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What Can Coconut Oil Be Used For? Here Are 21 Ideas!

coconut oil uses around the home

Are you wondering what can coconut oil be used for? Well, wonder no more – here are 21 clever ideas!

I keep a large jar of coconut oil for cooking and baking with. However, I keep hearing more and more about how there are so many uses for the stuff beyond just for culinary purposes.

 Then I came across this amazing illustration by Californian artist Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo, and all I can say is wow!  There are so many uses for coconut oil – 21 in fact – for around the home that I just hadn’t realised.

what can coconut oil be used for?

For example, did you know one of the many uses for coconut oil is as a natural alternative to using WD40?  I need to tell my dad this as you rarely see him without a can in his hand!  You can also use it as a shaving cream; to condition your hair; to help heal newly tattooed skin, and as a natural polish for wooden furniture.  It can even help get rid of head lice naturally. Mind blown!

21 Uses for Coconut Oil

Check out the full guide to have your mind blown too.

coconut oil uses

And here’s a text based version if you are using a web reader:

Coconut Oil Uses Around The Home

  • lubricate your guitar strings
  • remove gum from hair, shoes, or your carpet
  • general substitute for WD-40 spray – use on squeaky door hinges, or stuck zippers.
  • polish your wood furniture – place a small amount of oil on a rag and rub.
  • maintain your wooden chopping board – when it starts looking dull, rub oil into the surface, making sure it’s clean and dry first.
  • need an oil to season your cast iron skillet? Use coconut oil.

Pets

  • want to give your beloved dog or cat a daily health boost? Add a teaspoon of oil to their water dish every day.

Health

  • get rid of head lice by rubbing coconut oil into your scalp. Leave it on overnight and rinse off in the morning.
  • treat skin irritations such as eczema, nappy rash, sunburn, poison ivy rash, minor cut, etc.
  • take a spoonful of oil every day. It can help as an energy boost, help relieve indigestion, and more.
  • ear infection? Add a few drops of warmed oil directly into your ear.
  • to prevent bloody noses during dry weather, line the inside of your nose with coconut oil.
  • take advantage of coconut oil’s antifungal, antibacterial properties to treat athlete’s foot, thrush, ringworm, and more.

Body & Beauty

  • clean out your mascara brush
  • use the oil as a general skin moisturiser/shaving cream replacement.
  • DIY hair conditioner for damaged or unruly hair.
  • make some DIY deodorant. Mix 1/4 cup bicarbonate of soda with 1/4 cup cornflour then add 3 tablespoons of oil. Apply on underarms.
  • apply to newly tattooed skin to help heal the skin.
  • want whiter teeth? For some people, oil pulling (swishing coconut oil in your mouth and spitting it out every day) has helped with gum health and whiter teeth.

Food

  • Add it to your toast, porridge, popcorn, tea, etc, for extra flavour.
  • baking something? You can replace butter/vegetable oil with coconut oil.
  • you can saute/roast your food in coconut oil to give it a nuanced coconut flavour.

Are you as surprised as me at some of these uses for coconut oil?!  If you’re on Pinterest this is definitely a good one to pin so you can always keep it close to hand! I’ve not tested out these tips, nor can I verify them, so do proceed with caution though.

If you’re looking for cheap coconut oil, the cheapest I found was this 470ml Biona organic virgin coconut oil* for £7.99 at Holland & Barrett.  470ml should last you for quite some time, as you only need a little at a time.

My Top Coconut Oil Tips

A quick note: despite the name, coconut oil is solid.  I find the best way to scoop it out is to place a metal spoon in hot water, and then scoop out what you need.   

If you’re using coconut oil for skincare purposes, then warming it in your hands is generally enough to liquefy it. For other applications, you can scoop some out of the jar, place it in a bowl, and microwave it in 10-second increments until it’s melted.  In warm weather, you might find it’s pliable enough not to require warming.

And if you liked this post, do check out my guide to surprising uses for vinegar.

