40 Wildly Different Uses for Coconut Oil
Whether for your health or for your home, coconut oil has the power to transform your day-to-day with its both nutritional and practical properties.
With the average jar costing anywhere from $3-$8, and its long shelf life, investing in some for your home feels like a no-brainer. Let’s go over the many uses of this fruitful and useful oil.
Replace Your Fatty Butter
It isn’t breaking news that fatty butter isn’t especially great for your ticker or overall health. But that doesn’t mean we should suffer! That is where coconut oil saves the day by acting as a great fill-in. And it doesn’t only apply to baking but for greasing pans and high heat cooking, too.
For an added treat, try some melted coconut oil over your popcorn with a small sprinkle of salt or throw a teaspoon or two in your morning (or midafternoon) cup of joe.
Keep the Dandruff Away
Typically, the dreaded dandruff is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Malassezia. By applying coconut oil to your scalp regularly you’re able to treat the dry patches brought on by the fungus. Furthermore, you’re allowing the coconut oil’s naturally occurring anti-fungal properties to kick in.
Not only is coconut oil good on its own, but you can also make hair masks for your dry or flaky scalp. Feel free to combine egg yolks, banana, honey, or lemon with your coconut oil for an elevated hair mask.
Remove Stubborn Gum From Hair
It’s no secret that once gum gets into someone’s hair (especially a wiggling child), it’s very difficult to get out without the use of scissors. Before you reach for the blades hear us out: this is where coconut oil saves the day.
All you have to do is thickly apply the oil to the follicles in hostage and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, simply slide the gum off like magic.
Help Relieve Pet’s Itchiness or Cracked Paws
Just as coconut oil offers a source of hydration to your skin, it also has the same healing properties for your beloved pets. Plus, you don’t need to break the bank to do it. Apply some coconut oil to your dog’s cracked paws in the summer and winter to avoid future issues and discomfort.
You can also apply coconut oil to any dry patches your kitty or pup may have. Your pets will thank you!
Hydrate Your Lips
We don’t know who needs to hear this, but oftentimes Chapstick is designed to keep your lips dehydrated. It’s true. It keeps you reaching for it again and again, doesn’t it? Coconut oil on the other hand wants nothing from you and is simply there to nourish.
Deter dried out lips and smear some coconut oil on for a natural shine and healing properties to boot. To give your smile an extra boost, add some turmeric for a special tint.
Buff Out Your Skin
Buffer off dead skin and find your true glow. Coconut oil has incredibly hydrating properties which makes it a great candidate for a DIY shower buffer. The formula is simple: mix coconut oil and brown sugar or salt, and if you’re feeling extra extravagant throw some of your favorite essential oils in there.
Square your DIY scrub away in a mason jar or Tupperware and store it in the shower for easy access for your weekly (or daily) scrub.
Create Your Own Bug Repellent
This coconut oil use tip is easy, efficient, and a must-have for anyone who takes good care of their skin. All you have to do is combine your coconut oil with essential oil with natural bug repelling properties such as Teatree, peppermint, citronella, chamomile, eucalyptus, or lavender.
This use keeps both the harsh bug-repelling chemicals off your skin while also keeping the creepy crawlers away. Enjoy your day outside in the sun while retaining your glow.
Cleanse Your Skin of Makeup
With coconut oil’s naturally hydrating properties and oily make-up, it should come as no surprise that it can be used to wipe away the residue of the day (or night). Take a scoop and smear it around the targeted areas and let it sit for one minute.
Afterward, take a warm and damp washrag and gently move it across your face, targeting the desired areas. We recommend doing this after you’ve already washed your face so that you get the most of coconut oil’s hydrating benefits.
Soothe Your Sunburns
With all this talk of the hydrating properties of coconut oil, it seems only natural that we would discuss the soothing agent to be used for sunburns! If you’ve experienced a bad burn or simply want to give your skin some love after a day in the sun, slab some coconut oil on your body for relief and self-care.
