Hands up if you have a pot or two of Vaseline in your house? There’s a high chance that there are oodles of people waving their hands in the air like they just don’t care right now, because Vaseline is a household name. This petroleum jelly can now be found across the globe, but did you know that it’s actually been in our lives since 1872? Patented originally by a chemist by the name of Robert Cheesebrough, he soon realized that the mixture of waxes and mineral oils had a variety of uses – but we bet he couldn’t have imagined just how popular it would become.
While most people know that Vaseline is used first and foremost as a skincare product, it might surprise you to know that you can use this product for so much more than that. You can use it around the house, you can use it to perfect your appearance, and you can even use it to heal ailments. These are all of the ways you didn’t know you could use Vaseline.
If you had to think about how much money you spend on skincare products, you would probably cry a little. By the time you add up all of these price tags, you’re looking at a huge amount of money that could go towards something much more important. That’s because you don’t need to spend so much cash on these products, and you can make similar ones at home. In fact, one of the best ways to remove blackheads actually involves petroleum jelly.
All you need at your disposal is Vaseline, plastic wrap, tissue paper, and a washcloth. After washing your face, coat it in Vaseline and then cover it in the plastic wrap. Then, place a hot towel over the plastic and let it loosen the blackheads underneath. After five minutes, you can wash it off and embrace your blackhead-less skin.
Hide furniture scratches
It’s always a good feeling when you make your house a home, right? This normally involves adding your own personal touches, including photos and personal items, creating a theme that resonates with your likes and dislikes, and choosing the right furniture. If you choose to have wooden furniture in your house, you may know that this is a bit of a risk.
Any scuffs or scratches in the wood can be seen from the other side of the room, and it can be hard not to fixate on such imperfections. Thankfully, it’s not the end of the world. Vaseline can help to cover up these scratches, and all you have to do is dab the jelly over the scuffs and leave it there for 24 hours. When you wipe it off, the scratches shouldn’t be as obvious.
DIY your own highlighter
If you’re the kind of person that loves to keep on top of makeup trends, you’ll know that it’s all about the highlighter right now. Everyone wants to shine bright like a diamond, and adding highlighter to your cheeks, your chin, the tip of your nose, and even your forehead can help you become the unicorn that you are. Of course, if you use a lot of highlighter each day, you could find yourself running out quicker than you would like.
Instead of having to go back to a life without highlighter, you can find a quick fix in the form of Vaseline. When you know where you want to shine, simply dip your finger into a pot of petroleum jelly and dab a small amount on your skin. It will instantly create the dewy look that you’re after.
Soothe a fever
Nobody likes being ill. Although our immune systems try to protect us as much as they can, sometimes we can’t help but succumb to various temporary illnesses. While the common cold zaps the energy out of people, that’s nothing compared to the way that you feel when you have a fever and the flu. It can often feel as though you are burning up and freezing cold at the same time, and it’s hard for your body to try and regulate its temperature while it’s trying to fight off such a difficult illness.
If your forehead becomes painful and too hot to handle, it might be an idea to seek out some Vaseline. All you need to do is pop the petroleum jelly into the freezer for just five minutes, and then spread it on your forehead.
Remove dry gum
Do you chew gum? Even if you don’t, you’ve probably been exposed to it over the years, as there are many people in this world who choose not to dispose of their gum in the correct way. Instead, they stick it under railings, they throw it on the floor, or they stick it under tables. There’s nothing worse than accidentally touching dry gum on the underside of a table, and it can be enough to make your toes curl.
While many people think that the only way to remove this gum is to scrape at it for hours on end, this isn’t the case. It’s much easier to apply Vaseline to the gum and let it work its magic for a while. Eventually, you should be able to wipe away the gum without any trouble.
Soothe an itchy scalp
Although many people immediately think of nits when they see someone itching their head, there are actually all kinds of reasons why someone could be doing this. It may be that they got sunburned on their scalp, it may be that they just naturally have dry skin, and it may be that they’re struggling with dandruff. Anyone who has dealt with an itchy scalp before will know that it’s extremely uncomfortable and irritating, but it seems as though you don’t have to just live with it.
If you want to soothe an itchy scalp, it may be an idea to seek out some Vaseline. If you massage this petroleum jelly into your head and then leave it for around half an hour, it should moisturize the affected area and relieve any pain or irritation.
