Why Is Coconut Oil Good for You? 103 Health Benefits & Uses
Coconut oil has become something of a cultural phenomenon over the past few years.
This isn’t some flash-in-the-pan health fad, though - coconut oil is the real deal.
It has dozens of uses for health and hygiene and numerous other applications around the house.
I want to dive right into the list, but first, here are a few things you should know about coconut oil:
- There are two kinds of coconut oil you will find for sale: refined ("expeller pressed") and unrefined ("virgin" or "extra virgin"). Be sure to buy the unrefined kind. The refined type has been stripped of the coconut odor and flavor (which some people prefer), but it also has less nutritional value.
- As an internal remedy, aim to take one to four tablespoons of coconut oil depending on your weight.
- Note that coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, but it turns into a liquid when heated. If you pour it down your drains as a liquid, it will solidify and clog your pipes. Either dilute it when you pour it down the drain, or dispose of it through some other method.
Now you know what type of coconut oil to buy and how to use it without clogging your pipes.
Let’s check out the amazing unexpected uses for this healthy natural oil!
The following are 103 health benefits and uses of coconut oil:
Health, Beauty and Hygiene
1. Speed up your metabolism.
If you have been looking for a simple way to boost your metabolism, coconut oil can help.
Coconut oil contains fatty acids called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
KEY POINT: If you want to speed up your metabolism, you can do so just by adding coconut oil to your diet.
The boost in metabolic speed is a short-term effect, however, so you must continue to eat coconut oil in order to continue enjoying it.
2. Lose weight.
For many people, burning just 120 extra calories over the course of a day may make the difference between gaining weight and maintaining weight - or maintaining weight and losing it.
That means that coconut oil can be a powerful weight loss aid.
KEY POINT: One of the main benefits of increasing your metabolism is shedding unwanted pounds.
If you have been searching for a fat loss breakthrough, coconut oil may just be the solution you have been seeking.
3. Enjoy safe, nontoxic cooking even at high temperatures.
Vegetable oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids lose their structure when you heat them up too much.
At this point, they break down, forming toxic compounds which are bad for your health (5).
Unfortunately, many recipes require that you cook food at a high heat.
Coconut oil used as a cooking oil can solve this problem. Unlike vegetable oils, coconut oil is made up of 87% saturated fat.
These saturated fats do not break down when you expose them to high temperatures on the stovetop.
That means they do not form toxic compounds.
Worried about heart disease? Recent studies do not support increased intake of saturated fats as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
KEY POINT: If you want to get away from the health risks of cooking with vegetable oils, coconut oil poses a safe alternative.
Because coconut oil consists largely of saturated fat, it does not break down into toxic compounds.
Going off of recent research, it is also heart-healthy.
4. Enjoy natural sun protection.
If you have ever turned over a bottle of sunscreen and looked at the ingredients, you may have been alarmed at the list of strange chemicals.
If you want to get away from that and start using a completely natural alternative, you can turn to coconut oil.
One impressive study demonstrated that coconut oil can protect your skin from around 20% of harmful ultraviolet rays (11).
Another research study indicated that coconut oil is SPF 7 (12).
Note that this is nowhere near the protection that you can get from a formulated sunscreen product. Most sunscreens start at SPF 15.
This does not make coconut a complete replacement for chemical sunscreen, but it can give you a basic layer of protection.
Plus, experts warn against fully relying on commercial sunscreen for sun protection.
It is better to rely on a combination of sunscreen and hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves and pants.
If you cover yourself up when you go out in the sun and use coconut oil on areas of exposed skin, you may provide yourself with adequate protection for short-term or indirect sun exposure.
Consider carrying a parasol or umbrella for extra shade.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil provides a basic layer of protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
While this protection is not as powerful as what you would get from a conventional sunscreen, it is better than nothing - and it is fully safe and natural.
5. Combat irritation from eczema.
Do you suffer from eczema, dermatitis, or xerosis? If you do, you may use a conventional moisturizer or mineral oil to soothe irritation.
Coconut oil works very well as a moisturizer.
Many commercial products used to treat eczema contain unhealthy additives.
If you use coconut oil, you can stop exposing yourself to potentially harmful ingredients.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can soothe the itching, inflammation, and irritation associated with eczema, dermatitis, and xerosis.
This provides you with a healthier alternative to the commercial treatment you may be relying on now.
6. Moisturize dry skin.
As just discussed, coconut oil is an effective moisturizer. This is one of the reasons it works so well as a treatment for eczema.
But this also makes it an excellent treatment for dry skin.
Coconut oil demonstrates "significant improvement in skin hydration and increase in skin surface lipid levels" (15).
This means that it can completely replace the commercial moisturizer you may be using now.
If you check the ingredients list on your commercial moisturizer, you may notice many chemical ingredients, some of which may be harmful to your health.
Coconut oil on the other hand is safe and healthy with no harmful additives.
Note that coconut oil works just like any other moisturizer in that you need to apply it to damp skin.
Use the “five-minute rule.” Once you get out of the shower, you have five minutes to apply coconut oil to your skin to lock in moisture.
If you apply coconut oil or any other moisturizer to dry skin, it can have opposite the intended effect.
Instead of locking in moisture, it can form a barrier which locks moisture out.
Use coconut oil correctly and you should experience great results.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil has proven benefits as a moisturizer for dry skin. Always remember to apply it to damp skin only.
7. Coconut oil is a powerful emollient.
Not only is coconut oil a great replacement for your current moisturizer, it is also a fantastic replacement for your current emollient.
An emollient is a cosmetic product which has the effect of smoothing and softening your skin.
Emollients work by injecting droplets of oil into the spaces between your skin flakes.
Coconut oil works as an emollient, and is even included as an ingredient in many cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations (16).
KEY POINT: If you have rough patches of skin or you simply want to improve the overall texture of your skin, you can apply coconut oil as an emollient. While it moisturizes your skin, it also smoothes it out.
8. Repair cracked heels.
If the skin on your heels is cracked, apply a layer of coconut oil to your heels before you go to bed.
Put on a pair of socks to hold in the moisture.
It may take repeated treatments, but eventually the super-dry skin on your heels should be repaired.
KEY POINT: Because coconut oil works so well to moisturize skin, it is powerful enough even to repair cracked heels.
9. Prevent damage to your hair.
Do you suffer from damaged hair? If so, you may be hunting around for the perfect product to prevent further damage.
Coconut oil can work well as a pre-wash or post-wash treatment to do just that.
Coconut oil is a triglyceride of lauric acid. It also has a straight linear chain structure and a low molecular weight.
These three properties make it easy for coconut oil to penetrate the hair shaft.
Your hair shaft is made up of keratin, which is a form of protein.
As coconut oil also has a high affinity for proteins, it is superior to both mineral oil and sunflower oil for preventing protein loss (17).
Also, remember what I talked about earlier: coconut oil is a powerful moisturizer.
This means that while it is protecting the proteins in your hair shaft, it can also moisturize dry hair and scalp conditions.
This prevents further breakage and helps to prevent split ends.
KEY POINT: If you want to protect your hair from damage, you need to protect it from protein loss.
Coconut oil has a unique molecular structure and high affinity to proteins.
This makes it a powerful pre-wash or post-wash hair care treatment for dry or damaged hair.
10. Tame frizz and flyaway hairs while boosting shine.
Like many other hair oils, coconut oil can not only protect, moisturize, and strengthen your hair, but it can also improve its texture and appearance.
Try rubbing just a small pinch of coconut oil through your hair. You should see an immediate increase in shine.
You will also notice that frizz and flyaway hairs are tamed.
This can help with many hairstyles and can be a saving grace on days that are especially dry or humid.
Note that if you are using coconut oil like this as a leave-in post-wash conditioner, you need to be careful to only use a tiny amount.
A little bit goes a very long way. If you overdo it, your hair will look heavy and greasy.
Because you only need a little bit, you can just rub it between your fingers to get it to melt before you apply it.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil is a powerful leave-in conditioner which can improve the smoothness and shine of your hair.
11. Coconut oil can fight gingivitis and plaque.
You may have heard of "oil pulling," also known as "oil swishing."
With oil pulling, you melt some coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth.
This process needs to be done for at least several minutes in order to be effective.
If you can get used to doing it, it has remarkable benefits.
Oil pulling for 10 minutes can reduce bacteria just as well as using an antiseptic mouthwash (18).
KEY POINT: If you want to replace your commercial mouthwash, coconut oil is every bit as effective.
It takes some time and practice to get used to oil pulling, but once you do, it will have tremendous benefits for your teeth and gums.
12. Soothe irritation from bug bites, stings, and poison ivy.
If you are looking for a way to soothe itching, pain, redness, and swelling from bug bites, stings, or poison ivy, coconut oil is the perfect antidote.
Coconut oil has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties (20).
All you need to do to use it is rub a tiny bit over the bite, sting, or affected area and cover it with a bandage.
KEY POINT: If you want to soothe the pain and inflammation associated with bug bites, stings, and poison ivy, try treating the affected area with coconut oil.
The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties can help the area heal more quickly.
13. Fight a fever.
Just as coconut oil has proven to be a powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent, it has also proven to be a powerful antipyretic.
That means it fights fever (20).
