Last week I wrote a post about how to make homemade Vaseline, or as I like to call it, “petroleum-free” jelly. (If you missed it, check it out at the link below!) In that post, I promised that I would write a follow-up post sharing just how many different ways there are to use this stuff. So that’s what I’ll be sharing with you today! I’ve got 45 different uses for Vaseline lined up to share with you, broken down into 8 different categories. And honestly, I’m probably only scratching the surface of uses for Vaseline, but these are the ones I thought would be most useful to the majority of people.
However, if you know of a super smart way to use Vaseline that isn’t listed in this post, I’d love to hear about it! Share your idea with all of us by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post. And who knows, maybe we’ll end up with enough ideas to fill yet another blog post! :-)
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45 Brilliant Uses For Vaseline (or Petroleum-Free Jelly)
Makeup & Beauty
1. Give a glossy boost to matte lipstick. Mix some of your favorite matte lipstick with a bit of jelly on the back of your hand, then apply it to your lips with a lip brush. Gorgeous!
2. Keep lipstick off your teeth. Apply a thin layer of jelly to your frontmost teeth before you apply lipstick. Your lipstick won’t stick to the jelly, and you can just wipe it off afterwards!
3. Exfoliate for super soft lips. Put a thick layer of jelly on your lips and let it sit for a few minutes. Then gently scrub your lips with a clean toothbrush, and rinse your lips clean.
4. Make flavored lip gloss. Mix a bit of Kool-Aid drink powder into your jelly for an easy flavored lip gloss! You can also make a chocolate lip gloss by melting a chocolate chip in some jelly in your microwave. Yum!
5. Control unruly eyebrows. A dab of jelly will help keep your eyebrows sleek and shiny!
6. Turn eye color into lip color. Mix a bit of loose eyeshadow powder in with a small amount of jelly to make a custom-colored lip balm!
7. Promote lash growth. Use a clean mascara wand to apply jelly to your lashes before you go to bed at night. Many people insist that it will make your lashes longer and thicker over time!
8. Use as mascara. Apply jelly to your lashes with a clean mascara wand for a subtle boost of volume.
9. Boost your makeup. Apply a small mount of jelly underneath your blush to add a dewy glow. Apply jelly underneath eyeshadow to give it a glossier look. You can even mix it with lip color to make a cream blush!
Clothing & Jewelry
10. Unstick a ring. Apply jelly around a stuck ring with a cotton swab, then gently move it back and forth until you can slide it off.
11. Freshen up leather jackets. If there’s an area on your leather jacket that’s looking a bit dry, rub some jelly onto it. Wipe off any excess jelly, and you’re good to go!
12. Easily insert earrings. Rub a small amount of jelly onto the backs of your earrings to make them easier and more comfortable to insert!
13. Shine up shoes. Rub a small amount of jelly onto your purse or shoes to add a bit of extra shine.
14. Soften dry skin. Apply a liberal amount of jelly to dry hands, feet, and elbows right before you go to bed. By morning those dry areas will feel so much softer!
15. Take care of foot odor. If you need to address your smelly feet, but don’t have access to soap or water, jelly can help! Smear a layer over your feet and toes, then let it sit for about 15 minutes. Wipe off with a dry cloth.
16. Prevent diaper rash. Apply a thin layer of jelly to your baby’s rash-prone areas before putting a fresh diaper.
17. Low on lotion? Add some jelly to it to stretch it until you can get to the store for more lotion.
18. Cuticle care. Rub some jelly onto dry cuticles to help soften them and prevent painful cracks or hangnails.
19. Relieve razor burn. Before you get in the shower to shave your legs, stick some jelly in your freezer. After you’ve shaved, apply the cold jelly liberally to your legs. It’s cool, soothing, and moisturizing, and leaves behind a gorgeous glow!
20. Make a simple scrub. Make a scrub you can use to exfoliate dry skin anywhere on your body. Just mix jelly with sugar or sea salt to form a paste, then scrub away!
