Since 1859, Vaseline has been used for everything from soothing dry and cracked skin to healing scrapes and burns. According to the Vaseline website, it is made from petroleum that is purified three times in processes that include distillation, de-aeration and filtration. The resulting jelly is a non-irritating and hypo-allergenic solution. It works because it creates a sealing barrier between cells in dry or damaged skin, thus locking in moisture and speeding up recovery.
While you’re likely to have used Vaseline as a moisturizer, did you know that it can also be used to remove makeup stains from clothing and unstick a zipper? The following 12 hacks are ingenious ways to use petroleum jelly around the home. After reading this article, you’ll want to run out and stock up on Vaseline!
1. DIY Body Scrub
Mix kosher salt and vaseline to make an inexpensive moisturizing body scrub for the shower. You can also mix a small amount of vaseline with sugar for a quick lip scrub for smooth moist lips before applying your lipstick, recommends Allure.
2. Unstick a zipper
There is nothing more annoying that rushing out of the house only to find the zipper on your coat, or worse—your pants—is stuck. Mindly demonstrates that by putting Vaseline on the zipper and tugging hard, it will again run smoothly.
3. Hair Treatment
Yes, you can use it for your hair. It will help you fix it, and at the same time, you will save on Vaseline because for hair treatment you won’t need much.
Vaseline can help you reduce frizz and tame fly-aways. You can also use Vaseline to fix your eyebrows.
You can put small amounts in your hands and rub it into the ends of your hair. Do it gently and that will help you to protect your hair from being damaged and can also help you treat and seal the unwanted split ends.
4. Makes Your Perfume Last Longer
Apply some Vaseline to the back of the wrists and the sides of the neck prior to spritzing with your perfume. This simple trick will actually make your perfume last all day long.
5. Eliminates Watermarks from Wood
You can eliminate watermarks from wood if you apply one layer of Vaseline to the stain and allow it to act all night long. The next morning, simply wipe it up. You will be amazed by the results.
6. Fix a scratched phone screen
Really? Yes, really. No need to spend lots of money repairing your scratched phone screen. Simply fill the scratch with Vaseline and then wipe off the excess, careful not to press the Vaseline into the phone itself.
7. Remove watermarks on wood
Does your friend repeatedly put his glass on your wood table after you’ve reminded him to use a coaster? There is no longer reason to stress. You can remove watermarks on wood, simply by applying a layer of Vaseline to the stain and waiting overnight. Wipe the Vaseline up the next morning and you’ll be pleased to see your table sans stain.
8. Repair Your Leather Shoes
You can use the Vaseline to fix scuff on a leather shoe. Take a cotton swab and dip it in Vaseline.
Use the cotton swab to rub the scuff. That will help you fix your shoes.
9. Squeaky Door Hinges
The Family Handyman explains Vaseline is a great alternative to messy, expensive spray lubricants, because it gets deep into the hinge and adheres well. With the door closed, first remove the hinge pins. Cover them in a light coat of Vaseline and dab some in the top of the pin slot. Then simply put the pin back in place, wipe off any excess Vaseline and enjoy your silent doors.
10. Get a cleaner paint job on your nails
Love manicured nails? You don’t have to shell out for a professional job every time you want to change up the color. Byrdi recommends applying a little vaseline to the cuticles with a cotton swab. It’ll keep the nail polish from sticking to your skin for an easy cleanup job with a perfect finish.
11. Eliminates Makeup Stains from Your Clothing
You can eliminate a stubborn makeup stain from your clothing thanks to Vaseline. Apply it on a damp washcloth and then use it to rub the stain. You can also use this method to eliminate makeup stains from sheets, pillows, and blankets.
12. Helps Get a Cleaner Paint Job
If you work on some DIY projects around your house, you may be afraid to stain your wonderful hinges with paint. You should use Vaseline to cover them. That’s not all, this is also useful for hardware and keyholes.
Next time you pull out that jar of Vaseline to moisturize your rough elbows, think about all the other was you can use this magical product!