Have you ever wondered what other uses you have for your old, smelly vegetable oil sitting in a jar on the corner of your kitchen? Have you ever thought of throwing it away, jar and all?
There are a number of ways you can use old vegetable oil, no matter how smelly or rancid they have become. Below are some bizarre, unconventional yet truly useful ways to recycle vegetable oil.
You can actually make soap from your old vegetable oil. Vegetable oil is actually one of the primary ingredients in soap making. Be careful as the soap may contain powerful chemicals in it. Use it only to scrub floors, clothes and for cleaning. Do not use on the body or face.
Use as compost
If you are into gardening, you can use old vegetable oil and mix it with paper to create your compost.
- Dig into the soil to prepare planting.
- Tear up old cardboard boxes and newspaper. Soak well in vegetable oil.
- Mix cardboard and paper with used vegetable oil. Mix well until gooey.
- Place it at the soil’s bottom layer before mulching
This will serve as your plant’s barricade from weeds while permitting nutrients from the soil to reach your plants.
Add to charcoal grill
Instead of using lighter fluid to help ignite your charcoal, use old vegetable oil. Add lightly crumpled newspapers into your charcoal before barbecuing. Add vegetable oil and light it up. Can also be used to light up furnaces and fireplaces.
Remove wooden stumps
Ever wonder how to remove wooden stumps which often hit your shins while walking in woody areas? It would be costly to have these professionally removed with a chainsaw. Just pour old vegetable oil on the stump regularly and watch the gnawing animals come out to chew the wood off the stump. Most of these animals are notorious for gnawing the wood off of handles on gardening tools to get to the salt from human sweat.
If the vegetable oil is not too bad, you can actually strain it with cheesecloth and use it for cooking again. Just remember though, do not use vegetable oil which has been heated a number of times. The molecular bond on the oil changes with multiple heating and converts the oil into transfatty acids. These fats can clog arteries, which can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.
The ideal way to convert vegetable oil would be to send it to a recycling plant to be converted to biofuel. Sadly, in spite of the efforts of environmentalist, very few people know where the nearest recycling depots are. Fortunately, you can recycle vegetable oil in your own little way, while saving a few bucks while doing it.