We bring you the second part of the post about coconut oil!
The remaining 100 reasons for what is good coconut oil:
101. Treat thrush. If your baby has a thrush infection, coconut oil makes a good natural treatment.
102. Treat cradle cap. If your baby has “cradle cap,” his or her scalp is producing too much sebum. You can get rid of the characteristic yellow and brown areas by rubbing a teaspoon of coconut oil onto your baby’s scalp. The cradle cap should gradually go away. This may take several days.
103. Heal acne. Just as coconut oil works great for adult acne, it also works well for all ages. Children and adolescents can use it, and you can use it on your baby as well. This gentle moisturizing oil will help balance your baby’s skin tone, reducing acne outbreaks.
104. Reduce croup cough. If your baby or child has croup cough, you can fight it by creating the same vapo-rub alternative discussed earlier. The formula works great for all ages.
105. Fortify baby formula. If you are feeding your baby formula, you may want to fortify it by adding a little coconut oil. This adds lauric acid, which is an important constituent of breast milk. This will render baby formula into a more nutritious substance.
106. Make it easier to clean your baby’s bottom. If you dread changing your baby’s diapers, you can rub some coconut oil onto his or her bottom when it is clean. This will prevent messes from sticking and will make it easier to clean up after your baby goes number two. And remember, this simultaneously prevents diaper rash!
107. Natural treatment for infant ear infections. Not only is coconut oil perfect as a treatment for adult ear infections, but it can also work on an infant. When you are treating ear infections at home, you have to be very careful, and nowhere is that more true than with infants. One safe natural substance you can use even with babies is coconut oil. Use an eyedropper to put a couple of drops in the infected ear. The antimicrobial properties will go right to work. If you suspect damage to the eardrum though, do not attempt this.
108. Massage oil. Coconut oil makes a perfect massage oil for babies.Massaging a baby has a lot of benefits; it is soothing, may alleviate constipation, can lead to better sleep, and can stimulate the central nervous system.
109. Tame baby frizz. Just as you can tame your own frizz using coconut oil, you can also tame your baby’s frizz. When babies have really short hair, it can often stick right up on end. Tame those stubborn locks with just a little coconut oil.
110. Help relieve teething pain. Teething is important, but it is no fun. If your baby is crying because of teething, you may be able to help reduce the pain and inflammation by rubbing coconut oil directly onto the gums mixed with a little clove oil. Alternately, you can apply the oil directly to a teething toy. This may prevent some of the inflammation and pain in advance.
111. Safe play dough for babies. Want to create a fun, safe toy for your baby? All you need is half a cup of coconut oil (liquid) and two cups of corn starch. Mix them together and you will have play dough. Since it is technically edible, it is a safer alternative to commercial play dough. You might want to continue providing this form of play dough even to older children if they have a tendency to try and eat it. While it will be a plain white, you can add food coloring to get fun colors.
Coconut Oil around the Home
So far all the uses for coconut oil we have talked about have concerned personal care, either for yourself or your child. But the uses of coconut oil extend far beyond hygiene, beauty and home remedies! You can use coconut oil for numerous applications around the household.
112. Furniture polish. Want to quickly polish up wood furniture so that it has that nice shine? Instead of buying furniture polish from the store, consider just adding a little bit of lemon juice to some liquid coconut oil. Rub just a little bit onto your furniture and you should see a nice restoration of shine. You can use it on any type of wood.
113. Leather shiner. You can not only shine up wood with coconut oil, but leather as well.
114. Leather cleaner. While you are shining up your leather, you are also cleaning it. It will not do a perfect job, but it is great for a quick once-over.
115. Remove rust. You can remove rust from any number of objects with an application of coconut oil. Coat the object in the oil and then set it somewhere for an hour. The oil will loosen up the rust. Use a sponge and warm water. You should see most of the rust come right off.
116. Prevent dust from accumulating on surfaces. This is particularly helpful on hard-to-reach surfaces like upper shelves or ceiling fan blades. Apply a thin coating and it will prevent dust from accumulating. That means you can go longer between cleanings of these hard-to-reach objects.
117. Get rid of the gunk left behind by stickers. Ever purchase a new product and need to pull off a sticker, only to find that gunky residue left behind? You can use coconut oil to remove the gunk. It works great if you mix it with baking soda to give it some abrasive qualities. Let the gunk soak in the paste for a couple minutes and then scrub it away.
118. Remove labels from bottles. This is related to the usage above. Sometimes you may want to pull the labels clean off of jars or bottles so that you can use them for other purposes. Coconut oil can loosen the labels and help you pull them off, and then also help you remove the residue that is left behind.
