Petrolatum or commonly known as Petroleum jelly is a mixture of waxes and assorted mineral oils in a jelly-like state thus explains the name.
It was discovered in 1859 by a young chemist named Robert Chesebrough. In 1870, he opened his first factory and marketed Petrolatum or Petroleum Jelly as Vaseline.
Today, Vaseline is still as popular as ever. Most of us know that Vaseline or petroleum jelly is a type of skincare product, but did you know that it’s more than that?
Petroleum Jelly can have so many uses, and all of them have been proven. Here are just some of the most popular uses for petroleum jelly.
Don’t forget to share your own proven uses of this popular product.
1) Prevent paint stains
Don’t you just hate it when paint splatters all over the place when you’re re-painting your home?
There’s a quick fix for that. Just rub a bit of Petroleum Jelly on your hinges, door locks, and knobs, and you’re good to go.
This will save you a lot of time removing all those unwanted paint stains. Just wipe the Petroleum jelly with a dry clean cloth, and that’s it.
2) Grow out Healthier Lashes
Do you want to have healthy and fuller-looking lashes? Then, Vaseline can help you.
It doesn’t dramatically lengthen your lashes, but what it does is that it moisturizes your lashes for them to grow healthy, fuller, and darker.
3) Make that Stubborn Zipper Work
When you’re in a hurry, and your stubborn zipper won’t work – get some Vaseline real quick!
Then using a Q-tip, rub some Vaseline on both sides of the zipper that is stuck. Then try to move it back and forth for the Vaseline to spread, and before you know it, your zipper is working again.
4) Yummy Flavored Lip Balm
Love lip balms? Don’t spend too much on them. Instead, try this amazing and fun DIY flavored lip balm.
You only need clean containers, flavors such as Kool-aid and coffee, and of course, Vaseline.
Play around and mix and match flavors to create your own flavored lip balm. It’s addicting!
5) Remove Blackheads Easily
We love beauty tutorials, and we’re excited to try this one!
Remove all those unwanted blackheads by only using Vaseline and a piece of plastic wrap. The whole process won’t even take you 15 minutes.
It’s just so easy!
Spread Vaseline and use the plastic wrap to cover your nose for it to be absorbed. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes depending on how much blackheads you have. Then rinse with warm water!
6) Help Soothe Fever
Help soothe fever with Vaseline. Just place the petroleum jelly in your freezer for about 5-10 minutes.
Remove it from the freezer and then apply it on your forehead.
7) Fix Squeaky Hinges
Hate those squeaky hinges? We have an easy fix for that.
Just rub a small amount of Vaseline on those hinges and then try to move them back and forth, and after a few tries, you’ll notice that they’re no longer squeaky.
8) Help Make your Shower Curtain Glide
Having trouble with stuck shower curtains? It’s so hard to pull them so they can move without damaging them.
Why not try to rub some Petroleum Jelly on the rod and see how it works wonders.
9) Polish Leather Easily
Bring your leather back to life with the use of Petroleum Jelly. It’s one of the best ways to shine your favorite bags, belts, and shoes.
Just apply some Vaseline in a small cloth, then buff and shine your priced leather goods.
10) Hide Minor Furniture Scratches
Your favorite Vaseline can also be used to hide some minor furniture scratches. Just rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on the scratched surface and then leave it overnight.
Petroleum jelly has the ability to plump up the wood thus creating the illusion that the scratches are being filled up.
11) Remove Stains from Makeup
Who knew that you can actually use Vaseline to remove those tough makeup stain on your clothing?
Just dab a small amount of Vaseline directly on the makeup stain and watch the magic happen.
12) Remove Gum from Wood
Removing gums from your furniture is a tough job, but you can make it a lot easier if you apply petroleum jelly directly to gum that is stuck on your furniture.
The petroleum jelly will help loosen the gum, making it easier for you to remove it.
13) Easily Remove Candle Wax
Removing all those piled-up candle wax can be a time-consuming task, but thanks to petroleum jelly, you can make this task easier.
If you want to clear the candle wax inside a candlestick, then just put some Vaseline inside the candle holder before placing the candle. If you want to remove melted wax on any surface, just apply petroleum jelly around the candle wax edges. Then, let it sit on for a while and then wipe it.
14) Prevent Outdoor Light-bulbs from Getting Stuck
Try this pretty cool trick. The next time you will change your outdoor light-bulb, try to apply Vaseline on the base of the bulb first.
This way, you won’t have a hard time removing it from the fixture the next time you need to change your light-bulbs.
15) Make Perfume Last Longer
Make your favorite perfume last longer by applying and massaging a thin layer of Vaseline on your skin before spraying your perfume.
You’ll notice that your perfume will last longer!
16) Mess Free Manicure
Love applying nail polish but hate the fact that they sometimes get messy? Don’t worry! Just apply a little petroleum jelly to your cuticles and paint your nails away.
Vaseline can prevent you from getting messy nail polish on your cuticles.
17) DIY Insect Trap
Don’t have any insect/fly trap available? Just get a piece of paper and Vaseline. Put a good amount of Vaseline on the paper, and that’s it.
It’s pretty much sticky enough to prevent those insects from escaping plus, you are sure that you’re not using toxic flypaper.
This works well for crawling insects as well.
18) Make Your Windows Slide Easily
Apply your ever trusted petroleum jelly to your window sash channel and even to your cabinet door runners. You can use a stick or even a small paintbrush, and you would be able to lubricate them.
