35 Uses for Coconut Oil
The last time I went to the grocery store, I bought three giant tubs of coconut oil. As I was setting them down at the checkout line, the lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked “So….what do you use coconut oil FOR?” She had never heard of it before, and had no clue why I would need so much. I didn’t even know where to begin. I couldn’t even think where to start so I finally replied “Ummm…everything.”
I’m not kidding when I say its good for everything. Calling this stuff versatile would be a huge understatement. When I discover things like this it blows my mind that God could create something so useful for so many different things.
One important thing to note is that not all coconut oil is made the same. If you’re putting the oil on your body or eating it, you want to make sure its good quality like this brand.
Body Lotion – I use this every day! It locks in moisture, softens skin, and smells amazing!
Natural Makeup Remover – One of my favorite ways to naturally remove makeup. Warm a small amount of oil between your palms, and then massage it over your eyes and face. Wash the oil off with a wet cloth. It melts the makeup off instantly, and its good for your skin. Keep in mind that if you get a lot of acne (like me) you might want to use an oil that is less likely to clog pores, like olive, grapeseed, etc.
Conditioning Hair Mask – Coating your hair with one tablespoon of coconut oil can repair damage and prevent split ends. You can apply it to your scalp, but I like to focus mainly on the ends of my hair. Leave in for 20-60 minutes, or even overnight. Apply shampoo a couple times in the shower to get the mask out, and enjoy your silky smooth hair!
Lip Balm – Apply a small amount on lips to leave them smooth and hydrated. Extra bonus – it smells really nice!
Shaving Cream – Rub onto skin before shaving. For easier application, first whip up coconut oil with an electric mixer. Keep in mind that it might make your tub slippery!
Healthy Nails – Applying coconut oil to nail beds keeps germs at bay, prevents hangnails, and makes it easier to cut or push back cuticles.
Natural Hair Gel – Great for taming frizz and flyaways! Also protects hair from heat of hairdryers and styling tools. Use a very small amount – too much can make hair look greasy.
Eye Cream – Reduces dark circles and fine lines around eyes.
Body Scrub – Combine equal parts sugar and coconut oil to make a scrub that softens skin and leaves it hydrated
Eyelash Serum – Clean out an old mascara brush and fill with coconut oil. Every night before bed apply a small amount of oil to your lashes for a natural way to get healthier, longer eyelashes. For even better results add 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil.
Makeup Brush Cleaner – Melt coconut oil on the stove or in the microwave. Rinse off your brushes with water and then dip them into the coconut oil. Wipe brushes with a washcloth to remove buildup, rinse with water again, and let dry
Stretch Mark Reducer – Apply coconut oil to skin before bed every night, and wash off in the morning. The healthful saturated fats in the oil will strengthen skin, and provide antioxidants which will nourish damaged skin.
Homemade Deodorant – Free your armpits from aluminum and harsh chemicals! Coconut oil is one of the two ingredients in my natural deodorant recipe which you can find here.
Natural Throat Lozenge – Pop a tablespoon in your mouth, or in a cup of hot tea. If feeling unwell take 5-6 tablespoons a day. The oil will help soothe your scratchy throat, but it will also support your immune system.
Allergy Relief – Applying a small amount of oil on the inside of your nose can help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms
Oil Pulling – This cleans and detoxifies teeth and gums. The oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing your teeth or gums. Put 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth and swish for 20 minutes. Spit into a trash can (so it won’t clog your pipes) and brush thoroughly.
Beach Cream – After sitting out in the sun for too long, this helps moisturize occasional skin irritants. If you want it to work even better, try adding a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil.
Dandruff remedy – Rub a bit of coconut oil evenly onto your scalp before washing hair. Repeat weekly.
Lice Treatment – Cover your hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar and let it dry without rinsing. Then apply coconut oil thoroughly throughout your hair and scalp and put on a shower cap. Leave it in for a few hours, and then comb and wash your hair.
Carrier oil for essential oil – Can be used to dilute essential oils for more comfortable application.
Get rid of soap scum – Apply a thin layer of oil to soap scum and let sit for 10-20 minutes. Wipe away with the rough side of a sponge and rinse with water
Furniture Polish – Rub down anything in your house made of wood with coconut oil. Always practice first on a small amount of wood to make sure it has the desired effect. They made our kitchen cabinets look brand new, and the effects last for a long time. For even better results, add a few drops of Lemon essential oil.
Leather Shiner – This is a very easy way to add some shine to old leather furniture! Add a very small amount of coconut oil to a damp washcloth and rub over tarnished areas.
Rust Remover – Coat the object in oil and let it sit for an hour. The oil will loosen up the rust so you can wash it off later.
Prevents Dust – This is especially helpful for hard to reach places like ceiling fans. Apply a thin coating of coconut oil to surfaces to prevent dust from accumulating so you can go longer in between cleanings.
Remove caked on food from dishes – Rub oil onto dishes while cleaning to help loosen caked on food more easily
Remove labels or sticker residue on jars – Removing a sticker on a jar is hard, but successfully removing a sticker only to be left with a sticky gooey mess is just the worst. Apply coconut oil and let sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a cleaning brush.
Clean Guitar Strings – Conditions and lubricates guitar strings. Rub coconut oil along each guitar string. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping each individual string down with a cotton towel.
Polish Shoes – My son joined Civil Air Patrol and they require his boots to be suuupeerr shiny. We had tried just about everything, and I was about to give up and buy a synthetic spray. Instead we tried rubbing on coconut oil, and BAM! SHINY!
Kitty Litter Box – Rub the bottom of your litter box with coconut oil, and then add fresh litter. When its time to clean it out, the litter will not stick!
Replace with unhealthy fats when cooking – Coconut oil is especially good for cooking at high heat (sauteing or frying)
Nonstick Cooking Spray Replacement – Rub on the surface of pans and baking sheets
Add in smoothies – Adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your smoothie will provide you with a good source of healthy fat, and improve the texture of your drink!
Creamer for Coffee – Adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your coffee can give you an extra boost of energy, and make your coffee creamy and delicious. Mix hot coffee and coconut oil in the blender.
Let me know if you have any other great uses for coconut oil!