Not only will the coconut oil relieve discomfort, but it will also help to avoid peeling. Not to mention the natural SPF within coconut oil!
Dress Up Your Salads
If you like to cook, it is always fun to try new recipes in the kitchen! While olive oil often takes the lead in salad dressing recipes, coconut oil is not to be outdone and is a great counterpart coming with its own health benefits and distinctive flavor.
If you find that you want to add an oat and nutty flavoring to your salad dressing, whip this secret ingredient into your next salad. Chef’s kiss!
Use as a Deodorant
This miracle supply is not only good for soothing skin but for canceling out that annoying body odor scent that comes with it. If you catch a whiff of yourself and need some relief, fear not! Coconut oil is great for the underarms.
Smear some coconut oil under your arms and allow the lauric acid to kill the bacteria that causes our sweat to be odorous. No need to take an entire shower when you’re on the go, as long as you have coconut oil around!
Restore Stubborn Zippers
We’ve all been there, tugging and pulling to no avail. It’s cold, your jacket is stuck (or worse—your jeans) and no amount of pulling and tugging will release it. This is where coconut oil is your friend.
Coat the zipper with coconut oil with a Q-tip or cotton ball, being careful to avoid the fabric, and gently pull back and forth until the zipper gives way. If only we could carry coconut oil with us to every party!
Create Your Own Toothpaste
If you are looking for a natural and DIY alternative to toothpaste or simply forgot to pick it up on your way home after work (it happens), this hack is for you! The good news is that you’ll likely have both the required ingredients lying around.
All you need is coconut oil and baking soda. Mix the two together until it is enough of a paste to smear on your brush. There you have your cleansing and whitening toothpaste.
Keep Your Eggs Fresher for Longer
If you worry about the longevity of your eggs, try this helpful tip. It’s eggsellent. Seal the pores of the eggshells with coconut oil by wiping a small amount around the entirety of the egg.
This will keep the eggshell from being permeable and thereby helps them avoid exposure to oxygen, extending the shelf life by 1-2 weeks. This is great for extended camping trips or if you’re going out of town and have some eggs leftover at home.
Keep Your Lashes Lucious
Just like your hair, your lashes need some love too. Especially if you’re exposing them to dehydrating mascaras day in and day out. Apply coconut oil to a cotton swab and lightly apply it to the upper and lower lid along the line of your eyelashes before bed. Use your fingers to gently pull the coconut oil from root to tip.
Because coconut oil is so gentle you don’t need to fear it getting in your eyes and irritating them. Just relax, close your eyes, and wake up nourished and moisturized.
Tame Your Locks and Defrizz Your Hair
Apply a small amount to the ends of your damp hair, combing through. Be careful to avoid your roots as coconut oil is well… oil and can make your hair look greasy if applied too liberally or high on your head. The moisture will lock in any stragglers and ensure your hair stays tame and hydrated.
This tip will work especially well for those of us who have either wavy or curly hair, giving your locks the much desired sculpted and de-frizzed look.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Keeping your makeup brushes clean and bacteria-free is a top priority to keeping your face clear and healthy. This means for the ones you use daily; you should be cleaning once a week! The more you know.
Mix antibacterial soap with coconut oil (which has antibacterial properties as well) and give your brushes a deep clean. The hydrating oil will also add a nourishing boost to your beloved and coveted makeup brushes.
Indulge In a Massage
Replace your boring and cost-inefficient lotion with coconut oil for a sensuous and relaxing massage. This oil goes a long way with only a little application. The best part? You can create whatever fragranced massage oil you please! So many to choose from…
Add whichever your favorite essential oils are (lavender or chamomile highly recommended) to create an atmosphere and Zen-like calm after a long day of work or play.
Season Your Cast Iron to Perfection
To cook your meals to delicious perfection on your cast iron skillet, you need to prep with a well-seasoned base. While you can season your cast iron with vegetable oil or shortening, what you may not know is that coconut oil also has its hat in the ring.
This option is vegan friendly, therefore on the lighter side, yet offers a similar coating to what animal fats would offer. Choose the healthy option for your next meal!