119. Condition a cutting board. Have a wood cutting board? Then you know after a while they can become dry and brittle. Make your cutting board easier to use by wiping it down with a thin coating of coconut oil now and again.
120. Condition wood bowls. If your wood bowls are dry and cracking like your cutting board, put an end to it with a little bit of coconut oil.
121. Lubricate and degrease machinery. If you operate machinery and something is stuck, you may be able to use machinery to get it lubricated. You can also use it as a degreasing agent.
122. Lubricate a clothing rod. If you have a hard time pushing the hangers around on your closet rod, you might want to try lubricating it with coconut oil. This will make the hangers slide around with ease.
123. Shine leaves. Some people like the leaves on their indoor plants to look shiny, and purchase a commercial product for this purpose. These products contain chemicals and are bad for your plants. Replace that leaf shiner with coconut oil. You will get the same effect, and it will be much healthier for your plant and your home environment.
124. Polish bronze. You can use coconut oil as a polish for a number of different metals, but the consensus is that it works best for bronze. You only need a tiny bit applied to a cotton cloth. It will shine up the bronze and may also bring out the color.
125. Make soap. If you are into crafts, you can make your own soap using coconut oil. There are tons of different recipes you can try, and you can create your own. Use them yourself, gift them to friends, or sell them; they will be a hit!
126. Keep grass from getting stuck to your lawnmower. If you are tired of grass getting stuck on your lawnmower catcher, try coating the inside of it with coconut oil before mowing. This should prevent a lot of the grass blades from sticking. You can also coat the mower blades directly to keep them clean of grass cuttings.
127. Clean your garden tools. While you are outdoors, visit your garden shed and use the coconut oil to clean off your tools. Get rid of the rust, prevent future rust from forming, and keep your tools lubricated and in great working order.
128. Get your scissors working again. Do your scissors stick while you are trying to use them? Instead of throwing them out, consider using coconut oil to give them a good cleaning and lubrication. You may very well find that with the rust removed and the hinges lubricated, they will work great again.
129. Lubricate hinges. Scissors hinges aren’t the only hinges you can get working again with coconut oil. If you have door or window hinges that stick or make a lot of noise, you can lubricate them with coconut oil. This should make them much easier to use and also get them to stop that annoying squeaking.
130. Get a zipper unstuck. Few things are as irritating as a stuck zipper. This will not work if the zipper track is no longer functional, but if it is, you may be able to get the zipper unstuck again by using coconut oil. Use plenty; you will need it.
131. Season cast iron. If you own cast iron cookware, occasionally you need to “season” them to keep them in good working order. This keeps the surface from sticking. You can do this with coconut oil. Simply preheat your oven to 400 degrees, set the cast iron skillet on a stove burner on low, and add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Wait for it to melt, turn off the burner, and coat the whole surface of the pan. Then place it in the oven on the rack upside-down. Put some foil under it to catch the grease that drips. Bake the pan for an hour. Then wait for it to cool.
132. Keep your cast iron seasoned. As an extension of the use above, you can also use coconut oil to keep your cast iron cookware seasoned. After you cook in your pan, immediately scrub it off and wash it in hot water (do not use soap). Dry it and put it on the burner over a low flame. Wait until it is totally dry, then add another teaspoon of coconut oil. Spread it around and put the pan away (no need to use the oven again until you have to re-season).
133. Coat utensils. Tired of food caking onto spatulas and other utensils while you are cooking or serving? Save yourself time on the cleanup end by coating them all in a thin layer of coconut oil first. This will prevent the food from caking on.
134. Clean guitar strings. Are you a musician? A guitar is another item that needs to be regularly conditioned in order to work properly. Specifically, you need to lubricate the strings. It turns out coconut oil works perfectly for this in very small amounts.
135. Moisturize animal hide drums. If you play animal hide drums, you know that the hide can dry out easily. To keep rawhide drums functioning and producing beautiful sound, you need to moisturize them. While you can buy commercial solutions for this, coconut oil is a great natural alternative.
136. Get rid of soap scum. Have hard water? Tired of all that soap scum around your sink? You may be able to rub it off using coconut oil.
137. Remove chewing gum. Have chewing gum stuck in your hair or your carpet or on a clothing item? Coconut oil is probably the easiest way to get it unstuck and get rid of all the residue!
138. Remove makeup from clothing or carpeting. If you spill a makeup container or drop your lipstick, you can use coconut oil to remove the residue from your carpet or clothes.
