Vaseline: it’s that little clear tub that your mother always kept in the medicine cabinet when you were growing up. You probably weren’t sure what it was for. Maybe your mum rubbed it on your chest for some reason whenever you were sick. In any case, it’s always seemed pretty old-fashioned to you.
It might surprise you to know, then, that even modern men and women use Vaseline for quite a bit of their everyday beauty routine. It's not just for your grandmother's dry feet anymore! Vaseline is completely harmless and always safe for your skin, hair, and nails.
Not only that, but Vaseline can be used all around the home to remove stains, protect valuables, stop squeaks, and much more.
There are so many amazing things you can use Vaseline petroleum jelly for, and you probably didn’t know half of them. We’ll be covering them all in this video.
Let’s start with general uses of Vaseline around the home:
1. Clear Wax From Candlesticks
The long red tapers you used at last night’s candlelit dinner were a beautiful sight until you saw the candle wax drippings left in the candleholders. Luckily, fixing this issue is one of Vaseline’s many uses.
Next time, apply petroleum jelly to the insides of the holders before you put the candles in. The wax will pop out for easy cleaning.
2. Lift Lipstick Stains
You set the table at that lovely dinner party with your favourite cloth napkins, but your friends left their mark all over them. Now dotted with lipstick stains, those napkins may be headed for the rubbish bin.
But try this first. Before you wash them, blot petroleum jelly on the stain. Launder as usual and hopefully, the stain will lift.
3. Remove Chewing Gum From Wood
If you ever discover bubble gum stuck under the dining room table or behind the headboard of your son’s bed, keep Vaseline in mind. Squeeze some petroleum jelly on the offending wad, rub it in until the gum starts to disintegrate, then remove.
4. Clean Watermarks From Wood
Watermark rings on your wood furniture are unsightly – so easy to make, but so difficult to remove... or so you thought. To make them disappear, apply petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the watermark away with the jelly.
5. Shine Patent-Leather Goods
You’ve got a great pair of patent-leather shoes or bag, but you’re not sure how to keep them looking their best. Here’s a tip: the lustre stays longer if you polish the items with petroleum jelly.
The Vaseline will soften the leather and help prevent it from cracking. This will work on leather and patent leather shoes, bags, and other items, but shouldn't be used for rawhide leather. Be sure to use a clean, lint-free cloth to apply it.
6. Make Leather Jackets Look New Again
You don’t need a fancy leather moisturizer to take care of your favourite leather jacket. Petroleum jelly does the job just as well. Apply, rub it in, wipe off the excess, and you’re ready to go.
7. Stop Battery Terminal Corrosion
It’s no coincidence that your car battery always dies on the coldest winter day. Low temperatures increase electrical resistance and thicken engine oil, making the battery work harder.
Corrosion on the battery terminals also increases resistance and might just be the last straw that makes the battery give up. Before winter starts, disconnect the terminals and clean them with a wire brush.
Reconnect, then smear with petroleum jelly. The jelly will prevent corrosion and help keep the battery cranking all winter long.
8. Keep Ants Away From Pet Food Bowls
You can use Vaseline to ward off ants, bugs, and other pesky pests. A thin layer spread on windowsills and door thresholds will trap crawling insects, keeping them away from your family and pets.
You can ring a pet’s food bowl with petroleum jelly to keep them at bay. The ants will no longer be tempted by the kibble if they have to cross that mountain of petroleum jelly.
9. Grease a Baseball Mitt
If you’ve a new baseball mitt that’s too stiff, you can soften it up with petroleum jelly. The same stuff can also be used to keep your glove in good condition after years of use.
Apply liberal amounts of Vaseline to every part of the glove using a cloth or rag. Leather acts like human skin, and Vaseline can help protect the leather from weather, dirt, and moisture. Work the Vaseline into every part of the glove and wipe off excess with the rag.
10. Mask Doorknobs While Painting
You’re about to undertake painting the family room. But do you really want to fiddle with removing all the metal fixtures, including doorknobs?
Petroleum jelly rubbed on the metal will prevent paint from sticking. When you’re done painting, just wipe off the jelly and the unwanted paint is gone.
