Here at BargainBabe.com we love products that give you more oomph for your money! In the past I’ve raved about the many uses of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Currently, I’m going nuts for coconut oil so I’m sharing 35 uses for the oil below. If you’re not using this inexpensive oil, you’re missing out!
Note, this post is not intended as medical advice. Check with your doc before you decide to consume or use coconut oil externally.
- Use it as a lip balm to moisturize your pout. Watch this video to learn how to make your own lip balm!
- Cook or bake with coconut oil. It has a high smoke point!
- Use coconut oil as a natural moisturizer.
- Take off your makeup with this cheap (and moisturizing) makeup remover.
- Forget shea butter, use coconut oil during pregnancy (or weight gain) to prevent stretch marks.
- Get rid of hair frizz and add shine to hair with a small amount of coconut oil.
- Mix coconut oil with sugar to make a body and lip scrub.
- Skip the store-bought shave lotion and use coconut oil as a natural shave cream.
- Have your man use the oil as an aftershave. He’ll smell delicious!
- Reduce the itch of mosquito bites.
- Rub coconut oil on your baby’s bum as diaper cream.
- Smooth rough heels with by rubbing coconut oil on feet at night.
- Massage into cuticles to help nails grow.
- Alleviate dry, flaky elbows by rubbing coconut oil on them.
- Prevent wrinkles with this intensive nighttime facial moisturizer.
- According to WebMd, you can treat psoriasis, a skin condition, by applying coconut oil.
- WebMd also suggests you use coconut oil for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid conditions, energy, and boosting the immune system.
- Some people even use the oil to lose weight and lower cholesterol. Consume regularly.
- Make your own toothpaste by mixing coconut oil and baking soda.
- Forget the pricy Moroccan Argan Oil and use coconut oil instead as a deep hair conditioner and treatment.
- The antibacterial, anti-fungal properties of coconut oil makes it perfect for soothing your sunburn.
- Treat athlete’s foot by applying the oil between toes.
- Get rid of cradle cap on a baby’s head. Just massage on his/her head and leave the oil on for a few minutes. Then gently rinse with a warm wash cloth.
- Season cast iron skillets with coconut oil.
- Use externally on pets with skin issues.
Clean the inside of your dog’s ears with a little coconut oil.
- Clear up cold sores by dabbing the oil on the sore.
Rub the inside of your nose with coconut oil to help with allergies and sore nostrils.
Use a little oil on a damp cloth to clean a scummy shower. First, wipe with coconut oil, then spray with white vinegar and wipe dry.
Get rid of lice with coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Soak your hair in apple cider vinegar and allow to dry. Then add coconut oil to hair and cover with hair cap for about 5 to 8 hours. The oil will smother and kill lice. Comb hair to remove eggs and lice.
Use coconut oil to detail the inside of your car. Add a little to a soft cloth and polish.
Lubricate kitchen scissors when cutting sticky foods like marshmallows.
- Dr. Oz recommends using coconut oil to combat menopausal dryness.
- Use it as a guitar string lubricant.
Easily remove chewing gum from your shoe, or carpet.
Are there any other coconut oil uses I forgot to include?
Where do you buy you coconut oil and how much do you pay? Thanks!
Yazmin Cruz says
@hanna I get mine at Trader Joe’s. It’s around $3.
You can also get a supersized jar at Costco’s, not sure about the price. It was too big for me, but now after reading all the uses maybe I’ll go buy it!
Yazmin Cruz says
@Active Momma Haven’t seen in at Costco, yet. I’m going to watch out for it on my next trip. Thanks for letting me know!
It cost around $23- $26 for a 2.3kg (2.48L) jar.. brand name
Kirkland signature : Organic virgin coconut oil
In the shower, I use coconut oil to give myself a facial massage while I condition my hair. Your pores are open and the oil seals in the moisture. This leaves your skin super, silky soft.
Yazmin Cruz says
@Sandi Love this idea! I bet it leaves a nice coconut scent behind.
Be careful you don’t slip in the tub. Might make shower or tub slippery since it is an oil.
Bargain Babe says
What an amazing list, Yazmin! I almost never use coconut oil, don’t think I have any in the house, but now I’ll look out for it. I’m in need of cheap makeup remover and could use it in a few other places as well!
Mark Cash says
Easily remove chewing gum from your shoe, or carpet – I never knew coconut oil would work on this! But believe it or not I just tried it on a some chewing gum I’ve been trying to get off our carpet for weeks and it came straight off!!!! Awesome – great tip!
as well as weight loss (on list), consuming raw organic coconut oil can help with detox – can be eaten and/or used for oil pulling as well. Consuming for detox: consider working your way up to 1 tbsp. 3 x’s/day (start slow… 1 tsp 1-2 x’s/day) between meals. I’ve also used in place of butter in recipes. I cook with the organic refined, but use raw to eat and put on face and body.
G Smith says
Thereâ€™s a newly released e-book on amazon.com weâ€™ve discovered called, â€œThe Coconut Oil Health & Beauty Bookâ€ by M.D. Fry, PhD. Weâ€™ve seen many books on the topic of coconut oil, this one, however, is particularly simple, practical and one of the more compete books weâ€™ve found….and it quickly became the #1 ranked book at Amazon on coconut oil…you may want to check it out.
Bargain Babe says
@G Smith Thanks for the tip! I’ll see if it’s available at my library. I’m a sucker for free books. 🙂
How does it work for weight loss? Do you mix it with other foods or drink it?
I keep coconut oil in my kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. It’s my favorite hack ingredient. We try to keep things as natural as possible in our home and it’s gotten alot easier since discovering coconut oil. Thanks for letting us in on some things we didn’t know.
Maureen Hamilton says
I use coconut oil to clean my leather shoes and on my leather car seats.
I have just been diagnosed with angina. My Dr has said to keep away from coconut oil as this is not good for the heart.
I have been using certified coconut oil for many years & use it as a massage oil. You can add a lotion to it, if you like. I also take a spoonful every morning. You can also buy it from Nitiva.
Mary Ellen Parks says
I use coconut oil for a bad toothache!! It really works!!
I also find it important to mention to be careful of where you’re disposing of the coconut oil when you’re done-specifically the drains in your sinks. I caused plumbing issues in my drains because I never thought it would re-harden…whoops. Still love it though!!