Oil is a kind of condiment used more on the table. Olive oil has more great function and effect, health preservation, and beauty compared with other edible oils. But can you eat olive oil after expiration? How long is the shelf life of olive oil? What is the purpose of expired edible olive oil? Let’s learn about olive oil.

Olive oil contains a lot of nutrients that the human body needs. It has no essence or chemical substances. The fatty acids and various natural fat-soluble vitamins and minerals are very beneficial to nourishing the skin, and the water quality is easy to be absorbed by the skin.

Is olive oil still edible after expiration?

It’s best not to use olive oil after it has expired. Because of long-term shelving, the composition of olive oil has changed, which contains a large number of carcinogens.

Olive oil can be stored for several years when it is sealed, but once it is opened, you must eat it within the shelf life because edible oil is easy to deteriorate. Therefore, it’s better not to eat expired olive oil for your health.

Olive oil bottle and olivs

Can I eat unopened expired olive oil?

If unopened olive oil has expired and is generally not edible, it will also affect your health, so it is best not to continue to eat it, and it needs to be discarded.

After the expiration date, olive oil is likely to lead to a loss of nutritional value. The value after use will also decrease, and some harmful substances will also be generated. It is expected to impact your health, so olive oil is generally not edible after it expires.

How long is the shelf life of olive oil?

Generally, olive oil includes virgin oil, blended oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other varieties. Only extra virgin olive oil is considered natural olive oil among these varieties. It would be best to calculate the shelf life of olive oil from the pressing time. The shelf life of virgin olive oil is 12 months, and that of refined olive oil is 18 months.

Uses of expired olive oil

If olive oil is out of date, you shouldn’t eat it. If your olive oil is “extra virgin olive oil,” the preservation method is better (ventilated and dark preservation), and there is no peculiar smell or obvious abnormality when it is opened. Therefore, you can use it for external care.

For haircare

After shampooing, pour a small amount of olive oil into warm water. Once rinsed, the oil will even adhere to the hair; you can also directly drop an appropriate amount in the palm of your hand and rub it directly into the hair, making the hair shiny and beautiful. This will also prevent dry hair.

Girl pouring oil to hair

For makeup removal

When removing makeup, drop a few drops of olive oil on your fingers, gently massage your face with your fingertips, and then apply it with a face steamer or towel. This can remove the dirt invisible to the naked eye in the pores, increase the luster and elasticity of the skin, nourish the skin, and remove small wrinkles.

For moisturizing skin

30ml milk, add an egg white, stir well, add a few drops of olive oil and appropriate flour. Mix well, apply to the face, and wash with water after 20 minutes. Using 2-3 times a week can delay the formation of wrinkles and smooth and fair the skin.

For nail protection

Massage nails and toenails with expired olive oil. Over time, the color of nails and toenails becomes moist and crystal clear. It will make hands and feet beautiful and lively.

For hand protection

There are only a few sebaceous glands on the back of the hand, and they are often exposed. Therefore, nutrition and greasy ingredients need to be supplemented frequently to prevent dryness. So you can rub with expired olive oil in your hands. Massage your hands with expired olive oil can promote blood circulation, accelerate the delivery of nutrients to the hands, and reduce the swelling of the hands.

Expired olive oil in hands

For anti-cracking and anti-itching

In dry autumn and winter, olive oil can prevent skin chapping and pruritus caused by too little sebum secretion. It can also take care of the baby’s skin. For example, applying olive oil to the baby’s armpits and hips can prevent the baby’s skin from being flooded by urine or sweat.

For olive oil bath

Add 5-10ml of expired olive oil into the bathtub. Gently stir to blend the oil and water into the bath with your hand. It will keep the skin moist and elastic for a long time.

Floor cleaning and polishing

Stone slabs, ceramic tiles, and solid wood floors can be cleaned and polished with expired olive oil.

For dust removal and polishing of furniture

Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon expired olive oil, and 1 teaspoon water evenly, immerse the rag, wring it dry, and wipe it. It will give your furniture a fresh look.

For maintenance of jewelry

Apply expired olive oil on the surface of pearls or diamonds and wipe it with a soft cloth to repair the luster.

For maintenance of kitchen utensils

Drip expired olive oil on paper towels or dishtowels, and then apply olive oil on the kitchen utensils that need maintenance.

Use as a lubricant

Maintain hand tools, sports equipment, lubricating parts, etc.

Use plant care

Wipe the leaves or add a teaspoon of expired olive oil to the soil once a month. This can make your flowers grow more vigorously and avoid pests.

For loosen a zipper

Drop expired olive oil directly on the zipper. Again, please be careful to avoid polluting the fabric.

Polishing of leather shoes

Wiping leather shoes with expired olive oil can maintain leather moisture and prolong the service life. The wiping procedure is to remove dust first, wipe the vamp with a soft cotton cloth dripping with a small amount of olive oil, and then wipe it with a dry cotton cloth until it shines.

For lighting

Use a special olive oil lamp to burn expired olive oil to freshen the air.


Sam Perera, Founder of Stethostalk, is a food safety follower and organic food lover. He has completed the PLANT-BASED NUTRITION Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. Before this, he worked for a few years in IT services. A dedicated follower of nature, he believes in healing with natural foods. In his free time, he loves Gardening, Blogging, and traveling.