Fix squeaky hinges
Unless you live under a rock, there’s a high chance that your home comes with doors While they are great for shutting out the sound of your annoying brother and avoiding the spoilers from the television show you’re not up to date with, they aren’t so great as they get older. That’s because many hinges start to rust as the years go by, and this ultimately causes them to squeak every time you open or close the door.
Nobody wants squeaky hinges, but you’ll be happy to know that petroleum jelly can sort them right out. If you get a q-tip and rub some Vaseline into the hinges, you should be able to hear an immediate difference. If it’s not immediate, open and close the door a few times to ensure that the Vaseline has gone right into the cracks.
Lengthen your eyelashes
With the likes of eyelash extensions and fake eyelashes making the rounds in today’s society, it’s no wonder that people are feeling pretty self-conscious about their own. Are they long enough? Do they curl at the right point? Are they the right color? Well, if you want to lengthen your eyelashes without putting any chemicals on them, you’ll be happy to know that it’s pretty easy. That’s because all you need at your disposal is some petroleum jelly.
You can either just rub the Vaseline on them at night, or you can regularly use a mascara wand to put on the jelly as though it was your own mascara. Not only will this help your eyelashes to grow longer, but it will also help them to look much thicker than they are. What could be better than that?
Heal burns and minor cuts
Whether you’re the kind of person that finds themselves with scrapes and grazes every single day or whether you like to build them all up into one epic fall, you’ll know that hurting yourself can be a confusing time. Do you need to go to the doctor? Do you need to go to the ER? Or can you just treat yourself at home?
Well, if you have minor cuts or a relatively small burn, you can treat yourself at home, but you don’t need a fancy first-aid kit to do it. To keep things simple, sometimes all you need is some Vaseline and some bandages. Of course, you need to be sure to disinfect the area that you are treating before applying Vaseline, but you can then simply wrap with bandages and let it heal on its own.
Remove your makeup
When you really think about it, can you work out how much money you spend on removing your makeup? As if the makeup itself wasn’t expensive enough, you then have to shell out your hard-earned cash on the likes of makeup wipes, cotton pads, and makeup remover. Before you know it, you’ve spent more on your face than you have the rest of your life, and some people don’t want it to be that way.
Thankfully, it’s not hard to keep costs at a minimum when it comes to removing your makeup. That’s because petroleum jelly is a great makeup remover, and all you have to do is slather a little on a cotton pad and then wipe over your face. As if that wasn’t good enough, it also removes eyelash glue!
Create the perfect manicure
It’s pretty expensive to head to the salon and get your nails professionally manicured on a regular basis, which is why so many people choose to do their own. By doing so, they realize that the people who work in their local salon are pretty talented – because it’s impossible to do your own manicure without smudging every nail and getting polish in places you never thought possible, right?
Well, it seems as though we may have been doing it all wrong. If you want to keep your manicure as perfect and as clean as possible, all you have to do is apply Vaseline to your cuticles and around your nail before you apply any polish. If you do slip and paint your finger, it will paint the petroleum jelly rather than your skin.
DIY your own flypaper
If you own your own home, there’s a high chance that you don’t want to share it with any unwanted guests. Unless they pay rent, of course. While it’s pretty easy to keep bigger animals at bay, many homeowners struggle with keeping flies out of their house. They spend a huge amount of money on zappers and candles that supposedly warn them off, but it just doesn’t work.
Thankfully, it seems as though there’s a much easier way to ensure that your house is fly-free. All you need to do is melt some Vaseline into a jar and then leave it there. The flies will be attracted to the smell and get stuck in it when they go to check it out. Alongside this, you can also wipe this melted petroleum jelly onto some paper to DIY your own flypaper.
Fix a stuck zipper
Everyone wears clothes, and there’s even a high chance that everyone has at least one item of clothing that comes complete with a zipper. While this type of fastening works without any problems 99% of the time, there is that 1% that causes real issues. If you have a stubborn zipper that likes to get stuck every so often, it doesn’t mean that you have to throw the whole garment away – and it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to pay to have it fixed.
Most of the time, these stubborn zippers simply need a little lubrication, and that’s where Vaseline comes in. Simply swab the zipper with a q-tip that’s been dipped in the petroleum jelly, and wiggle it around a bit for it to come loose. Your zip will be fixed within minutes.
