Seriously, is there anything coconut oil can't do? In the kitchen, in your coffee (really!), in your beauty routine and around the house, here's how to make the most of this multitasking wonder:
The uses for coconut oil really do seem to be endless–here’s a list of some of our favorite tricks for using coconut oil in the kitchen and throughout the home.
1. Make a DIY body scrub: Mix a combination of sugar and coconut oil together to create a moisturizing and exfoliating body scrub.
2. Polish furniture: Spruce up tired looking wood with a rub of coconut oil. To use, clean the surface with a damp cloth, then rub some coconut oil on with a clean rag in a circular motion. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to absorb into the wood, and then buff.
3. Remove makeup: Rub a little bit of oil onto your clean finger and dab on your eyelid. With a tissue or cotton ball go back over the eyelid to remover eye makeup.
4. Bake a flaky pie crust: Instead of butter or shortening in a pie crust, try cutting in coconut oil. "Cut it in until the flour mixture is powdery," says All You Food Director Beth Lipton. "You just have to be careful to cut it in way more than butter or shortening, otherwise it will make holes."
5. Restore dried out leather: Leather can get worn and dry over time, but coconut oil works as a leather conditioner to keep it supple. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth, then rub a small amount onto the leather in a circular motion. Follow with a buff from a shoe brush or a clean cloth.
6. Whip up a healthy meal: Saute anything you would normally cook with oil (yes even eggs!) in coconut oil for a delicious new take.
7. Make your hair extra silky and shiny: Rub a tablespoon or so of coconut oil on your hair from mid shaft down. Let sit for a few minutes (or even overnight for extra moisture) then rinse. You’ll be left with extra silky hair.
8. Build a better breakfast: Try coconut oil on toast instead of butter, or swap in coconut oil for butter when you’re making granola.
9. Get healthy, glowing skin: Need some lotion? Rub coconut oil all over your body to quench parched skin.
10. Fix chapped lips: Use a dab to rub on chapped lips. Want to take on the go? Fill up an old lip balm holder for easy application.
11. Make a creamy at-home latte: Blend hot coffee with coconut oil in the blender for a latte-like drink.
12. Season cast iron: When your cast iron pan is in need of some seasoning, reach for your coconut oil instead of basic cooking oil to get the job done.
13. Remove sticky gunk left behind by adhesives: That gross mess that’s left behind on picture frames and glassware from price tags can be taken off with a 50/50 mixture of half baking soda and half coconut oil. Rub with a rag until the mess is removed, and then wipe clean with a dry cloth.