25 Remarkable Uses for Coconut Oil

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Awe…coconut oil. You’ve got to the love the stuff. And if you don’t, you probably don’t know how to use it. But don’t worry though. That’s where I come in. I’m that friend that’s going make sure you don’t miss out. I’m also the one that won’t let you go walking around the mall with spinach in your teeth and toilet paper stuck under your shoe.

First things first, let’s talk about what type of coconut oil you should be using. When it comes to coconut oil that will be ingested or used in or on your body, just use the organic extra virgin stuff. I get a big 54oz tub from Amazon for a great price. The coconut oil is also available via subscribe and save, if you’re on Amazon Prime, which makes it easy… so you don’t ever have to run out.

Uses for coconut oil

Once you’ve gotten your coconut oil fill, it’s time to put it to use. Here are twenty five remarkable uses for coconut oil. Tell a friend!

  1. Lip Balm
  2. Make lips kissable soft for super cheap. For a fun gloss, just layer the coconut oil under your favorite lip color.

  3. Dry Flaky Scalp
  4. Dandruff and cradle cap are no match for some good ole’ coconut oil. My recipe to fight cradle cap is: (1 tbsp each shea & joboba oil, 4 drops tea tree oil, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 tsp vitamin e oil). My daughter had the worst cradle cap when she was a baby. This worked like a charm.

  5. Moisturize Cuticles
  6. Dry cuticles are so not cute. You get bonus points if you put on cotton gloves for extra penetration.

  7. Make up Removal
  8. Don’t even think of sleeping with make-up on.

  9. Topping for Popcorn
  10. Butter on popcorn is soooo last year. Try some coconut oil instead.

  11. Smooth Shave
  12. Ran out of shaving gel? Coconut oil is super moisturizing and will help prevent nicks.

  13. Hair Detangler
  14. Water mixed with coconut oil and a wide tooth makes a great hair detangler. It will also save some money and tears.

  15. Furniture Polish
  16. Shine on friends.

  17. Chocolate Ice Cream Topping
  18. I mean, it’s ice cream with a crunchy chocolate topping. Of course you want some.

  19. Massage Oil
  20. coconut-oil

    Rub it down. Add your favorite essential oils for an extra boost.

  21. Wrinkle Smoother
  22. Try some on your face at night and see what you think.

  23. Oil Pulling
  24. Would you be “weirded out” if you found out that I was oil-pulling as I typed this? Nevermind.

  25. Plant Sheen
  26. Give house plants new life by wiping the surface of the leaves with coconut oil. Not only does this give the plant new life but, coconut oil and serve as a deterrent for pests too.

  27. Natural Laxative
  28. If you have to go but things are slow…coconut oil stimulates and lubricates. Enough said.

  29. A “Better” Butter
  30. Spread coconut oil on toast and muffins. Use it in place of butter in your favorite recipes. It’s a 1:1 substitution. Plus, the healthy fats in coconut oil means that it’s better for you.

  31. Get Unstuck
  32. Have a stuck zipper that won’t budge? Dab it with some coconut oil and see how quickly you’ll be wearing your favorite fashionable pieces again.

  33. Pill Glide
  34. Did you know that 40% of American adults have problems swallowing pills? I’ve been on the other side of the pharmacy counter…I know. Try dipping hard to swallow pills in coconut oil first.

  35. Get a Shoe Shine
  36. A little bit of coconut oil goes a long way for getting leather and patent leather shoes their shiniest and brightest.

  37. Make it Non-Stick
  38. Instead of lard or other unhealthy oils, use coconut oil at the bottom of bakeware for a nonstick surface that’s hard to beat.

  39. Add a Flavor Boost to Your Coffee
  40. Well, you already know that coconut oil is good for you right? Apparently, coconut oil tastes great in coffee too.

  41. Add a Shiny Finish
  42. Add a non-toxic and shiny finish to stainless steal and chrome appliances.

  43. Hair Conditioner
  44. After your regular shampoo, slather up, put on a cap and deep condition your way into some “coco” time.

  45. Smoothie Boost
  46. Adds a nutritious health boost to smoothies with a hint of island flavor.

  47. Nipple Ointment
  48. Several mamas swear by using coconut oil on sore nipples instead of Lanolin. Supporters like the fact that it’s less thick and the coconut oil helps kill yeast too. Have you tried it?

  49. Insect Repellant
  50. Get what’s bugging you by making your DIY insect repellent at home. Just applying coconut oil on it’s own has enough slip to keep some bugs away. You could also try this recipe instead.

    Feeling coco for coconut oil yet? What is your favorite use for coconut oil?

    Originally published 9/15/16 Updated: 8/6/18.

  • Comments ( 2 )

  • avatar
    Julie @ Logger’s Wife

    It is also great for a diaper rash cream. My now 4yr old had a horrible rash that nothing would work, not even a combo of Desitin, anti-fungal cream, and hydrocortisone would clear up. Coconut oil cleared it up in less than 2 days. Wish I had tried it sooner. Would have saved almost a week of pain for her. I know now to go straight to that with my current baby.

    I hadn’t thought to use it to un-stick a zipper. Great idea! (visiting from Inspire Me Monday)

  • avatar

    Julie, I have heard that coconut oil is great on diaper rash. Of course, I would come across this information after both my kids are already out of diapers. This is a great tip! I’m glad that it worked for you. Other moms would be happy to know that such an affordable solution is already in their pantry.

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