Prevent razor burn
Shaving is the bane of most people’s existence, and we’d love to know how much of our lives we spend shaving our legs, faces, and various other parts of our bodies. Because it takes so long and can really interrupt someone’s day, many people try and shave as quickly as possible. This means that they often don’t take care to be careful with the razor, and it could even mean that they attempt to dry shave because they just don’t have time for soap and water.
These two instances can cause some serious razor burn, but you don’t have to just live with it. To keep redness and itchiness at bay, you can simply take some frozen vaseline and apply it to your freshly-shaven skin. Not only does this act as a moisturizer, but it also soothes any razor burn.
Soften dry and cracked feet
If you have never had dry or cracked feet over the course of your life, then you need to spill your secrets. Because most people are on their feet all day, cracked heels are pretty common. These normally become worse because people don’t quite realize that you still need to look after your feet as much as possible, and that moisturizer shouldn’t just be best friends with your face – it should also be best friends with your feet.
Although you may think that your cracked and dry heels have reached the point of no return, that’s certainly not the case. Vaseline is great at softening hard skin, and it’s super easy to transform your feet back to the way they once were. All you have to do is slather your feet, cover them with socks, and keep them on overnight.
Help your shower curtain glide
Everyone loves a shower, right? There’s nothing better than standing under the hot water and letting it roll over you, but the practicality of a shower can be pretty irritating sometimes. If you don’t have a shower screen, you may have to contend with a stubborn shower curtain on a regular basis. Because many shower curtain rods are made from metal, the constant stream of water and steam around it can cause it to rust and be problematic.
You may struggle to pull it from one end to the other, and it may even make a horrific noise when you do so. To combat this, utilize the petroleum jelly that you probably have in your vanity cabinet. Rub a small amount on the curtain rod, and let the gliding take place like it’s never done before.
Remove candle wax
Let’s be honest; our lives wouldn’t be the same without candles in them. Although we now live in a world where electricity and light are readily available, there’s just something about lighting a room full of candles that puts a smile on our face. From the beautiful smell to the tell-tale crackle, they’re pretty awesome. However, if you’re someone who lights candles quite often, you may know the danger of the falling candle wax.
If you’re not careful, this wax can make its way onto your furniture and leave you with some serious mess. If you don’t want to live with candle wax stuck on your dresser for the rest of your life, simply apply Vaseline around the edges of the wax and leave it for a while. When you return, you should be able to just wipe it off.
Soothe dry paws
Just as humans find it uncomfortable to have dry and cracked feet, the same can be said for animals – specifically those with very sensitive paws. Animals such as dogs and cats can often find themselves in a lot of pain and discomfort when they have dry paws, as the skin can crack and cause irritation. While these animals sadly can’t tell you when they need a little extra TLC, as an owner you can regularly check their paws to ensure that they don’t look flaky or irritated.
If they do, there is a simple solution. All you have to do is apply a fair amount of petroleum jelly to their paws – but not before you have cleaned them and wiped them down with gauze. It’s best to do this when they are getting ready for a nap.
Protect dry lips
Well, we probably don’t need to tell you this one. Vaseline is marketed as a skincare brand, but one of its most popular products comes in the form of its lip care. The petroleum jelly company has expanded to offer customers didn’t pots to keep their lip care in, and Vaseline even comes in different flavors to ensure that you’re enjoying every second of it being on your lips.
One of the main reasons why this brand is so popular is because the product really does work, and petroleum jelly is a lifesaver if you struggle with dry or chapped lips. Not only does it work as a moisturizer, but it also works as a protective layer between you and the outside world – whether that be the cold weather or the blazing sun.
Maintain your Jack-O-Lantern
Halloween is the one holiday of the year where you can dress as awfully as you want without people judging you for it. In fact, it’s actively encouraged to make your way to a party looking like a zombie bride. There are so many fun activities associated with Halloween, and many people’s favorite is the carving of Jack-O-Lanterns. Essentially a pumpkin carved into the shape of a face and filled with a candle, this holiday tradition normally stands outside houses until they eventually start to melt and morph into something unrecognizable.
But have you ever wanted your Jack-O-Lantern to last so much longer? Coating the inside of your pumpkin with Vaseline will help it do just that. This means that you can leave your pumpkin outside for an extra few weeks!
