Don’t Throw Out That Used Motor Oil! Here Are 9 Clever Ways to Repurpose It

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3. Mix With Diesel to Make Penetrating Oil

If you are plagued by corroded or stuck bolts, screws, or other fasteners, then you may be well accustomed to using penetrating oil to try and loosen them up. While you may already have a few cans of good quality oil in your stockpile, the need for penetrating oil will never end as long as there are metal fasteners to contend with.

If you have some diesel and used motor oil, you can mix them together to make penetrating oil. Give this a try now to see how it works when compared to other formulas. Knowing when and how to use this replacement can help reduce the need to draw from your stockpile as well as enable you to innovate during an actual crisis.

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4. Burn as Fuel

When you have nothing else for fuel, used motor oil can be burned to provide heat.

But used motor oil has many contaminants in it that can be toxic when burned and then released in the air. You will be better served by burning used motor oil outdoors.

Aside from reducing the smell of burning fumes in your home, tent, or other enclosure, you will also avoid deposits of toxins on the walls and ceilings.

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5. Make a Torch

As plentiful as flashlights and batteries might be right now, that can all change faster than you realize. If you find yourself in a situation where you only have motor oil, some rags, and a wooden stick on hand, you can still make a torch that will produce light and heat.

Just remember to use the torch in a well ventilated area so that the fumes from it do not make you sick.

Making a torch is a great idea, especially when there aren't any flashlights available during an emergency. The same goes for the other ideas above, just always make sure everything is well ventilated to ensure your safety.

For a few more ways to utilize motor oil both for light and to perform various other survival tasks, head to the next page. One way to utilize used motor oil is such a great idea, I can't believe I hadn't thought of it before!

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  1. Kyle Ellis said:

    haven’t read the article yet but one way better be using it as fuel in a deuce in a half

  2. Jarrett Miller said:

    We used to roll it onto the wood beds of hay wagons. The rough sawn oak would soak it up like a sponge and it kept the wood preserved, repelled water, and kept away rot.

  3. Anonymous said:

    Then why does it say motor oil on the bottles that we see for sale in the stores ? Just saying .

  4. Brett Carlson said:

    Repurpose? What’s wrong with reusing it? Sounds just as stupid as vaca. Retards

  5. Steven Bevier said:

    Not to mention that you can mix it with a couple of commonly found items and have an improvised defense tool.

  6. Brad Kidd said:

    Helps get barnacles off of docks without messing up the wood too. My grandfather would cover them in old oil before scraping, and then treat the wood with more afterwards. Used it on the lift slips and boats too