At this point we all know coconut oil is amazing for pretty much anything. As a natural moisturizer. A rash cream on babies. For cooking up healthier foods or making popcorn just a little bit tastier. Heck, it’s even used as a natural lubricant for sex and yes — during birth.
But who the heck knew it was was capable of trapping a person inside of a bathtub?
You see, one woman decided that after feeling a touch under the weather, she was going to draw herself a nice, homeopathic bath. A bath that included salts, coconut oil and some soft candles for mood lighting. The problem? She put way too much coconut oil into the thing. And when she tried to climb out of the tub she couldn’t get enough traction to actually hoist herself up.
So what did she do? What any responsible citizen would do — she asked the Internet for help.
“Here is a funny and current story. I am stuck in a bath. I can’t actually get out of my bath tub. Why?” user Denshan posted on Imgur along with a photo.
“I’ve go a chest infection and some fever so I’m home sick. I also can’t turn my head. Took some antibiotics and a Valium and thought– I will have a relaxing bath. I found some bath salts. Lit some candles and poured in some coconut oil — now I am realising it was too much coconut oil. Went to get out after pulling the plug and I just slide around like a giant greased up potato in a roasting dish. There is no traction. No grip. Just me and my fat body slipping around covered in oil. Fuck home beauty remedies. SOS”
We’re not sure what the woman was expecting, but she got some pretty hilarious suggestions. Some users suggested she “flip her arms over the side of the top and ooze out of it like a zoidberg,” while others implied that this was probably the part where the pizza guy comes in.
Then there were some of the actual helpful comments… you know, in case we ever finds ourselves in a similar situation.
“Take your towel, place it into the tub, scooch it underneath you. The towel will absorb some of the oil, but will make a more stable surface,” advised one commenter. “Fill it again, the oil will float and you can exit by standing up,” mentioned another.
Others reprimanded her for being so careless and not realizing that coconut oil sets solid.
So what route did Denshan eventually take? Well, she got out of the tub eventually… (More than a half a million people have seen her post by now, we might add.)
“I escaped by refilling with water and cleaning the bath with closet[sic] soap like product,” she said. “Took 30 mins. White girl idiocy at its greatest.”
The moral of this story? Coconut oil is maybe not so great for everything after all.