31 astonishing things to do with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Don’t just use your trusty pot of Vaseline on your lips, there are loads of other things it can do.

The beauty uses are to be used on occasion – as you don’t want to irritate your skin.

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1. Distress your furniture

Up-cycling time!
Up-cycling time from SalvagedInspirations.com

Looking to paint furniture? Create a distressed look with… Vaseline! Find out how at SalvagedInspirations.com. Who knew you could do this?

2. De-frizz your hair

No need to hide, your hair will now be frizz-free.
No need to hide, your hair will now be frizz-free.

Put a REALLY TINY amount of Vaseline and rub it into your hands and then apply it to your hair. The effect will vary, depending on your hair type, so give it a go in your home first. Take care not to use too much, you don’t want greasy hair!

3. False eyelash remover

Don't panic, it's easy to get them off.
Don’t panic, it’s easy to get them off.

Use a cotton bud to dip into your Vaseline pot and then swab onto the false eyelashes. Wait for the glue to soften, then use warm water to rinse it off.

4. Lip scrub

Those scrubbed up well!
Those scrubbed up well!

Rub Vaseline onto your lips and then grab a toothbrush to give them a good scrub. Your lips will be exfoliated and left silky smooth.

5. Shine your shoes

Excellent shiny shoes for that morning commute.
Excellent shiny shoes for that morning commute.

Going somewhere you need to impress and you can’t find any shoe polish? Head to the bathroom and grab a tiny bit of Vaseline to create a quick shine. Then head out the door with a smile on your face.

6. Under eye shadow

Or get someone else to do it, that's easier.
Or get someone else to do it, that’s easier.

If you haven’t got any exciting make-up and you’re heading off on big night out, turn to Vaseline to help. You can create a quick, shiny effect for that fun night out on the town.

7. Prevent lipstick stains

You don't want to get that pretty shade on your teeth now, do you?
You don’t want to get that pretty shade on your teeth now, do you?

Wearing a fetching, but bright shade of lipstick today? Rub some trusty Vaseline onto your teeth to help prevent your lipstick from sticking to them. Now you can pose for photos without a care in the world.

8. Lightbulbs loosened

But you're darn hard to unscrew, aren't you.
Pretty… but you’re darn hard to unscrew, aren’t you.

Apply a small amount of Vaseline to the base of your lightbulb before you screw it into place. In the future when it comes to changing the lightbulb, you shouldn’t have any problems with removing it.

9. Tame eyebrows

Get those eyebrows under control!
Get those eyebrows under control!

If you’ve got rogue eyebrows, the use Vaseline to get them behaving! Just slick a tiny bit onto your brows to achieve a tidy look. Phew.

10. Squeaky door

Such a creepy, squeaky door.
Such a creepy, squeaky door.

If you’ve got a painfully annoying squeaky door to deal with, don’t just sit back. Grab a bit of Vaseline to rub on the door hinge. Repeat this on both sides. Hopefully the squeaking will end!

11. Moustache wax

You can use this as a template if you wish.
You can use this as a template if you wish.

Style your moustache today! If you’re bored of your tache and want to mix it up a bit, use a teeny bit of Vaseline to coax a style.

12. Fix a stuck zip

A stuck zip can be very annoying.
A stuck zip can be very annoying.

Rub a little bit of Vaseline up and down both sides of the stuck zip to help un-stick it.

13. Keep hair dye off skin

Your face is covered in dye, isn't it?
Your face is covered in dye, isn’t it?

If you’re colouring your hair at home, use Vaseline around your hairline, ears and neck to prevent dye spots occurring. The Vaseline will act as a barrier.

14. As a fire starter

I'm a fire starter, a twisted fire starter... with my Vaseline pot.
I’m a fire starter, a twisted fire starter… with my Vaseline pot.

Going camping this morning? Good news, a cotton wool ball filled with Vaseline is the perfect fire starter. Find out more at RamblinJim.com.

15. Eyelash thickener

Why, oh why won't you grow?
Why, oh why won’t you grow?

According to several different websites, applying Vaseline to your lashes before going to bed might help to stimulate hair and lash growth. Just remember to wash it off in the morning.

16. On a photoshoot

What a perfect smile.
What a perfect smile.

If you’re posing for photos, apply Vaseline on your teeth. Your lips won’t stick on to your teeth and you’ll be able to produce a bigger smile!

17. Feet treatment

It's nearly time for bed - grab that Vaseline!
It’s nearly time for bed – grab that Vaseline!

