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.
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 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.
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.
Heal minor scrapes and burns
Scrapes and burns are inevitable when you’re tired or rushing to get things done. While they’re not a huge deal, keeping the wound covered and protected from germs is the best way to keep it from getting infected. After washing the area with soap and water, dab on a layer of Vaseline (with clean fingers!) before putting on a bandaid. This will accomplish the same goal as Neosporion or another antibiotic ointment, but for a lot less money.
Preserve Halloween pumpkins
Carving that spooky image into your Halloween pumpkin feels awesome, but watching it rot and mold after a few days can really bum you out. It can be tricky to extend a pumpkin’s life once it’s cut, since too much moisture or not enough moisture can both speed up the rotting process. For an easy way to balance out your pumpkin’s moisture levels, apply a thin layer of Vaseline all around the cut edges. Avoid using a real candle, though, since Vaseline is flammable.
Keep paint splatters off windows
Painting your window frames is an easy way to breathe new life into an old room, but keeping the paint off the glass can be a challenge. Once it’s on there, removing it can be a delicate operation, since you don’t want to scrape the glass. Next time, try coating the glass with Vaseline before you start painting. That way, the paint will adhere to the petroleum jelly, instead of the glass. Once you’re done, all you have to do is wipe off the Vaseline.
Natural slug repellent
Oh, those pesky slugs! They’re a gardener’s worst nightmare with their voracious appetites, so it’s best to deal with them sooner rather than later. While the battle with slugs is an on-going process, we do have an easy solution for your potted plants. Mix a container of Vaseline with salt, then use this mixture to coat the rims of your pots. The Vaseline will make it too slippery for them to enter your pot, while the salt will cause them to shrivel up.
No more chafing during sports
This is a big issue for runners, but anyone who sweats for a long period of time knows the agony of chafing in certain areas of their body. Treating it once the problem starts still leaves you with raw, itchy skin that can last for days. For a more effective solution, try rubbing some Vaseline on the areas where you tend to chafe before you start your workout. That bit of lubrication will reduce the friction from your skin rubbing together.
Restore leather sofas
The smooth, rich texture of a leather sofa feels great when you first buy it, but when the leather gets dry, your couch will get that stiff, hard feeling that’s downright uncomfortable. Although there’s quite a few brands of leather conditioners you can buy, why not try good ol’ fashioned Vaseline? Simply rub it into the couch using a soft cloth, and let it sit for at least a few hours. Afterwards, wipe off the Vaseline with another soft cloth, and repeat the process as needed.
Get rid of blisters
Blisters are an unwelcome occurrence when you’re breaking in a new pair of shoes. Or, maybe you’ve been wearing those killer stiletto heels for just a little too long. Either way, Vaseline is the key to getting rid of those painful bubbles as quickly as possible. After cleaning the area, cover the blister with Vaseline and slap on a bandaid. This will soften the blister while keeping out germs and bacteria, which is essential for the healing process.
Squirrel proofing bird feeders
If you love having bird feeders, but hate those greedy squirrels stealing all the seeds, you may have opted for pole-mounted feeders, which are harder for squirrels to climb. However, those bushy tailed critters are incredibly persistent, and often find a way to scale those thin, metal poles. Of course, that pole would be a lot harder to climb if it was coated in Vaseline. For how cheap it is, it’s well worth trying before you call on the professionals.
Soften the look of crow’s feet
Although Vaseline is a great moisturizer from head to toe, it may cause breakouts if you have oily or sensitive skin. However, you can still use it as a moisturizer around your eyes, especially if you’re prone to fine lines and crow’s feet. Because of the greasiness, it’s best to apply it at night, right before you go to sleep. In the morning, you’ll wake up to eyelids and under eyes that look and feel smoother.
Prevent swimmer’s ear
We all love a fresh dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day, but getting water lodged in your ears is never a pleasant experience. Called “swimmer’s ear,” this condition is responsible for the majority of outer ear infections, especially in children. Thankfully, preventing it is easy when you have some cotton balls and a container of Vaseline. Just dab some Vaseline onto a pair of cotton balls, then put a cotton ball into each of your outer ears, making sure to cover the ear canal.