Prevent hair dye stains
Are you the kind of person that loves to play around with hair dye? Whether you just like to fool people that you’re a natural blonde or whether you love to go all out and turn yourself into a rainbow, it’s fair to say that dyeing your hair in the comfort of your own home couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is slather the dye over your hair and then let it develop for as long as it takes.
However, unless you have intense precision and skill, there’s a high chance that you’re going to get some of this dye on your head or neck. Yet, you don’t just have to deal with it. By applying Vaseline around the edges of your hairlines before you start the process, you should be able to prevent any stains.
Fix sticky windows
If you had the money, we’re sure that you would change various different parts of your house on a regular basis. You might change the floor, you might paint all of the walls, and you might even change the windows. However, these things don’t come cheap, and sometimes it’s not possible to update the aspects of your home that could perhaps do with a bit of modernization.
If your main concern is the fact that you’re struggling to open your windows because they seem to be sticking together, you don’t have to be concerned any longer. Vaseline is first and foremost a lubricant, which means that it will work wonders on your windows. If you paint this petroleum jelly into the tracks of the window, it should help them glide as they have never glid before.
Prevent split ends
Whether you love it or hate it, the hair on your head is completely your own. While hairdressers can try their hardest to change the color and the length, it’s really down to you to ensure that you are keeping it as healthy as possible. Yet, even the healthiest of hair can sometimes come down with a case of split ends – so what do you do?
Although many people simply make their way to the salon every time they find split ends on the tips of their hair strands, you don’t need to keep shelling out a huge amount of money to make sure that you don’t have to shave your whole head off. By rubbing Vaseline onto the ends every now and then, you should be able to keep those pesky split ends at bay.
Keep shampoo out of eyes
If you have a baby or young child, you’ll know that their main objective is to keep them safe and happy at all times. Yet, if you have ever taken them into the bathroom to bathe them and wash their hair, you may have had to deal with the heartbreaking situation whereby you accidentally get shampoo in their eyes. This can be a tearful ordeal, and it can often make parents feel helpless and ashamed. However, there is a way to ensure that you can keep shampoo out of their eyes.
All you have to do is rub some Vaseline above your baby’s eyebrows, and then continue as you normally would. By doing this, you cause a diversion on the forehead, and water won’t be able to make its way over the eyebrows and into the eyes.
Tame wild eyebrows
Let’s be honest; we live in a world where your eyebrows have to be on fleek. What’s so confusing about this, however, is that eyebrow trends come and go very quickly. One minute thin eyebrows are all the rage, and the next minute everyone wants thick eyebrows like Cara Delevigne! Although we can barely keep up, one thing we do know for certain is that eyebrows should never be wild and out of place.
So, how do you keep your eyebrows as tame as can be? One of the best ways to do this is to rub Vaseline into them. If you want them to be a little more specific and precise, you can use an eyebrow brush to brush the petroleum jelly into them. This will keep them in place throughout the day.
Keep your house paint-free
If you’re the kind of person that likes to get stuck in with the DIY in their house, you probably like to make sure that you are doing everything perfectly. After all, you probably denied a professional the chance to do it for a fair price because you didn’t want to spend the money – so you have to prove all of the doubters wrong. One of the worst things to happen during your DIY adventure is for paint to make its way onto areas of your house that you didn’t want it to.
For example, you don’t want paint to make its way onto the hinges when you’re painting a door. To stop this from happening, create a barrier with Vaseline between the paint and the hinge – or any other item you want to keep paint-free – and the thing that you’re painting.
Remove makeup stains
Whether you’re a makeup novice or whether you think you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, there’s no denying the fact that applying makeup can get pretty messy. Those who apply makeup on a regular basis probably find that everything around them gets covered in powder and bright glosses, and that’s before we even mention the stains that just seem to appear on clothing.
A regular wash in the machine probably won’t help these stains, but there is a method that is much easier. Simply grab yourself a clean washcloth and run it under the faucet until it becomes a little damp. Then, dab the stains with a small amount of petroleum jelly and use the washcloth to wipe at it. The stains should immediately lift out of the fabric and leave them looking as good as new.
Keep lipstick away from your teeth
We’ve all been there, right? There’s nothing worse than getting dressed up for a night out or a big meeting at work, slapping on some lipstick, and then someone pointing out that you have lipstick on your teeth. It’s a simple mistake to make, but it’s also an embarrassing one. Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with it any longer.