139. Degrease your hands. Love working in your garage? If you have a hard time getting grease off your hands, one easy way to create a natural abrasive is to mix coconut oil and baking soda (just like you do to remove the gunk left by stickers). Rub your hands together and you will be able to remove the grease.
140. Get gunk out from under your nails. Have grease under your fingernails? Coconut oil is great for getting your hands clean, and also can work under your nails to remove that stubborn trapped grease.
141. Get a ring off your finger. You also might need to lubricate your hands to remove a ring that is stuck. Just apply the oil directly to the ring and turn it at the same time. After the oil gets under the ring, you should be able to tug it off.
142. Keep snow from sticking to a satellite dish. If you have a satellite dish outside and want to keep snow from getting stuck to it during the wintertime, rub a thin coating of coconut oil on the dish.
143. Coat your snow shovels. Just as coconut oil can keep snow from sticking to a satellite dish, it can also keep snow from sticking to a shovel. This can make your job significantly easier when it comes time to clear your driveway or sidewalks.
144. Grease bicycle chains. If you want to keep a bicycle chain from sticking, rub a little coconut oil onto it.
145. Get rid of ants. Have an ant problem? Mix coconut oil, castile liquid soap and seed oil together in a spray bottle, and spray it on an ant nest. It may get rid of your problem. Note however that bees and fish can be poisoned or killed by neem oil, so keep neem oil away from bodies of water, flowers, and beehives.
146. Get maggots and flies away from your trash. Tired of finding maggots under your trashcan and flies buzzing around it? You can try coating your trash can itself with coconut oil. Do this inside and out, and you will discourage flies from laying eggs. The result? No more maggots or flies turning your trash can into a home.
147. Remove dead bugs from your car or lawn furniture. Dead bugs stuck to your windshield? One easy way to get rid of them is by using coconut oil to loosen them up first. Just apply the coconut oil, wait a few minutes for it to soak in, and then try rubbing away the insect guts. You should have better luck than you would if you tried to do it without the coconut oil application first.
148. Remove tree sap. Like dead bugs, tree sap can easily get on lawn furniture or your vehicle. When it does, it really sticks! Coconut oil can help you to loosen it up and remove it.
149. Detail your car. While you are out by your car, is the inside starting to look a little old and tired? Freshen up your car’s interior by dabbing some coconut oil on your dashboard. It should restore some of the shine, and the scent will also help to freshen the air.
150. Chase spiders away. Spiders are not necessarily something bad to have in your home; they do help control the insect population. But there are places you simply don’t want them. Encourage them to avoid these areas by spraying them with coconut oil and vinegar.
151. Kill a cockroach. Do you usually spray cockroaches with bug spray, and then get stuck cleaning up the chemical mess left over afterwards? Coconut oil mixed with vinegar supposedly works great as a cockroach killer, without the chemical nastiness.
152. Kill mosquito larvae. Have standing water on your property? Live in a mosquito-infested area? One good way to deal with this problem before it gets out of hand is to add a little coconut oil to your standing water. The coconut oil kills the mosquito larvae before they reach adulthood and start swarming your area.
153. Repel mosquitoes. Didn’t stop those mosquito larvae from reaching adulthood? Coconut oil works pretty well as a repellant as well, so you can wear it outside on those summer days when the mosquitoes are swarming.
154. Polish your shoes. This works particularly well on patent leather. If your shoes have lost their shine, you can buff them up this way.
155. Keep wax from sticking to a candleholder. If you don’t want candle wax that is dripping down into a holder to stick to it, you can coat it with a thin layer of coconut oil first. This will make the wax much easier to remove.
156. Prevent rust from forming inside jar lids. If you are storing a liquid substance for a long time inside a jar, it can gradually cause the lid to corrode. You can prevent this with a bit of coconut oil inside the jar ring. This will also make it less likely the lid will stick, making it easier to get your jars open after a long time.
157. Unclog a nozzle on a spray bottle. If the nozzle on one of your spray bottles gets clogged up, one of the easiest ways to unclog it is with coconut oil. Simply transfer the lid of the spray bottle (the one that is clogged) over to another spray bottle filled with coconut oil spray. Spray with that can until the coconut oil can work loose the debris in the nozzle and get it working again. Then just transfer it back to the bottle it belongs on.
158. Improve your fertilizer. When you are fertilizing your lawn or your garden, you can mix in coconut oil to provide you with better coverage. It acts as a surfactant.