Taking proper care of your new tattoo is essential to ensuring that it doesn’t become infected. Even if you avoid infection, letting your tattoo dry out and crack means that it will look faded well before its time. While you can find ointments specifically for tattoo care, there’s no cheaper alternative than Vaseline, which is actually the basis of most commercial ointments. Just make sure your skin is completely clean before you use it to avoid trapping germs that can lead to an infection.
Hairball relief for your cat
Dealing with hairballs is a necessary evil to owning a cat. Most kitties cough these up naturally on their own, but if your cat is clearly struggling, there is a way you can help them along. Try mixing a half tablespoon of Vaseline into your cat’s food once a day. Doing this will help lubricate your cat’s digestive tract, which will make it easier for them to eliminate the hairball. However, if you don’t get any results in 48 hours, make sure to seek further advice from your vet.
Repair scratches on sunglasses
Scratches on your sunglass lenses are so obvious, especially if you have mirrored or reflective lenses. You may be tempted to stash those beat up sunglasses in a drawer, but why not try fixing them with a little Vaseline? Using a very small amount, massage the Vaseline over the scratches, then wipe away the residue with a soft cloth that’s safe for eyeglass lenses. While it won’t make them go away, the Vaseline will fill the scratches and make them much less visible.
Defogging swim goggles
Swim goggles are great for helping you see underwater, but only if they stay clear and fog-free. Well, here’s a trick that will help you see clearly from one end of the pool to the other. Right before you put on your goggles, rub some Vaseline over the rubber rims that will be touching your face. The Vaseline will create a seal between your skin and the goggles, which will help them stick to your face and make it difficult for your goggles to fog up.
Soothe minor sunburns
We mentioned how Vaseline can help prevent tanning streaks, but there are those inevitable times when you end up with a patch of sunburn. To soothe the redness and stinging sensation of a minor sunburn, keep the skin hydrated by applying some Vaseline over the affected area. Since the irritation is worse when your skin is dry, it’s important to keep it moist with a powerful lubricant like Vaseline. Best of all, Vaseline is free of artificial colors and fragrances, so it won’t further irritate your skin.
Protect chrome surfaces
This applies to any chrome surface, but it’s especially relevant for bike owners, who are putting away their bikes for the winter. As you know, there are few things more annoying than retrieving your bike in the spring and finding the chrome surfaces covered in rust. To prevent this problem, clean off any existing rust, then apply a thin layer of Vaseline over the chrome. Doing this will protect those areas from excess moisture, which is the reason behind those unsightly rust patches.
Keep ants away from pet dishes
In a perfect world, our pets would eat their food in one sitting, then promptly leave the area so we can wash their bowls. But most pets like to graze, meaning their food sits in that bowl for hours. If your pet bowls are the cause of ants invading your home, try coating the outside of their bowls with Vaseline. You don’t need much – just a thin band all around the circumference of the bowl, which will be very difficult for the ants to crawl through.
Break in sports gloves
Sports gear can be incredibly expensive, so it’s important to take good care of them from the moment you bring them home. For example, sports gloves like baseball mitts, need to be broken in so the leather is soft and flexible. Though you can invest in a leather conditioner, it’s much cheaper to work some Vaseline into the glove with a washcloth. Let it sit for one to two days so the Vaseline has time to soak into the glove.
Unstick a zipper
Having a stuck zipper when you’re trying to get ready for work or school is so frustrating, but a little smear of Vaseline can get that zipper slipping and sliding in no time. Like a stuck drawer or window, the key here is lubrication. To avoid stains on your clothes, use a cotton swab to apply Vaseline all along the zipper teeth. That should be enough to unstick your zipper so you can pull it up or down.