The sure-fire way to ensure that you don’t have to deal with any awkward encounters and red-stained teeth is to apply a small layer of Vaseline on your teeth before you apply your lipstick. While it does feel weird to have this jelly on your teeth, it will be worth it when you don’t have to wipe lipstick off later on. That’s because the jelly creates a barrier between your teeth and the makeup.
Shine up your leather
If you’re the kind of person that loves leather, you might have it strewn across your whole house. You may have a leather couch, you may have leather belts, you may have leather bags, and you probably even have leather shoes. While this material is extremely hard-wearing, it can often look dull and lifeless after a few years and after significant usage.
Although many people believe that this marks the end of their leather products’ life, it’s in fact the complete opposite. One of the best ways to breathe new life into your leather is to use petroleum jelly. Simply rubbing this product into the leather with a cloth will have it shining in just a few seconds. You might even be able to see yourself in the shine of those shoes.
Remove stubborn rings
Have you ever found yourself having a little breakdown because you can’t get a ring off your finger? Whether you tried it on the store and felt like you had to buy it because you couldn’t remove it or whether your fingers just swelled up in the heat, we have a feeling that most people have found themselves in this situation at least once in their lives.
When they do find themselves in this situation, many people do utilize the trick whereby they tie a string around their finger and cut off their circulation even more to eventually slide the ring off. However, this can be pretty painful and uncomfortable. Instead, you can simply lubricate the finger with Vaseline and wiggle it around so that it comes off on its own.
Prevent diaper rash
Of course, we don’t like to judge and accept anyone and their hobbies, but we have a feeling that this particular Vaseline tip will apply more to parents with children. That’s because diapers are a staple in family households, and we don’t think any parent would like to let their young child loose without this protection around their nether regions.
However, most people are aware of the fact that diaper rash is extremely common for younger children, as the movement of their bodies and the fabric against their sensitive skin causes irritation. While you can use the likes of baby powder to stop this from happening, many parents have found that Vaseline works so much better. That’s because it acts as a protective barrier when applied to the skin before a diaper is put on.
Create your own exfoliator
Everyday life can take its toll on our skin, and many people find themselves struggling with dry, hard, and flaky skin that just doesn’t seem to go away. If you’re conscious of this and want to get rid of it, you may find yourself heading to the store and spending a huge amount of money on special creams that claim to help you out. However, one of the best solutions might already be in your house.
Vaseline is first and foremost a smooth skincare product, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t mix it up to create something different. If you mix the petroleum jelly with sea salt, you can create your very own homemade exfoliator, and it will completely change the look and the feel of your skin. Glowy skin, anyone? It’s super easy to do, and super cheap.
Tame flyaway hairs
No matter how much you try and tame your hair, it’s always going to have a mind of its own. As new baby hairs grow out from your scalp, they normally like to fly off the head in all kinds of directions – and most of the time, you end up looking like a nutty professor who has just been electrocuted. If you’re the kind of person that struggles with these flyaway hairs but just can’t cope with them anymore, then you’ll be happy to know that there is a solution.
Of course, this works best when you are scraping your hair into a high pony or a sleek up-do, but it still works when you have your hair down. That’s because all you need to do is grab a mascara wand dipped in Vaseline and then brush down the flyaways.
Keep your razors rust-free
In recent years, disposable razors have been given a bad name. As more and more people are making the move to razors that have longevity for the sake of sustainability, they are also not realizing that these disposable razors can be much more sustainable than you would think. One of the main reasons why people don’t like these razors is because they are thrown away as soon as they become rusty – which can be pretty quickly when they are left in a moisture-filled room.
However, coating them in a small amount of Vaseline can actually make them last so much longer. It’s important to make sure that you do this coating before it has any contact with water, as you will then see the best results. There you go. We bet you didn’t know that.
Prevent sticky light bulbs
Are you a dab hand at DIY? What about the odd job here and there? Most people are able to change a lightbulb, because taking one out of its holder is pretty easy – unless you forget to turn off the light beforehand and burn yourself. However, many people find putting the light bulb back into the fixture is much more difficult, because it seems to get caught and stick to the metal sides.
This is very common, but it doesn’t mean that you have to buy a whole new fixture or replace any parts. Instead, all you need to do is wipe a small amount of petroleum jelly around the threads of a new bulb before you screw it into the fixture. This should give it the lubrication it needs.