159. Prevent stains. If you have Tupperware, you know how easily it can stain and how impossible it can be to get those stains removed once they start, and then your plastic containers always look dirty. One great way to prevent this problem is to rub a little coconut oil over the surfaces before you put food in the container. This will prevent staining from starting.
160. Clean a retainer. If you wear a retainer and want to give it a good cleaning, coconut oil works great. Rub a little onto the retainer and then let it sit for a few hours. Rinse it off and the retainer will be clean and germ-free.
161. Clean a mouthguard. You can do the same thing with a mouthguard that you can with a retainer to get it clean and disinfected.
162. Denture cleaner. Just as coconut oil works great for cleaning a retainer or a mouthguard, it is also perfect for getting your dentures clean and disinfected.
163. Clean your license plates. Do you have a lot of dirt and gunk on your license plates? The dirt can be pretty unattractive, and it can also be very hard to remove. One easy solution is to use coconut oil. It will loosen that dirt right up and it will lift off easily.
164. Remove brake dust. Brake dust also tends to cling and build up, but you can get rid of it using coconut oil quickly and easily.
165. Clean insects from your car grill. Just as coconut oil works great for cleaning bird droppings and insect guts off your windshield, it also works great for getting both out of the grill of your car.
166. Get rid of the residue left by car window tint. Trying to remove window tinting from your car? Once you get the tint off, you will find a residue underneath that is almost impossible to remove. It turns out though that coconut oil mixed with baking soda does a great job.
167. Prevent clothing from chaffing. If you have tight clothing items which chafe your skin, you can prevent chaffing using a little coconut oil. Apply it to the area in question before you get dressed and you should reduce the problem significantly. This is especially useful if you are a hiker and are worried that a lot of repetitive movement will cause chafing while you walk.
168. Fire starter. Love camping and cooking out, but don’t enjoy trying to get your fire started? If you struggle to get your kindling lit, one easy trick is to soak cotton balls or cotton swabs in coconut oil and bring them with you in a plastic bag. Place the coconut oil swab or ball in your kindling and set light to it. It will burn quite well for at least several minutes, which hopefully will be enough to get the rest of your kindling to catch.
Coconut Oil for Pet Care
Just as you can use coconut oil for your own personal hygiene, you will also find that it is very handy for animal hygiene and health as well. Here are a few great ways you can use coconut oil for pet care.
169. Deodorize your dog. With some dogs a good bath is all that is needed to remove a bad smell, but if your dog’s body odor lingers, you might try coconut oil as a deodorizer. Apply it for a few hours and then rinse it off. It should get rid of that smell at least for a little while.
170. Get rid of dandruff. As you know, coconut oil works great to remove dandruff from your own scalp. It turns out that it also can be used to remove dandruff from your dog’s fur.
171. Soothe dry and irritated skin. The moisturizing properties which make coconut oil a great dandruff prevention treatment for your dog also make it a wonderful treatment for itchy, dry skin. Coconut oil is very soothing and will reduce irritation fast.
172. Speed healing skin infection healing. The antimicrobial properties in coconut oil make it a great treatment for a pet that is healing from an infection. Not only will the coconut oil help to soothe inflammation, but it will also speed healing by fighting the infection.
173. Speed wound healing. If your dog has a cut or abrasion, coconut oil will also hasten the healing process and prevent infection.
174. Prevent chafing. You can apply coconut oil to your own skin to prevent chafing while you are hiking, and you can do the same for your dog if you take him hiking with you. While dog hiking boots and accessories are designed for comfort, it never hurts to take an extra precaution.
175. Shampoo for your dog. If you want to save some money and also make sure you are using a quality organic product, you can create a shampoo for your dog by combining a tablespoon of coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of liquid castile soap, a cup of vinegar, and four cups of hot water. It works very well and is perfect for a dog with sensitive skin!
176. Condition fur. You already know you can apply coconut oil to your own hair as a leave-in conditioner. You can apply it to a dog’s or cat’s fur as leave-in conditioner as well. Just as you need to be careful with the amounts you use on your own hair, be careful not to overdo it with your pet, or you will have a greasy mess.
177. Condition bird feathers. This works a little bit differently. Instead of applying the oil to the bird’s feathers directly, you add a little coconut oil to your bird’s diet. This will make your bird’s plumage healthy, strong, and brightly colored.
178. Relieve your pet’s constipation. Coconut oil can bring constipation relief to humans, but also to furry friends. Try adding half a teaspoon of coconut oil to your dog or cat’s food.
