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This over the counter topical treatment has been around for ages and there's really no end to its usefulness. By having a tub of this in your home you've got the makings of a medicinal cure-all mixed with a handyman fix-all.

Follow along and we'll explore some of the most unusual used for Vaseline, some are weird but they are all practical.

Ready to get a little lubricated? Let's get slippery!

Step 1: Lipstick on Teeth

Never get lipstick on your teeth again! Smear a little Vaseline on your teeth before applying lipstick and keep your chompers pearly white. This is a technique is used by beauty contestants, or those first learning to apply lipstick.

Step 2: Hair Dye Barrier

To protect your skin from being dyed along with your hair, try creating a barrier on your forehead and around your ears with a thin layer of Vaseline. The petroleum jelly will protect your skin from absorbing the hair dye, allowing you to be a little messy when applying liberal amounts of dye to your hair.

After dye application simply wipe the Vaseline off with a cloth.

Step 3: Shine Your Boots

Use some Vaseline to touch up your scuffed boots or heels, making them look good as new!

Dab a clean soft cloth with a little Vaseline and gently rub into leather shoes or boots. Petroleum jelly is great for moisturizing leathers, making them shine, and giving them a little water resistance.

Step 4: Prevent Battery Corrosion

Vaseline can also help outside the home, like in your car. By adding Vaseline to the terminals of car battery you can help prevent corrosion. The Vaseline forms a water resistant barrier around the metal tops of the battery terminals, a place where acidic corrosion is likely to occur.

Pop the hood of your car, and carefully smear a liberal amount of Vaseline on each terminal of the battery, being careful not to touch both terminals together with anything conductive.

Step 5: Revive Dried Leather

Vaseline is great rejuvenating skin, so why not on leather goods?

This old baseball mitt was brought back to life by rubbing Vaseline into every stitch and seam and allowing it to sit for a while to really soak in, excess Vaseline was wiped off. If needed, apply another session of Vaseline to any stubborn areas after allowing the glove to rest for a day between applications.

For the baseball enthusiasts who reject Vaseline on your glove, Harold Reynolds recommends Vaseline to help break in baseball gloves.

Step 6: Remove a Stuck Ring

Vaseline is super slippery and can be used to loosen any stuck jewellery from your chubby digits.

Smear a liberal amount on both sides of your stuck ring, then twist and work the ring back and forth on your finger to spread the Vaseline underneath the ring and between the metal and your skin. Then, gently pull the ring from your finger.

Step 7: Remove Chewing Gum From Hair

Getting gum in your hair is the absolute worst. Luckily, humble Vaseline can help remove even the stickiest chewing gum.

Isolate the section of hair that has the gum stuck in it, then work a large gob of Vaseline into the gum to break up the gum elasticity. Take breaks by wiping the gum and Vaseline mix from your hair with a paper towel, then reapply Vaseline to the gum in hair again and continue working until all the gum has been broken down and removed.

To remove the amount of gum shown in the picture took about 7 minutes.

Step 8: Put It on Small Cuts

If you ever watch boxing, there's a reason why trainers apply Vaseline to the cuts on the fighters faces. Aside from being all slippery, the Vaseline also forms a barrier that can stop small cuts.

After cleaning your cut you can apply a gob of Vaseline to the area directly over the cut, this will seal the wound which should prevent further bleeding and also provide a barrier to prevent infection.

Step 9: Hairball Remedy

Since petroleum jelly is a lubricant it can be used to help pets with hairballs. Some animals don't mind eating Vaseline straight, but for more finicky pets you can apply the petroleum jelly directly to the paws and they'll lick it off.

Petroleum jelly is non-toxic, and in small quantities should be fine for pets. Be mindful that although moderate amount of jelly are fine, too much can prevent the intestines from absorbing vitamins and may give your pet diarrhea.

Step 10: Easy Open Jar Lids

Keeping jar lids easy to open is simple with a little petroleum jelly. Smear a thin layer of Vaseline around the threaded side of a jar lid before screwing on the lid, the slippery jelly will prevent any stuck food from seizing the lid to the jar and should allow you to easily open those suborn jars.

This works great for sticky foods with high sugar content, like honey, jam, or barbecue sauce.

Step 11: Soft Focus on Camera Lens

Take vintage photos by using the classic technique of greasing your camera lens. Apply a small dab directly to the camera lens with your fingertip and gently rub to cover the entire lens. Check through the viewfinder to see if your image looks nice and dreamy, you may need to remove or add more to achieve your effect. In my experience a little goes a long way.

You'll look so dreamy in soft focus, Clark Gable will be jealous.

To remove find a lint-free lens cloth and gently rub the lens to clean.

Step 12: Moisturize Dog Paws

It's always nice to be pampered, and your pup is no exception. When relaxing with your best friend and giving out belly rubs try massaging a little Vaseline into your dogs dry paws. Use a little at first, as some dogs are adverse to the sensation of their paws being rubbed, and the added texture of the petroleum jelly can make them apprehensive - however if you have a good relationship with your dog this really shouldn't be an issue.


