Petroleum jelly is an unsung hero of household items. Vaseline is a historical consumer item that’s been around for centuries, dating all the way back to 1872. While commonly used to moisturize cracked skin and rough elbows, the highly affordable petroleum jelly has unlimited uses. If you have some lying around the house, it can help you save money in a lot of different areas.
Many people are quick to suggest cuticle oil, but things can get messy fast. The oil can drip onto your clothes or leave your fingers feeling sticky all day.
Instead, dab a tiny amount of Vaseline on cuticles to freshen them up and add some much-needed moisture to those dry nail beds. If you’re looking to push down cuticles without removing them entirely, Vaseline can also act as a fantastic aid in this, and can keep your hands looking as youthful as ever.
Condition lashes and tame brows
Vaseline can be used instead of mascara if you want to lengthen those lashes naturally without applying clumpy mascara. It’s totally safe for facial use, so dab away!
You can also add a bit of petroleum jelly to eyebrows if you’re fresh out of brow gel or don’t like that hard feeling. This will hold brows in place, and add a little texture or feathering where needed. It’s a unisex must-have that’ll help your upper facial area look a bit more polished in public.
Many highlighters in the beauty market are a tad too intense, or just don’t give you the refreshed radiance that’s supposed to be the end goal. Sometimes, there are simply too many options: cream, powder, liquid and stick versions all bombard us at once.
When you need to fake your eight hours and not think about it, add some Vaseline in place of highlighters to the brow bones, center of the upper lip, and cheekbones for that va-va-voom factor.
Add shine – to shoes, and hair
If your hair is drastically missing some shine, revive it back to a vivacious state with some Vaseline. The smallest amount can get rid of pesky flyaways and the appearance of split ends.
If you suffer from frizz and poor moisture retention, petroleum jelly can help out that top layer of hair a lot. For shoes that have lost their shine over time, dab a pea-sized amount of Vaseline, wiping away any leftover product afterward.
Got chapped lips? Petroleum jelly can take care of that with ease, adding moisture and plumpness to dry and peeling lips. Infuse with essential oil or an extract of some sort for a lip balm that either soothes or revitalizes.
Fruit extracts can infuse Vaseline with added flavor, which accomplishes the same thing as a store-bought lip balm, for way cheaper. If you’re looking to keep lipstick on for longer, rub a tiny bit of petroleum jelly to your front teeth before putting on your lipstick.
Remove false lashes
Lashes feel so worth it in the moment, transforming you into the Kardashian goddess of your dreams. But when you have to take them off, the process can be an arduous struggle.
To remedy this frustrating issue, apply Vaseline to the strip of the lash line. This should help lift off the glue, loosening it and peeling it off with less pain. If mascara does happen to be more your jam, Vaseline can help remove it with ease as well. There’s really nothing this jelly can’t do.
Fix dry patches
Topical skin treatments to treat dryness and rough patches can be quite expensive. For an at home DIY treatment that won’t break the bank, rub jelly onto dry patches.
If they’re on your feet, put on socks overnight, and if they’re on your hands, wear gloves until the morning. When you wake up, whatever was cracked will now be softer than a baby’s bum. This is a seasonal transition hack that we all direly need.
Some people distress furniture with chains or other means, but all you need is a little petroleum jelly to get the job done. To refresh your furniture with a distressed look, put on a base coat, then apply Vaseline to the areas you want to look chipped and antiqued.
Just grab a handful and apply to places where the furniture will naturally age with daily use, like edges, corners, and legs. You can follow up with a top coat of your choice.
Unstick a ring
We’ve seen people try some crazy things when it comes to getting a too-small ring off. With the help of some Vaseline and a Q-tip, you can slowly loosen the ring without pain, eventually sliding it off.
Gone are the days of vigorously soaping your hands over the sink, only to drop that darn ring down the drain. Or even worse, a ring can get stuck on you in a store, and it might be either hideous or outrageously expensive. Have a travel-size jelly on you at all times!
Get gum out of hair
The most jarring reaction to the debacle of getting gum stuck in your hair is cutting the hair itself! Put those scissors away and put a dollop of Vaseline in the gum and the hair monstrosity wrapped around it.