179. Boost energy. If your pet lays around all day and could use an energy boost, try adding a little coconut oil to your furry companion’s diet. Just as coconut oil can boost energy for humans, it can also have the same effect on pets.
180. Improve your dog’s breath. If your dog has bad breath, it could be because he has germs in his mouth that are creating the foul odor. Feeding your dog a little coconut oil or even using it while brushing his teeth may help to kill those germs and get rid of the odor.
181. Get rid of fleas. A lot of flea treatments for dogs use dangerous chemical ingredients and can cause serious health problems. Essential oils are sometimes recommended as an alternative, but they can be a bit intense for some dogs. Coconut oil offers a safe, natural, healthy alternative. Rub it into your dog’s skin for a couple of hours and then rinse it off. Do this once a day or so and you can prevent future flea infestations.
182. Tick preventative. Fleas aren’t the only pests that can infest your dog’s fur. Ticks are dangerous pests that can cause serious disease in dogs and humans. Coconut oil can help to prevent ticks from latching onto your four-legged friend.
183. Get rid of hairballs. Adding coconut oil to your cat’s diet in small amounts can reportedly lead to a reduction in hairballs.
184. Coat a kitty litter tray. If you are tired of struggling to clean out the kitty litter tray, coat it with a little coconut oil before you add the kitty litter. This will prevent the litter from sticking.
185. Prevent dental problems. When you feed your dog or cat coconut oil, the antimicrobial effects can go beyond curing bad breath. They can also help to prevent gum disease and cavities.
186. Soothe cracked paw pads. Are your dog or cat’s paw pads cracked from winter dryness or summer heat? Applying some coconut oil can help to moisturize, soothe and heal cracked paw pads.
187. Boost joint health. Many dog owners have observed improvements in joint health in dogs they feed coconut oil. You will get the best results with daily dosages.
188. Clean out your dog’s ears. This is one of the most popular uses for coconut oil for pets. Get gunk out of your dog’s ears quickly, safely and easily using coconut oil soaked into a cotton swab. This can help to prevent infection too.
189. Boost metabolism. If your cat or dog has a slow metabolism, add coconut oil to your pet’s diet. Over time, this can speed up metabolism, which is great for general health.
190. Help your obese pet lose weight. If your pet has packed on a few extra pounds, coconut oil can help with weight loss. Combine this treatment with more exercise and a healthy diet for the best results.
191. Remove mites from your reptile. Mites can be a really persistent problem if you own a reptile. Add a coating of coconut oil to your reptile’s scales and leave it for a few hours or even overnight if your pet is not uncomfortable. The coconut oil will suffocate the mites. Wash it off the next day. You should see dead mites coming right off. Keep doing this routine until there are no more dead mites.
192. Moisturize a guinea pig’s skin. Guinea pigs can easily suffer from dry, irritated skin. It is easy to soothe and moisturize a guinea pig’s skin using a teaspoon of coconut oil mixed into guinea pig shampoo. Alternately, you can just apply a little bit of it directly.
193. Improve a rabbit’s fur. If you own a rabbit, you can also condition its fur using coconut oil. You only need a tiny bit; it goes a long ways, and it is easy to overdo it. Just apply a pinch every few days.
194. Keep squirrels away from your birdfeeders. Trying to discourage squirrels from stealing all your birdseed? If your birdfeeder hangs from a pole, you can coat the pole in coconut oil to make it slippery. This will make it hard for squirrels to run along the pole.
195. Heal bug bites. If your pet is suffering from itchy bug bites, you can soothe the bites and speed up healing using a little coconut oil applied directly to the bite sites.
196. Treat intestinal parasites. The healing properties of coconut oil may help your pet to recover from an intestinal parasite. Do not forget that you should always take your pet to the vet to make sure you get the medications you need for your animal. Coconut oil may help in conjunction with your vet’s recommended treatments.
197. Use as an udder balm. Own cows or goats? If you have animals you need to milk, you can use coconut oil as a soothing udder balm.
198. Treat hot spots. Hot spots are a common skin problem affecting dogs.You can treat these moist, reddened areas using coconut oil. You may also be able to prevent hot spots since you can use coconut oil to treat the wounds and bites that sometimes develop into them.
199. Prevent or control diabetes. Previously we talked about coconut oil as an aid for controlling blood sugar levels in humans. You can also use coconut oil to stabilize your pet’s blood sugar levels and prevent or treat diabetes.
200. Regulate hormones. Coconut oil can help to promote healthy thyroid function in your pets. Your pet’s thyroid is responsible for regulating hormone production. A healthy thyroid means a healthy pet.