This may make it a useful internal treatment if you are suffering from a high temperature.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce fever.
14. Fight a yeast infection.
Candida infections are notoriously difficult to overcome.
Yeast infections can cause numerous unpleasant symptoms and can linger for weeks, months, or even years.
In fact, in one of the studies above, coconut oil was found to be just as effective as fluconazole, the most common prescription medication used to fight candida!
KEY POINT: If you are looking for a natural OTC alternative to fluconazole, coconut oil may be just as effective in fighting a yeast infection.
15. Increase your HDL cholesterol.
Research has found that coconut oil can actually increase your HDL levels (27).
As many other forms of cooking oil do the opposite (like soybean oil), this may make coconut oil a healthier option for people who are worried about their cholesterol levels.
KEY POINT: Increasing HDL cholesterol can help to prevent cardiovascular disease.
As coconut oil can boost HDL levels, this makes it a heart-healthy choice.
16. Get rid of unwanted belly fat.
If you are trying to lose weight, you know that the visceral (belly) fat in your abdominal cavity can be extremely stubborn.
Some other types of oil (like soybean) can do the opposite.
KEY POINT: Belly fat is very unhealthy and can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Coconut oil can help you to trim that unhealthy fat.
17. Help your newborn baby grow.
If a baby is born prematurely, it may need some extra help to grow.
One method which can work well is to massage the newborn with oil. This can speed weight gain and growth.
Researchers have found that using coconut oil for this purpose (31) is more effective than using mineral oil.
KEY POINT: Massaging a premature baby with coconut oil can help it to grow and gain weight normally.
18. Fuel your brain.
Looking for a supplement which can provide your brain with more energy?
It turns out that the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can actually be converted into ketones in your liver.
Your brain can then use these ketones as fuel (32).
KEY POINT: If you feel like your brain needs a boost, a little coconut oil can go a long way!
19. Fight brain disorders.
If you are looking for a natural, safe, healthy treatment for epilepsy, this should not come as a surprise.
You may already know that ketogenic diets are recommended to patients in order to reduce their seizures.
As described above, the MCTs in coconut oil can be used by your body to create ketones.
This same mechanism explains why coconut oil helps patients with Alzheimer’s.
KEY POINT: If you want to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease or epilepsy, coconut oil can provide the body with the ketones which are needed.
20. Improve satiety.
Those MCTs in coconut oil are very handy!
Not only do they improve brain health and boost your metabolism, but they can also increase satiety.
Research shows that a diet which is high in MCTs can reduce calorie intake over one which is low in MCTs (36).
This is yet another way in which coconut oil can help you to lose weight. This is especially helpful if you are prone to overeating.
When you feel full faster, you take in fewer calories, and then you have less work to do to maintain or lose weight.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can decrease your appetite, which in turn can help you burn fat.
21. Speed up wound healing.
Previously I talked about how you can soothe insect bites and stings with a topical application of coconut oil.
Coconut oil also can help with wounds.
One interesting animal study looked at the topical application of coconut oil on wounded rats (37).
The researchers found out that coconut oil can actually boost the production of collagen.
As collagen is the main connecting tissue in your skin, this means that your skin can heal more quickly from damage.
As you might expect, this effect bore out with the rats in the study. Those that had coconut oil applied to their wounds healed more quickly.
22. Reduce wrinkles and sagging skin.
When you are young, your skin is firm and wrinkle-free. This is because when you are young, your body readily produces collagen.
As just mentioned, collagen is the connecting tissue in your skin.
Collagen also is responsible for providing your skin with elasticity.
Without that elasticity, you get sagging and wrinkles.
As you get older, collagen production drops off. That is why wrinkles and sagging are ubiquitous signs of age.
When you apply coconut oil topically to your skin, you increase collagen production, as demonstrated in the study on wound healing in rats.
This can help to stave off the physical signs of age, keeping your skin firm, fresh, and youthful.
KEY POINT: By increasing collagen production, coconut oil helps to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin. This makes it a powerful de-aging treatment.
23. Soothe chapped, sunburned, or inflamed lips.
You now know that coconut oil is great for moisturizing your skin, and that it also provides UV protection and fights inflammation.
Coconut oil is completely safe to put on your lips since it is edible.
This makes it an excellent choice to replace your lip balm. If your lips are chapped, it will moisturize them.
If they are inflamed from an infection, the coconut oil may reduce swelling and irritation.
And if you are spending time out in the sun, the oil will protect your lips from UV rays.
You don’t want to put sunscreen on your lips, so coconut oil is a perfect alternative.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil is an all-in-one replacement for your lip balm. Not only does it moisturize and heal, but it also protects your lips from sunburn.
24. Treat a hangnail.
Getting a hangnail is never any fun, especially since they often get worse.
Next time you have a hangnail, try applying a little bit of coconut oil to your cuticle. Doing this will speed up the healing process.
You will get the best results if you do this every couple of days, or even every day.
KEY POINT: Nobody likes a hangnail. Thankfully with coconut oil, they do not hang around for long.
25. Fight inflammation body-wide.
Many progressive diseases which affect people in old age are the result of oxidative stress and ongoing inflammation.
That means that coconut oil makes a great supplement to your diet if you want to fend off the effects of age and prevent a broad range of health conditions.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties can fight oxidative stress throughout your body.
26. Replace your mayonnaise.
Mayonnaise is undeniably tasty on a sandwich, but have you ever turned the bottle around and read through the ingredients?
Mayonnaise contains soybean oil, which isn’t all that great for you.
Usually it is also packed with sugar and unhealthy additives.
Wouldn’t you rather be putting something healthy on your sandwich?
You can make your own healthy mayonnaise from scratch using coconut oil!
Here is the recipe:
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- 3/3 cup olive oil
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice or ACV
- 1 teaspoon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Blend the egg yolks either by hand or in a blender.
- Stir them in with the mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Warm up the coconut oil in the microwave so that it is a liquid.
- Slowly add the olive oil into the mixture one drop at a time. Blend or whisk the mixture at a low speed while you are doing this.
- Do the same thing with the coconut oil.
This recipe can stay fresh for up to a week when refrigerated.
KEY POINT: Commercial mayonnaise has a lot of nasty stuff added to it.
Replace it with a homemade recipe incorporating coconut oil and you have a healthy alternative!
27. Make Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Candy Bars.
Love dark chocolate but want to get away from sugar?
Here is a very simple recipe which uses coconut oil!
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 ounces of unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ tablespoons of powdered stevia
- 1 teaspoon liquid vanilla stevia
- Put everything in a saucepan and heat it up on the stove on low. Mix it all together until you get a uniform consistency.
- Once the mixture is smooth, pour it into a candy mold.
- Put it in the refrigerator or freezer until it is hard.
It really does not get easier than that!
KEY POINT: Dark chocolate has health benefits, but sugar is terrible for you.
Start eating homemade dark chocolate bars using coconut oil for a healthier choice!
28. Strengthen bones.
As you get older, it becomes a challenge to maintain bone mass, strength, volume, and structure.
This is particularly problematic for women. Osteoporosis frequently develops after menopause.
If you want to improve the health of your bones, you can try taking coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains healthy antioxidants which fight free radicals in bones (43).
This has been shown in animal studies to prevent bone loss in estrogen-deficient rats (44).
This suggests that while coconut oil may be helpful to anyone with osteoporosis, it may be particularly useful to menopausal and post-menopausal women.
KEY POINT: Eating coconut oil on a regular basis can combat the free radicals which damage bones as you age.
This is a great way to fight osteoporosis.
29. Fight arthritis.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition of the joints. If you suffer from arthritis, your joints become stiff and painful.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to the polyphenols it contains.
These polyphenols can fight joint inflammation (45).
This reduces the swelling associated with arthritis. This in turn may help to alleviate some of the pain and may even restore some mobility.
KEY POINT: The polyphenols in coconut oil are anti-inflammatory in nature. This makes coconut oil a potent treatment for arthritis.
30. Replace your toxic insect repellent.
If you have read the whole article, you know that coconut oil can soothe bites and stings from insects.
But did you know it can also prevent you from getting stung or bit in the first place?
Certain essential oils are excellent for repelling bugs.
In one impressive study (46), it was found that ylang ylang essential oil combined with coconut oil offered 98.9% protection from mosquito bites.
Why not simply use ylang ylang oil on its own? Essential oils are highly concentrated and are not safe to apply to your skin undiluted.
For that reason, you must combine them with a carrier oil. Coconut oil makes a highly effective carrier oil for ylang ylang.
KEY POINT: Ylang ylang essential oil in a coconut oil base makes a powerful nontoxic insect repellent which can compete with any commercial product.
31. Replace your chemical deodorant.
Have you ever looked at what is inside your commercial deodorant? Deodorants can contain some nasty chemicals.
If you are looking for a simple, effective, safe replacement, look no further than coconut oil.
Because coconut oil is antibacterial, it can prevent a buildup of odors on your skin.
You can use coconut oil by itself, or you can combine it with other ingredients.
Here is an easy recipe you can try:
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons shea butter
- 2 tablespoons organic cornstarch or arrowroot
- Essential oils of your choice
- Melt the coconut oil along with the shea butter over medium heat.