Beards come in all shapes and sizes, and some men definitely prefer the thick and bushy look. Still, it is important to hydrate and condition your beard on a regular basis so that the hairs don’t look dry and scraggly. That’s where Vaseline can come to the rescue if you run out of your go-to beard conditioner. Or, you can use it to tame your beard in between trims, just like you would with flyaways and cowlicks.
Scratches on leather wallets
Our wallets really take a beating with all that opening and closing, and being crammed into a pocket or purse for so many hours a day. In particular, leather wallets are prone to scratches and cracks that make them look much older than they really are. If your leather wallet could use some TLC, work a small amount of Vaseline into your wallet with a soft cloth. Afterwards, let it dry for at least an hour before using your wallet.
Refresh a manicure
So many of us love to treat ourselves to a manicure, and bask in the glow of how perfect our nails look right out of the salon. It’s disappointing though, when that shiny polish starts to fade after only a few days. To bring the luster back to your manicure, try coating your nails with some Vaseline, especially right after a bath or shower. This will help your manicure look shiny and fresh until your next nail appointment.
Prevent animal escapes
Reptiles like iguanas and bearded dragons may look scary, but they actually make great pets if you take the time to bond with them. The majority of these guys are happy to stay in their tanks until you take them out, but some of them are master escape artists. If you’ve got a lizard that loves climbing out of its tank, try coating the inside of the terrarium with Vaseline. This creates a safe, slippery surface that will keep your scaly friend from escaping.
Soothe poison ivy
Since Vaseline is great for soothing bug bites, it makes perfect sense that many people use it on poison ivy rashes. You should always start out by washing the rash with soap and water, and patting it dry with a clean towel. After that, put on a layer of Vaseline, just like you would over a bug bite. This will help keep the area moist, which is the easiest way to calm the itching and irritation.
Keep locks from freezing
We’re not sure who invented this trick, but most of us are familiar with the aggravation of having our car doors lock up in the middle of winter. Preventing this issue is as easy as coating your lock and key with Vaseline. Then, insert the key into the lock and move it back and forth so you can coat the insides with Vaseline. Believe it or not, this will keep out the extra moisture that can turn into ice and lock your car doors.
Those nasty burns on your skin don’t just happen during the summer. In fact, wind burn during the winter months can be just as painful – if not worse – especially if you ski or enjoy other cold weather sports. Although Vaseline can be very soothing after the fact, it’s best to put it on your skin before you hit the snow. That way, you have a protective layer over your face, or anywhere else that takes a beating from the wind.
Polish bathroom faucets
You already know about using Vaseline on chrome, but did you know it works just as well on other metals, like nickel, copper, and stainless steel? After all, bathroom faucets are constantly exposed to water, so covering them with a protective barrier like Vaseline can prevent those annoying water stains. Start by cleaning your faucet with whatever cleanser you prefer, then rub on a small amount of Vaseline to add shine and protection in one easy step.
Grease metal pet leashes
We’ve talked quite a bit about protecting metal surfaces, but one area people don’t usually think about is their pet leashes. Owners of large dogs typically need metal or metal reinforced leashes to have control over their dogs while they’re out walking. Since dogs need to be walked in all kinds of weather, the metal portions on these leashes can easily rust over time. Regularly wiping down and coating the metal in Vaseline is a cheap and effective way to preserve your pet leash.
Stay warm while you’re swimming
Unless you’re lucky enough to be using a heated pool, that first jump into the water can be thoroughly unpleasant. In fact, it may be enough to put you off of swimming for good, even though you appreciate the cardiovascular benefits. A trick that pro swimmers use is to coat themselves with a thin layer of Vaseline before getting in the pool. This helps their bodies retain heat while providing a barrier against the freezing cold water.
So we’ve given you plenty of makeup enhancing and removal tips using Vaseline, but did you know you can use it to make actual makeup? In full disclosure, this is only meant for emergencies, like when you run out of your favorite product, but don’t have time to visit the drug store. In that case, just mix some Vaseline with food coloring, or that last remaining speck of makeup to create a shade that you can use on your lips, cheeks, or lids.