Working gently with your fingers, you should eventually be able to slide the gum free, without chopping off any of your precious tresses. A good tip for adventurous children or clumsy adults, as it’s a much better solution to an age-old problem.
Lip and body exfoliant
By adding either sugar or coarse salt, you can create an amazing and luxurious exfoliant out of Vaseline. This is particularly useful when you’re looking to save money, since exfoliating products often come with a hefty price tag.
Massage the mixture onto your body in the shower for the silkiest skin ever. On the other hand, if you’re looking for an on-the-go lip scrub, you can mix the petroleum jelly and some sugar for luscious lips wherever you go.
A dandruff remover
It won’t replace your dandruff shampoo, but for those who suffer from chronic dry scalp or flaking, just use a dime-size amount of petroleum jelly and gently massage it into your scalp before the usual wash routine.
If you use more than a dime-sized amount, the Vaseline might get stuck in your hair and get hard to remove. If you want an added deep clean factor, add a bit of baking soda to your shampoo for the wash after.
Get rid of CD scratches
Don’t worry – we won’t judge you if you still listen to CDs or watch DVDs. Music nowadays isn’t like it used to be, and we all like to reminisce! Scratches on a DVD or CD usually means a glitchy or frozen play.
Cautiously rub petroleum jelly in circles onto the back of your disc. Afterward, make sure to wipe it clean with a cloth so that excess grease goes away. Your collection of nostalgia can now be preserved forever.
Prevent red noses
When you have a cold, one of the most annoying things is that chafed and irritated area between your nose and your upper lip. All that nose blowing can be rather exhausting, after all. Rubbing a smidge of Vaseline underneath the nose can be a huge help.
When you’re already sick, a sore and irritated nose can really only make things worse. You might as well make life a little easier for yourself. Others claim that rubbing Vaseline on the bridge of the nose is helpful.
Change cosmetics texture
Vaseline has a metallic sheen and gliding texture that complements many makeup products. If you want to turn something matte metallic or transform a powder-based product into a decadent cream, Vaseline will be your best friend.
Blend one or more loose pigments with petroleum jelly, and you’ll have personally customized cream eyeshadow, blush, or anything else you desire. Your friends will be envious – especially when they find out how little you paid for the striking result.
Make your perfume last longer
A fragrance can be something that defines someone – your perfume or cologne is “your scent” and it smells absolutely unique on you. That being said, it’s easy for us to sweat it off, and we often need to reapply our scent throughout the day.
This is an expensive waste of perfume, and can also prove to be a waste of time. To extend the life of your scent, just dab a little vaseline on those pulse points before you spritz.
Remove dye stains
We’re not sure if petroleum jelly would take stains off garments, but when it comes to beauty stains, they can do quite a lot. Skin stains from DIY hair processes or painting your nails can be solved by coating the area lightly with Vaseline.
Place it on your cuticles or around the hairline to prevent staining or leaking due to polish or dye. This will also help you save money on clothing, which can remain permanently stained with just one mishap.
Reduce back pain
Those heating pads available at the drugstore can cost a ridiculous amount of money, and heating a towel can often leave your back damp and uncomfortable while you’re trying to get relief.
To save money, but still loosen up those tense back muscles, microwave a dollop of petroleum jelly for approximately two minutes. Then, rub that warm scoop onto your back for a heavenly warming feeling that will melt your muscles as it melts into your skin.
There are lots of fire starters available out there, in camping trip aisles and beyond. But who needs to go on a shopping trip when you probably already have the two ingredients that are necessary to start a fire?
Coat several cotton balls with Vaseline, and light those babies up. This hack has proven extremely useful for pits in your backyard, or when grilling wherever. No one wants to be embarrassed when they’re proving themselves as BBQ Master.
Are your wood floors looking rather lackluster? Apparently, all you need is Vaseline to get that brand new shine going. Vaseline can help to remove water rings, stains, scratches, and more.
Put a generous amount of petroleum jelly on your floors, and we suggest letting it work for at least 24 hours before you do a final polish. This is cheaper, less toxic, and will have your floors gaining compliments in no time at all.