- Once the mixture above is just barely melted, take it off the heat. Add in the baking soda and arrowroot. Remember, you can skip the arrowroot if you want. Stir everything together.
- If you want to add in essential oils, do so now.
- Pour everything into a glass jar and wait for it to harden. This process usually takes several hours. You can refrigerate or not - it will keep fine at room temperature. Putting it in the fridge will allow it to harden faster, though.
KEY POINT: Many commercial deodorants include toxic ingredients. Replace your toxic deodorant with a safe, healthy homemade alternative using coconut oil!
32. Boost your energy without raising your blood sugar.
When you are feeling lethargic in the middle of the day, do you turn to carbs to boost your energy levels?
If so, you know that they may give you a brief burst of energy, but after that, they tend to result in another crash.
This is because carbs spike your blood sugar (47).
Coconut oil is a much better alternative. This goes back to those medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) once again.
Your body digests MCTs through a different process than it uses to digest long-chain triglycerides.
The fats from the coconut oil are sent from your stomach straight to your liver.
This allows your body to convert them into energy quickly and efficiently.
The best part? This process does not spike your blood sugar (48).
KEY POINT: The MCTs in coconut oil make it a great source of quick energy when you need it.
Because of the way in which your body digests MCTs, coconut oil will not spike your blood sugar.
This makes it an especially great choice for diabetics.
33. Remove your eye makeup.
Want to replace your current makeup remover? Switch over to coconut oil.
It’s fast and easy, and coconut oil can be a lot more gentle on the sensitive skin around your eyes.
How do you use it? Just dab a little on a cotton pad and wipe it around until your makeup is all removed.
As a bonus, it will moisturize your skin, keeping it fresh and beautiful!
KEY POINT: If you want a gentler makeup remover which is 100% natural, use coconut oil.
34. Protect the health of your liver.
If you are trying to recover from alcoholism or you have been taking a lot of NSAIDs or other medications which can wreak havoc on your liver, you may be wondering what you can take to safeguard the health of your liver.
One thing you can try is eating coconut oil.
This can protect your liver from further damage while helping to reverse existing damage.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil makes for a helpful antidote if you are suffering from toxicity in your liver.
35. Use it as a healthy coffee creamer.
Looking to get away from your coffee creamer?
Considering the additives that a lot of commercial creamers contain, it is a great idea.
You might be thinking of just putting cream in your coffee.
That isn’t a bad idea, but it does cool down your coffee and dilutes its strength. Some people just don’t like the flavor.
Coconut oil actually makes an excellent substitute.
Unlike milk or cream, it will not water down your coffee or cool it off. So you can enjoy your coffee hot, rich, and strong.
If you want to enjoy the health benefits of coconut oil, this is also an easy way to introduce it to your diet as a daily supplement.
Here is one easy recipe for coconut oil coffee creamer:
- ¾ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup raw honey
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Making this creamer couldn’t be simpler.
You soften the coconut oil - but don’t melt it completely.
Then put all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir them until they are well-blended. Store the mixture in a jar.
Use one to two tablespoons per cup of coffee.
KEY POINT: Your commercial coffee creamer is far from the most nutritious choice. Replace it with coconut oil!
36. Make salad dressing.
As with the coffee creamer you buy from the store, most salad dressings you’ll find on the grocery shelves are full of additives.
The thing is, you want to add fat to your salad. That might sound weird, but it’s true.
Studies have shown that you cannot reduce the risk of heart disease simply by eating vegetables on their own.
They need to be consumed in conjunction with fat (51).
Here is a recipe for a coconut oil salad dressing you can make at home from scratch.
It’s nutritious and delicious, providing you with the fat you need to get the most out of your veggies!
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup vinegar (ACV, balsamic, or white - your choice)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- ½ tablespoon raw honey
- 1 crushed garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
To make this dressing, just add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk them together until they are uniformly blended.
Leave the mixture on the counter for an hour, and then put it in the fridge.
Keep in mind that the dressing will set when it is refrigerated, so you will need to lightly shake it before you use it.
Thanks to the olive oil, however, you do not need to worry about it hardening on your cold veggies.
KEY POINT: Consuming fat with salad is good for your heart.
Coconut oil salad dressing can replace your sugary commercial dressing while boosting coronary health.
37. Grease your pans the healthy way.
What do you use to grease your pans for cooking right now? Crisco? Vegetable oil?
Even if you are only lightly greasing your pans, not cooking in oils, it still isn’t healthy to use these oils.
Grease your pans with coconut instead. It’s easy, works great, and protects you from toxins!
KEY POINT: The best way to grease your pans for stovetop cooking or baking is to use coconut oil.
Coconut oil is much healthier than other oils!
38. Replace your butter or margarine.
Butter actually isn’t bad in moderation, but not everyone enjoys it.
How about margarine? Don’t get me started on how bad for you it is.
It contains tons of trans fats which are bad for your cholesterol in more way than one. Eating margarine raises your LDL and lowers your HDL.
You want to do the opposite to protect your heart - raise your HDL and lower your LDL.
If you are looking for an alternative, try coconut oil! As discussed previously, coconut oil can increase your HDL (27).
You don’t have to do anything special; you can just spread the coconut oil directly on warm toast and it will melt right in.
If you want, you can mix it with other healthy ingredients. Honey, cinnamon, and nuts are all popular additions.
Want it fluffy? Beat it with a hand mixer along with some honey. It will fluff right up, and you can store it in your refrigerator to maintain it.
KEY POINT: If you do not want to eat butter or margarine on your toast, but you want a similar spread with a light, delicious flavor, switch to coconut oil.
This is a spread which is actually good for your cholesterol!
39. Replace your sweetener.
Sugar is really bad for your health (52). It lowers HDL cholesterol and raises blood triglycerides.
This increases your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Sugar is also a major contributor to obesity (53).
For this reason, it is a good idea to replace the sugar in your beverages and recipes.
There are some popular healthy alternatives you can try, like stevia. Stevia has a bitter tingue to it, however, and many people dislike it.
If you are looking for a sweetener with a mild flavor, you can try using coconut oil.
Even though coconut oil has only a light sweetness, it may be all you need for many dishes and drinks.
In fact, you may learn to prefer that subtle sweetness over the strong flavor of sugar or stevia.
KEY POINT: Sugar is terrible for your health and you should replace it with a healthy sweetener. Coconut oil’s subtle sweetness makes it an ideal substitute.
40. Counteract acne.
Coming back to beauty uses, another great value of coconut oil is that you can use it to prevent and combat acne.
A lot of people associate acne with greasy skin, so it may seem strange to rub in oil.
But oftentimes, acne is actually the result of chronically dry skin.
Because your skin is so dry, it tries to compensate by overproducing natural skin oils.
This results in your skin appearing greasy and dry in turns.
If you are in this situation and you start applying coconut oil to your face, you may find that it balances out the dryness.
This mans your skin can stop overcompensating.
The result is an overall drop in greasiness and acne.
KEY POINT: If chronically dry skin is the cause of your acne outbreaks, you can tame them by applying coconut oil.
41. Prevent puffy eyes.
If you typically wake up with puffy eyes, you may use a cream to try and restore a youthful, fresh, alert appearance.
The problem with these eye creams is the same as it is with many cosmetics - they may contain a lot of unhealthy additives.
If you do not want to keep applying those nasty additives to the sensitive skin around your eyes, you can switch to using coconut oil.
Just dab on a small amount around your eyes before bedtime. You can even put it directly on your eyelids.
In the morning, your eyes should be a lot less puffy.
KEY POINT: When your eyes are puffy, you look tired and about five years older.
Thankfully coconut oil can solve this problem the natural, healthy way!
42. Get rid of your shaving cream.
Not a fan of your commercial shaving cream? You don’t need it when you have coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains no additives and it is a lot gentler, making it a better choice if you have sensitive skin.
To use it, rub a little into your skin half an hour before you are planning to shave. Then just use your razor as usual.
The oil will protect your skin, reducing razor bumps.
KEY POINT: A lot of shaving cream contains unwanted additives.
Replace it with coconut oil, and you have the perfect natural lubricant.
43. Exfoliate your skin.
Looking for an easy way to exfoliate your skin, but don’t want to go out and purchase a special expensive product just to do it?
Coconut oil again comes to the rescue. Just mix it in a one-to-one ratio with baking soda and rub it on your skin.
It works particularly well on your face and feet. After you scrub, rinse away all that dirt and dead skin.
Your skin should look and feel softer, smoother and clearer.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil and baking soda combine to make the perfect exfoliating skincare treatment.
It is cheap, easy, and effective!
44. Prevent stretch marks.
While there does not seem to be direct research supporting this use, many people swear by coconut oil when it comes to treating stretch marks.
This probably works through the mechanism of speeding wound healing (37).
Stretch marks appear on your skin if you gain a lot of weight rapidly.
They are common in adolescents during growth spurts, and are also a ubiquitous feature of pregnancy. They are essentially scars.
Many people report that you can prevent stretch marks and reduce their appearance by rubbing on coconut oil.
This makes sense as the coconut oil would speed the healing process when your skin stretches.
This would reduce the amount of scarring.
If you continue with these treatments over time, you may be able to gradually fade them to the point where they are no longer so noticeable.
