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Spring clean with olive oil

Posted Mar 20 2008 3:01pm 1 Comment

It’s that time of year again. Time to blow off the dust of winter, open the windows and refresh our homes with a little spring cleaning. It’s important to breathe new life into our household and it’s just as important that it be done in a non-toxic way. What’s less toxic than olive oil?

Below is an excerpt of a piece by Cal Orey for Oracle 20/20 Magazine on the wonderful cleaning powers of olive oil. Read on…


Living Room
• Polish Plants. Houseplants get dull and dusty. Try spraying with a solution of water and olive oil. Not only will you have dust-free leaves, but they will shine. Plus, if you live in a cold, dry climate and mist your plants, it is as good as talking to them.
• Dust It Dust-Free. Don’t like to dust? Try The Vinegar Institutes’s all-natural remedy. Mix olive oil and vinegar in a 1-to1 ratio and polish with a soft cloth. I tried it on my entertainment center (a hand-me down from my dad), and it is without dust, shines, and doesn’t have a chemical odor.

Dining Room
• Buff Brass. Buff knickknacks with olive oil after cleaning them. I have a hand-me-down collection from my dad, who was also a nature lover. So, preserving his brass birds and reindeer means a lot to me. Olive oil keeps the brass from tarnishing so fast.

• Cutting Board Cleanup. A wooden cutting board in your kitchen is a must-have, and olive oil can help to preserve it. Wash it in soap and water. Dry. Then, once it is squeaky clean, wipe it with olive oil.

• Wooden furniture in your bedroom? You certainly don’t want to smell chemicals from furniture polish with toxins. To keep your personal sanctuary dust-free and smelling fragrant, use a mixture of olive oil and fresh lemon juice for that bed, nightstands, framed mirror, and picture frames.

• Polish Pretty Bathroom Treasures. To add a nice, lasting shine to ceramic figurines often found in a bathroom, use 3 parts olive oil, 1 part water. Buff until your treasures look bright and clean.

Family Room
• Freshen Wood. To keep it looking its best, mix 1 ounce of olive oil with 2 ounces of white vinegar and 1 quart of warm water. Dampen a soft cloth with the solution and wipe the paneling. Then, wipe with a dry, soft cloth to remove yellowing from the surface.
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Very interesting--when I first saw the title of this post, I thought you meant using olive oil as some sort of detoxifying agent for the body. :)) I had no idea that olive oil could be used in place of harsher cleaning agents. It seems to me that it might get a bit greasy but I guess that in concert with the other substances, that isn't the case?
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