Ideas for Reusing Used Cooking Oil

What do you usually do with The used cooking oil ? Some people leave it in a container and then take it to a recycling bin. If this option does not exist in your city, you may throw it into the garden, into the trash can or simply let it go through the kitchen sink.

Spillage of used cooking oil into drains It is not a precisely adequate choice. Surely you already know. This oil mixes with the detergent residues and, in addition to housing all kinds of bacteria, gradually dabbing the pipes to obstruct them. It is a risk and, in addition, a danger to the environment. It is worth taking into account and shuffling these interesting options through which to properly recycle your used cooking oil.

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Negative effects of cooking oil used in our environment

Sometimes we are not aware of what our actions, our daily actions, Cause in the environment . An abandoned role in the field, a plastic bottle Thrown to the beach, that used cooking oil that we throw by the sink... All this has consequences and we must take it into account.


Takes note of everything that happens precisely with the Cooking oil used:

  • Used cooking oil clogs the pipes. When mixed with other chemicals such as softeners or detergents, it creates a gelatinous layer where residues and bacteria are trapped. This is when the malodor appears and the risk of cockroaches or rodents making an"act of presence"in our kitchen.
  • We must also take into account the high costs of having to repair those obstructed pipes.
  • Do you know what happens when this oil kitchen Used reaches the rivers or the sea? The oil, as we all know, does not mix with water, but stays in the upper layers forming a kind of layer that prevents the correct oxygenation of the water. Animals end up dying little by little.
  • Some of this oil adheres to the gills and skin of the fish.
  • If we throw used cooking oil into the garden, in the long run that land will become infertile.

Ideas for Reusing Used Cooking Oil


1. Home laundry detergent

You will need the following products:

  • 1 liter of used oil.
  • 200 grams of caustic soda.
  • 10 liters of Water .
  • 100 grams of lavender essential oil.

To prepare this household detergent, we will do it as follows:

  • Look for a ventilated place away from children or pets. . Put on plastic gloves and goggles.
  • We will start by picking up a bucket to put five liters of cold water in it.
  • Now gradually drop caustic soda with care not to splatter. Use a wooden stick to remove this mixture and avoid inhaling the vapors it gives off. It is dangerous, keep in mind that this mixture will start to warm up, and to sprinkle, it could burn you.
  • Now pour the used cooking oil into the bucket while still removing. When the mixture has been unified, it also adds the essential oil of lavender .
  • You must be constant in removing and, above all, having patience. It is a long process that will take you more than half an hour, at which time, we should not stop stirring with our wooden stick. You will see that, little by little, it takes consistency and that, in the end, everything is unified and thick.
  • Now let this homemade soap sit an entire day. After 24 hours, add the remaining 5 liters of water and stir again vigorously. Again, let this mixture sit.
  • Ideally, repeat this process for 5 days. Remove every morning (no need to add more water). You will see how it is solidifying, acquiring a consistency of soap very similar to the one that we buy in stores. After this time, you can pack and use it. It's great.

2. Homemade candles with used cooking oil

You will need the following:

  • A pretty jar that serves as a container for the candle.
  • A wire that will serve as a base for the wick.
  • A cotton thread (its length should be about 4 centimeters higher than the height of the chosen flask).
  • Used cooking oil, which fits in the chosen jar.
  • 2 drops of essential oil of sandalwood.

How do we work it out?

  • It's very simple. The first thing that we are going to do is to leave in rest the cooking oil that we are going to use, at least during an entire night. The next day, we will filter it. For this we will use a cloth, and in this way we will obtain a more pure oil and without residues.
  • Now let's prepare the wick of the candle. With the wire we will make the base. What we are looking for is that the cotton thread can be held in the center for the flame to remain. To do this, make a small base by wrapping the wire and then hook the cotton thread (See the picture above).
  • Next step? Leave this wire with the cotton thread in the center of the jar, then pour the used cooking oil, being careful not to fill it completely. Finally add the drops of essential oil of sandalwood.
  • Very easy! You can now turn on your Home-made candle .
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