KEY POINT: Stretch marks are unattractive, but you can prevent them and lessen their appearance by using coconut oil.
45. Prevent and reduce the appearance of skin discolorations.
Coconut oil provides some basic sun protection (12).
This not only provides you with a layer of defense against the harmful damage of UV radiation, but it also provides you with a cosmetic benefit as well.
Years of exposure to UV rays can result in discolored patches of skin, typically referred to as age spots.
Applying coconut to your skin before you go out in the sun may prevent this discoloration.
Many people also say that applying coconut to sun-damaged skin can lessen the appearance of age spots over time.
This use appears to be anecdotal, but it certainly cannot hurt.
KEY POINT: Because coconut oil protects your skin from UV rays, it also prevents discoloration.
46. Exfoliate your lips.
Previously I talked about how you can exfoliate dry skin using coconut oil.
You can also use it to remove dead skin from your lips. A buildup of dead skin may be common with an infection or with lip biting.
To exfoliate your lips using coconut oil, get the following ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Stir the ingredients together and apply the mixture directly to your lips. If you make a large batch, you can keep it in a jar.
The brown sugar exfoliates your lips, but thanks to the coconut oil and honey, this blend won’t cause further damage.
It may take repeated applications to see a major improvement, but you should find your lips are a lot softer after even the first use.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can be used to make an exfoliating blend mild enough to use on your lips.
47. Make your own mascara.
There are a lot of weird ingredients in your typical tube of mascara.
For that reason, you should replace your commercial mascara with some all-natural, healthy mascara containing coconut oil!
Here is a recipe which you can use:
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 4 teaspoons aloe vera
- 1/2-1 teaspoon grated bees wax
- 1-2 capsules of cocoa powder (brown) or activated charcoal (black)
Put the coconut oil, grated bees wax and aloe vera gel in a saucepan.
Heat them on low, stirring until everything is melted together. Pour in the activated charcoal and stir that in.
Once you have completed that step, you can remove it from the stovetop and wait for it to cool.
Once the consistency is smooth, you can transfer them into a mascara container using a medicine dropper.
You can skip the dropper if you want, but you may need to do some extra mixing once you get your homemade mascara into the tube.
Apply to your lashes as usual!
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can be used to replace many commercial cosmetics - including your mascara.
It goes on easily and it’s chemical-free!
48. Remove wax from your skin.
Do you wax your skin to get rid of hair? If so, you know what a pain it can be to clean up afterwards.
That wax sticks like glue, and it can take forever to get it off using nothing but warm water and a washcloth.
To make the job a lot easier, just apply a little coconut oil to your skin.
Then get your washcloth, run it under warm water, and use it to rub away the wax. You should find that it comes off much more easily.
As a bonus, the coconut oil can speed up the healing process for your skin, reducing burning, redness, and irritation.
KEY POINT: Washing up after waxing your skin goes a lot faster when you use coconut oil to clean up afterward.
49. Replace your foundation primer.
Another cosmetic product which you can replace with coconut oil is the primer for your foundation.
If you do not currently use a primer, the primer is what you apply before the foundation to ensure that the foundation goes on evenly.
It gives your makeup a smooth, airbrushed look.
To use coconut oil as a primer, simply dab a tiny amount onto your face.
Rub it evenly across your skin and then wait for it to dry. Once it does, just apply your foundation as usual.
Another approach which works well is to combine the coconut oil with your foundation and then apply both at the same time.
Experiment and find out what works for you.
KEY POINT: You can replace your commercial foundation primer with coconut oil and get great results.
50. Make coconut oil body butter.
If you love the fluffy consistency of body butter, you can make your own quickly and easily at home using coconut oil.
Here are the ingredients:
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup shea butter
- ½ cup cocoa butter (or mango butter)
- ½ cup olive oil, almond oil, or jajoba oil
- 10 drops of essential oil (your choice)
To make this recipe, combine all the ingredients except for the essential oils. Mix them together over medium heat on the stovetop.
When they are melted and combined fully, take them off the stovetop and wait for them to cool.
Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator for an hour.
After the ingredients start to harden but still have a bit of softness, add in your essential oils and whip them with a hand mixer.
After about 10 minutes, the concoction should take on a fluffy texture.
Put it back in the fridge for the next 10-15 minutes. This will allow the butter to set. Store it in a glass jar.
Room temperature is fine unless it is warmer than 75 degrees, in which case you should put it in the fridge.
KEY POINT: Your commercial body butter can go too!
Coconut oil can be whipped with shea butter and cocoa butter for a fluffy mixture your skin will love!
51. Make your smoothies even more nutritious.
Just as coconut oil makes an excellent addition to your morning coffee, it also goes great in smoothies.
If you search online, you will find a ton of different smoothie recipes which integrate coconut oil for even more health benefits.
Coconut oil can enhance the texture of your smoothie as well.
If you enjoy the coconut flavor, the unrefined oil can add a very subtle coconut taste to any smoothie recipe for a refreshing sip of instant tropical goodness!
KEY POINT: With coconut oil, you can make a smoothie taste better while offering more nutrition and a smoother consistency.
52. Create a deep cleansing and moisturizing face wash.
If you really want to give your face a deep, soothing cleanse, you can make a simple facial wash by mixing castor oil with coconut oil.
Include both ingredients in a 1:1 mixture.
53. Replace your aftershave.
Remember earlier when I told you that you can replace your shaving cream with coconut oil? Well, you can also replace your aftershave!
While applying coconut oil to the shaving site beforehand can prevent a lot of irritation, you may still have some itching or burning after you shave.
If that happens, you can follow up with more coconut oil. The anti-inflammatory properties (20) will help your skin to heal while soothing any discomfort.
KEY POINT: Throw out your store-bought aftershave right along with your store-bought shaving cream. Just use coconut oil for both!
54. Clean buildup off your mascara brush.
This is technically a household use, not a health or beauty use, but I will include it here since I talked earlier about making your own mascara using coconut oil.
Sometimes your mascara brush can accumulate a lot of buildup and it can be really tough to clean out.
When that happens, you can make it go a lot faster by using a little coconut oil!
Just pour some in its liquid form into a dish and drop your mascara brush in to soak for five minutes or so.
When you remove it, you should find it is fairly easy to push the remaining mascara residue out with your fingers.
Rinse it off and voila, your brush is clean.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil is great for removing stubborn buildup on many household items, including your mascara brush.
55. Get rid of lice.
If you have ever had head lice, you know that they are a total pain to live with, and just as big a pain to try and get rid of.
If you are dealing with a particularly stubborn round of them, you can get rid of them with the aid of a little coconut oil and vinegar.
It turns out that coconut oil is lethal to lice. It suffocates them, which results in their demise.
So if you treat your hair with it on a regular basis for a while, the lice will come out in the shower when you shampoo and rinse your hair.
As I mentioned before, this treatment works best in conjunction with vinegar. Why? Vinegar is excellent for getting rid of lice eggs.
If you skip the vinegar step, you may end up with the eggs still waiting in your hair to hatch.
When they do, you will have a brand new crop of lice to deal with.
You can do this as many times as you need to in order to finish off the infestation.
I recommend following the steps in this order:
- Apply some coconut oil to your hair when it is dry. Really soak it in. Cover your head with plastic wrap and wait for half an hour.
- Rinse it all out in the shower.
- After your hair is washed and rinsed, apply some apple cider vinegar. Dilute a few tablespoons in a cup of water and just pour it over your head. Wait a couple minutes and then rinse it out.
If you are lucky, you might even get all the lice on your first go. If not, be patient and diligent and you should get the results you are aiming for.
As a bonus, both coconut oil and vinegar are awesome for hair care. You already know that coconut oil can moisturize your locks and add shine.
Vinegar can also add to the softness and shine of your hair and help remove hard water deposits that usually lead to dullness and tangles.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can help to kill head lice. It is a safe, natural, healthy treatment which is as good for your hair as it is bad for the lice!
Follow up with vinegar to get rid of their eggs!
56. Treat an enlarged prostate.
Right now, research on treating enlarged prostate using coconut oil is still in the initial stages.
There is no evidence from human trials yet, but there is promising evidence from animal research.
In one 2007 study on rats (54), coconut oil helped to reduce markers of testosterone-induced prostatic hyperplasia (PH) in rats.
KEY POINT: While there is no solid proof yet that coconut oil is an effective treatment for enlarged prostate, initial animal research indicates that it may be useful in treating or preventing the condition.
57. Combat adrenal fatigue.
"Adrenal fatigue" is a tough subject to address for the simple reason that doctors and researchers are not positive if it exists.
If it does, it is purported to be the result of chronic stress overtaxing your adrenal glands, causing them to produce excessive amounts of cortisol.
This can wreak havoc on your body - and on the glands themselves.
Over time, the imbalances in cortisol production can get even worse, and your body may also start to suffer from other hormonal imbalances.
Basically, if you have adrenal fatigue, you will feel exhausted all the time and you may also be wading through a cloud of brain fog.
Your ability to cope with stress will be impaired. You may suffer from anxiety or panic attacks.
You may also have physical pains like headaches which you cannot easily explain.
A lot of people report that coconut oil is a good choice for fighting adrenal fatigue (55).
