14 surprising uses for coconut oil

Coconut oil shouldn't be restricted to the confines of the kitchen! It's a brilliantly versatile natural product and has multiple beauty and household uses. You'll want to buy yourself a tub once you read these...

Make a natural exfoliator


For a fantastic natural exfoliator, mix together coconut oil and coconut sugar. It contains no hidden nasties and doubles up as great moisturiser to leave skin feeling great to touch, see and smell. Great for using on your your face and body! 


Make a home-made washing detergent


To make approximately 200g of detergent, grab a mixing bowl and mix 150g of coconut oil, 55ml of water, 25g of bicarbonate of soda and a drop of perfume to create a natural detergent - the mixture will leave clothes smelling fresh!


Make a healthy furniture polish


Coconut oil makes a great furniture polish, it’s natural and works like beeswax and doesn’t contain the chemicals like the products in the shops. Rub a small amount onto furniture surfaces and leave the area to dry, it will nourish wooden surfaces and help avoid cracking.  


Make a natural diffuser   


Equip a bedroom for a restful night’s sleep and create some aromatherapy by burning coconut oil with a dash of lavender essence on an oil diffuser to help with a relaxed night’s sleep. Lavender is proven to help aid sleep and the room will smell delightful.


Make a hair brush disinfectant


Hairbrushes can get pretty dirty and build-up dead skin and hair. To freshen it up, rub with a bit of coconut oil, leave for a couple of hours and then wash it off. It will disinfect the brush and condition the bristles.


Make a barbecue cleaner


Keep your barbecue is clean this summer. Rub coconut oil over the grill and leave for a few hours. Go back with a cloth, wipe off the grease and it will be ready to fire up in no time. You can also do the same with any build up on your kitchen hob and oven racks! 


Make natural bike oil


Fix a stuck bike chain that won’t shift gears with ease by using coconut oil as a natural lubricant. Apply just a thin layer and watch the bike get back into action.


Make a non-stick solution


Make kitchen utensils non-stick by rubbing some coconut oil on frying pans before they are used - a much healthier alternative to using processed cooking fats. 


Make your own shaving cream


Grab your tub of coconut oil and warm the jar under warm water and smooth onto the desired area before shaving. Your razor will glide smoothly again the oil, allowing for a close shave and your skin will feel moisturized too. Try shaving outside of the shower - you'll find it easier holding onto your razor if your hands are dry rather than oily.


Make your own make-up remover


Make-up be gone! Take one teaspoon of melted coconut oil and massage it straight onto your skin and rinse with warm water or wipe away with a facial cloth. A much more gentle, natural alternative to face wipes and harsh cleansing products.


Make a natural hair mask


While in the shower, melt your coconut oil by running the jar under the warm water. Then, after shampooing, apply a generous amount of the oil to wet strands and twist hair up into a bun. Let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing to add moisture and shine back into limp locks.


Make an oil-pulling solution


The antibacterial properties in coconut oil are said to reduce plaque and bacteria, helping to fight gum disease. Swish around a few teaspoons of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes to remove toxins from your teeth and gums and reveal brighter looking teeth. Just make sure you rinse it out and never swallow!


Make a natural ointment


Research suggests that coconut oil can speed up wound healing by increasing collagen turnover and dampening down inflammation and can make a much better alternative to commercial antiseptics. Gently apply a thin layer to cuts and grazes. 


Make a bar of natural soap


This requires only four ingredients – coconut oil, water, lye, and your choice of essential oils. Using the process of 'superfatting', more coconut oil is added than the lye, creating a bar that is extra fatty - giving a rich, creamy and moisturising lather without the chemicals.


  • The Groovy Food Company's Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a high grade virgin coconut oil produced with the freshest coconuts, handpicked from certified organic plantations. Available from major retailers and independent health food stores across the country and through their website