Coconut oil is easily my favourite multi-purpose product. Our favourite is the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from Progressive. I use it everyday for various purposes from cooking to moisturizing. But, what if we told you it could do more? Here are 10 crazy ways to use coconut oil you probably didn't know about.
1. Remove crayon from walls.
This one's for you, moms and dads. We know you love your kids but hate it when they do whacky things like exercise their creative power on your clean white walls. Luckily, the solution is right in your pantry! Coconut oil rubs away crayon marks beautifully. It also works for scuff marks on the floor and when mixed with baking soda, combats sticky messes!
2. Moisturize your nostrils to prevent nosebleeds.
Cold and dry climates can often make your nasal passages dry, itchy and prone to cracking. Moisturizing your nostrils with a bit of coconut oil can help prevent those nasty nosebleeds from happening.
3. Make homemade shaving cream.
This 3-ingredient shaving cream recipe is so easy to make and looks fluffy enough to eat. In fact, it's made of coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter which actually means it's edible. So if you accidentally ingest some while shaving your beard, no biggie :)
4. Make a magic chocolate shell.
Magic chocolate what?! Remember ordering ice cream with chocolate dip from the ice cream truck when you were younger (or last week)? The guy would coat the ice cream in this velvety liquid chocolate syrup which would harden over the ice cream. And biting into it was like texture heaven--perfectly crunchy, sweet and followed by creamy ice cream goodness.
Well, friends, you can recreate that magical experience with just two ingredients: melted chocolate and coconut oil.
It's true. We tried it over our mint chocolate chip banana ice cream recipe.
5. Soothe sensitive skin and prevent chafing.
Did you know that a coconut oil chafing recipe exists? Of course it does. Coconut Oil + Arrowroot Powder + Baking Soda + Lavender Oil = goodbye chafing. A must-have if you've got sensitive skin and a humid summer ahead.
6. Do-it-yourself natural bug repellant.
I think we can agree that mosquitos are the worst. But, I don't particularly love spreading chemicals all over my body either using commercial bug sprays. The good news is, you can make your own mosquito repellant that smells amazing, moisturizes and nourishes your skin at the same time. Just combine coconut oil with essential oils and bug repellant properties, like peppermint, citronella or lavender. Plus, you can make them as sprays or lotion bars.
7. Replace butter and less healthy cooking oils.
You probably knew about this one already but coconut oil isn't just for greasing muffin pans and high heat cooking. There are so many unique ways to use coconut oil, such as a replacement for coffee creamer, making popcorn, rice crispy treats, decadent fudge and the magic chocolate shell we talked about earlier. Some people even eat it straight by the spoonful for the MCTs and energy boost.
Add Peanut Butter Rice Krispies to your meal plan here.
8. Prevent and treat dandruff.
Dandruff is often caused by dry skin or a yeast-like fungus called malassezia. Applying coconut oil to your scalp regularly not only helps moisturize those dry patches but also allows its natural anti-fungal properties to get to work. Avoid hot showers to further prevent your scalp and hair from drying out.
9. Peanut butter and coconut oil doggy treats.
Okay, I said doggy treats but I kind of want to eat these myself. Coconut oil is supposedly great for your fur baby's overall skin and coat health. Simply heat up and mix together coconut oil, peanut butter and cinnamon. Pour the mixture into cute ice trays and refrigerate until set.
10. Remove gum from hair.
Now you don't have to chop off your kids hair when they come home from school with a sticky glob of gum on their head! Apply enough coconut oil to coat the gum, let sit for a few minutes and then slowly slide the gum out.
Have you tried coconut oil for any of these crazy purposes? What do you love using coconut oil for?