11. Create distressed-looking furniture
Because of its ability to prevent paint from sticking, a tub of Vaseline can help create a distressed paint effect on furniture or walls. Load some of the product onto a paintbrush and draw a design on the surface of your choice, then paint over the entire thing.
The paint won't adhere to the Vaseline-coated areas, which will result in an interesting two-toned finish.
12. Apply to burns
The original uses for Vaseline were all to do with health. It was thought to be particularly helpful for burns, although now there are doubts as to whether this method could actually cause more harm than good.
Applying Vaseline petroleum jelly to a fresh burn can inhibit the access of air to the wound, making it more painful and preventing it from healing. However, once a burn has started to heal, Vaseline can prevent the skin from becoming excessively dry and also reduce pain.
Just be sure to use it at the right time.
13. Cure constipation
While Vaseline won't cure your constipation, it can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with it. For babies and young children, applying a small amount of Vaseline around the anus can prevent fissures.
Similarly, if you need to take their temperature, Vaseline can help ease in a thermometer.
14. Keep a Bottle Lid From Sticking
If you’re having a hard time unscrewing that bottle of glue or nail polish, remember this tip for when you finally do get it open. Run a small amount of Vaseline along the bottom of the jar’s grooves (where the lid screws on) and this will deter any paint from fusing to the lid.
15. Protect Stored Chrome
If you’re getting ready to store the kids’ bikes for the winter or stow your pushchair until your next baby comes along, stop a moment before you stash. Take some petroleum jelly and apply it to the chrome parts of the equipment.
When it’s time to take the items out of storage, they’ll be rust-free. The same method works for machinery stored in your garage.
16. Keep an Outdoor Lightbulb From Sticking
Have you ever unscrewed a lightbulb and found yourself holding the glass while the metal base remains in the socket? It won’t happen again if you remember to apply petroleum jelly to the base of the bulb before screwing it into the fixture. This is an especially good idea for lightbulbs used outdoors.
17. Lubricate Cabinets and Windows
If you can’t stand to hear your medicine cabinet door creak along with its runners, or you have a window that you have to force open every time you want a breeze in the house, Vaseline is your friend. With a small paintbrush, apply petroleum jelly to the window sash channel and cabinet door runners. Let the sliding begin..
18. Stop Squeaking Door Hinges
It’s incredibly annoying when a squeaky door makes an ill-timed noise when you’re trying to keep quiet. The simple solution is to put petroleum jelly on the hinge pins of the door.
No more squeaks. It works as a perfect alternative to WD-40.
19. Make Shower Curtains Slide More Easily
If you want to stop the water from squirting out onto the bathroom floor, but your shower curtain catches when you try and pull it across, here’s an easy way to get that curtain into place quickly. Lubricate the curtain rod with petroleum jelly and you’ll whip the curtain across the shower in no time.
20. Remove a Stuck Ring
Wedding ring won’t budge? It’s a claustrophobic feeling, but there are ways that you can safely remove it without causing your finger any harm.
Place a liberal amount of Vaseline over your knuckles and the ring, and then begin twisting the ring in an upward motion to remove it. You should find that it will glide right off.
21. Soothe back pain
If you’re dealing with mild back pain and you need some relief, heat a scoop of Vaseline in the microwave until it's warm, for about two minutes or so, before massaging some onto your back for a warming effect. The warmth of the solution will be incredibly comforting, and the Vaseline itself will help to relieve the irritation causing the pain.
22. Help Prevent Diaper Rash
All babies are likely to suffer from nappy rash at some point, but you can help prevent future occurrences. As well as keeping your child clean and dry by changing their nappy frequently, you should also apply a layer of Vaseline after patting them dry.
This can help prevent the nappy from irritating your baby’s bottom. Follow up with a clean nappy, making sure that it isn't too tight, as air needs to be able to circulate. and
23. Prevent Shampoo Tears
If you’re thinking of buying a special no-tears shampoo for your child, forget about it. Opt for petroleum jelly, a solution you probably already have lying around in your cupboards.
Rub a fair amount into your baby’s eyebrows. It acts as a protective shield against shampoo running down into their eyes.