Rub a coat of Vaseline on your feet at night. Stick a pair of socks on and you’ll wake up to lovely soft feet. Its the perfect treatment to get your feet in order for summer sandals time.

18. Remove gum from wood

Pretty gum, just not on my table please.
Pretty gum, just not on my table please.

Rub Vaseline into any chewing or bubble gum stuck under a table with some Vaseline. Continue until the gum starts to break down.

19. Expert manicure

expert manicure
Apply Vaseline to the skin around your nails to keep nail polish away. You’ll get the perfect manicure without having to clean up!

20. Smoother shower curtains

shower curtains
Pesky shower curtains, ruining the start of my day.

Is your shower curtain annoying you in the morning? Make it slide more easily by lubricating the rod with some Vaseline.

21. Cuticle care

Ever fancied a job as a hand model?
Ever fancied a job as a hand model?

Massage Vaseline into your fingernails and nail-bed every night to help soften your cuticles. You’ll help prevent dryness and heal cracked skin.

22. Prevent chafing

Protect yourself while running.
Protect yourself while running.

Going on an important run? When it’s your turn to race, don’t forget to use Vaseline on your feet, toes and anywhere else you need it to help prevent chafing.

23. Earring help

Now you can wear all your old earrings again. Oh the joy.
Now you can wear all your old earrings again. Oh the joy.

If you’re not a regular earrings wearer then the first time might be a little tricky. Rub a small dollop of Vaseline over your ears to help guide the earrings in.

24. Make-up remover

Time to get that beautiful make-up off.
Time to get that beautiful make-up off.

Apply a small amount of Vaseline to your eyelid, using a cotton pad wipe off the Vaseline and your make-up. Easy as pie!

25. Remove DVD / CD scratches

Does anyone even play CDs any more?
Does anyone even play CDs any more?

If your CD or DVD has visible scratches then it’s time to do something! Did you know that you can remove them with Vaseline? Check out instructables.com to find out how.

26. Skin highlighter

Hopefully the look isn't this dewy.
Hopefully the look isn’t this dewy.

Get that dewy look by putting a tiny dab of Vaseline onto your brow bones and on your cheekbones.

27. Remove stuck rings

Get them off (and try not to panic!)
Get them off (and try not to panic!)

Don’t panic if you’ve got a ring stuck on your finger! Grease it up with Vaseline and it should slide off easily.

28. Nail polish bottle necks

Never suffer from a crusty bottle neck again.
Never suffer from a crusty bottle neck again.

Help prevent nail polish bottle caps from getting stuck by rubbing some around the neck. This will prevent a build-up of nail polish so it will remain easy to open.

29. Soften elbows

Wow, what smooth elbows you have!
Wow, what smooth elbows you have!

If your elbows are feeling a little dry and cracked, rub some Vaseline on them. This will help protect them, especially when the weather is cold.

30. Stuck drawers

Grab that pot of Vaseline!
Don’t get angry, get even and grab that pot of Vaseline!

Is that stuck drawer driving you crazy? Use Vaseline to prevent it from sticking and the door will move in a smoother fashion.

31. Squirrel deterrent


Protect your bird feeder! If a local squirrel has been stealing all your bird feed, use Vaseline to bamboozle him…

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading all the uses for Vaseline. If you’ve got any more to add, please do so using the comments below.

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  1. 1 Nick W Reply

    You can also use vaseline to remove smaller scratches from car dashboards and plastic trim, the jelly fills in scratch reducing its appearance!!!

  2. 7 John Collard Reply

    Particularly with older cars, remove the battery connections, smear the battery terminals, and inside the connectors, with vaseline and reassemble.
    The vaseline prevents corrosion degrading the contact between the two, allowing better power transmission to the starter, and also waterproofing the connection against possible later water contamination.

  3. 16 Donatello46 Reply

    If you suffer from blocked sinuses, rub a little Vaseline down either side of your nose and under your cheekbones, it should help with the congestion once it is absorbed into the skin.
    Be careful not to get it in your eyes though, it will sting!

  4. 18 G. Johnson Reply

    Vaseline also helps scratches in your glasses. Use a little dish soap, rinse with warm water and dry. Rub a small amount of Vaseline on the scratch and rub in with a soft cloth.

    1. 19 Stephanie C Reply

      Hi there. Thank you for sharing such a great tip. This will definitely come in handy for me as I’m always scratching my glasses – oops! 🙂

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