Again, researchers are not positive whether adrenal fatigue is really a "thing" or not.
Because of this, there is no solid proof that coconut oil can work as a treatment.
But the anecdotal reports make a lot of sense when you think about what we do know about coconut oil from a scientific perspective.
Remember, coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
MCTs are easy for your body to digest and can provide a quick source of energy without producing a blood sugar spike (48).
Your liver converts MCTs into ketones, which your brain can use for fuel (32).
So coconut oil can give you more physical energy while also helping to boost your brain power, fighting mental fog.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil may be useful in treating adrenal fatigue.
While researchers debate whether adrenal fatigue exists, sufferers report that coconut oil helps to provide them with the energy they need.
Whether or not adrenal fatigue is "real," coconut oil definitely helps boost energy levels.
So if adrenal fatigue does exist, it makes sense that coconut oil would be a viable natural treatment option.
58. Boost magnesium and calcium absorption in infants.
When infants are born prematurely, it is vital to make sure that they are able to absorb the nutrition they need to grow.
One way to increase absorption of both magnesium and calcium significantly in premature infants is to feed them formulas which contain MCTs.
In one research trial (56), infants who were fed formulas containing MCTs absorbed significantly more calcium and magnesium.
This is actually a good moment to mention that the subject of MCTs and coconut oil is somewhat complicated and controversial.
You may notice in the study above that the formulas that worked best contained coconut oil and additional MCTs.
Coconut oil contains four kinds of MCT oils as defined by the length of their carbon chains: C6, C8, C10, and C12.
C12 is the most pervasive constituent element, also known as "lauric acid."
Even though C12 is classified as a medium-chain triglyceride, many biologists feel it should be classified as a long-chain triglyceride because in many ways it behaves like one.
This may explain why the infants that took coconut oil along with other (perhaps more potent) MCTs had improved absorption over those that didn’t.
Even the control group took coconut oil.
On the other hand, many researchers still argue that lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid (57) because it has properties which are not shared by long-chain saturated fatty acids.
Here is a quote from the article I have just linked to:
“Lauric acid makes up approximately half of the fatty acids in coconut oil; likewise, medium-chain triglycerides which contain lauric acid account for approximately half of all triacylglycerides in coconut oil. It is, therefore, justified to classify coconut oil as a medium-chain vegetable oil.”
This researcher adds that "there is no link between lauric acid and high cholesterol" - a claim you may sometimes encounter, usually from a manufacturer or affiliate trying to sell you other MCT products.
KEY POINT: The absorption of calcium and magnesium by infants can be improved with MCTs.
You can use coconut oil and other MCT oils to fortify baby formula.
While researchers debate whether lauric acid in coconut oil really “counts” as an MCT, the mainstream view is still that coconut oil is a medium-chain vegetable oil.
59. You can use coconut oil for aromatherapy.
The psychological benefits of aromatherapy are well demonstrated.
The scent of coconut oil is very subtle with just a hint of sweetness to it. If you enjoy that scent, you may find it very soothing.
As a bonus, you can use coconut oil for aromatherapy massage.
Because coconut oil is a carrier oil, it is safe to apply directly to skin without diluting it.
If you have read or skimmed through this entire list, you already know that coconut oil has many benefits for your skin.
Remember, you must use unrefined coconut oil for aromatherapy if you want the coconut scent.
Refining removes the scent as well as the flavor from the oil.
Even if you do not enjoy the smell of coconut oil, you can still use the refined oil for aromatherapy if you want.
Just use it to dilute some essential oils which you do enjoy instead.
KEY POINT: Aromatherapy has many demonstrated psychological benefits.
Coconut oil works great as a carrier for essential oils for aromatherapy, or you can use it on its own for the coconut scent.
60. Get rid of ear wax.
Have an ear which is clogged up with lots of wax?
Stay away from Q-tips; they only push the wax further down the ear canal, which can lead to impaction and more problems.
A simpler and safer solution is to instead put a few drops of oil into your ear to loosen up the wax.
Olive oil works well for this, as does coconut oil. If you use coconut oil, warm it up so that it is a liquid, but make sure it isn’t actually hot.
Then just tilt the affected ear upward and use an eyedropper to deposit two or three drops into the canal.
Lay there with your ear up for around 10 minutes, then get up and flush out your ear (the flushing isn’t even always necessary; sometimes the wax just falls out).
You can do this a couple of times a week until you get results if necessary.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil is a safe and easy way to loosen up excess ear wax so you can remove it.
61. Make a vapor rub from scratch to help you sleep.
As I mentioned earlier, coconut oil makes a great choice for aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is useful for helping you sleep when you have a cold.
In fact, you can replace the vapor rub that you buy from the drug store with a natural version.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 level tablespoons of beeswax pastilles
- 20 drops of eucalyptus oil
- 20 drops peppermint oil
- 10 drops rosemary oil
- 10 drops cinnamon or clove oil
- Melt the coconut oil with the beeswax in a double boiler.
- Add in your essential oils.
- Mix everything together and remove from the stove.
- Once the mixture cools down a little, you can pour it into a small container like a tin or a jar.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can be used along with beeswax and essential oil to make a soothing natural vapor rub.
62. Use coconut oil as a post-inking treatment for a tattoo.
After you get a tattoo, you will have some initial irritation that you will need to treat.
Coconut oil makes the perfect soothing moisturizer, reducing inflammation and also preventing infection.
Do not use too much, however, or you may fade the color of the ink.
KEY POINT: The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil make it the perfect post-inking treatment.
63. Soothe the pain of teething in a child.
When your baby starts teething, you are probably going to be in for a lot of crying.
It is never easy to listen to your baby cry without being able to do anything about it.
While there is no way to entirely relieve the pain associated with teething, coconut oil might be able to help with part of it.
When your baby’s teeth are growing in, the gums can become sore and inflamed.
Coconut oil is gentle and the anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce some of the associated pain and discomfort.
Simply rub a little bit topically onto the gums. Alternately, you can apply a little bit of coconut oil to a toy which is used for teething.
This may be easier all around, and it may even prevent some of the inflammation from starting up in the first place.
KEY POINT: One of the reasons that teething is painful for babies is the soreness and inflammation that sets into the gums.
A dab of coconut oil may help to reduce the inflammation, and by extension, the pain.
64. Get rid of canker sores.
This use is anecdotal only.
Canker sores are not really all that well-understood by doctors to begin with, so there are not a lot of treatments backed by solid evidence.
Many people do report however that coconut oil can speed the healing process along.
KEY POINT: Evidence on this one is anecdotal only, but you may find that coconut oil is useful in combating canker sores.
65. Fight cold sores.
Cold sores, like canker sores, can really be a plague on your oral health.
Cold sores are a viral infection. Medium-chain fatty acids like those in coconut oil have been found to be effective in combating viruses (61).
This may explain why many people say that swishing coconut oil is a great remedy for their cold sores.
KEY POINT: The antiviral properties of coconut oil may be effective in treating cold sores.
66. Treat toenail fungus.
Coconut oil has strong antifungal properties (62). This is why it is useful in treating Candida.
These same properties may also make it effective in fighting other fungal infections.
Many people report that they get great results when they use coconut oil to treat toenail fungus.
The treatment is simple. First, remove as much fungus as possible manually. Then dab on some coconut oil.
You will probably have to do this repeatedly for a few weeks, at least several times each day.
Over time, you should see a reduction of your infection, and you may even manage to cure it.
KEY POINT: The impressive antifungal properties of coconut oil can be used to treat toenail fungus.
67. Speed up diaper changes.
This is more of a household use than a health-related use, but this is a good place to share it since I am discussing a number of baby-related uses here.
It is never any fun changing your baby’s diaper, especially when there is a mess.
One of the easiest ways to speed it up is by applying a little coconut oil to your baby’s bottom. You need to do this beforehand.
The coconut oil will act as a slick barrier.
So when your baby makes a mess in his diapers, the mess won’t stick as much to his bottom. You can then clean it up fast!
KEY POINT: Coconut oil acts as an effective barrier against messes, making it easy to mop up your baby’s bottom during diaper changes.
68. Prevent diaper rash.
When you apply coconut oil to your baby’s bottom to prevent messes, you also are providing your baby with an additional health benefit.
Because coconut oil is great for soothing inflammation (20), it does a great job preventing diaper rash.
It can also speed up healing for existing cases.
KEY POINT: You can prevent and heal diaper rash quickly by applying a little coconut oil to your baby’s bottom.
68. Treat ear infections.
Earlier I told you how you can use coconut oil to get rid of excess ear wax.
Coconut oil also makes a safe, easy, effective treatment for an ear infection.
While some stubborn infections may only respond to antibiotics, the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil can help to combat your infection safely and naturally.
Does your baby have an ear infection? Coconut oil is gentle enough to use in a baby’s ear too.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil’s antibacterial properties make it a useful natural treatment for a minor ear infection.
69. Massage your baby.
Massaging your baby has a number of physical and psychological benefits for your child (63).
Massage is a great way to soothe your child when she is anxious or upset.
It can improve sleep quality, stimulate the nervous system, and even promote digestive health.
If you have a baby which was born prematurely and needs to gain weight, coconut oil massages may accelerate the process significantly (64).
