When it comes to the amazing uses and benefits of coconut oil, the list is surely going to be long. The oil from this tropical wonder fruit boasts of health advantages, beauty benefits, and many other practical uses which include uses in home cleaning and maintenance. Here’s some of them:
When mixed with one part of baking soda, one part of coconut oil can be an all-natural remover for small, greasy, and waxy stains on clothing and other fabric. Just let the mixture sit for a few minutes to allow it to break down the stain before wiping away. However, you must test the mixture on a small portion of the fabric first, as fabrics react differently.
Battling with a stuck zipper can be frustrating especially when you’re in a hurry. To fix stuck zipper teeth, you can use a dab or a few drops of coconut oil to the resistant area and gently zip it up and down repeatedly until it’s fixed. This dab of coconut oil can do wonders in any stuck zipper, may it be on your jacket, backpack, pants, and the like.
During an unfortunate event that a gum gets stuck in your hair or other surfaces, coat the gum in coconut oil and let it sit for half an hour or until the gum softens and loosens. The coconut oil will break down the gum’s stickiness and tackiness without hassle.
The coconut oil can also be used to break down and remove the residues from stickers and labels. With even a little amount, the stickiness will be gone for good.
For an all-natural way to get rid of soap scum in your bathroom, use coconut oil instead of store-bought, toxic cleaners. Apply a couple of drops of coconut oil directly to the shower head, bathtub, shower doors, etc. and let sit for a while before scrubbing with a rag or cloth. You can also mix in equal parts of baking soda to the oil for extra scrubbing power.
Coconut oil also works great as a master greaser. It can provide an all-natural and less messy solution to squeaky and stiff hinges. Besides keeping the rust away, a few drops of coconut oil can also be used for cleaning and greasing door(or any kind of)hinges. Just remove the pin found in the center, grease with coconut oil, then slide it back in.
This summer season, mosquito activity will be at its peak. To shoo mosquitoes away the natural way, mix coconut oil with different essential oils like citronella, peppermint, and lavender. Lightly apply the mixture to your skin to shoo insects. Besides being free from chemicals and their harmful health effects, natural insect repellents smell a whole lot better too.
According to Dr. Mercola, coconut oil is also more effective in killing head lice as compared to over-the-counter lice shampoos that contain pyrethroid insecticides.
If your houseplants happen to look tired and dusty, prevent yourself from turning to commercial leaf shine products. Use a few drops of melted coconut oil instead. Just rub the drop of melted coconut oil to the leaf using a soft cloth. Just avoid coating the leaves’ undersides to prevent clogging the stomata – it will make it hard for your plants to breathe.
For a cheaper, all-natural alternative to your average wood polish, switch to coconut oil mixed with lemon juice instead. You can also use coconut oil to recondition, sanitize, and restore your wood cutting boards as well. Just rub and leave the coconut oil on the wooden cutting boards and leave for at least 10 minutes before wiping off any excess.
To end, here are a few funny quotes that might be enough to convince you of coconut oil’s many benefits to you, your health, your home, and many other things:
“I’ve got 99 problems, and coconut oil solved like 89 of them.”
“I did not hear the question, but the answer is definitely coconut oil.”
*Pours coconut oil over entire life*
Though coconut oil can’t solve everything, it offers solutions to many things. So the next time you go to the market or grocery to shop, make sure not to forget to buy a bottle or two of virgin coconut oil. It can benefit you and your home, inside and out.