Mineral oils are a byproduct from the distillation of petroleum. Mineral oils are extremely versatile. They can be used for a variety of things, including laxatives, finishing and sealing wood (cutting boards, butcher blocks, wooden plates/bowls), in cosmetics, as a lubricant and as a coolant. Just add a little fragrance to mineral oils and the outcome is a product we all know by the name of baby oil. Purchasing mineral oils can seem a little tricky because there seem to be many different kinds in many different types of stores. Mineral oils can be found in drug, grocery, hardware and farm-supply stores, but buying mineral oils online can be the easiest and cheapest way to go.

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Make a list of what you will be using the mineral oils for. Will you be finishing large amounts of wood? Or will you be using this as a personal laxative for yourself or for a family pet? Know what the uses for mineral oils are and try to approximate how much you may need to purchase.

Log onto the Internet by using your personal computer. Using a search engine, begin researching the many uses for mineral oils. Decide if you want to purchase food-grade oil.

Compare the prices of several company websites before purchasing any mineral oils. Make sure you calculate the unit price based on the size of the bottle or jug you are considering. Look at several different types of store websites. This may include drugstores (Wal-Mart or Target), hardware stores (Home Depot or Lowe’s), or farm-supply stores (Tractor Supply or Southern States).

Decide which website you will be purchasing the mineral oils from and complete the transaction. Add the product to your cart and type in the appropriate quantity. You will need to enter your personal information and shipping address, along with your debit or credit card number. Click “purchase” when you are finished.

Use your mineral oils when they have arrived at your home. You may wish to use them as a skin moisturizer, a wood finisher, a laxative, on your pet’s skin to prevent dryness or for many other purposes.


  • Shop around and get the most for your money. Some mineral oils will be exactly the same, but the one with a citrus scent will sell for five times more than the unscented one.