Unusual Uses for Vaseline

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Introduction: Unusual Uses for Vaseline

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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!

Happy making :)

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499 Discussions

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gm280
gm280

3 years ago

I have actually built a lot of automatic transmissions over the years. And Vaseline is/was used on all the parts like "O" rings and seals and even some valve body parts when assembling them back. It helps hold ball bearings in place as well. The lip seals slip together with easy.

It also works great on the typical door hinges in your house. Remove the hinge pins and put a little on them and slide them back in...no more squeaks.

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RobertK202
RobertK202

Reply 3 years ago

And all the rubber o-rings dissolved shortly thereafter. Petroleum Jelly eats rubber. Using proper lubricants is critical to a well maintained machine.

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eijiwolf
eijiwolf

Reply 5 months ago

Natural latex dissolves with PJ.
Never use PJ as lubricant with a condom...

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gm280
gm280

Reply 3 years ago

Obvious you have never built any transmissions before. The training videos actually tell you to use Vaseline when assembling them. Odd they don't know about the "O" rings dissolving. And my transmission(s) have been working flawlessly for decades now. I guess any day they will stop because the "O" rings dissolved. IDK

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RobertK202
RobertK202

Reply 3 years ago

You're right. Incidentally I have rebuilt a transmission. Turns out almost all automotive O-rings are silicone based. So you're right PJ is perfectly safe there.

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PaulD279
PaulD279

Reply 3 years ago

Door latch bolts sometimes hit the striker plate in the frame and refuse to retract, so the door will not close unless you physically turn the handle to retract the bolt. A light smear of vaseline on the sloping surface of the latch bolt fixes this, almost miraculously. A easy fix that few are aware of.

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TimBo266
TimBo266

3 years ago

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?

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JM113
JM113

Reply 10 months ago

Shampoo, specifically baby shampoo seems to work pretty good on surfaces. On cloths or towels that are stained with it try a bit of powdered comet in with your laundry. ( Or even just to prewash them - it does also act like bleach)

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LucasB40
LucasB40

Reply 3 years ago

Lye, lots and lots of lye

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EdB75
EdB75

Reply 3 years ago

works great on the occasional part left uneaten on the pig farm as well. uncle Gino used lots of Lye in his day in upstate NY

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LucasB40
LucasB40

Reply 3 years ago

The first rule of Uncle Gino, is you don't talk about Uncle Gino. :P

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spark master
spark master

Reply 3 years ago

The second rule is

Always pay the vig, you do not ever have to repay the loan, but always gotta "Pay The Vig"

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nikeya2u
nikeya2u

Reply 3 years ago

I find that orange spray (you can get a gallon of it at many dollar stores...for a dollar even lol) will remove most greasy substances. It is non-toxic & i use it to clean walls, remove tea & coffee stains from cups, remove stains from walls & even pre-spot clothes with it. But it is GREAT on greasy things like stoves, pots, sinks etc. Good luck.

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PaulD279
PaulD279

Reply 3 years ago

Use a warm liquid oil such as canola to wipe away the vaseline, then clean off the oil.

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wpierce3
wpierce3

Reply 3 years ago

Boiling hot water and dawn dish detergent... mix after boiling then pour it down drain.

This also works well for kitchen drains.

Putting a few drops every so often in the back of a toilet to help keep the bowl a little cleaner

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yvesR1
yvesR1

3 years ago

Cotton balls rubbed with Vaseline as Waterproof fire starters

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NickR37
NickR37

Reply 3 years ago

Was wondering what took so long for someone to bring this idea up. Guess it was all the debating about Rubber & O-Rings...Anyway, glad I continued reading cause I would have mentioned this one...It's perfect for wet & light rainy camping. Heard this on camping sites. We pre-made these fire starters at home. Just put some PJ on some cotton balls like you said and seal them in a few zip lock bags. Always bring a bag of them on a hike because you never know what could happen a sandwich type zip lock bag of the pre made PJ cotton balls, a second bag of dryer lint & a separate bag of matches placed in a gallon size freezer zip lock bag - even some small twigs thrown in there so you have a good base to start a fire...Once it's crackling can slowly add in some damp branches. Anyway, this poster is spot on...Good post

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iacchus
iacchus

Reply 1 year ago

Credit for this is below. I found this a while back & impressed how well it works.

Using an old skoal can, paraffin wax, cottonball saturated with vaseline, fatwood (fat lighter) chips, a little more paraffin then let cool.

This will make a waterproof fire starter that will burn quite a while. To ignite, scrape away some wax to expose the cotton & strike your farro rod. Usually one strike will ignite it.

https://youtu.be/l4AWfRH8rgY

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PO3
PO3

2 years ago

Vaseline is a good frostbite preventative on combs of hens and roosters too. Rub a thin layer on the comb and even the wattles. Really every two or three days in really cold weather.