Do you have your own unusual use for Vaseline?I want to know!

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<p>Mr Mikeasaurus,</p><p>And this is also from my grandma!!!</p><p>when you got a burn from a soldering iron, put vaseline on it, and it wil direct eas the pain. Super!!!</p>
<p>that is awesome! Tell your grandmother thanks from me...</p>
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<p>Another great use for Vaseline. Your grandma is a smart lady! :)</p>
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<p>In your research on the uses for Vaseline did you find a way to remove it from surfaces? I use Vaseline on my legs to reduce diabetic itch. Over time my bath sink plumbing is becoming coated and I think it may be causing a drainage problem. I also find in my washing machine where I have washed bathing rags that have Vaseline on them that it is coating the walls of the tub. Can you or anyone tell me what to do about it?</p>
<p>I know you mentioned jars.</p><p>However, what I have done for decades is to put it on ALL my nail polish tops as soon as I get them. This way I never have a problem opening them :)</p><p>ALSO, if you add glycerin to vaseline you get the same thing that costs 40 dollars an ounce here.</p><p>One of the best secrets of the beauty industry.</p><p>So instead of over 2,000 dollars you can add 16 ounces of vaseline to 250 ml [8 ounces] glycerin for about 20 dollars.</p><p>Apply a thin coat once a day and it will smooth skin like the expensive stuff does.</p><p>Only three ingredients are in the best anti aging stuff that works.</p><p>Glyverin.</p><p>Hyaluronic acid.</p><p>Retinol.</p><p>Have a looks at the expensive ones that work. They always have one of those in them :)</p><p>Hope this helps :)</p><p>Thanks for this :)</p>
<p>Yes, but are Retinol and Hyaluronic acid (?) available in stores?? </p>
<p>In another product yes.</p><p>But separately no.</p><p>However I was trying to focus here on vaseline uses as that is the topic here.</p><p>Which goes VERY well with glycerin :)</p><p>I hope I was able to clear that up for you :)</p>
I use it at work to lubricate o-rings and to hold small springs in holes to aid in assembly of parts.
<p>If they are rubber o-rings, surely the PJ will rot them over time? Normally any petroleum based products will degrade rubber very quickly (which i why you dont use Vaseline or baby oil near a condom!) :-)</p><p>Back in my mechanical engineering days, we used special grease that was not petroleum based, so it did not rot rubber parts, like brake cylinder piston seals etc. I assume these days it is mainly silicone-based.<br>This comment is assuming your o-rings are rubber.... if you are doing it professionally, i am guessing they are silicone or cork or something, so please ignore me :-D</p>
<p>Petroleum jelly is completely inert and will not chemically react with anything. As a mechanic, I used petroleum jelly to lubricate and hold parts on reassembling automatic transmissions. It was a necessity for this.</p>
I disagree with you. Try getting a medical or a welding supply house to use petroleum based products on a pure oxygen system. They will ask if you are out of your mind.<br><br><br>
In the medical field, nurses have applied PJ on oxygen masks to prevent chafing. This was a bad idea. On many occasions, it combusts. Pure Oxygen with anything that can burn can cause combustion, no heat required.
The key word in your statement was &quot;oxygen&quot;.
<p>I have to agree with you. Vaseline is just a high molecular weight hydrocarbon with possibly some impurities. Paraffin wax and polyethyene are even higher molecular weight and are for all intents and purposes, inert.Hydrocarbons by definition do not have active groups like hydroxyls etc. The main problem is that is also a solvent, albeit greasy in nature. It does not chemically react with other compounds unless you are talking about high strength oxidisers like nitric acid, and of course, oxygen when heated enough. For all intents and purposes, it's deleterious effects are by solvent action and that is not a chemical reaction, it's a physical action. Even greases like silicones will eventually have a solvent effect on rubbers etc., but for critical lubrication jobs, silicones are generally preferred.</p>
<p>Haha, yeah they are various types o-rings made from nitrile and some other compounds (I can't remember off hand at this time). The turbine engine and component manuals I use actually call for the use of MIL spec. petrolatum jelly to be used in various aspects including lubricating parts in the fuel system. However it is prohibited in certain areas/times as well. </p>
<p>Back in the stone age we rubbed the o-rings against the side of our forehead and got the oil from the skin to lubricate them. Never had a problem with either over- or under- lubricating.</p>
<p>I think most seals today are made from nitrile as it`s more robust to a wide range of conditions .</p>
<p>A condom is latex like surgical gloves ....that's why the hospital asks you if you are allergic to latex right before they screw you with the bill. O'Rings are neoprene and Can be lubricated with grease, oil and vaseline. I think Robert Cheseborugh invented it and is rumored to have taken a spoonful of the stuff every day. He lived well into his 90's.</p><p> My dad used to take a big gob of Vicks when he had a cold or the flu, which is Vaseline with menthol (I think).... He'd put it on the back of his tongue and swallow. He died of unrelated causes not related to petrol poisoning.</p>
