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25 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil Around Your Home

Use it in the kitchen, bathroom, and beyond

25 Uses for Coconut Oil You May Not Have Heard of

Coconut oil - one of my favourite things - is such an amazing and versatile product. It has so many uses—from cooking and baking to cleaning to skin care.

One thing to note, you will come across different types of coconut oil in the store. I prefer to use coconut oil that is unrefined and non-deodorized so the coconut flavour and smell remains. If coconut flavour and smell is not your preference, then look for a deodorized version.

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Two brands I use and that fit all of my criteria for coconut oil are Nutiva and Carrington Farms.

Once you have bought your coconut oil, here are 25 things you can do with it:

1. Cook with it

This is the most obvious one - of course cooking with coconut oil is a great idea! Coconut oil has a high smoking point so it is a smart choice for high heat cooking. Try it when making sautés, stir fry's, pancakes, and even popcorn, to name a few things.

2. Use it as a butter replacement

Coconut oil makes an excellent butter replacement when baking (I only use coconut oil when baking!). Learn how to switch out butter in your recipes for coconut oil.

3. Grease pans

When baking, skip the aerosol cooking sprays and butter. Grease your pans with coconut oil instead.

4. Use it as a coffee creamer

This one was a huge (and pleasant!) surprise for me. Who knew coconut oil could be used as a coffee creamer?

5. Make magic chocolate shell

The delicious, crackly chocolate shell we all know and love to serve with ice cream can be easily made with just two ingredients. One of those ingredients is of course, coconut oil. Learn how to make your own vegan magic chocolate shell here.

6. Season cast iron pans

Maintaining a cast iron pan needs to be done in a certain way. They can't be washed with soap, you can't soak them, and they need to be seasoned regularly to remain non-stick. This is how I season my cast iron pan with coconut oil to keep it in great condition.

7. Condition your wooden cutting boards and wooden utensils

Conditioning your wooden cutting boards and utensils, such as wooden spoons, will lengthen their life span. Rub a small amount of melted coconut oil over your cutting board and utensils, let it soak in for a few minutes, and wipe off any excess with a dry cloth.

8. Use it as a lotion

I don't remember the last time I bought lotion because homemade coconut oil body butter is the only thing I use on my skin. It's non-greasy, smells great and only contains one ingredient. Learn how to make your own coconut body butter here.

9. Use it as a lip balm

Coconut oil also makes a great lip balm, it will moisturize and add shine at the same time. I use it as-is but you can try making a DIY coconut-based lip balm recipe.

10. Make a coconut oil based body scrub

A body scrub is a nice way to moisturize and exfoliate your skin in the shower and to give you sweet-smelling, soft skin. Mix half a cup of sea salt or sugar with a half cup of melted coconut oil. Place the mixture in a jar to solidify. If you prefer a more fragranced body scrub, here is an easy recipe for a naturally fragranced coconut lime body scrub.

11. Tame hair frizz

Those of us with frizzy hair know that no amount of product will ever make our hair non-frizzy on extremely humid days. BUT, on days where humidity is not a big factor, rub a very small amount of coconut oil in your hands and rub it onto the problem spots (not too much, you don't want to make your hair greasy!) The oil will act as a moisture repellant.

12. Make a scalp treatment with it

Especially during the dry winter months, some of our scalps need a little TLC. Follow the steps here to treat your scalp for dryness, dandruff, and product buildup.

13. Treat ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs can be stubborn to fix. Try this quick trick to treat and get rid of them.

14. Remove eye makeup

Rub a bit of coconut oil right onto the area you need to clean, rub gently, and rinse with warm water.

15. Oil pulling

Oil pulling is a controversial topic. Some swear by it, some think it's just a silly fad. If you do decide to do it, coconut oil is the way to go. Learn how to oil pull here.

16. Make homemade deodorant

A friend of mine makes her own coconut oil based deodorant and swears by it. Learn how to make your own coconut oil based deodorant here.

17. Use as a massage oil

No artificial fragrances or strange ingredients. Bonus, it won’t stain your sheets and towels like other oils will.

18. Calm bug bite itchiness

Dab a little coconut oil onto mosquito bites to soothe the itchiness and help the bite heal quickly.

19. Remove gum from hair

Peanut butter and ice cubes are both common solutions to removing gum from places it does not belong. No need for any of those things when you have coconut oil. Apply a generous amount of coconut the oil directly to the hair and gum. Let it sit for a few minutes before slowly sliding the gum out of the hair.

20. Use it to polish furniture

No more need for smelly chemical polishes. Coconut oil along with some lemon juice can be used to polish your furniture. Follow this step-by-step to learn how to clean your furniture with coconut oil.

21. Remove adhesive residue

That annoying sticky residue left behind by stickers, price tags and product info stickers? Mix some coconut oil with a little baking soda, apply to the spot and let sit it sit for a few minutes. Rub off with an old toothbrush or a scouring pad and you will never know sticker residue was ever there.

22. Clean and moisturize leather

Coconut oil can be used to clean and moisturize leather. Put a small amount of melted oil it on a soft cloth, wipe the leather down and follow up by wiping with a clean soft cloth to remove any excess. The oil will not only clean the leather, it will help moisturize and help to prevent cracking. This method also works for patent and faux leather.

23. Remove rust

Rust can creep up in places we least expect like scissors or knives. To remove rust from these spots, coat the rusty area with a layer of oil and let it sit for about an hour. After the hour has passed, wipe, rinse clean with warm water and dry.

24. Remove spots and stains

To clean a stain or spot on carpet or any fabric, mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. Rub the mixture onto the stain and rub until the stain is gone.

25. Fix squeaky doors

Put some melted coconut oil onto a soft cloth and rub the squeaky hinge ensuring the hinge is fully covered with the oil. Test for squeaks and re-apply as needed.

Those were just 25 uses, there are many more! How do you use coconut oil?