Coconut oil makes the perfect massage oil for your baby since it is completely gentle and perfect for sensitive skin.
KEY POINT: You can use coconut oil as a massage oil for your baby. Massaging your baby has many health benefits.
70. Treat cradle cap.
If your baby has some yellowish or brownish scales on the top of his head, he probably has a common condition known as cradle cap.
Cradle cap happens when a baby’s scalp produces too much sebum.
The moisturizing benefits of coconut oil can help to balance sebum production in the scalp.
This can lead to a reduction in cradle cap.
Some people who use this treatment report that cradle cap goes away entirely after several days of applications.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil helps to balance sebum production, which can effectively treat cradle cap.
71. Replace your store-bought baby lotion.
While baby products are formulated with sensitive skin in mind, most commercial baby lotions aren’t all that great.
Check the ingredients on the bottle that you use, and you may be surprised by some of the weird additives you find there.
If you want to replace your baby lotion with something 100% pure and natural, coconut oil makes a perfect alternative.
You can use it on its own, or you can mix it with shea butter if you want a texture which is closer to store-bought lotion.
There are no rules on the ratios - just use as much shea butter as you need to get the consistency you want.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil makes a safe, healthy, natural alternative to store-bought baby lotion.
Other Handy Uses Around the Home
All of the above uses for coconut oil are for health, beauty and hygiene.
But coconut oil is ridiculously useful stuff. Some of the household applications may surprise you.
Check out everything else you can do with coconut oil!
72. Polish your wood furniture.
Coconut oil reportedly works great as a polish for wood furniture.
It can really buff up the shine, and it may also help to prevent dust from gathering.
This makes it excellent to use on high shelves, fan blades, and other wood surfaces which you rarely want to reach up to dust.
The aroma is delicate and may be more enjoyable than what you would get from a commercial polisher with a heavy chemical fragrance.
If you want that stereotypical “lemon furniture polish” scent, you can just mix in a couple of drops of lemon juice.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil makes wood furniture shine and repels dust.
73. Buff up and clean your leather.
Just as coconut oil does a great job buffing up wood furniture, it seems to produce excellent results when used as a leather polish.
As a bonus, it seems to do well cleaning the leather.
It will not replace your commercial leather cleaner and conditioner, but it may reduce the frequency with which you need to do a thorough cleaning.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can clean and polish leather.
74. Get rid of rust.
If you have ever needed to remove rust from a surface or tool, you know what a pain it can be.
You may also know that oil does a great job loosening up the rust so you can rub it off.
Coconut oil can act as a powerful lubricant to remove rust. To use it for this application, fully coat the rusty object or surface in coconut oil.
Leave it for an hour or so, then come back and grab a sponge.
Run the sponge under warm water and attack the rust. It should come off with relative ease.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can loosen rust, making it easy to remove.
75. Condition your cutting board and your wood dishes.
I have talked about using coconut oil to polish your wood furniture; it is also handy in the kitchen for your cutting board and your wooden bowls.
Both can become dry, brittle and cracked with age. You can prevent this by routinely wiping each of them down using a little coconut oil.
This keeps the wood moist, preventing damage.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can condition your cutting board and wood dishes, extending their lifetime.
76. Lubricate hinges.
If you have a door with rusty hinges which sticks or creaks a lot whenever you open and close it, you may be able to fix it using a little coconut oil.
Just dab the oil onto the hinges and you should find yourself with a much more responsive (and less squeaky) door.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil is a quick fix for rusty hinges.
77. Lubricate scissors.
Even if you take good care of scissors, it isn’t uncommon for some rust to build up on the blades.
This can cause the scissors to go stiff and stick a lot when you are trying to use them.
Nothing is more of a pain than trying to cut through paper or cloth when you have to use a ton of pressure just to get your scissors to open and close (it can even be unsafe).
This can be particularly problematic with children’s scissors, which seem less well-designed on average.
They also are more likely to be used on projects where they end up getting wet.
Apply a little coconut oil to your scissors and you should be able to rub off any rust which has accumulated.
The lubricating effect will also help the scissors to open and close much more smoothly.
KEY POINT: If your scissors are sticking, you can get them in working order again with a little coconut oil.
78. Season cast iron.
Do you own cast iron cookware? If so, you know that you need to season your pots and pans.
This process builds up a coating on your cookware, which provides you with a number of important benefits:
- It protects your cookware from rusting.
- It keeps food from sticking to the surface.
- It makes the food taste better.
You can use coconut oil to safely, effectively and healthily season your cast iron.
Take the following steps:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Turn one of your stove burners on low.
- Deposit a teaspoon of coconut oil inside your pot or pan.
- Put the pot or pan on the stove.
- Wait for the coconut oil to melt.
- Switch off the burner and rub the oil around inside the pan so that you have coated the entire cooking surface.
- Now put the pan inside the oven upside-down.
- Place aluminum foil underneath the pan.
- Bake the pan for an hour.
- Turn off the oven and wait for the pan to cool down.
A lot of people avoid cast iron because they are intimidated by the thought of having to do this on a regular basis.
In reality, it is not all that difficult or that much work. You will get used to it over time and enjoy the many benefits of cooking on cast iron.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil is the perfect cooking oil for seasoning your cast iron cookware.
79. Unstick a zipper.
If you have a zipper which is stuck but technically still functional, there is a chance that you can get it un-stuck by applying coconut oil.
Apply the oil liberally; a tiny bit may not be sufficient. If the zipper is broken, obviously this is not going to fix it.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can help you to get that stubborn zipper working again.
80. Polish bronze.
You can polish any metal you want using coconut oil, but it works particularly well on bronze.
After you buff up your bronze using this method, you should find that it not only has more of a shine, but that the color is a little bit brighter as well.
KEY POINT: Bring out the color and shine of bronze very effectively with coconut oil.
81. Shine up leaves on your indoor plants.
A lot of people have an aesthetic preference for shiny leaves on indoor plants.
In fact, this is so common that you can even buy commercial products to add a shine to your leaves.
If you have ever purchased any of these products, you know that they usually contain unhealthy chemicals.
These chemicals can actually do harm to your household plants. They may also be bad for your pets.
You never have to use them again though, because coconut oil does a fabulous job adding a shine to plant leaves.
And unlike commercial plant leaf shiner, it is 100% natural. This keeps your plants healthy and looking fabulous!
KEY POINT: If you want shiny leaves on your household plants, coconut oil is a much healthier alternative to commercial products.
82. Keep food from sticking to utensils.
It is such a pain trying to clean spatulas and other utensils when you cook a casserole which sticks to everything.
Dishes with cheese seem to be the worst.
One way you can prevent a grueling clean-up is to coat your utensils with a thin layer of coconut oil before you use them.
This will stop food from sticking to them, so it should slide right off when you wash them afterwards.
KEY POINT: Don’t want food clinging to your serving utensils? Coat them with coconut oil before you use them.
83. Slide a stubborn ring off your finger.
There may be times when you need to remove a ring and find that it is stuck on your finger.
This might happen if for example you experience swelling in your hands.
You need to produce some lubrication in order to get the ring to move, but you should avoid using any harsh agents since you do not want to damage delicate metals and gemstones.
Coconut oil works perfectly to pull off the ring.
KEY POINT: If a ring is stuck to your finger, coconut oil can help you get it off without damaging it or your finger.
84. Clean grease off your hands.
If you spend a lot of time working out in your garage, you probably get a lot of grease on your hands.
It can take a lot of scrubbing to get it off.
If you are looking for a simple, effective, natural method, you can combine coconut oil with a little baking soda.
The baking soda acts as an abrasive while the coconut oil provides lubrication.
The combination is exactly what you need to get grease off your hands fast.
Also note that coconut oil does a really great job getting grease out from under your nails.
KEY POINT: If you need to degrease your hands, coconut oil mixed with baking soda does the trick.
85. Scrub off hard water deposits.
Do you live in a state with hard water?
If so, then you probably have some buildup on your faucets and sinks. While this buildup isn’t harmful, it is undeniably an eyesore.
If you want to get rid of it, you will find that coconut oil does an excellent job removing it swiftly and easily.
KEY POINT: Get rid of hard water buildup on your faucets with coconut oil.
86. Get rid of chewing gum.
Children and chewing gum can be a pesky combination.
Kids seem to have a particular talent for getting chewing gum stuck to clothing, carpets, and (worst of all) hair.
It is incredibly hard to get rid of chewing gum when it gets stuck to anything fibrous.
Even though you might be able to pull most of it up, you will generally find that there is some stubborn residue which stays behind.
One trick to tackle that gum residue quickly and effectively is to use a little coconut oil.
This can loosen up the gum and help to scrub it away.
KEY POINT: If you have chewing gum stuck to hair, cloth, or carpet, coconut oil can help to remove it completely.
87. Condition and lubricate guitar strings.
If you happen to play guitar, you know that you need to lubricate and condition the strings on a regular basis to keep them in working order.
Coconut oil works perfectly to get this done, which eliminates the need to buy a specialized product.
KEY POINT: You can keep your guitar strings conditioned with coconut oil.
88. Condition animal hide drums.
Remember previously when I explained how you can use coconut oil to condition leather?
Many drums are made out of rawhide.