Soften Sensitive Areas for You and Baby
We all know that being a baby and being a new mom comes with a lot of new territories and more than a few bodily discomforts to adjust to. That’s where this clean and simple solution comes in.
Apply coconut oil to your baby’s bottom to avoid the dreaded diaper rash and for its antibacterial properties. And for the nursing mom? Treat your sore nipples, this remedy offers welcomed relief.
Condition Your Wooden Spoons, Cutting Boards, and Furniture
Keep your precious wood cutting boards and spoons lasting longer and in rotation by conditioning them and keeping them nice. Apply coconut oil generously to your kitchen items and ensure they stick around.
The same can be said for your wooden furniture, which needs to be treated and cleaned to keep it looking up to date and flexible. Allow the coconut oil to saturate the wood after applying liberally.
Light a Roaring Campfire
Do something different on your next camping trip. Ditch the lighter fluid and instead bring the coconut oil along! The process is simple, roll and soak cotton balls in the coconut oil and put them at the base of your kindling.
Light the cotton balls first at the base and watch the magic happen, sans the lighter fluid smell or any harm to the environment.
Alleviate Scratchy Throats
Ditch the sugary cough drops next time you’re feeling under the weather and instead opt for coconut oil. You can either take a teaspoon and eat it raw or you can stir it into your tea for a relaxing treat while you’re under the weather.
If you want to go the extra mile or treat yourself while you’re feeling blue, add a bit of coconut milk for extra hydration and alleviation and some honey for taste.
Keep Your Nail Beds Happy
Pamper your nail beds, they deserve it. Apply coconut oil to your cuticles as needed throughout the day and help them stay clean and healthy. The anti-fungal properties of coconut oil will keep your hands moisturized and make it easier to push your cuticles back to grow back healthier.
Feel free to apply after your visit to the nail salon as well to ensure you’ve not come into contact with viruses or bacteria. Nail salons are a hot bed for that kind of thing!
Prevent Nosebleeds in Dry Weather
We can’t control the weather, but we can control how we moisturize in it! A large culprit of nose bleeds are often the drying effects brought on by dry weather. To keep your nostrils from suffering such a fate, gently apply a light coat of coconut oil around the inside of your nostrils along with a small amount on the outer nostrils.
The good news is that you can apply as much as needed without being overwhelmed by an unappealing smell.
Add Glow to Lackluster Skin
If your skin could use a hydrating boost or perhaps just a bit more love, look no further. You most likely already have all the ingredients you need to create a glowing skincare regimen to exfoliate and moisturize.
Combine coconut oil with baking soda, mix well until it becomes smooth enough to your liking and apply gently to your skin in circular motions, then rinse!
Help Your Heartburn
We all deserve a nice glass of red wine, a great pasta, or some savory pizza from time to time; it doesn’t mean we deserve to suffer! So, let’s not. Help your aching heart and pesky acid reflux with a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil.
You can either eat the coconut oil straight off the spoon for faster relief or dilute it down by adding it to a hot tea to cool your fiery heart. Eat that pasta!
Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Having a baby on the way is a magical time that changes your body and deserves to be remembered. However, perhaps we don’t want all the memories imprinted on our skin for decades to come. For this, apply coconut oil!
However, you don’t have to be pregnant to enjoy the moisturizing and anti-stretchmark properties of coconut oil. Apply this to your belly, thighs, arms, or anywhere else you want stretchmark relief.
Create Your Own Sports Drink
We all know that sports drinks are jam packed with salts and sugars to get us going for our big events and workouts, but who needs that? We want to keep our drinks as clean as we can.
Why not replace those unhealthy drinks with healthy substances that still keep you motivated and hydrated? All you need is coconut oil with its fast-acting MCFA fats, chia seeds, and fresh fruit. That way you aren’t sugar loading before you a workout. Voila!
