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Old 06-17-2017, 09:31 AM
 
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I just want to check this with my frugal friends here on CD.

I read somewhere that you can still use rancid olive oi for things other than eating like cleaning, paint removal, oiling tools, etc.

I'll be making up some furniture cleaner/polish (with vinegar and lemon juice) -- and wanted to know can I use the olive oil I have (that's gone rancid)? I have so much of it I don't want to just pitch it.

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Old 06-17-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:02 PM
 
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^^ Yes. I saw that. And was searching for confirmation.

That site said you could use it to make soap.

Yet another site said, no, don't use it for soap because the soap will still smell rancid. I'd think that you could cover that smell with essential oil aromas like lavender, lemon/verbena, coconut, cucumber etc.
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:06 PM
 
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Well, since rancid is bad, I certainly wouldn't use it on my body at all (covering up a smell doesn't make it healthy)
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:23 PM
 
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Wouldn't it cost more to make soap, between buying the molds and essential oils, than it does to buy soap? And you wouldn't know if it was going to be usable until you were done.

My advice is to throw it out and buy a smaller bottle next time.
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Old 06-17-2017, 07:00 PM
 
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^^ Soap was the recommendation online.
I want to use it for wood cleaner/polish. (olive oil and vinegar)
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:31 PM
 
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^^ Soap was the recommendation online.
I want to use it for wood cleaner/polish. (olive oil and vinegar)
I would think that rancid oil is going to stink no matter what you use it for whether you try to mask the smell or not with essential oils, etc. If anything, I would try a bit of it on a piece of furniture (old furniture that you don't care about) or just a piece of old wood and let it sit for a week or so and see how it smells and reacts before you try it on your good furniture.
Here are 9 good uses for rancid oil:
9 Uses for Rancid Cooking Oil - Preparedness AdvicePreparedness Advice

Another option is just to recycle it. Based on your profile you are in MD so this will help with where and how it can be recycled:
https://www.cityofbowie.org/1174/Mor...ling-Resources

Also, I know in my area there are always people on the WANTED section of Craigslist looking for old cooking oil to convert and use as diesel engine fuel. So I would check your WANTED section also.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:08 AM
 
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If you know anyone who has a diesel engine in their car, give it to them to burn as fuel.

How much of it do you have? Me, I'd throw it away and be more careful in the future to only buy what I could use up. The big bottle isn't a bargain if it sits around until it goes off and becomes unusable.

I don't go through olive oil quickly, so I get the smaller bottle and keep in in the refrigerator.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:52 PM
 
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I would think that rancid oil is going to stink no matter what you use it for whether you try to mask the smell or not with essential oils, etc. If anything, I would try a bit of it on a piece of furniture (old furniture that you don't care about) or just a piece of old wood and let it sit for a week or so and see how it smells and reacts before you try it on your good furniture.
Here are 9 good uses for rancid oil:
9 Uses for Rancid Cooking Oil - Preparedness AdvicePreparedness Advice

Another option is just to recycle it. Based on your profile you are in MD so this will help with where and how it can be recycled:
https://www.cityofbowie.org/1174/Mor...ling-Resources

Also, I know in my area there are always people on the WANTED section of Craigslist looking for old cooking oil to convert and use as diesel engine fuel. So I would check your WANTED section also.
I have always used olive oil very sparingly on good leather shoes, as it helps to preserve the leather and the shoes will not need shined as often. It works well if you dust the shoes off first with a damp cloth, then use a little olive oil on another clean cloth to wipe the shoes down. I came across a lot of the rancid stuff a couple of years ago, so I have plenty to use on my shoes for many years.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:00 PM
 
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I have always used olive oil very sparingly on good leather shoes, as it helps to preserve the leather and the shoes will not need shined as often. It works well if you dust the shoes off first with a damp cloth, then use a little olive oil on another clean cloth to wipe the shoes down. I came across a lot of the rancid stuff a couple of years ago, so I have plenty to use on my shoes for many years.
I have used olive oil and coconut oil for furniture and leather as well. I just wasn't certain if the rancid oil would make things smell "off" or not. That's great to hear that it doesn't for you!
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