19) Easily Highlighter
Try this one out, and you would be surprised by the results. Take a small amount of Vaseline and rub it between your index fingers, then apply it on your cheekbones for an easy highlighter.
We don’t want to overdo it as it will look oily. We just want a small healthy glow from that rich Vaseline.
20) Heal Those Cracked Heels
Cracked heels can become painful when not treated, plus it doesn’t look nice.
With the use of Vaseline, your cracked heels can return to their supple healthy look. Before going to sleep, rub some good amount of Vaseline on your feet and heels and then wear some thick socks.
Leave it on overnight and see dramatic results.
21) Soothe Aching Muscles
Aching muscles? Try this cool and effective trick.
Create a paste from Vaseline, a few drops of Eucalyptus oil, and microwave it for a make it warm. Apply on your sore muscles or even ask someone to massage it for you.
22) Matte to Shiny Lip Color
Tired of your matte lipstick and want to try a glossy look for a change?
You don’t need to buy a new one, just turn your lipstick into a glossy lip color by applying a small amount of Vaseline on a lip brush, and that’s it.
23) Tame Those Brows
Who doesn’t love thick eyebrows? Sometimes, our eyebrows can look untamed, and that’s never nice.
For a quick fix, rub a small amount of Vaseline on your brows and brush them. Quick on-fleek brows!
24) Heal Your Pet’s Cracked Paws
It’s hard for us to see our pets suffer from cracked paws. It can cause discomfort and pain, as well.
Help them by applying Vaseline gently on the clean paw and then cover it with gauze. Let their paws heal and see how this eases their discomfort.
25) Replace Lubes and Oils
Oh no! You have a stuck object in your house, and you just ran out of oil or lube to loosen it out! Well, just grab your ever-trusted Petroleum Jelly and apply generously.
This is such a great work-around for any home.
26) Help Heal Minor Cuts and Bruises
Prevent minor scratches, bruises, and cuts from getting infected with the use of petroleum jelly. It also helps them heal and keep the skin moist.
After disinfecting the surface, apply petroleum jelly using a clean Q-tip and cover with gauze.
27) Prevent Diaper Rash
This one is one of the most common uses of Petroleum jelly and has definitely been proven by many parents.
We hate to see our bundle of joy suffering from those nasty diaper rash, right?
Prevent it from happening by making sure to apply a thin layer of Petroleum Jelly on your baby’s bottom before putting the new diaper. Vaseline will act as a barrier and to protect their skin.
28) Have Beautiful Tan
Having dry skin also means that its ability to absorb tanning oils will differ, thus causing uneven tan. To achieve beautiful tanning results, apply Vaseline on your skin first.
This way, you’ll have even tan that will surely get you compliments.
29) An Amazing Moisturizer
Vaseline is actually an amazing and mild moisturizer. Apply sparingly on your feet, hands, elbows, or on all other areas that are prone to dryness.
In no time, you’ll see how supple your skin has become.
30) No More Untamed Hair
You’re going out, and you notice that you have stubborn flyaway hair strands! Grab your Vaseline and apply a thin amount to achieve that sleek and sexy look that is perfect for a ponytail.
31) Cheap and Effective Scrub
We want to share this amazing secret. No need to spend so much on those exfoliating scrubs. You can create your own by using sugar, Vaseline, and even a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
Play around and mix strawberries, milk, oatmeal, and just about anything you like.
32) No More Hair Dye Stains
Most of us just want to color our hair at home, but one of our most common problems is that we end up with stains on our skin. We all know how hard it is to remove them, right?
Just put a little petroleum jelly around your hairline before coloring your hair, and you are sure to save yourself from all those nasty stains.
33) Goodbye Chapped Lips
This may be the most common use of Vaseline today. Protect your lips from the extreme weather by applying Vaseline as often as you need.
You can choose to use the regular one or those new Vaseline lip care products that have a light tint in them.
34) Say Goodbye to Wrinkles
The secret to being young may just be in your home. Before going to bed, apply Vaseline to the areas where your wrinkles are already forming.
Leave it overnight to work. This will reduce the chances of getting wrinkles as petroleum jelly increases your skin’s elasticity.
35) Easily Remove Makeup
We are seeing so many makeup removers that moisturize the skin as well, but did you know that Vaseline does the same for a lesser price?
Just get a cotton pad and get some Vaseline. Wipe away your makeup, and you’ll see how amazing it works. It’s even great in removing those tough eyelash glue.
36) Remove CD/DVD Scratches
We may no longer use CD and DVD’s but if you still have them and want to preserve them, then this might help.
Did you know that if you dab a small amount of Vaseline on your CD or DVD, you’d be able to help them play again even if they have scratches? Try it and see for yourself.
37) Prevent Split Ends
Styling your hair can make it prone to split ends, and no one likes that. Prevent your hair from split ends by rubbing a bit of our trusted Vaseline on the ends of your hair and see the amazing results.
No need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive treatments, just use petroleum jelly.
38) Prevent Nail Polish bottle from Sticking
Can’t open your favorite nail polish? Chances are, it’s stuck.
Prevent this from ever happening again by rubbing the top of the nail polish bottle with some petroleum jelly. It will prevent it from sticking when you close it.
39) Make your Jack-o-Lanters last Longer
Jack-o-Lanters are amazing, but isn’t such a waste when they just don’t last long enough?
Did you know that if you coat the inside of your carved pumpkin with some petroleum jelly, it can actually make it last longer?
That’s right! It works wonders, try it this Halloween!