You are absolutely correct about that warning not to use Vaseline with a rubber. It attacks the rubber immediately and we can see it instantly... There is no time delay!!!
<p>^This. No PJ on rubber. 100% silicone.</p>
<p>I was taught to use PJ when assembling an engine during rebuild, and pack the oil pump with it. The first time the engine is run, the hot motor oil will dissolve the PJ, and an oil change after about an hour of run time will remove it and any metal chips present. I used to operate a cutting torch and also was an EMT, the reason oxygen regulators are marked &quot;USE NO OIL,&quot; is that petroleum of any kind contacting oxygen under high pressure will spontaneously ignite or explode.</p>
I have used PJ and baby oil on my lenses. I stretched cling wrap over the lens first. Worked well with no aberrations from the wrap.
Petroleum products cause rubber to deteriorate. Use care.
<p>The o-rings are not rubber and I have a black rubber mat on my workbench and I use it to on it after spilling solvents like acetone or isopropanol on it that dries it out and the petrolatum jelly helps rejuvenate it.. It hasn't deteriorated it yet...</p>
Mineral oil/petroleum jelly break down rubber.
<p>The o-rings we use are not rubber</p>
the spring in the hole thing is brilliant!
<p>Thanks, an old trick taught by my former trainer</p>
<p>real good idea</p>
<p>My Grandfather showed me how to maintain refrigerator/freezer door gasket seals using simple vaseline. Thoroughly wash down the seals with soapy water, rinse, and let dry. Then, simply use your finger to apply a thin coat of vaseline to the flat face of the gasket. The door will not stick anymore and the gasket will last much longer. </p>
<p>Good tip for extending the life of those gaskets. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>I'm a ham radio operator and I use Vaseline on my outdoor antenna connections to keep moisture out and eliminate corrosion. I just slather it on the connectors and screw them together and it does the job well...</p>
<p>You mentioned using it on your battery. I use it when changing light bulbs. Especially with older fixtures which have porcelain bases. It serves to protect the electricity but also acts as a lubricant allowing easier twisting as you insert the bulb. Later when you want to change them they slip right out.</p>
<p>Great tips. </p><p>Did you hear what happened to the newlyweds that did not know the difference between Vaseline and putty? All their windows fell out!</p>
<p>OOO Yess Mister Mikeasaurus,</p><p>If i have bin bitten by a pesky muscito! i put direct Vaseline on it and it wil within 1 minute stop the bad itching. super trick from my grandma.</p>
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<p>We use PJ when we get ticks, cover the tick in PJ and then move it in a circular pattern with a q-tip and both not being able to breathe as well as being irritated, the tick will back out on it's own allowing you to grab it safely without tearing it's head off in the skin. =) </p>
Great idea, does it really work? How long does it take?? Cheers
<p>usually takes a few minutes... lol I could barely get my wife to stop squirming at how gross it was to her long enough for it to let go of the dog. </p>
<p>Back in the 60s I've got one of those when I've slept in a sort of hostel. I didn't have PJ, so l've used oil, instead; ...it worked just the same; after it pulled its head out to breath, I've took it and I've put it out of the building.</p><p>I might use PJ to lubricate my cyclist's shorts' leather (&amp; maybe my racer's leather-saddle too)</p>
<p>I would recommend picking up an inexpensive lens filter rather than applying vaseline directly to your camera lens. Most lenses have an inorganic compound applied to them for filtering. This compound could be damaged by applying vaseline and subsequent cleaning.</p><p>Here's one for example:</p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-UV-Protection-Lens-Filter/dp/B00XNMWU78/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1479148156&sr=8-4&keywords=camera+lens+filter" rel="nofollow">https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-UV-Protection-...</a></p><p>jt</p>
<p>I was just about to make the same comment. I can't imagine putting vaseline on my $2000.00 lens when I could put a softar or even a clear UV filter on the lens and then add PJ in a pinch. Just cling wrap will do sometimes.</p><p>Keeping lenses clean is hard enough without adding grease to the mix. :-)</p>
We had bats living between the shutters and the house. I didn't mind except that they pooped and it fell in my driveway and I had 3 small children. So we put PJ on the back of the shutters and the bats could no longer get a grip on them and moved away.
<p>When I was young, my grandma used to put Vaseline on my, my siblings and cousin's heads when we would get a bump. According to what I was told, it was to stop the bump from getting bigger and help the swelling go down faster. </p>
Aren't grandmas great! They could tell us anything and we'd believe it, and because we believed it, it probably hurt less immediately. There's a difference between Nannas PJ and normal PJ. Normal PJ has no love added. RIP Nan
<p>You know when you have a stuffy nose, and it gets all irritated and red right underneath it? Just put a little vaseline under there before bed, and it will feel fine in the morning!</p>
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