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Let's face it, there has been some tension lately. Every relationship goes through its ups and downs, but let's take the passive route this time, and avoid one of those "we need to talk" confrontations. Ungh.

Luckily, with just a small amount of medicated vaporizing chest rub, your relationship woes can be squashed before any serious conversation needs to happen. Who knew? Thanks Vicks!

Step 1: A Classic Decongestant

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I'll just get the obvious use out of the way: VapoRub can do wonders for your beauty rest. If your partner is snoring or hacking up a storm all night, just rub a little Vicks on their chest so they'll shut up. You'll be back to counting sheep in no time. 

Otherwise, I hear the couch is relatively comfortable sleeping option. For them, of course.
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I heard that some CSIs use vicks if they're going into a room with rotting dead people.. Just rub a little under their nose and they're perfectly fine.

Maybe I could use some when I'm cleaning up the fallen rotten fermented pares around my pare tree...

Mahbub013 years ago
Thank you for your chest rub idea but need to be taken doctor advice

Regards , Dona
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I have never seen a cat the detests Vicks but they LOVE it. Put some on and I'm fighting to keep them from licking it off my chest.
To expand on the "getting creative" element, not only don't put it where it shouldn't go but be very careful where you put your hands afterwards. If you can still smell it on your hands, no toutchy! (Or even going to the toilet)
Not only that but,
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Seezor4 years ago
My wife and I did this by mistake once. I applied some vicks to my chest and neck then went to bed. Long story short we got frisky and I started sweating, The vicks enhanced sweat made its way down my chest and to her "tootoot". This sent her running to the bathroom to find a wash cloth. I guess if you try that you need to make sure it's not irritating to your partner.
I vaguely remember one Sunday, many moons ago, an episode of Popeye, where Bluto switched Popeye's jar of Spermaceti with a jar of Vap-o rub (this was before Olive Oil) Needless to say, later, after Popeye had liberally applied his usual dose, some eventually made its' way to his, "tootoot" which, not surprisingly, kind of rubbed him the wrong way. He then proceeded to administer the standard whoopin to Bluto that, as we all know, marked the end of cartoon. The End "tootoot"
ucdana3 years ago
Thats just wrong! LMAO Thanks for all the great info!
Nerdz4 years ago
Chest Rub will also stop the itch from Mosquito bites as well (or atleast dull it down).
PuzzleJenn4 years ago
So a spoonful of Vicks taken orally has the same effect as Buckley's cough syrup. Surprise, surprise. ;) I always thought Buckley's smelled like Vicks, lol!
Mrballeng4 years ago
Don't ever do like my grandmother. She used to heat a tablespoon of this stuff over a candle before having her kids swallow it. I guess she thought it would help a cold.

SeaLion4 years ago
Tried the feet one last night and this morning...
Wonder if it works with VapoRub that has expired for nearly 11 years...still smells strong as ever :)
I find it useful in areas where it smells horribly, like near baby poo, or if you have an aversion to vomit. Rub a good heavy dose under you nose and it will not be much of a problem as the vapor rub will over power almost any other smell out there/
I used this on my Thoroughbred horse once right before a jumping demo. He was extremely fresh and within 10 minutes he was nice and relaxed :) for the first time in his life...
Toxictom4 years ago
I've heard it also cures toenail fungus but I have not tried it.
johnny3h4 years ago
Many years ago [60+] my Dad was a firm believer in Vicks and VapoRub. When we had a cold or sinus flare-up or infection, it was spread on our chests, and a sore throat got a level teaspoonfull to be held [yuck!] in the mouth until melted. And then we weren't allowed to swallow it all at once, but instead in multiple, tiny swallows to 'spread' the application to the sore throat. Again, YUCK!!!!!

I HATED [and still do] even the smell and taste of VapoRub, and I hate to say it, but... I do THINK that it was effective in helping to speed our recoveries from these ilnesses.

Since I left home over 50 years ago, I have avoided anything containing Menthol or Camphor.
My mom was the same way. On the chest, up the nose and down the throat. And although it isn't for internal use according to the jar, when I've got a really bad swallowed-a-porcupine sore throat, I still fall back on it, because it works.

I have never had any kind of medical reaction to it, and as far as I can tell it has not killed off any brain cells. That doesn't mean someone else might not have a problem with it, but it seems to have been pretty effective for generations.