21. Treat wind-burn. Apply jelly liberally to wind-chapped cheeks for quick relief!
22. Add shine! Apply jelly very sparingly to the top layer of your hair for a boost of shine, and to help mask flyaways and split ends.
23. Guard eyes from shampoo. Help keep shampoo out of your baby’s or kid’s eyes while giving them a bath. Just smear a streak of jelly over their eyebrows, and the shampoo should run off to the side.
24. Remove gum from hair. Who hasn’t experienced a gum-in-hair incident? Get the gum out by applying jelly to the area until the gum starts to slide loose.
25. Soothe an itchy scalp. Massage jelly onto your scalp to reduce itching and scaling from dandruff.
26. Prevent dye stains. Before coloring your hair at home, apply a liberal amount of jelly all around your hairline to keep the dye from getting on your skin.
27. Hide scuffs on wood furniture. Apply jelly to stains, rings, scratches, and scuffs on your wood furniture, and let it sit for 24 hours. Wipe away any excess, and give it a good polish.
28. Remove gum from wood. Apply jelly to the gum until the gum starts to disintegrate, then you’ll be able to remove the gum easily.
29. Remove candle wax. Apply jelly around the edges of the wax and let it sink in for a while, then wipe away with a paper towel or cloth.
Around The House
30. Silence squeaky hinges. Apply a small amount of jelly to a squeaky hinge to help it glide silently.
31. Lubricate drawers and windows. Use a small paintbrush to apply jelly to sliding drawers and windows to help them slide smoothly.
32. Lubricate fridge drawers. Sticky fridge drawers can be annoying, but they’ll glide easily with a bit of jelly on the outer edges!
33. Prevent lightbulbs from sticking. If you have light fixtures where the bulbs tend to get stuck, just apply a thin layer of jelly to the threads of the new bulb the next time you swap it out. It will make the bulb much easier to remove next time!
34. Help shower curtains glide. If your shower curtain hooks tend to get hung up on the rod, apply a thin layer of jelly to the top of the rod. The hooks will then glide easily!
35. Unlock a tricky door. Some door locks can get stiff or sticky over time, but jelly can help! Smooth a thin layer of jelly over your key, and it should slide into the lock easily.
36. Silence a squeaky faucet. Remove the handles and stem of a squeaky faucet, and coat both sides of the threads with a thin layer of jelly. Reassemble the faucet, and the handles should move silently!
37. Use as “fly paper.” Pour a small amount of melted jelly into a small dish or the lid of a jar, and leave it out where flies tend to congregate. The flies will get stuck in the jelly, just like fly paper.
Pets & Animals
38. Treat cracked paw pads. If your furry friend has cracked pads on their paws, you can help heal them with a bit of jelly. (You might have to break out the “cone of shame” to keep them from licking it off though!)
39. Keep ants away from pet food. If ants are feasting on your pet’s food, apply a layer of jelly around the entire area where your pet’s food is kept. This should keep ants away so your pet can eat in peace!
40. Squirrel-proof your bird feeders. If squirrels are taking advantage of your bird feeders, you can help deter them by rubbing a layer of jelly onto the pole the supports the feeder. When the squirrels try to climb the pole, they’ll slide right off.
41. Get relief from fever. Place jelly in your freezer for about 5 minutes, then apply a small amount on the forehead of whoever’s got a fever. The cool jelly will feel wonderful!
42. Help heal minor wounds. Apply jelly to minor scabs, cuts, and scrapes to help them heal faster. The jelly will keep the skin moisturized, and it will keep dirt and germs from getting into the wound and causing an infection.
43. Heal a chapped nose. Apply jelly to dry, chapped noses to help heal them and prevent further dryness or cracking. (It can also help keep pollen out of the noses of allergy sufferers!)
44. Soothe back pain. Heat some jelly in your microwave just until it’s warm, then have someone massage it onto your back for a warming effect that’s very soothing!
45. Stop blister pain. Smear a little bit of jelly on the parts of your shoe that are causing blisters. This can be really helpful if you can’t change your shoes until later!