Olive Oil: More Than Popeye's Girlfriend | Darling Magazine

This is continued from Vodka, The Versatile Spirit.

Everyone has olive oil in their pantry, but did you know it has some amazing uses besides cooking? In part two of this series we’re sharing some innovative uses for it, which include everything from soft skin to protecting and shining your beautiful wood and antique furniture to taming that annoying squeak in the kitchen. Try using it for the following…

Deep Conditioner. Before you wash your hair, run about 2 tablespoons of olive oil through dry hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse out in the shower and wash your hair as usual.

Sugar Scrub. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1/4 cup of sugar. Before you shower, when your skin is still dry, rub this concoction over your body focusing on those rough dry patches of your feet, knees and elbows. Shower as usual and delight in super soft skin.

Nail Treatment. Dab a cotton ball moistened with olive oil on your fingernails and then use cuticle pusher to push back your cuticles. The oil will keep your nails from being dry and brittle, as well as keep your cuticles from making painful hangnails.

Wood Furniture Preserver. To keep wooden pieces preserved mix 1/4 cup olive oil with the juice of 1 fresh squeezed lemon and wipe.

Squeaky Hinge Stopper. Dip a cotton swab in some olive oil and rub it on that squeaky hinge, applying two or three times to silence the squeak.

Shaving & Skin Conditioning. For a closer, smoother shave, try using olive oil in lieu of shaving cream and shaving in the direction of hair. It also conditions your skin and keeps it baby soft.

Restoring Fixtures. For stainless steel sinks, faucets and appliances that look spotty and dull (or an antique enamel kitchen sink that’s lost its luster), moisten a microfiber cloth slightly with a few drops olive oil and rub away the grime.

Sprucing Up House Plants. A cotton ball dipped in olive oil will get the dust and off your household plants and leave their leaves positively radiant.

Cabernet Vinaigrette Dressing. Want a simple elegant salad dressing for your mixed greens to accompany Penne with Pink Vodka Sauce featured in part 1? Here you go—we hope you enjoy!

1 cup cabernet wine (be sure it’s good enough to drink)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 packet dry Italian dressing mix

In a saucepan, place cabernet wine and bring to a boil for three minutes to evaporate the alcohol. Then reduce heat and simmer Cabernet wine until it has reduced by half the amount.

In a bowl, whisk together reduced cabernet, olive oil, minced garlic and Italian dressing dry seasoning packet.

Cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Stay tuned for innovative uses for vinegar in the last of this three-part series…

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