24. Protect your dog’s paws
Taking your dog out in the winter is essential, but you might feel worried about the effects of the snow and ice on his delicate paw pads. If boots don't feel right for your best friend, try Vaseline or a similar petroleum balm.
Before walks, coat the balm on your dog's paws to create a barrier that prevents snow, ice, and salt from getting between his toes. The balm or Vaseline also keeps their paw pads hydrated.
25. Remedy for cats’ hairballs
Vaseline isn’t only for dogs – it can also be used for cats, to prevent hairballs. To stop your cat from getting hairballs, place a dab of Vaseline jelly on one of his paws.
The cat will lick off the petroleum jelly, which lubricates his digestive track, allowing hairs to travel naturally out the proper end. Apply the petroleum jelly once a day for four days.
26. Prevent Halloween pumpkins from rotting early
Petroleum jelly is a great way to keep your carved pumpkins from drying out and getting that wrinkly look. It's water-repellent, so it seals in the natural moisture while keeping outside moisture away.
Spread the petroleum jelly inside your pumpkin and around all of the cut out areas. You’ll find that your pumpkin lasts for many more days before rotting.
27. Treat ear mites
It's not recommended to use Vaseline on ticks, but it can be used for pet's ear mites. Smother the inside of your cat or dog’s ear in Vaseline, and the thick ointment will suffocate the infestation.
As a bonus, Vaseline will also soothe any redness.
28. Soothe cradle cap
Rough, scaly patches on a baby's head go by the name of cradle cap. While it may look concerning, it's actually very common, so there's no need to worry.
Treating it is simple. Warm a small amount of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, in your hands and gently apply to your baby's scalp. Leave overnight to see a drastic improvement in the morning.
29. Soothe nipples after breastfeeding
If you struggle with breastfeeding, as many of us do, your battle to feed naturally may have left you with sore, cracked nipples. In this case, simply apply Vaseline to help soothe them. Just be sure to wipe it all off before you let your baby suckle.
30. Start a fire
Vaseline-soaked cotton balls are an amazing component of any hiker or camper’s emergency fire-making supplies. Not only can they pretty much guarantee you fire in some of the worst conditions, but they are lightweight and compact too.
Simply carry them in your backpack and add them to your fire pile when it’s time to light it up.
31. Deter squirrels
If a local squirrel has been stealing all your bird feed, you can use Vaseline to bamboozle him. It won't harm the little pests, but they won't be able to climb up the pole if you apply a good amount of lubrication.
That way, you can keep a good stock of your bird feed for the animals it is intended for, and you won’t have to add more as frequently.
32. Remove CD scratches
Yes, we don’t all listen to CDs or watch DVDs anymore, but some of us still do. If your CD or DVD has visible scratches, then it probably won't play smoothly.
Luckily, in many cases, this isn’t the end, as you can remove the scratches with Vaseline. Just rub some petroleum jelly onto the back of the disk in circular motions, then wipe clean with a cloth to remove the grease.
Now let’s take a look at the beauty uses of Vaseline – here’s where you can really go to town!
33. Put a coat on your eyelashes before you go to bed.
Vaseline is a moisturizer that can be used effectively on dry skin and eyelashes. It can't make eyelashes grow faster or longer, but it can moisturize them, making them look fuller and lusher.
You’ll find that it’s best used at night, when you're not planning on applying makeup, such as mascara, to your eyelashes.
34. Coat your feet at night
Most women don't really think about their feet until the first signs of summer begin. Only then do they take a close look at their feet, toes, and toenails and realize that some serious TLC is in order.
The truth is, feet need care all year-round in order to be healthy as well as soft and attractive. The solution is simple: at bedtime, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the feet, heel, and toe area, and cover your feet with cotton socks. By morning, your feet should feel soft and supple.
35. Put on your elbows every day
The extremes in temperature can do all sorts of funny things to our skin. Be it icy cold climates come wintertime, or heatwaves in the summer, the skin on our face and body can become very dry.
An area that is especially perceptive to these changes is the elbows, which are already some of the driest on our bodies. Apply Vaseline to your problem spots before bed for deep conditioning overnight cosmetic treatment.
Moisturizers like Vaseline act as a barrier on the skin and seal in moisture to help rehydrate your skin and accelerate the skin's natural renewal process overnight.
