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6 under-appreciated things about Petroleum Jelly

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Every house has a jar of good ol' Petroleum Jelly. Yet this jelly is very under appreciated for all of it's great uses.

Here are a few of the most interesting!

Step 1: Loosening Stuck Drawers

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Have a stuck drawer? Use petroleum jelly to prevent it from sticking and make the drawer move smoother.

Step 2: Prevent Light Bulbs From Sticking

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A common problem with outdoor light bulbs is having them stick to the fixture. If this happens trying get out the bulb might end up in it breaking. Put some petroleum jelly around the threads before putting the bulb in to allow for easy removal later.

Step 3: Open Your Shower Quicker

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Having a hard time rushing out of the shower? Put some petroleum jelly on your curtain rod for your shower to open it lightening fast!

Step 4: Remove Squeak From Door Hinges

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A bit of petroleum jelly on a door hinge can take away that annoying squeak. Then you can sneak around your home effectively.

Step 5: Starting A Fire

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You can use petroleum jelly to help you start a fire. It works pretty well with stuff that is having a hard time starting.

Step 6: Replacement ChapStick

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If you run out of chap stick, Petroleum jelly is a great lip moisturizer. Just apply liberally to the lips and BAM no more chap-ness.
 
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BobmanJCT4 years ago
I like how you recommend putting it in an electrical connection, as well as using it as a fire starter. Seems clever, that.
thats what i thought. But i dont think thats where the hot wire goes
-max- cdousley2 years ago
it doesnt matter which is which. they both carry a current. its just that the live wire floats at around 120v compared to ground. while the neutral doesn't carry a current if connected a load between it and ground.

SO, when their is a load across the live and neutral, an AC current will flow.
This is a HUGE fire hazard. If you want to "lube" your light bulbs, there is nonflammable, conductive grease that you should use. Petroleum jelly is often found in survival kits as a fire-starter for a reason. Placing it in a very hot environment that is prone to sparks is a very bad idea.
i hardly believe it hegs hot enough to start fire and it wont spark. but its possible.

and NEVER use conductive grease, the electricity will go through that and heat it up and not go into the lightbulb.
uneektalent4 years ago
Dry bar soap rubbed lightly on the threads works very well.
jgscott9874 years ago
Just a heads-up... the heat from the light bulb will liquify the petroleum jelly. I used some on the bulbs in my vanity mirror in the bathroom. A couple of days after I did it, I could smell something burning. It took me a while to figure out that it was the petroleum jelly evaporating from the heat. My guess is that the fire hazard is pretty low, but I suggest using as little jelly as possible- Put a tiny bit on a paper towel and rub it firmly on the light bulb threads. Any more than that will just melt and evaporate or run down the light bulb. A better choice for this would be some type of silicone grease.
pat2194 years ago
You should remove this one some one could get Killed