Revive dull costume jewelry
We all love the ease and affordability of costume jewelry, especially bold statement pieces like chunky necklaces. However, these things can get pretty dull and grimy over time. Instead of tossing them away, try revitalizing them with some Vaseline. Make sure to wash them first in warm water and soap to remove the debris. Once they’re fully dry, put a little Vaseline on a soft cloth and buff your pieces to bring back their original glory.
Remove gum from carpet
You’ve told your kids again and again to throw their gum in the trash, yet here’s another icky wad stuck to the carpet! To remove the gum with the least amount of effort, gently work some Vaseline into the gum and the surrounding carpet fibers. Then, gently pull on it, using a wide tooth comb or butter knife. You may have to repeat the process a few times, but the gum should eventually slide out. Afterwards, clean off the residue with water and dish soap, and let it dry.
Relieve irritation after waxing
While salons target waxing treatments to women, a lot of people, including professional athletes, wax their bodies on a regular basis. And they can all agree that the stinging sensation afterwards is often worse than the waxing itself. There are pain relief products specifically for this purpose, but Vaseline provides the same effect for a lot less money. The key is to wait an hour or two after waxing, since applying it on freshly waxed skin can lead to clogged pores.
Remove dirt from leather purses
A leather purse may be the pride and joy of your wardrobe, but they do get dirty quite easily since they’re often exposed to the elements. However, removing ground-in dirt from your leather purse isn’t as easy as tossing it in the washer. Instead, start by cleaning the stained areas with soap, water, and a soft cloth. Blot as much water as you can with another cloth, then rub on a bit of Vaseline to restore the texture and protect the leather from water damage.
Keep paint off doorknobs
Painting a door seems easy enough, until you get to the door knobs. It can be a real pain to go around these things, and you somehow always end up getting paint on them, even if you use painter’s tape. Well, this is where Vaselien can be a real help. Right before you start painting, coat the doorknobs in Vaseline. That way, whatever paint you get on the doorknob can be easily wiped away once you’re finished with your project.
Boost your workout
Frankly, there are no shortcuts or miracles to losing weight. You have to eat right and exercise to burn off fat and calories. However, there is a pro trick that can help you maximize your weight loss during your cardio sessions. While you’re getting ready for the gym, rub some Vaseline onto your belly, wrap your midsection in layers of saran wrap, and tape down the ends. Now, you have a heat wrap that will make you sweat more during your workout, thereby helping you lose even more weight.
Cleaning cloudy glass
Have you noticed a cloudy fog that’s overtaking your glass items, no matter how many times you wash them? It’s most likely from calcium deposits, aka limescale, which is typically found in hard water. While you may not be able to do anything about your water supply, you can clean that cloudy glass by coating it in Vaseline and letting it sit for the next several days. Then, wipe off the Vaseline to reveal your new sparkling glass.
Remove stubborn temporary tattoos
We’ve talked about the benefits of Vaseline on real tattoos, but most people aren’t quite ready to make that sort of commitment. That’s why we love the concept of temporary tattoos, though some of them are incredibly stubborn even after weeks of showering. In that case, you’ll need an oil-based product, like Vaseline. It’s best if you exfoliate the area with a scrub first, then pat it dry. Afterwards, rub the Vaseline over the tattoo, which should help break down the pigments.
Shining belt buckles
Belt buckles are so underappreciated as accessories, but they can easily pull together an outfit in both casual and formal settings. Unfortunately, these things are prone to getting dull and tarnished since they’re usually made of metal. Once again, here’s where Vaseline can come in handy. As with all accessories, make sure to wipe them off or clean them with water and soap first. Dry the buckle, and rub in a tiny bit of Vaseline with a soft cloth.
Did you know styled moustaches are enjoying a resurgence? Not only that, men are trying out some of the old school styles, like the Handlebar. Of course, achieving those stylized looks requires a product like moustache wax. However, buying an entire tin of wax may seem risky if you’re trying out a style for the first time. In that case, just use a dab Vaseline to shape and mold your ‘stache into whatever shape you like.