36. Remove old eyelashes
It's important to remove your false lashes correctly to prevent damage to your real ones. Use a cotton bud to dip into your Vaseline pot and then swab it onto the false eyelashes.
Wait for the glue to soften, then use warm water to rinse it off. You shouldn’t feel any pain, and all your real eyelashes will remain intact.
37. Put on your cuticles several times a day
Just like skin, cuticles and nails are made of the same protein. When our skin loses moisture, it becomes dry and cracked, and the same goes for our cuticles and nails.
In the winter months, your cuticles may be extra dry because your hands are subjected to less moisture in the air and colder temperatures. Frequently washing your hands or drinking less water can also reduce the moisture in your skin.
After moisturising your hands, you can add further protection to your cuticles by rubbing a small amount straight onto the nailbed and fingernails before going to sleep. You can maximize your hand care therapy by wearing a pair of gloves. You’ll have softer hands and shinier fingernails when you wake up in the morning.
38. Use on chapped lips
The secret to dealing with dry, sore, chapped lips is to find a way to lock in moisture and protect the lips from the cold, dry air. Vaseline is an excellent choice as it forms a protective layer on the lips and penetrates deep down to rehydrate the skin and speed up its natural renewal process.
As an added bonus, when you use Vaseline as a lip gloss, it really makes your lips look fuller and more luscious, along with giving it a pleasant shine.
39. Make a coloured and flavoured lip gloss
There are a whole host of Vaseline lip gloss recipes on the internet, some of which both colour your lips and provide a pleasant flavour. One option is to warm the Vaseline in the microwave, then mix three teaspoons of Vaseline with a teaspoon of honey. Stir until combined, then add to a jar and let it cool before using.
Another recipe involves melting Vaseline and one chocolate chip in the microwave, mixing the two, and letting them solidify for chocolate lip gloss. You can also stir cocoa powder into your Vaseline for a simpler solution.
40. Maintain perfume scent longer
If you need some extra life out of your fragrance, rub a small amount of Vaseline onto your pulse points before application. The balm will act as an additional moisturizing lock for the scent, helping it last even longer.
41. Moisturizer for acne sufferers
According to research, petroleum jelly is one of the most effective moisturizers on the market. It works by sitting on top of the skin, where it forms a barrier and prevents water from leaving your skin. Vaseline can be used as an everyday moisturizer for acne-prone skin.
A lot of people think that Vaseline clogs your pores, but this is false. It doesn’t clog pores, but instead fills the gaps in lipid barriers, which helps to produce glowing, beautifully even skin.
42. Moisturizer for dry skin
Dry skin can flake, itch, crack and even bleed. Since ointments are more effective and less irritating than lotions, consider applying petroleum jelly to dry skin, including your lips.
One of the best times to use Vaseline is after you’ve showered. It’s also especially handy for the thin skin on your eyelids. Unlike most products, Vaseline is safe to use in the area around your eyes.
43. Apply to your knees every day
When our legs are soft and smooth, we feel confident that we can wear anything. But, sometimes skin can look rough, dry, and even flaky, making us feel self-conscious.
Dry skin on legs can be caused by many factors including hot baths or showers, weather conditions, and shaving - anything that strips the skin of its natural moisturizers and oils. After exfoliation, you can apply Vaseline to your knees and other problem areas on your legs to prevent that dry, ashy look that many of us struggle with.
44. Mix with sea salts to make a scrub
Who needs overpriced salt scrubs and exfoliating creams when you can make them yourself with some Vaseline and sea salt? Add a small cup of coarse sea salt or brown sugar to a large tub of Vaseline for a cheap and easy-to-make scrub.
You can scent the scrub with your favourite essential oils, and add food colouring to give it a colour.
45. Prevent your lips from sticking to your teeth
Apply a little Vaseline to your front teeth before putting on lipstick, especially the “long-lasting” kinds that tend to stick to your teeth, to prevent the colour from transferring from your lips to your teeth.
If you forget to apply it before, you can always apply it after as well and it will remove any smudges that may already be there. A lot of celebrities use this trick for a flawless smile on the red carpet.