Get the Most from Your Bath Time
Create your own at-home spa. Add a scoop of coconut oil to your bath to get your skin extra hydrated. While running your bath water, liberally apply your coconut oil to the water along with a scoop of Epsom salt (if you have that lying around) for a muscle-relaxing soak
Your bath will feel like a sultry spa. If you want to really take it over the edge, add a few drops of your favorite calming essential oil.
Smooth Out That Beard
Smooth out your man’s (or your own) beard! Facial hair can be a bit wild if not properly tamed, which can feel uncomfortable on the skin of the beard owner and the romantic partner of one. Ouch! No need to be uncomfortable.
Groom those wild and unruly face locks with none other than coconut oil. It will both add attractive shine and much-needed moisture and keep beards soft and under control. No more scratch marks after a sweet kiss.
Add It to Your Morning Smoothie
Up the ante at the start of your day! Adding 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your morning smoothie will do wonders for your overall health. Not only does coconut oil have cholesterol fighting compounds, but it also has an energy boost to get your day started right.
Furthermore, it adds a wonderful texture to smooth out your smoothie (so to speak), and add healthy fats to get your day started right.
DIY Coconut Oil Mouthwash
Yes, you can make mouthwash at home! If you’ve already gone ahead and made the DIY toothpaste that we listed above, then surely, you’d enjoy the mouthwash as well. Mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda with a few drops of peppermint essential oil to taste.
The antibiotic properties of coconut oil will destroy the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. You can start skipping the extra cost at the grocery store if you want to permanently add this to your routine.
Lock In Moisture After a Steamy Shower
To have the most luminous skin after you’ve lathered and rinsed off in the shower, pat yourself dry and apply a generous amount of coconut oil from head to toe! There is not a body part that won’t lap it up. The coconut oil will offer yummy hydration and relief after shaving.
Not only will your skin be dewy and clean, but coconut oil also offers natural SPF to protect you from sun damage.
Chic Cheek Bone Highlighter
Give yourself a youthful and lightweight glow without the heaviness or chemical ingredients of makeup. Apply small dabs of coconut oil from your fingertips to your cheek bones and eyelids to give yourself a dewy shine.
Not only does it look natural, but this requires no makeup removal, brush cleanses, or any other time-consuming activity. However, if you want to add the coconut oil underneath your highlighter, this will take the look to the next level.
Fight Off Inflammation
Inflammation is uncomfortable and can lead to chronic issues. Luckily, coconut oil supports a healthy kidney and liver. Researchers say that consuming virgin coconut oil that has not been treated with chemicals inhibits inflammation.
This is good news for those who have chronic pain or diseases that are brought on by inflammation. Regular consumption will help you out! Honestly, anything to spare the discomfort is worth the try.
Keep the Spice in Your Life
This miracle oil isn’t just safe for the outside of your skin, it also has a place in your sex life. This resourceful lubricant is an easy and helpful tool between the sheets.
Do keep in mind though: coconut oil can weaken latex condoms. Remember this when choosing condoms and instead go for the polyurethane condoms instead.
Boost Your Immunity
We could all use an immunity boost whenever possible. Who likes getting sick? Coconut oil offers so much of what our body needs to fight off infection. The list includes: lauric acid, and caprylic acid, and capric acid.
Consuming coconut oil will offer antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties, adding an immune boosting effect. In this day and age, it’s nice to have easy access to something so simple yet so helpful!
Salve Your Wound
If you find yourself in a sticky situation with a burn, open wound, or rash, and are short on Neosporin or are looking for something different, we’ve got a solution for you. Create a homemade wound ointment by mixing coconut oil, frankincense, lavender, and melaleuca oil.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties will help keep the area infection-free and add to speedy healing. Feel free to reapply as needed.
Shine Your Shoes and Leather
Why waste money on a leather repair kit when you don’t have to? Rub some coconut oil on your leather shoes, bag, or belt to give them a refreshing natural shine. It seems almost too easy…and it is. The coconut oil will disguise unsightly blemishes and give them a fresh and new look again.
People may ask where you got your new shoes or stop to check themselves out in the shine. Coconut oil for the win!