Help your perfume last longer
If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like smelling like their natural musk, there’s a high chance that you spend a huge amount of money on perfume. After all, it’s not cheap, and you have to have a little bit of variety, right? While perfume is a great addition to your outfit, you may have noticed that the spritz you give yourself in the morning only lasts a few hours before dissipating.
Before too long, all of the smell has gone, and you smell like your normal self again until you’re able to spray yourself with perfume again. This uses up the product much quicker than most of us would like, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you dab a little bit of petroleum jelly onto your skin before you spritz the fragrance should last longer.
There are countless people across the globe who struggle with allergies, and this can leave many people struggling during the summer months. After all, many sufferers lock themselves inside their house to avoid the high pollen count, and they don’t allow themselves to continue living their lives. But what if we told you that it didn’t have to be this way? If you have hay fever and other sensitivities, applying some Vaseline to the inside of your nostrils before you leave the house could be a complete lifesaver.
The petroleum jelly will create a barrier between your skin and the pollen, and the pollen will actually get caught in the jelly instead of making its way up your nose. Then, all you have to do is wipe the jelly out from inside your nostrils when you get safely home.
Transform eyeshadow into lip gloss
There are so many amazing makeup products out there, but have you ever looked at one of your eyeshadow palettes and realized that you would love that shiny purple to go on your lips? Instead of scoping out every department store and makeup counter for this particular color, why don’t you make it yourself? It’s fairly easy to transform eyeshadow into lip gloss, and you don’t have to waste all of the eyeshadow to do so.
You can use as little or as much as you want to in terms of the compacted eyeshadow powder or the loose powder, and then all you have to do is add some Vaseline into the mix. By doing this, you create a glossy and glowy liquid-like substance that you can then dab or apply properly onto your lips.
Unstick your nail polish bottle
If you’re the kind of person that has oodles of nail polish bottles strewn around the house, there’s a high chance that you haven’t opened some of them in a long while. After all, when you have so many to choose from, there are always going to be some that sit around without being given the love and attention they desire. When you do this, you may find that the bottles start to stick.
As time wears on, the polish that was left around the rim of the bottle dries up and causes the bottle to fuse to the lid – and it’s a nightmare to get off. Instead of just throwing this bottle out onto the curb, you can just utilize the Vaseline in your cupboard instead, and rub a little around the rim before you seal up the whole thing.
Soothe back pain
No matter whether you sit in a desk chair all day or whether you embrace a day’s hard labor, everyone can find themselves struggling with back pain. Our everyday existence puts a huge amount of strain on our spine and our back as a whole, and many people find themselves in agony when they return home. This can be hugely detrimental to people’s livelihoods, but it doesn’t need to be.
A tip that many people with sore backs may want to adopt involves Vaseline and a microwave. All you have to do is pop some of the petroleum jelly into the microwave so it’s warm, and then rub it into your back. If you can’t quite reach it, ask someone else to do it for you! You’ll even get a free back massage to boot…
Help your earrings slide in
There are countless people across the globe who have various parts of their ears pierced, but if you don’t wear them very often or chose to take them out for a few weeks because you got sick of them, you may have noticed that the holes started to close up. While this doesn’t mean that you have to get them re-pierced, it does mean that you have to put a bit more brute force into getting the earrings back in.
One of the best ways to do this is to rub a small amount of Vaseline onto the earlobe and the earring post before pushing it through the hole. This lubrication should help the earring slide right in without any problems, and it should also make it more comfortable for you.
Use it as an anti-wrinkle cream
Although we all know that time is a constant and aging is just a natural process in life, that doesn’t mean that we have to age as the world suggests we have to. We all want to stay forever young, right? One of the best ways to look younger than you are is to try and keep your wrinkles at bay, and there are countless creams and potions out there that promise to do just that.
However, many of them are no different from cheaper creams on the market, and they’re actually very similar to Vaseline. If you want a cheap way to utilize an anti-wrinkle cream, all you need to do is apply this petroleum jelly to your skin every so often. It will promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Many people know the dangers of sunburn, but how much do you know about windburn? Whether you love to make your way up to the snowy mountains for a skiing session or whether you just love to walk the dogs no matter what the weather, windburn is a serious concern that many people need to be more clued-up about. The wind can cause intense irritation to the skin, and it can often cause people to contend with dry and flaky skin that leaves lower levels even more exposed to the elements.