If you do not take care to maintain them, they can dry out. When this happens, it can adversely affect their sound quality.
Over time, it can also lead to damage.
One way you can prevent this is to condition them on a regular basis with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is natural and gentle and will keep your drums from drying out.
This eliminates the need for yet another specialized commercial solution.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner for rawhide drums.
89. Clean your assorted dental gear.
If you wear a retainer, a mouthguard, or dentures, you know how difficult it is to keep them clean.
Since they spend most of their time inside your mouth, they are continuously exposed to bacteria.
If you want to disinfect them the fast and easy way, you can rub them down with coconut oil (65).
This works best if you give the coconut oil some time to work, so make sure that you leave your retainer, mouthguard or dentures sitting out somewhere for a few hours.
After the coconut oil has had time to kill the germs, you can rinse off your dental gear. You will be amazed at how clean it is!
KEY POINT: It can be difficult to clean all the germs off of your mouthguard, retainer or dentures. The antimicrobial powers of coconut oil can do a great job.
90. Make edible playdough.
Do you have a little kid who always is trying to eat playdough?
This is a common plight, and playdough is supposed to be nontoxic, but you can never be too safe.
That is why you should consider making DIY playdough from scratch using coconut oil!
It is totally kid-safe, it is inexpensive, and you can create literally any color imaginable.
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/3 cup of salt
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- Food coloring as needed
- Start by adding the flour, salt, and cream of tartar to a saucepan.
- Set the saucepan on the stovetop on medium heat.
- Pour in your water and your coconut oil.
- Start stirring everything together.
- Add in your food coloring.
- Continue to stir. Do your best to get rid of all the lumps.
- When the mixture begins to thicken up, start folding it all together into a ball in the middle.
- When you achieve the right consistency, remove the saucepan from the heat.
- Deposit the playdough onto a sheet of wax paper to protect your countertop from the food coloring.
- Once the playdough cools down, the food coloring will no longer bleed. At that point, you can knead it until you get the perfect texture. You can then give it to your kids to play (or play with it yourself, if you are so inclined).
As you can see, this is incredibly easy. It will save you a ton of money, and your kid can have any color of playdough he can dream of.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can be used in a recipe to make playdough which is kid-safe and 100% natural.
91. Clean away the sticky gunk from labels.
Peeling barcodes and other stickers off of merchandise is really difficult sometimes.
Half the label wants to stick in many cases, and even if you manage to get the entire thing removed, it may leave behind this unpleasant sticky residue.
If you can’t stand that sticky gunk, you can get rid of it using a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda.
This also works really well if you want to remove a label from a jar so you can repurpose it.
KEY POINT: You can get a nice, clean surface after removing a sticker or label from an object if you clean off the sticky residue using coconut oil and baking soda.
92. Make a bar of soap.
Want to replace your commercial soap with something natural? You can learn how to make your own soap at home. Here is a simple recipe which uses coconut oil.
Ingredients (makes 44 ounces):
- 33 ounces coconut oil, 76-degree melting point
- 4.83 ounces lye (NaOH)
- 12.54 ounces water
- .5 – 1 ounce essential oils
Do not be afraid of using lye. You need to be very careful with it, but there are some common misconceptions surrounding its use in soap.
Yes, lye is very toxic, but it is only used as a reagent in the process.
In short, it is a chemical agent which reacts to create the soap, but no un-reacted lye remains after the process is complete - which is why the soap itself is safe.
- Put on protective gear so you can work with the lye.
- Set a crockpot on low.
- Pour the water into a glass bowl and take it outdoors.
- Stir in the lye. Make sure you are not breathing in the vapor.
- Once the mixture turns clear, you can bring it inside.
- Wait 10 minutes for it to cool down.
- Heat the coconut oil in a saucepan at a temperature of 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour the coconut oil into the crockpot.
- Pour in the lye/water mixture.
- Use a hand blender to mix the ingredients until they achieve a pudding-like consistency.
- Cover the crockpot. Wait while it cooks on low for around 45 minutes to an hour. If it looks like it wants to overflow, stir it and it should calm down.
- Insert a pH test strip when you think the soap is done cooking. If it reads higher than 10, it is not done. It is vital that you cook it completely, or you will have leftover lye, and that can result in chemical burns.
- After the soap is done cooking through, you can wait for it to cool a little and then stir in your essential oils.
- Once this step is complete, spoon the soap into your soap molds.
- Wait for it to cool, and then cut it into the bar size you want right away.
- Place the finished bars on a rack where they can harden for several days. The bars work best if you leave them sit for at least a couple of weeks.
KEY POINT: As you already know, coconut oil is awesome for your skin.
Using coconut oil and a few simple ingredients, you can make your very own 100% natural soap.
93. Make a shampoo bar.
Now you know how you can make soap using coconut oil and some other basic ingredients.
What if you want to replace your commercial shampoo as well? Well, you can, and you can once again use coconut oil to do it.
Many people do not know this, but you can actually replace liquid shampoo with a solid shampoo bar which is similar to a soap bar.
It typically does not lather up as well as liquid shampoo, but this is not all that important - it is just something we have been trained to expect.
Incidentally, there are a number of different oils which can be used to make a shampoo bar.
Coconut oil is just one of them - some other examples include castor oil and olive oil.
But coconut oil can produce a little more lather. And as you already know, it is excellent for promoting healthy hair (17).
Here is a simple recipe which you can use to make your own coconut-oil based shampoo bar at home.
- 10 ounces coconut oil
- 6 ounces castor oil
- 10 ounces tallow or palm oil
- 10 ounces olive oil
- 12 ounces distilled water
- 5 ounces lye
- 1.5 ounces essential oils of your choice (many oils are great for hair, including peppermint, rosemary and lavender)
- Put on your protective gear so you can work with the lye.
- Pour the water into a glass bowl.
- Take it outside and add the lye gradually. Do not inhale the fumes. Stir it in.
- The mixture will heat up. Wait for it to cool off a bit before you follow the next step.
- Get a crockpot and add in all the oils except for the essential oils. Warm them up in the crockpot until they reach around 100-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- When both the oils and the water and lye mixture are at around the same temperature (100-120 degrees Fahrenheit, as stated above), gradually pour the water and lye into the oils.
- Begin mixing with a hand blender. You need the mixture to reach a state called “trace,” which is similar to the consistency of pudding. A good test is whether a drop of the mixture sits on the surface for just a moment before falling in and combining with the rest.
- Add in your essential oils.
- Once everything is well integrated, pour it all into your soap mold.
- You need to cover the soap mold while the saponification process is in progress. This takes around 24 hours. So put a cardboard box over top of the mold (upside-down) to trap the heat, and cover that with a towel for even more insulation.
- After 24 hours have passed, you can pull the finished soap out of the mold and slice it into individual bars (this recipe makes around a dozen).
- The bars work best if you let them cure for an additional 4-6 weeks.
Remember to be very thorough when washing off your dishes and utensils.
No lye will remain in your shampoo bars after saponification is complete, but some residue may still cling to your cookware.
You can use a little vinegar while you are washing everything off. This will help to neutralize the lye.
Using a shampoo bar takes a bit of getting used to, but you will find that it produces great results.
You will reap the benefits of coconut oil and the other healthy ingredients you have used.
Best of all, you will no longer be subjecting your hair and scalp to the harsh chemicals used in commercial shampoos.
KEY POINT: Just as coconut oil can be used to make soap at home, it can also be used to make a totally natural shampoo bar.
94. Make laundry detergent.
There are a lot of harsh chemicals in the majority of laundry detergents you can buy from the store.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get away from those chemicals and clean your clothes with a totally natural, healthy laundry soap?
Well you can, and you can use coconut oil as part of the recipe!
Just as it is a great ingredient for your homemade soap or shampoo bar, it also is perfect for getting your clothing clean.
In fact, you are going to use the coconut bar soap you made before to help you make your laundry detergent!
To make laundry detergent, you need three key ingredients:
- The coconut-based soap you made before
- Washing soda, a.k.a."soda ash." Soda ash is useful in laundry detergent because it strips away oils
If you want your wash to smell good, you can add in some essential oils as well.
You can actually make a powdered or liquid laundry detergent, but the powdered version is easier to store.
The liquid version on the other hand is tougher on stains, and may also work better if you live in an area with hard water.
Ingredients for Powdered Laundry Detergent:
- 1 bar of coconut-based soap
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1 cup of borax
- Optional: 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
Directions for Powdered Laundry Soap:
- Begin by grating the soap into fine particles. You can do this using a food processor or a hand grater.
- Once the first step is complete, mix the grated soap with your borax and washing soda. You may want to wear some gloves while you do this; the ingredients can dry out your skin, and dry palms are no fun.
- If you have decided to add essential oils, stir them in now.
- Dump the mixture into a jar and seal it for storage.
That’s it! To use it, just add a tablespoon or two into each load.
Ingredients for Liquid Laundry Detergent:
- 1 bar of coconut-based soap
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
- Optional: 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
Directions for Liquid Laundry Soap:
- You will first need to obtain a five-gallon bucket with a lid. Many wholesale stores will give these away for free. You just need to ask.
- Grate the bar of soap. You can do this using a food processor or a hand grater.
