Uses For Vaseline Jelly (Petroleum Jelly)
From Beauty to Household Uses: Vaseline is so diverse!
Vaseline Has More Uses Than You Think!
A typical jar of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) will say to use the product on cuts or scrapes, but this conventional product should have a large instruction manual that comes with it. Petroleum jelly has a wide variety of uses around the house and it surprisingly works as a beauty aid too! This article contains a vast number of ways to use petroleum jelly ranging from making it a mascara, soothing a backache, and even fixing a squeaky hinge.
Read on and you're sure to save tons of money on products that you usually buy because Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) has so many practical functions that can be substituted for other more expensive (and often less effective) items!
What is your favorite use for Petroleum Jelly?
Uses For Vaseline
- Many people believe that coating your eyelashes with Vaseline will make them grow longer. A good way of doing this would be at night right before you go to bed.
- Vaseline makes for soft ankles and feet if you apply it and sleep with socks on.
- Put Vaseline on your elbows too!
- And on your cuticles, let it sink in an hour before you try to remove them, it will make this task extremely easy.
- Vaseline is a great dupe for chap stick. In fact it’s often much better than chap stick, since it contains only one ingredient and lacks the chemicals that are loaded into a lip balm.
- Have a matte lipstick that would look better shiny? Line your lips with a lip liner then mix some of your lipstick with a dab of Vaseline on the back of your hand. Apply it on with a lip brush to avoid runny lipstick.
Get healthy, natural looking lashes!
- Another creative way to use Vaseline on the lips (especially if you have young kids) is to mix it with Kool-Aid powder or any colored powder, and make a flavored gloss.
- Same with chocolate lip gloss. Mix a chocolate chip with a dab of Vaseline in the microwave and apply it to your lips it will dry slightly and become the perfect chocolaty lip balm.
- Want a scent to last hours longer? Then apply some Vaseline to the points where you spray your perfume, then spray your perfume on top of the Vaseline.
- Petroleum jelly does not clog pores, so you can use it as a moisturizer.
- Have a bad habit of biting your fingernails? This dries the skin around your nails. Apply a bit of Vaseline and your hands will be visibly smoother in one day.
Make your perfume last longer with petroleum jelly!
- A great exfoliator is always appreciated but you don’t have to spend a ton of money. Just mix in some with a bit of sugar or sea salt and scrub away!
- Getting blisters from your shoes? Smear on a little bit of petroleum jelly on the parts of the shoe that rub against your foot, goodbye blisters!
- Mix some Vaseline in with a bit of loose eye shadow powder. Make a pasty substance and apply it to your lips for the custom lipstick color of your choice.
- Have a bad backache? Heat the petroleum jelly in the microwave until it gets comfortably warm. Have someone massage it into your back for a nice warming effect.
- Have a high fever? Put the Vaseline in the freezer for 5 minutes, then smooth it on your forehead. Now you have pain relief AND a moisturized face.
- Razor burn? Apply some cold petroleum jelly (leave it in the freezer for 5 minutes) to your legs directly after shaving for a nice healthy glow as well as a soothing moisturizer.
- Dull skin? Apply some Vaseline to the top of your cheek bones, under your brow bones, and on your cupid’s bow. This will brighten up the whole face and give it a dewy glow.
Keep new tattoos protected while your skin heals
- Need to get a stuck ring off your finger? Apply petroleum jelly with a q-tip around the ring area and start gently moving it back in forth, it should start to gently glide off.
- Got poison ivy? Apply the Vaseline on your rash! It’s not as good as using a cortisone cream, but it sure works better than scratching!
- If you just got a new tattoo, put some petroleum jelly on it if you get in the shower to prevent the ink from getting blotchy. Wipe it off after you get out of the shower so it doesn't draw out the ink from the skin.
- If you have nail polish bottles that just won’t open, rub some Vaseline on them next time and they won’t get stuck.
- Mix some petroleum jelly with sea salt or sugar, rub it on your lips (gently) for an extremely smooth exfoliation.
- Are you a frequent flier? Even if you are not, always apply some Vaseline to parts of your body that are exposed to the air in the airplane, such as: hands, neck, face (especially right above your jaw).
- Use petroleum jelly as mascara! Apply it with your fingers on your eyelashes and nobody will EVER know you are wearing anything because it goes on clear and still gives your lashes volume.
- If you have a squeaky hinge, dab some petroleum jelly on it and it should stop.
Petroleum jelly on squeaky door hinges
- Hide split ends, or just give your hair some much deserved shine! Apply it to your roots or sparingly to the top layer of your hair.
- Here’s a weird one: If you have squirrels that eat your birdseed from the bird feeder, apply some Vaseline to the pole that holds it up or to the perches that the birds sit on, the squirrels will slide right off.
- If you have pets that have cracked paw pads, rub a little petroleum jelly on their pads. Beware though: an animal will walk with the Vaseline on their feet making it likely that it will get all over your house.
- Dry nose? Apply some right around the chapped area.
- Have allergies? Apply some petroleum jelly around your nostrils, and use a q-tip to apply some on the interior a few millimeters in; this will prevent a lot more pollen and other allergens from entering your body. Think of it as an extra layer of defense besides the hairs and mucus in your nose.
- Add some Vaseline to your purse or shoes to restore shine again. (Note: your purse will be a bit sticky, and if you apply it on your shoes and go in dusty areas such as city streets, it won’t look so great because dust will stick like a magnet. So keep this tip for indoor venues only.)
- A generic use that is even listed on the bottle of most petroleum jelly creams, is to use it in cuts or scrapes. It’s pretty simple, it’s not a disinfectant, so it won’t sting, but it will prevent dirt and other things that can cause an infection from entering the cut.
- Vaseline also keeps moisture locked into the skin so the wounds can heal better like that.
- Apply Vaseline before foundation. If you use a thin layer, it will reduce the look of large pores and prevent the foundation from looking too heavy
- Loosen a stiff bike chain by applying Vaseline on the chain and riding the bike so that the whole chain can basically coat itself.
- Put petroleum jelly on parts of your car that need to be well lubricated.
- Use Vaseline sparingly as a car wax. If you use a clean and good quality cloth, you car now gets rust protection as well as a nice shiny finish.
- Petroleum jelly is waterproof so you can use it to seal minor leaks in pipes. If you have some water that is running out of a pipe and want a temporary fix, dab a hefty amount of Vaseline to cover it up, then bind the pipe (if you can) with duct tape.
- Use it as flypaper! Heat some up then pour a little into the lids of some jars. Place the lids in places where you see flies or other small bugs, they will get stuck in it.
- Use it for sex. Spread it on the doorknob to keep the kids out. (I'm kidding on this one!)
You can even use petroleum jelly as a candle wax remover!
- Use Vaseline to remove candle wax. Apply it around the edges of the wax and let it sink in for a few seconds. Wipe away with a paper towel or cloth. Make sure to clean the sticky residue from the petroleum jelly, otherwise it will collect dust and you’ll end up with a nice dusty spot on your furniture while the rest is clean.
- Use it if you have a damaged plant. Place the Vaseline on the area where a large section was cut off or damaged.
- Mix it in with a matte lipstick to make it moisturizing
- Mix some with aloe vera gel to create a quick healing lip balm
- If your sunscreen dries you out you can mix some Vaseline in it to help lock in moisture. Do not use Vaseline as sunscreen alone because it does not contain SPF against UVA and UVB rays.
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