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There are lots of excellent uses for coconut oil! With so many coconuts available for use in Puerto Rico, experimenting with the ways to use them has become a really fun hobby. It is super healthy. Here is a listing of many non-edible ways to use coconut oil:
- As a body lotion and moisturizer: Smooth on the room temperature oil and watch it melt into your skin! As a “dry” oil, it won’t leave a film of grease on your skin.
- Stop the itch: Mosquitos been feasting on you? Dab on a bit of coconut oil to quell the itch (and next time, tuck a dryer sheet into your pocket to keep the bugs away). Plus, it may help the bite heal without leaving a scar and it’s antibacterial properties will help it from getting infected.
- Insect repellent: Mix coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil to keep bugs away!
- Aftershave: Slather it on your face or legs after shaving to prevent rashes.
- Sunscreen: It sounds counter-intuitive but apparently it works.
- Deodorant: Use a small amount alone or combine with equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. Work into a solid paste until it’s the same consistency as the stick kind.
- Hair Conditioner: lightly coat your palms and smooth it into your hair before styling. It’s especially great in the winter, smoothing flyaways and taming frizzy hair.
- Toothpaste: Try this recipe!
- Furniture Polish: Mix it with a little lemon juice and use it on wood furniture.
- Bronze Polish: Rub a little into bronze items to clean and deepen the color.
- Leather cleaner: Using a clean cloth, work a small amount into leather shoes to moisturize them and make them shine.
- Remove rust: Before you toss those rusty knives or scissors, try this: slick coconut oil on the blades and let it sit for an hour then rinse with warm water.
- Remove labels and their sticky residue: Cover the label with a film of coconut oil and let it soak in for a moment. The label should wipe off. Use a bit of oil on a towel to remove whatever’s left.
- Remove gum from hair: Peanut butter was the go to remedy for this when I was a kid. Coconut oil’s a lot more pleasant to work with. Apply the oil directly to the gum, let it sit for a moment before slowly sliding the gum out.
- Stain remover: Click here for details on how to make a spotting stick to remove clothing stains. The undiluted oil can be used to clean ink off of plastic and vinyl furniture.
Ideas are courtesy of: Apartment Therapy