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20 Reasons Why Coconut Oil Is Your New Household Essential

By now you probably have at least one jar of coconut oil stocked in your pantry, bathroom and possibly even your bedroom thanks to the myriad uses it offers, but did you know you could eliminate almost half of the chemical-laden cleaning products under your sink and replace them with nature’s wonder oil, too? Not only is organic virgin coconut oil an all-natural, environmentally friendly solution to the toxic ingredients found in many household products, but also a sure-fire way to de-clutter your cupboards and cut the cost of expensive cleaning supplies.

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Coconut Guru and author of cookbook Going Coconuts, Brynley King, isn’t just a whiz in the kitchen but also knows a thing or two about taking a more natural approach to tackling those tiresome household chores. Below are her top 20 uses for coconut oil in and around the house – and some of them may just surprise you!

1. Stain remover: Undiluted oil cleans ink and crayon stains from most household furniture. Blot the stain to ensure it doesn’t smear, or mix with baking soda to remove stains from carpet.

2. Leather cleaner: Use a small amount to moisturise leather and make it shine like new.

3. Gum remover: Get sticky gum off any surface – even hair! Just rub the oil in, let it sit, then wipe off.

4. Furniture polish: Perfect on wood when mixed with a little lemon juice (but be sure to do a patch test first!).

5. Rust remover: Let oil soak into rusty surface for a couple of hours before rubbing off.

6. Lubricate squeaky hinges: A moderate amount of oil on any squeaky door or window is the best all-natural lubricant.

7. Sanitize chopping board: Wipe a small amount on wooden chopping board to clean, sanitize and moisturise.

8. Sticky label remover: Soak area with oil for a few minutes before wiping off with a clean cloth.

9. Bronze polish: Get bronze items back to their true colour with a coating of oil and a gentle rub.

10. Indoor plant cleaner: Clean and reveal a glossy finish by wiping a small amount on leaves.

11. Shower cleaner: Remove soap scum from showers and sinks by using oil and white vinegar on a clean cloth.

12. Paintbrush conditioner: Use on brushes and hands after painting with oil-based products instead of mineral spirits.

13. Guitar string lubricant: A tiny amount wiped on each guitar string lubricates and cleans.

14. BBQ cleaner: A dollop of oil and an old rag is perfect for cleaning dirty BBQ grills.

15. Scissor lubricator: Great for gliding onto blades for more effective cutting.

16. Pots and pans seasoner: Cast iron cookware can be seasoned with oil for a lifetime of use.

17. Stain preventer: Wipe a small amount on the inside of plastic food containers to ensure no food stain residue.

18. Retainer and mouth guard cleaner: Rub into retainer and let it sit for a few hours before rinsing off to clean and prevent bacteria.

19. Water mark preventer: Smear oil around your sink with a clean cloth to prevent watermarks and make it sparkle.

20. Hand degreaser: Mix oil with baking soda and rub grease from hands.

November 29, 2014

How To Use Multitasking Coconut Oil

We’re all guilty of product hoarding in our bathrooms. Vanities overrun with bottles, jars and canisters of stuff containing ingredients that claimed to be the next miracle fix for something and countless hundreds of dollars down the sink when we discover, these “cures” are no more than hope in a bottle. But what if you could clear your shelves, uncomplicate your routine and save both time and money while still looking your optimum best?

Celebrities are already on to it, with beauties including Gisele Bundchen and Kourtney Kardashian turning away from complex and expensive routines and onto an all-natural, purely organic fix with virgin, cold pressed coconut oil heralded as their new favourite go-to beauty product.

Coconut guru and author of Going Coconuts, Brynley King, uses coconut oil for just about everything and she is sharing her secrets on what this wonder oil can do for you, your face, body and even your man:

Hair treatment

Indulge lack-lustre, frazzled and over styled locks with a DIY coconut oil treatment that will leave hair soft, shiny and with that ‘just-stepped-out-of-the-salon’ look. Comb a dollop through the ends of your hair for a quick frizz fix, or coat the whole hair (including scalp), cover with a shower cap or towel and leave in for 30 minutes or overnight for an intensive, fragrant and super charged moisturising treatment.

Toothpaste

Coconut oil is perfect for promoting oral health due to the bevy of anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties it contains. If you are looking for a whiter, brighter and sweeter smelling smile simply combine three tablespoons of organic coconut oil with three tablespoons of aluminium-free baking soda and 25 drops of natural peppermint oil to make your very own homemade toothpaste. It tastes great and is a fabulous natural alternative to toothpaste.

Moisturiser

Dump your collection of expensive lotions, creams and ointments, and cut your morning and night routine in half. Coconut oil is the perfect organic moisturiser as it is absorbed into the skin deeper than regular lotions and hydrates without feeling greasy or oily. Try massaging into skin after showering in the evening and wake up with baby soft skin at a fraction of the price.

Makeup remover

Unlike harsh makeup removers that seem to take off the top layer of skin along with your foundation, coconut oil is effective at cleansing the face but gentle enough to nourish the skin as well. Apply a small amount to your face, eyelids and eyelashes before gently wiping off with a moist cloth. And even those stubborn waterproof mascaras and long stay lipsticks – gone, with a smear of coconut oil and a gentle wipe.

Dandruff treatment

Instead of using chemical laden anti-dandruff shampoos, massage a dollop of coconut oil into your scalp and leave in overnight. The oil not only moisturises and soothes but protects the hair follicle, promoting hair growth for those long and luscious tresses you’ve always wanted without the flaking, itching or redness.

Eyebrow tamer

If your brows are looking a little less Cara Delevingne and a little more Jack Nicholson, smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil onto unkempt brows and sweep a comb through for brows for all day stay put power. Use regularly and will also discover over plucked brows can regain some fullness due to coconut oils hair growth-boosting properties.

Natural lubricant

Using this wonder product on your more sensitive areas may seem a bit strange; however coconut oil is a great natural alternative to other synthetic personal lubricants which can contain multiple parabens and other toxic nasties.

After-sun lotion

Spent a little too long soaking up the vitamin D? The anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil will aid in repairing the damage done by the sun’s harmful rays, relieving any burns and redness, and preventing wrinkles caused by sun exposure.

Shaving cream

Achieve a clean shave by coating each leg in about a teaspoon of coconut oil before taking up the razor, for silky smooth pins without the cost of expensive shaving creams.

Exfoliator

Create an inexpensive DIY body and face exfoliator by mixing 1 ½ cups of coconut oil with 1/3 cup coffee, salt or sugar for an all-natural solution to removing dead skin. Adding vanilla bean, cinnamon, chai tea or orange grind will create a subtle burst of flavour for delectably silky smooth skin that smells amazing.

August 7, 2014