Babies, Families, Health & Beauty

Homemade Nappy Rash Cream

homemade Baby Bottom Balm

I am excited to share with you today this really easy and effective tutorial for homemade nappy rash cream.  It’s been created for Moral Fibres readers by Summer, the blogger behind tortoise & lady grey

As a mum with an interest in sustainability and natural health, I am constantly looking for ways that I can reduce the environmental impact of my family’s lifestyle.  I’m also keen to minimise my toddler’s exposure to harsh chemicals.

When my son was born I invested in a few natural products to help prevent nappy rash.  Nappy rash can occur whether you use reusable nappies or disposable nappies, so I wanted to be prepared.

I naively assumed that the products I had chosen – which used natural healing herbs such as calendula and pawpaw extract – would be petrochemical and fragrance-free.  They were marketed as natural after all. Why would you make a natural product that contained these harmful ingredients?

Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed when I read the ingredients list more closely and discovered I was wrong.  I realised that if I wanted to guarantee that the nappy rash cream I used on my baby’s bottom was completely toxin-free then I would need to make it myself.  I was already dabbling in making natural beauty treatments for myself.  As such, I had gone completely toxin-free in my own beauty regime.  Therefore, I knew I could experiment with my own recipe for nappy rash cream and come up with something that was better than the products I was being sold.

After some experimentation with different formulas, I finally landed on something that I was happy with.  I am so pleased to share this recipe for homemade nappy rash cream with you. You too can keep your baby’s bottom toxin-free and use only nourishing natural ingredients.

natural organic baby bottom balm

How to Make Homemade Nappy Rash Cream

Ingredients

Use organic if possible:
8 tbsp. of beeswax small pellets*
¾ cup of sweet almond oil*
¼ cup of avocado oil*
1 tbsp. of raw honey unpasteurised honey.  This looks cloudy and thick.
30 drops of tea tree essential oil*

Equipment

1 small heat-proof glass bowl or small saucepan
A medium saucepan
1 metal spoon for stirring
2-4 clean small glass jars baby food jars or slightly larger are perfect.  The jars should be small enough that you can scrape your finger right to the bottom of the jar easily.

Instructions

  1. Heat the medium saucepan half-filled with water on the stove.  Then place the glass bowl (or small saucepan) filled with beeswax on the heating water as a double-boiler.  Beeswax should not be heated directly on the stove or it will burn.  Take care not to spill water into the melting beeswax.
  2. Keep the stove on a medium to low heat to ensure that the water does not boil too vigorously. The beeswax will take about 20 minutes to melt.
  3. Once melted, remove the bowl (or small saucepan) from the heat to allow the beeswax to cool for 5 minutes.  If the beeswax looks like it is starting to solidify, you needn’t keep waiting the full 5 minutes.
  4. Once the beeswax has cooled for this time, add the avocado and almond oil.  Then stir through the honey until it has completely dissolved.
  5. Finally, add the 30 drops of tea tree oil.
  6. Whilst the mixture is still liquid, pour into jars.  You will have about 300ml of mixture, so the number of jars you fill will depend on their size.
  7. Once in the jars, the mixture will begin to set.  Sometimes the honey can settle to the bottom of the mixture, so you might like to stir each jar occasionally as the balm sets.
  8. When the balm has completely cooled it will have a waxy cream-like consistency.  It will be easy to apply to your baby’s bottom after each nappy change.

homemade nappy rash cream recipe

Explanations

You can find the ingredients for this recipe at health food shops or online.  If you want to simplify the recipe, you can leave out the avocado oil and replace it with almond oil instead.  You could also substitute both oils for olive oil if you wish.

You can apply this homemade nappy rash cream liberally after each nappy change to prevent nappy rash.

The beeswax provides a natural barrier to help protect your baby’s bottom.  Meanwhile, the almond and avocado oil will nourish the skin.  Tea tree oil and honey are both natural antiseptics.  They both have strong healing elements, and can help to heal mild nappy rash if it occurs.  However, if the rash worsens or fails to heal, I would recommend seeking out a petrochemical-free pawpaw or calendula ointment.  Naturally, if you are worried about the rash you should always seek medical advice.

Thanks very much Summer.   I’m looking forward to trying this out. I think it would make a great balm for adult irritated skin too as well as babies’ bottoms! And if you have any beeswax left over, then do try out my beeswax food wrap DIY.  It’s a great way to preserve food without plastic.