No more soapy eyes
Many of us push off our hair wash day as much as possible, because the thought of stinging our eyes with soap and shampoo is painful just to think about.
A skinny outline of petroleum jelly applied about the eyebrows will force those foaming suds and hair cleansers to redirect down the sides of your face, instead of in your precious, sensitive eyeballs. This is particularly useful if you’re looking to keep suds out of your baby’s eyes.
Moisturize paws of furry friends
Every dog deals with some paw roughness once in a while, the same way that humans deal with rough skin and dry patches. But dogs can’t exactly apply hand cream to themselves, so we need to help out a bit, lending a friendly hand with some Vaseline.
After one of your daily strolls, rub some of the jelly over their paws. This pet-friendly salve is best used for paws, but make sure that they don’t lick their paws and ingest it after application.
Fix squeaky doors
As you know by now, Vaseline is a fantastic product lubricant. Where most people use the toxic WD-40 to lubricate their squeaking doors, Vaseline can get you back to that silent glide in no time at all. Just a thin coating on doors that stick or squeak will do the trick.
Petroleum jelly can also bring smooth sailing to sticking cabinets, racks, refrigerator shelves, and more. Never fight with your furniture again, thanks to a tiny helping of jelly.
Keep bugs away
Vaseline can help with both bug bites and keeping bugs away from your garden. To help reduce itchiness from bug bites, apply Vaseline to the spot of the bite.
Extra points if you place the jar in the freezer beforehand, which offers the same cooling effects of aloe vera. To keep those pests from wreaking havoc on your garden, place a blend of Vaseline and salt around the rim of flowerpots, which should keep your plants safe and happy.
Loosen light bulbs with ease
If you find that your lightbulbs are always getting stuck when it comes time for changing, it’s time for a little Vaseline to get the job done. Petroleum jelly can make lightbulb replacements a dream.
Slide a little onto the threads of the bulb before you screw it in. This lubricant will prevent broken light bulbs in the future and help you not stress about a routine bulb change. Just make sure not to get the jelly on the contact, which can affect function.
No streaky tans
Most can agree that when they go to the tanning salon for an artificial tan, they’re not looking for a streaky result. Optimally, you want it to look like the real thing – an all over, even, golden shade.
Streaks and a patchy finish can ruin that whole fantasy – no one’s going to believe you went to Mexico with that result! As a solution that promotes evenness, rub Vaseline into ankles, hands, knees, and other difficult spots that are prone to streaks.
Open jars and nail polish with ease
A lot of people struggle with opening jars and nail polish containers. Whether the product has crusted around the lid or it’s just an unreasonably tight fit, Vaseline will help you out so that you never need to ask anyone to open a jar ever again.
You might think it would make the situation more slippery, but it does the opposite. Just apply some vaseline to the thread’s edge, which will make it easier to open and prevent crusting for next time.
Eliminate lipstick stains on clothing
Previously, we mentioned that we weren’t sure if Vaseline did the trick in removing stains off clothes. Turns out, it does! Lipstick stains can be some of the hardest stains to remove from clothing, but you just need to blot some of that petroleum jelly onto the culprit and throw it in the washing machine as you usually do.
When it comes out, you’ll be convinced it’s a miracle. Evidently, petroleum jelly can help get out waxy or oily substances that are otherwise difficult to remove.
Sticky shower curtains
Perhaps more relevant to bathroom curtains than the one in your bedroom or living area, adding Vaseline to your curtain rods can help them slide more easily and get stuck less.
We mention the bathroom particularly because soap scum and quickly changing humidity levels can lead to those annoying sticky curtains that nobody wants. The shower should be a relaxing place that you can escape to, not somewhere where you end up in a duel with your own shower curtain.
Remedy foot infections
For fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, Vaseline can help get your toes back to normal fast. The texture of the Vaseline helps to suffocate the fungus, as it decreases the loss of water from the skin.
Because of this, it can create something known as a hydrophobic layer, acting as a barrier that reduces the sweat that causes and perpetuates athlete’s foot. We don’t necessarily suggest this as a full-on alternative to fungus treatment, but it can be a very helpful assistant.