46. Highlight your cheekbones
There’s no need for a pricey highlighter when you have Vaseline right in your medicine cabinet. Pat some onto the tops of your cheeks to create a dewy, light-catching look.
Then add blush or simply leave it how it is. Just be careful if you have oily skin, as too much Vaseline might not agree with you.
47. Change the texture of your makeup products
Vaseline is a great way to transform your matte or powder products into creams. Just combine the loose pigments with the jelly to create your own custom cream eyeshadow, blush, or tinted balm.
This will also help the products to stick to your face better, and you’re less likely to end up with that “spotty” look you may get if the individual grains of a product become embedded in your pores.
48. Protect a sore nose
If you’re battling a cold or dealing with allergy season, chances are your runny nose will turn into a red, raw mess. Apply a dab of Vaseline around your nostrils and the inside lining of your nose to add moisture back into your skin.
49. Use to remove makeup
Don’t have makeup remover at your disposal? Just massage some petroleum jelly onto your lids and wipe that mascara away using a cotton pad.
Since Vaseline is petroleum-based, it dissolves almost any kind of makeup gently and simply. And unlike some makeup removers, Vaseline is safe to use around your eye area. It's especially good at removing waterproof mascara.
50. Protect your skin in the cold
If your skin particularly hates cold windy days, Apply a thin layer before you go outside in the winter to protect your skin from windburn and other harsh elements. You’ll be amazed at how it shields your skin against the elements.
51. Apply to your face as a makeup primer
Vaseline doesn’t only effectively remove makeup – it can be used as a primer, too. Especially if you have dry skin, adding Vaseline to your facial moisturizer can really help seal in the moisture and quench your skin.
A word of warning, though – while you can apply foundation on top of Vaseline, you must be careful, because too much Vaseline can prevent your liquid foundation from properly setting, which can lead to it smearing off your face very quickly.
52. Soothe skin after shaving
Hate those little red bumps that appear after shaving? Petroleum jelly can be used as an aftershave to soothe the skin and make it supple.
Applying Vaseline after shave also makes your skin soft and helps prevent ingrown hair. It lets the hair come off the surface of the skin while preventing undergrowth, so you can wave goodbye to post-shave skin irritation.
53. Helps when inserting earrings
The theory behind putting Vaseline on your earring posts is that the Vaseline will act as a barrier between your earring posts and your skin. The ultimate goal is obviously to prevent your sensitive ears from having a painful reaction.
Simply dip your earrings into Vaseline and they should glide into your skin without causing too much discomfort.
54. Keep your fingernails strong and resistant
There is nothing more frustrating than when you can literally bend your fingernail over the tip because it's so flimsy. Vaseline is thick and contains vitamin E, which is great for your cuticles and promotes stronger nails.
Apply a little bit to your cuticles every night to solve the problem for good.
55. Make a cream blush
If you have an old, broken eyeshadow that you don’t want to get rid of, consider mixing it with Vaseline to create a cream blush. Just put some petroleum jelly in a container, then scrape the powder blush of your choice into the Vaseline.
Mix until the solution is lump-free, then heat it in the microwave before letting it cool to room temperature.
56. Tame unruly eyebrows
Eyebrow cowlicks are obnoxious, but smoothing some Vaseline over your brows will keep them in place all day. Dab the pad of your ring finger in the jar, rub both fingertips together to distribute the formula, and then smooth it over your arches.
Then use a clean disposable lash wand and comb your brows to keep them in place.
57. Treat split ends
The reason why your hair splits and breaks is most likely because it is dry. Dry hair gives your locks an unhealthy appearance, making hair more prone to damage and split ends.
Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture to stay healthy, and maintaining nourished hair takes effort. If you have dry or damaged hair, Vaseline is a great option for you. Not only does it prevent split ends, but it can also help hair growth.
Simply apply some Vaseline to the end of your hair before bed every night for the best results.
58. Encourage hair growth
If you’re having problems with hair growth or hairless, it’s worth applying Vaseline to your scalp. Put a little Vaseline on the tips of your fingers and softly massage into your scalp area to promote stronger roots.