- Heat up 4-4.5 gallons of water until it is warm or hot - but not scalding. Pour the water into the bucket.
- Get a saucepan and heat 2 quarts of water in it until it reaches the point of simmering.
- Add the grated soap into your saucepan. Stir the soap in gradually until it dissolves.
- Now add this mixture to your bucket. Stir it in evenly.
- If you have opted for essential oils, add them at this point. Stir them in well.
- Cover your bucket with the lid and let it sit for a night.
- The following day, stir the soap again.
- Your detergent is ready now. Pour it into the bottles or jars you wish to store it in and use it when you need it. You need around ½-1 cup per load.
KEY POINT: You can make an effective 100% natural laundry detergent using coconut-based soap, borax and washing soda.
Go with liquid for tough stains, or opt for powder if you want something you can store more compactly.
95. Clean garden tools and prevent future rust from forming.
You already know that coconut oil is excellent for removing rust from a lot of household items.
Don’t forget to take it out to your garden shed and use it to clean the rust off of your garden tools as well.
Lubricate them with the coconut oil on a regular basis and you will prevent more rust.
KEY POINT: You can keep your garden tools in great working order using coconut oil.
96. Prevent grass from sticking to your lawnmower catcher and blades.
One of the most irritating things about mowing the lawn is having to pick all the little blades of grass off of your lawnmower catcher afterward.
You can keep both the catcher and the lawnmower blades more or less clean by applying a thin coating of coconut oil first.
There is no way to achieve perfection, but the coconut oil will make it harder for the grass to adhere - and will make it easier to remove the grass that does stick afterward.
KEY POINT: Mowing your lawn takes long enough. You should not have to waste extra time afterward pulling grass off the blades and catcher.
Applying a layer of coconut oil keeps grass from sticking.
97. Stop snow from sticking to your satellite dish.
Just as coconut oil is helpful in preventing grass from sticking to your lawnmower catcher, it can prevent other substances from sticking as well.
One great example is snow.
Snow loves to cake onto everything, but there are certain things you need to stay snow-free, like your satellite dish.
You cannot prevent snow from landing on your dish unless you cover it of course, but if you add a coating of coconut oil when snow is imminent, you make it harder for the snow to adhere.
You can then remove it quickly and easily.
KEY POINT: You never want snow to stick to your satellite dish, but it is all too common a woe in wintertime.
Prevent the problem by adding a thin layer of coconut oil before the snow starts falling.
98. Prevent snow from adhering to your shovel.
Getting ready to shovel out your driveway? It isn’t an easy job, and it is only made harder by the fact that snow sticks easily to shovels.
Before you head outside this winter to clear your path, rub a thin layer of coconut oil onto your shovel.
If you coat it thoroughly, you will find that a lot less snow sticks to it.
KEY POINT: It is much easier to shovel snow out of your driveway when it doesn’t stick to your shovel.
Coat your shovel with coconut oil and your job will be easy.
99. Freshen up the interior of your car.
f the dashboard of your car is starting to look dull, you can shine it up by buffing it with coconut oil.
Make sure that you only use a little bit of oil for this process. You will find it works especially well on genuine leather.
As a bonus, coconut oil smells great, which may be needed in your vehicle.
KEY POINT: Since coconut oil is a great leather shiner, it works well for conditioning the interior of your vehicle.
100. Chase away a variety of pests.
Many people report that they have luck driving away a variety of different pests by using coconut oil.
Usually this works best in conjunction with vinegar. So get a spray bottle and create a mixture of coconut oil and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio.
Shake it up and use it when you encounter these unwanted pests:
- Mosquito larvae
- Adult mosquitoes
I have seen mixed reports of whether or not coconut oil and/or vinegar are lethal to pests, but to my knowledge, they are not.
So they will not actually kill them, but they will act as strong deterrents.
The best way to use coconut oil and vinegar to control pests is to spray areas where you want them to keep away.
For example, you can spray around your doors and windows to prevent spiders from building webs there.
You can also spray around your trash bins to prevent flies and maggots from making a home.
Spraying around weak spots and entry points to your home may keep bugs outside.
KEY POINT: While coconut oil is not lethal to pests, it does drive them away.
Use it in conjunction with vinegar to keep pests out of your home.
101. Grease your bicycle chains.
Bicycle chains are prone to rust and sticking. Keep your bicycle chain lubricated by applying coconut oil regularly.
KEY POINT: With coconut oil, you can keep your bicycle chain lubricated.
102. Polish and condition shoes.
If your shoes are starting to look a bit dull, you can restore their shine by buffing them up with a little coconut oil.
This works especially well on leather shoes, just as you might expect.
In fact, if your shoes are leather, you should condition them regularly using your coconut oil.
This will prevent them from getting dry and cracking - which shoes are particularly prone to because of the stresses which are exerted on them daily.
KEY POINT: You can restore shine to your shoes with coconut oil, and even extend their lifetime!
103. Stop Tupperware from getting stained.
Tired of your Tupperware containers getting stained from soups and stews?
While there is no way to entirely prevent stains, you can certainly lessen them with coconut oil.
How do you do it? Just rub a little coconut oil around the inside of your Tupperware containers before you use them.
Since this keeps food from sticking to them, it also prevents staining.
Now your Tupperware containers can stay looking clean and presentable!
KEY POINT: Coconut oil prevents food from sticking to Tupperware, which prevents staining.
104. Keep rust from coating the insides of your jar lids.
The metal lids on glass jars love to accumulate rust, especially (unfortunately) if you are using them to store foods or liquids!
Ironically that is when it is most important to make sure that your lids remain rust-free; that way no rust ends up in your foods or personal hygiene products.
You can prevent rust from accumulating in your jars by coating the insides of the lids with coconut oil.
This in turn protects your foods or hygiene products from getting contaminated by rust. This allows you to stay healthy.
KEY POINT: Use coconut oil inside jar lids to prevent rust from building up.
115. Clean the license plates on your vehicles.
Remember when your license plate was shiny and new?
Tons of dirt and grime builds up on license plates, often in conjunction with mold and rust.
Combined, all this residue can be really hard to clean.
Coconut oil does a wonderful job loosening up all that caked-on debris.
Apply a layer of coconut oil to your license plate and walk away and do something else for 20 minutes or so.
After it has had time to soak, come back and scrub away the debris. It should lift off easily.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil can help you to get your license plate shiny as new again.
106. Stop wax from sticking to your candleholders.
Tired of wax dripping down onto your candleholders?
Sometimes wax comes right off, but other times it adheres pretty well and leaves behind a residue.
If you apply coconut oil to your candleholders before you light your candles, the wax has a harder time adhering, and you can remove it easily afterwards.
As a bonus, if you are using brass candleholders, you should find that the coconut oil imparts a lovely shine.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil prevents wax from sticking to candleholders.
117. Get your windshield and car grill really clean.
While you are washing the outside of your car, you will find that the windshield and grill can both be particularly tricky.
All kinds of tough deposits love to build up on both: dead bugs, bird droppings, sap from trees.
All of these respond quite well to coconut oil. Just get some coconut oil on a washcloth and scrub vigorously.
Most of the gunk should lift clean off.
KEY POINT: Coconut oil does a great job removing sap and other gunk from your vehicle.
108. Get rid of brake dust.
If you are trying to clean brake dust off your wheels, you will discover quickly that it can be pretty hard.
Brake dust is stubborn and challenging to remove, so much so that you will find numerous articles and videos teaching you different methods.
It does not have to be difficult to get rid of brake dust however. Coconut oil does well loosening and lifting brake dust.
Just as with the license plate, leave it to soak in for a bit before you come back and scrub it all away.
KEY POINT: You can use coconut oil to loosen brake dust so you can clean it off your wheels.
109. Stop your clothes from chafing.
Have some scratchy clothes which chafe at your skin?
One way you can reduce that unpleasant scratchy effect is to apply a thin layer of coconut oil to your skin in the area where you experience the chafing.
This will protect your skin and reduce redness and irritation.
KEY POINT: If your clothes chafe, a little coconut oil on your skin can make them more comfortable to wear.
110. Use coconut oil to get a fire started.
If you are going camping and want to bring some handy fire starters with you, coconut oil can help you out!
To create coconut oil fire starters, all you need is to get some flat cotton pads (you could also use cotton balls, but the pads have better absorption) and soak them in melted coconut oil.
Make sure that you flip them over so you soak them through completely.
Pack them in a bag and bring them with you on your camping trip. When you are ready to start a fire, just pull one out and light it.
The best way to do this is to make a little tear to expose the fibers first.
Do this and it will catch more quickly. It should burn for around 10 minutes.
This should give you plenty of time to get a proper fire going.
KEY POINT: Cotton pads soaked in coconut oil make excellent fire starters which will burn for around 10 minutes.
Conclusion: Coconut Oil is One of the Most Versatile Supplies for Health, Hygiene and Household Uses
As you can see, if you do not currently have coconut oil in your kitchen cabinet, you are missing out!
Coconut oil health uses are backed by scientific research.
Household uses are more anecdotal, but the versatility of coconut oil for a wide range of applications is clearly demonstrated.
So give a few of these ideas a try - and remember, always buy unrefined coconut oil for the best nutritional value!
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