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uses for rancid skin oils?

 
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I bought oils for the skin lotions I make, have to admit it didn't occur to me they could go rancid.

Can anyone think of any good uses for about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rancid shea butter, and about the same amount of rancid almond oil? Not going to put them on my skin or eat them.
 
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I admit I would put them on my hands and feet.

But in your case:
If you have garden tools with wooden handles you could use the oils to keep the wood in good shape.
Or rub your leather boots with them.

We (well, husband) use cheap oil to paint wood that will have contact with earth to slow down rotting.
 
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leather treatment is a good idea.
I save all old oils for eventual soapmaking (I have an old soda bottle that any off-smelling oil goes into). But then again I don't make fancy soap, I make soap out of used fry oil and other discards. It takes me years to get enough to make a batch, but it also takes me years to use it. My mother in law taught me to make it using rancid lard, and I don't think it gets more disgusting than that. It turns out just fine though (as long as you strain out all the bits), no residual stink. This is cold process lye soap, probably more lye than really necessary but it's great for heavy cleaning.
 
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Hm, tool handles maybe, smells pretty icky, I don't own much leather, and what I does doesn't want to reek :)
Soap I don't use much of, and don't make it.

Great ideas, keep going!
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Candle? I often think of doing this with the fat from mutton which sticks to your mouth.
 
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If it smells really bad, you might be able to use it to repel some critters from your garden? Or to make fire starters.
 
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I also have an old bucket of shea butter that was given to me. Doesn't smell bad ... doesn't smell good?
 
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Ashley Cottonwood wrote:I also have an old bucket of shea butter that was given to me. Doesn't smell bad ... doesn't smell good?


Honestly - I don't think it smells good, to start with, so that may be it.
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