Be careful not to run it through all of your hair, as this will promote excess oil production, which may lead to greasiness. Follow by washing your hair with a quality shampoo and conditioner.
59. Get rid of headlice
Having lice is a very common problem, especially in schoolchildren who are exposed to several other heads filled with lice. That being said, lice affect adult men and women as well.
Although there are chemical and pesticide-based shampoos that claim to remove headlice, you may look for a safer home remedy for the purpose – and that’s where Vaseline comes in. It works by suffocating lice rather than killing them chemically, and unlike some commercial products, it won’t have a harsh effect on your scalp.
60. Can help prevent chaffing
Ever experienced thigh rubbing so painful your legs feel like they’ve brushed against a cheese grater? Chafing is the result of friction that occurs when skin rubs against itself or clothing. Prevention is all-important, and you don’t need to pay out of pocket for an expensive solution.
Just apply a little Vaseline, a well-known lubricant that can be effective on chafe-prone body parts. Vaseline is a classic salve, and keep in mind that it contains petroleum jelly, which might stain your clothes.
61. Helps with skin healing after surgery
It’s common for some smaller skin surgeries to leave an open wound that will slowly heal up by itself without the need for stitches. Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice following such a surgery, and ask them about using Vaseline.
It’s likely that you’ll be instructed to clean the wound gently with soap, then lightly pat the area dry and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly. This will help keep the wound moist and allow it to heal faster with less scarring.
62. Reduce dandruff
A dry scalp is a common problem, particularly among those who also suffer from dandruff or live in harsh climates with low humidity. Using a lubricating product like Vaseline, a brand name of petroleum jelly, may help relieve some of your scalp dryness.
To combat flakiness, try massaging a small amount of Vaseline into your scalp before rinsing with shampoo.
63. Protect new tattoos
Like any surgical procedure, getting a tattoo has a significant impact on the appearance of your skin and the aftercare should be carefully considered. An after-tattoo skincare routine can be key to healthy-looking skin after the procedure.
After your tattoo is completed, apply a thin layer of Vaseline on a regular basis. The petrolatum can protect skin by creating a sealing barrier, locking in moisture, which can help your skin’s natural recovery process. It’s also non-comedogenic, so it won’t aggravate oily or combination skin.
64. Prevent swimmer’s ear
If you swim a lot and want to keep unwanted moisture out of your ears, try this: Coat two cotton balls with petroleum jelly, mould them to fit each ear, and enjoy the rest of your swim. They should keep your ears nicely plugged and prevent any water or potential bacteria from entering them.
65. Protect skin when dying hair
If you're tired of blotches of colour or the familiar burning sensation from bleach when dying your hair, just put Vaseline around your hairline and on your ears before dying. Ideally, you should line your face and neck with petroleum jelly before colouring your hair to avoid getting hair dye on your skin.
But if you didn’t, you can simply apply the Vaseline onto the stained areas and gently rub with your fingertips until the stain starts to fade. You may notice the petroleum jelly taking up the colour of your hair dye – which means it’s working.
66. Prevent messy manicures
Doing home manicures, it’s hard to keep the nail polish from running over on your cuticles. Petroleum jelly can help your manicures look more professional. Dab some along the base of your nails and the sides.
If polish seeps off the nail during the manicure, all you do is wipe off the petroleum jelly and the sloppy nail polish is gone.
67. For a smoother fake tan application
Applying Vaseline is a great way to prevent your tanner from clinging on to dry patches. Just apply a thin layer of Vaseline to the problem areas beforehand. Be sure to swipe the jelly along your hands, elbows, and the back of your heels to prevent excess creasing or staining. This will help you to achieve a smoother, more even overall tan.
Although it’s one of the most incredible healing products, it’s important to use Vaseline for external purposes only. Don’t eat insert it anywhere inside your body, and definitely don’t use it as a lubricant, as it can lead to bacterial infections.
Apart from that, always remember to clean your skin properly and allow Vaseline to dry before application. With these simple precautions, you can enjoy the many benefits of petroleum jelly without risking infections, breakouts, or breaking the bank.
Because it's pretty much the most affordable multi-use product out there. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy experimenting with these 67 uses of Vaseline, and be sure to tell us if we missed anything out.