In our house, there’s always at least one container of coconut oil floating around. We use it not only for cooking but in a bunch of different ways! So, I wanted to share with you some really clever coconut oil hacks, so you can use coconut oil outside of just frying up your favorite foods!
The Scoop on Coconut Oil
If you’re out shopping for coconut oil, you’ll probably notice there are two kinds—there’s virgin (or unrefined coconut oil), and then there’s refined coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is typically hard at room temperature but will melt when heated. It’s got a beautiful coconut scent and flavor. On the other side, refined coconut oil has basically been deodorized and de-flavored and will always be in a liquid form. This makes it easier to use if you don’t want to have to melt it down.
Condition Your Cutting Board
One of the things I use in my kitchen on a daily basis is my wood cutting boar—I absolutely love it! But it’s definitely high maintenance. It’s clearly important to clean your cutting board regularly, but it’s also really important to moisturize it as well. You can do this with coconut oil, which, unlike other food grade oils like olive oil or canola oil, will not go rancid All you have to do is take about a teaspoon, apply it onto the cutting board with a paper towel and rub it in evenly. Do this a few times then let it dry for several hours. You should do this about once a month.
There are tons of coconut oil hacks when it comes to beauty and hygiene. My favorite use is as a hair conditioner or hair moisturizer. You don’t want to put too much in there because it’ll result in greasy tips, so, just take a little drop (about half a teaspoon), rub it between your palms and then gently apply it to the tips of your hair. Let the coconut oil absorb into your hair, the results are amazing. You can also do an overnight coconut oil treatment. To do so, just apply coconut oil to your hair, wrap your head in a towel or turban (so it doesn’t get all over your pillow), then shampoo it out the next morning. Your hair will feel amazing.
If removing a sticker has ever been a challenge for you, you’ve got to try this DIY Goo Gone recipe. All you do is mix equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda together. Then apply a little bit of the mixture onto anything sticky. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. The oils and the abrasiveness of the baking soda work together to loosen any sticker residue. After you’ve let it sit, give it a good rinse with water and a little bit of dish soap and pat it dry.
I am militant about moisturizing and I use coconut oil exclusively. After showering, I leave my skin slightly damp and then apply the coconut oil. I leave a jar of unrefined oil in my bathroom then I just scoop some out, massage it between my hands and apply all over. It’s so nourishing for your skin and it smells amazing. Just keep in mind that you need to give it a few minutes before you get dressed so that the oil can actually absorb into your skin. You don’t want it to transfer onto your clothes because then you’ve got to deal with a grease stain and nobody wants to do that.
You’ve probably been in a situation before where you’ve had to either remove gum from someone’s hair or have gum removed from your hair. It is not pretty but I have a coconut oil hack for you that’s going to make gum removal from hair really, really easy. All you have to do is use some coconut oil! Get a clump of coconut oil, work it into the clump of hair with the gum and it’ll slide right out.
Coconut oil is also a great gentle makeup remover. Simply put a little bit of coconut oil into the palm of your hands, maybe half a teaspoon, then rub your hands together and apply it to your skin. Gently massage it in and pat it off with a tissue or a cotton round, then wash your face as usual. The oil helps break down the makeup and makes it easy to remove. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to not use it on your eyes. I did that and started to get fatty deposits in my eyes and they became all blurry. So, I just use an oil-free eye makeup remover, but coconut oil is great for everywhere else.