7 effective ways to reuse your used motor oil

Updated Oct 07, 2020 | Same topic: Save fuel - Save Earth

Instead of throwing it away, check out some suggestions to recycle the used motor oil.

Motor oil is one of the many things in a car that can be recycled. The fact that this substance can pose serious environmental damage when improperly disposed of, it makes sense to find another purpose for your used motor oil.

After your car’s next oil change, you might recycle used motor oil. Instead of throwing it away, check out some of Philkotse.com suggestions below.

1. Use it as the wood coat

Used motor oil has been long used for furnishing wooden parts of buildings and houses. This helps the wood withstand the strenuous weather changes and it also increases its resistance to parasites. However, there aren't a lot of people who know about the other ingredient to make this mixture more potent.

If you ever get another tub of used oil, mix it with a bit of creosote before applying it on your wooden materials. You can safely use this on fences, doors, wooden pillars and so. Just remember to avoid dripping some on the floor, as this can be very slippery.

Wood coat with motor oil

This helps the wood withstand the strenuous weather changes and it also increases its resistance to parasites

2. Make your own penetrating oil

Penetrating oil is a mixture used to soften the corrosion that can happen to bolts, screws and the likes. Corrosion makes it almost impossible to unscrew and remove the bolts that harden with time. This is where penetrating oil comes to make the job easier for you.

This element seeps through the tiniest crevices of ultra-tight screws to loosen it up and make removal possible. A little saturation is needed for the penetrating oil to work but this is one thing that every handy-dandy vehicle owner will need.

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If you have left-over diesel and used oil, you can mix them together to make your own penetrating oil formula. You can alter the mixture as to which ingredient should be more or less in amount.

You can also experiment and compare your final formulation against commercial fluids and see how they differ in effectivity. This knowledge may come in handy if you ever need a penetrating formula if your car broke down in some place where auto service products aren't available.

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3. Good for burning

If you're in one of those scenarios where you need to start a fire and are not familiar with the classic way of doing it, you can use used motor oil. Just a wee bit of motor oil and a spark can immediately start a fire for whatever you need.

There are precautions to take regarding this, however, particularly,  avoid using this indoors so as not to inhale toxic fumes from burnt oil. So if you plan to use this for heating then perform the burning outdoors. Make sure to take it as far from your home as possible as the toxins can latch themselves on to furniture, walls, and curtains.

Fire used for cooking

If you're in one of those scenarios where you need to start a fire and are not familiar with the classic way of doing it, you can use used motor oil.

4. Improvise anti-flea pet solution

You love your pets as much as you love a fellow family member and any pain and discomfort it suffers are bound to be heartbreaking to you. One of the discomforts that furry pets suffer from is flea infestation that can often lead to infections.

While there are remedies and treatments that can be bought to get rid of fleas and other parasites, there is no guarantee that it will be effective.

Don't worry though; used oil can do the trick. Just apply a slick amount of used oil on their fur and rub it gently. Rinse it well after. Keep in mind that if the used oil can kill the fleas off your pets, then imagine what it could do to your pet if you leave the oil on for a longer amount of time.

Anti flea Pet solution

Apply a slick amount of used oil on their fur and rub it gently

5. Go-to lubricant

The tools you have may not be made entirely of rust-proof material. Hand tools like wood saw, pliers, wrenches are prone to developing rust and dirt when kept in storage for a long time.

The same goes for power tools like chainsaws, drills and the likes. Both the hand and power tools aren't cheap but there is definitely a great deal of price difference between the two, so it's best you care for them equally.

If you have some oil lying around that you're planning to dispose of soon, why not use it as a lubricant to your tools? It would definitely save you some bucks and it using it is as easy as using any other lubricant.

Simply drop some engine oil on to moving parts and crank it a few times before storing again. Remember to keep your tools in a dry place that’s free from moisture. This will prevent it from developing rust and save you the effort of restoring it.

Man cleaning motor chains

If you have some oil lying around that you're planning to dispose of soon, why not use it as a lubricant to your tools?

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6. Restore rusted metal

As we already talked about earlier, used motor oil can be used to prevent tools from rusting. However, as much as motor oil is great for prevention, it also works great for "curing" them in the metamorphic sense.

It's not only handy-man tools that get rusty over time, in fact, almost everything that is not made from rust-proof metal can grow rust. This is where the power of used engine oil comes in to save your rusty, metal belongings.

To witness how used motor oil can do wonders for your rusty objects, simply use a bit of used engine oil along with steel wool and start scrubbing away visible signs of rust and corrosion. While cleaning rust off using used oil may not make some rusted items looking new again, it can make them usable again.

7. Clean genuine leather

The leather is an expensive choice whether it’s for bags, belts, jackets or shoes. So don’t be surprised if you find that you’re slightly low on funds by the time you decide to buy a leather-cleaning solution. Just take some motor oil and let it cool. Then, you can simply use a cloth or rag and dip it the motor oil then lightly massage it on your leather item. It will clean the leather surface and give it a nice shine as well.

Motor oil used in leather

Motor oil will clean the leather surface and give it a nice shine as well

Hope that this Philkotse.com’s post has given you useful car maintenance tips to become a more responsible car owner.

Hanna Sanchez

Hanna Sanchez

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Hanna is one of the most competitive swimmers in the country during her day. It was not long before she discovered her passion for the automotive industry as well. Nowadays, she balances her passion through writing as well as coaching.

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