Eliminate candle wax
Candle wax can be notoriously hard to remove from all kinds of surfaces. If you have candle wax that’s dripped in your house, just apply petroleum jelly to the edges of the dripped wax.
After waiting a few moments, wipe it off with a clean towel, and it should be significantly easier than the usual song and dance of scraping that can take up your time and maybe even scratch your surfaces. If you hate using candles because of dripping wax, keep a jar of Vaseline handy to face your fears.
An incomparable moisturizer
Vaseline is categorized as an occlusive moisturizer, which means it doesn’t let your skin dry out. For this reason, many people use Vaseline on their face or body in lieu of lotion or salon-brand moisturizers.
You can apply it to your body after showering, and even use it as a face cream if your skin isn’t too sensitive or oily and can handle a thick, slightly greasy substance such as petroleum jelly. You can also finish with a light towel-dry if you apply too much.
Diaper rash prevention
Parents will be rushing towards this holy grail in the supermarket as soon as they hear about the benefits. Diaper rash is a reality for all infants and young children, causing chafing and an uncomfortable rubbing of their body and the fabric of the diaper.
If you consider how sensitive a baby’s bum is, that sounds painful for your little cutie! Certain individuals use baby powder, but those who have used Vaseline claim that it’s way more effective due to the protective barrier that’s created.
Cooling relief for a fever
Menthol can sometimes be too intense when you’re sick and just want some cooling relief from a fever. Instead of store-bought brands that can be pricey and filled with chemicals, keep a jar of Vaseline in the freezer so that you can quickly apply it to a hot forehead.
It might not remove the fever, but it can provide a hefty feeling of relief, which is all we can ask for when feeling under the weather. This is suitable for both adults and children.
Less painful earring insertion
Millions of people worldwide have pierced ears, and all of them face the same issue. If you take your earrings out, either for a few weeks or a few months, the holes will begin to close up.
You don’t have to go back to your piercer and ask for a do-over, fortunately. With the help of some Vaseline, you don’t have to be as aggressive with your ear lobes. They should slide right in after you apply some jelly to the front and back of your lobes.
With some Vaseline applied to a cotton ball or pad, you can gently wipe off foundation, eye shadow, lipstick, and more. Doing this will also moisturize your skin.
You can also simply massage it into your skin with your fingers, and remove it with a cotton ball or tissue. Some find it too heavy to use on the entire face and prefer to use it on the eyelids, since it can be difficult to discover a good eye makeup remover that doesn’t irritate.
Goodbye to blackheads
Here’s a beauty hack to get clearer skin fast – coat your nose (or wherever you happen to be suffering from blackheads) with a thick layer of Vaseline. Keep adding layers.
After you’re done applying, wrap the affected area in plastic wrap so that it adheres to your face and stays on. Some people suggest sleeping overnight with this mask, while others suggest a max of a few hours. This is a DIY blackhead strip that’s less drying than some of the other options on the market.
A better relationship with your razor
Shaving is something everyone dreads because it’s so easy to knick yourself, especially in the midst of a rushed morning routine. If you’re not careful (or even worse, if you’re brave enough to dry shave) your skin could be a cut-up, irritated, and reddened mess for days to come.
Even if you don’t have time to spare, avoid the razor burn afterwards by applying a dollop of refrigerated or frozen Vaseline, which hydrates while it soothes.
Prevent your car battery from corroding
Car batteries are expensive, bulky, and not fun at all to replace. But they often corrode, especially when the weather gets particularly chilly.
To save on a massive bill or a headache of a job, preemptively coat your battery with a light layer of Vaseline. If you’re not sure how to do this, disconnect terminals, cleaning them with a wire brush. Afterward, reconnect them and coat those connections with a petroleum jelly layer, which can protect them from moisture droplets.
Stop razor blades from rusting
Whether you’re a fan of those disposable razors from the dollar store or prefer to dish out something from more of a fancier variety, everyone has dealt with the dreaded rusting of a razor.
It’s easy for them to rust, especially in our bathrooms which are often humid and moist. You won’t have to replace your razors (disposable or otherwise) if you dry them completely and slick on a very minimal layer of Vaseline onto blades. Do this after each time you shave, and your body will thank you.