However, what if we told you that you didn’t have to contend with it? By applying a layer of Vaseline to the skin both before and after making your way out into the cold and windy conditions, you can ensure that your skin stays protected and moisturized.
Keep foot odor at bay
Although most people around the globe don’t really like to think about feet, it’s fair to say that the majority of them have had to deal with a bad foot odor at least once in their lives. Whether they just got a little too hot and sweaty at the gym or whether they chose to wear old shoes that were a little more pungent than the rest, foot odor can be smelt by many people – including those who just pass by.
However, if you realize that your feet are smelling a little funky and you don’t have access to any soap or water to clean then, you’ll be happy to know that it’s not the end of the world. Simply slather your feet with petroleum jelly and then leave it for 15 minutes before wiping it off.
Remove gum from hair
Although it’s fair to say that people don’t put gum deliberately into their own hair, there may have been situations where you have found the sticky stuff getting harder and harder in a large clump of your hair. It may be that your child thought it would be funny, or it may be that you accidentally leaned up against a wall that had some serious gum coming out of it.
It’s not important to dwell on how you managed to get the gum in there, because what’s really important is getting it out. One of the best ways to do this is to apply Vaseline to the gum and around the hair area. Massaging it into the gum will cause it to break down, and you should then be able to just pull it out bit by bit.
Even out your tan
Unless you hail from the darkest depths of the North Pole, you probably love to get your legs out and head into the sunshine when the temperature begins to rise. The vitamin D makes us feel energized and refreshed, and it doesn’t take long for these rays to put a smile on your face. Of course, most people know that to enjoy the sun at its best, you have to apply sun lotion – but did you know that it also works in your favor to apply petroleum jelly as well?
If you struggle with dry skin, the blazing heat and sun rays may leave you with an incredibly patchy tan, as dry skin absorbs tanning oils and lotions at completely different rates. If you want to make things more even, apply Vaseline before your lotion and watch the magic happen.
Ease blister pain
Everyone knows that blisters are the most uncomfortable things in existence, right? Although these things may be as tiny as anything, they can cause a huge amount of pain and discomfort, and it seems as though they seem to get worse and worse as the day goes by. Everyone seems to have their own way of dealing with blisters, and some people leave them to heal on their own while others give them a good pop to force them into submission.
Yet, it seems as though you could make use of some Vaseline instead. That’s because these blisters are normally caused by a certain part of the shoe, but rubbing Vaseline on this particular part of the shoe can create a barrier between the two and prevent any more blisters. That’s what you want, isn’t it?
Make your lipstick pop
Hands up if you have lost count of the number of lipsticks that you have on your vanity? Well, we don’t blame you. Adding a hint of color to your lips can really help your confidence, and it can also bring a whole outfit together in a way that nothing else can. However, finding the perfect lipstick can be tricky. If it’s the right color, then it might be matte rather than shiny.
Yet, if you do find a shiny one, it might then be a little off in terms of color. This shouldn’t put you off buying a matte lipstick, though. There are so many ways to make your lipstick pop, and one of the easiest ways is to utilize Vaseline. Dabbing a small amount of this petroleum jelly onto your lips will give it an instant shine.
Grease a stubborn lock
Although you might think that doors are pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things, it just takes one stubborn lock to make you realize that they’re actually pretty important. After all, nobody wants to be stuck inside or outside their house because their key doesn’t seem to want to fit inside of their lock. While most people immediately head to the store to buy some WD40 when they find themselves in this sticky situation, you might be happy to know that you don’t have to buy anything new.
You can actually use Vaseline to do the same job, and it works as a lubricant between the lock and the key. This means that you’ll be able to go about your daily business again in no time. Thank goodness for Vaseline!
Squirrel-proof bird feeders
Okay, so let’s just make this clear that we have nothing against squirrels. These adorable little animals are a great addition to our world, and it’s always fun to see them running around with their bushy tails and just doing their own thing. However, squirrels are pretty greedy – especially when it comes to bird feeders. In their eyes, these bird feeders and the food within them are easy pickings, and it doesn’t take them much to jump from the tree to the feeder or even climb up a pole to where the goods lie.
Of course, this takes the food away from the birds themselves, so you might want to invest in some Vaseline. By rubbing this jelly onto the feeder and the pole beneath it, you can stop the squirrel from climbing up.