Wait... you used to SWALLOW it? :S As far as I know, the jar specifically tells you not to. It's not safe.
Yep, I still cringe when I think of having to peel my homemade flannel jammies off my chest from vicks vapor rub...There was also the dreaded old green Watkins Salve can at my Grandma's house. Ugh!
Bown86 johnny3h4 years ago
I guess Buckleys cough medicine doesn't go well with you either? LOL Camphor is one of the main ingredients in that I do believe!! :)
wilgubeast4 years ago
Very nice photos. Well done. Especially Step 6.
Works better on the bottom of your just a little within 15 min hacking works on kids to they sleep all night.
diamar794 years ago
Camphor is the same stuff moth ball are made of and are poisonous if ingested..Oddly enough, camphor is also found in most medicated chap sticks and lip balms...
Last time I checked moth balls are made of naphthalene. Wait, guess I'm wrong. They changed to something else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothballs

Camphor is a plant product and in general, plant products are going to be more expensive than petroleum derivatives so it's not really in the mothball manufacturers' interest to use camphor if a cheaper synthetic is available. I'm sure it was used once upon a time to repel moths but not any more. People just say the mothball smell is camphor because it's gotten stuck in our culture.

Camphor isn't toxic in SMALL quantities. There's a phrase "the dose makes the poison". If the Wikipedia article is reasonably accurate, you'd have to eat a teaspoon of pure camphor to kill yourself. So keep the ointment out of reach of children and pets, but no problem rubbing it on your chest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camphor#Toxicology

Most anything isn't going to kill you in "small" doses, and a lot of things that are considered poisonous would take a lot more than a teaspoon to kill ya, but it's still strange that they would use it in something like chapstick since it can also cause more irritation on your chapped lips.... It was, in fact, my childs pediatrician that pointed this out to me. And in fact Camphor is considered an insect repellent and is still used in some moth balls, but naphthalene is no longer used because of it's flamable qualities.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mothball. I stay away from mothballs all together. Cedar is just as efficient and doesn't require harmful chemicals..I do use vapor rub because nothing does the job quite as well. Considering these facts, wouldn't it seem that it would also make a great outdoor bug repellent? It seems we could fight the mosquitos and the seasonal congestion at the same time..:)
chancefour4 years ago
I have several humorous thoughts about how this would work out in real life. Sorry, I can't buy into this one, but it would be a good segment in a sit-com.
SLJ774 years ago
I can say from personal experience that Vicks in the eye is VERY painful - now whenever I use it I scrub my hands clean after! A dab under your nose is also good for blocking out unwanted smells e.g. cleaning out the rubbish bins, picking up the dog droppings...
Yes you're correct, morgue attendants use it to make it through the day when they get a decomposer in. another use for it is to put a 'small'(!) dab on puppy toys, and they identify the items as theirs in play. We trained several dogs to identify their toys as primary items of interest (and easy to find), and they left my cowboy boots alone!
reddnekk4 years ago
Vicks was the primary medication in our home in the 1930s. It was used for everything--even, in emergencies, to lubricate tricycle axles.

I still use it for many things, but have found that Walgreens, Walmart, and probably lots of others, sell an apparently exact copy for about one-third the price (Vicks: $6.50; Walmart, $2.50).

It travels with me wherever I go, in my shaving kit.

But be warned: altho when a child, we put it up our noses, Vicks recently warned against this, as it contains petroleum, and breathing that vapor is apparently harmful.
divah4 years ago
It doesn't always work on cats. I've had a couple that would lick it off my hands :D
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Megatronic4 years ago
Let's say Medicated Chest Rub Will Save Your Relationship.Yes I agree with it try to apply some of vicks vapor rub at your totooot when you make love and your partner will never forget you forever.
molbar4 years ago
ah .. vicks vapa rub we when we had colds rub it into the soles of our feet at bed time that's if you did not like the smell of it and or rub a little around our nose great stuff
Albannach4 years ago
I don't think this is universal - one of our cats loves menthol like it was catnip. He goes crazy, drooling and rubbing himself all over the affected material. Just be warned!
dotskip4 years ago
I don't recommend this, anything inhaled goes to your lungs, and you can get pneumonia if inhaling too much. Just like coal miner's disease.
gjm4 years ago
Very funny and well done instructable...
ligkiste gjm4 years ago
I totally agree!
wagaboo4 years ago
This works very well for me when I had cats. I would buy the same color material as my couch or whatever furniture the cat liked to scratch on and pin a small amount on the bottom corner of the couch and then add some vics or icy hot to that fabric...no more cat scratching :)
snotty4 years ago
Vaborub worked for my athlete's foot. Apple cider vinegar mixed with about 4x as much water works too. Soak you foot in there for 10 minutes a day for a few weeks.
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