin layer of olive oil to cast iron cookware to help prevent rust and preserve the cookware.

Remove paint and tar

Olive oil can be used to remove paint stains. You can even combine olive oil with baking soda to remove tar from the sidewalk, experts recommend.

Sink lighting

Stainless steel sinks can lose their shine, tarnish, become stained and streaked over time. To restore the shine, use a microfiber towel moistened with a mixture of lemon juice and olive oil. Clean the surface in a circular motion, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Olive oil will remove dirt and lemon juice will act as a natural disinfectant.

Marker marks

To remove marker marks, dip a cotton swab in olive oil and gently wipe the surface, Calibre Cleaning suggests. Finally, wipe the surface with a damp cloth.

Polished wooden furniture

Wooden furniture can become dull from wear and tear, but olive oil can help. Take a little olive oil mixed with vinegar and you will get the perfect wood polish.


The best way to remove sticky residue from clothes or other surfaces is to soak the stain with olive oil, advises Maria Mooney, a cleaning expert at Truly Free. All you need to do is apply a small amount of oil, leave it on for a few minutes, and then gently wipe off the sticky residue with a toothbrush or sponge.

Wooden cutting boards

Olive oil is great for cleaning cutting boards and butcher blocks. Regularly lubricating wooden boards with the liquid can prevent them from drying out and cracking. Oil helps nourish and protect the wood, ensuring that the surfaces are in the best possible condition.

Clean countertops

"As a chef, I use olive oil to clean or polish certain materials, such as stainless steel, marble, or granite countertops," Tamara Earl, baker and chef at Delectablez, said. Unlike traditional store-bought products, oil adds shine and perfectly cleans surfaces without the use of harsh chemicals.

Wooden utensils

Olive oil can also help restore wooden kitchen spatulas or spoons. You just need to wash the wooden utensils as usual, and when they are dry, lightly oil them.

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