I once sat and tried to count how many uses of Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly) there were. Quickly, I ran out of fingers and toes to count on and realised the magic of the endless possibilities Vaseline leaves you with. If you become creative Vaseline can help you around the house, liven up your clothes, and spruce up machinery along with keep you lusciously lipped and healthy skinned.
Come to think of it, why has this product not got its own public holiday? It is the jelly of over 1000 uses. It needs celebrating!
I thought I would test out a random sample of the weird and wonderful uses I could find.
Remove Chewing Gum From Hair
Yes, I did put chewing gum in my hair to test this out; I trust the miracles of Vaseline! After liberally applying the Vaseline to the gummy part of my hair I massaged it in. Then, I grabbed myself a wide tooth comb and gave it a good comb through. When most of it had gone I washed my hair with lots of shampoo. This did lead to the problem of the greasy Vaseline in my hair, so I poured a little whiskey on the area and it washed straight out.
The outcome: It works! Unfortunately, you do carry a pungent smell of alcohol.
First of all, this only works with light make-up. If you are heavy with the eye makeup using Vaseline to try and remove it spells disaster! After putting a little of the jelly on a slightly damp wash cloth (black to avoid unsightly mascara stains) I wiped it over my eyes and my mascara came off beautifully.
The outcome: Soft, mascara free lashes!
Be warned! Avoid getting the petroleum jelly in your eyes, it will make your vision extremely foggy for some time and can become irritating.
Stop Gunked Up Nail Varnish Caps
Finding this out has made my life so much easier! I put a thin layer of Vaseline around the rim of each of my nail varnish bottles and now I struggle no more!
The outcome: Easy open nail varnishes and free time for that cup of tea before I left the house.
Stain-Free Skin When Dying Hair
I simply slapped it all across my hair line and dyed my hair. Although I am now blonde, this was a tried and tested technique when I had red hair.
The outcome: A stain free forehead and ears! I did have to scrub my face considerably after though to remove the greasy feel.
I coated a patch of my favourite leather shoes with Vaseline; using a dry cloth I rubbed it to remove any residue.
The outcome: Shiny shoes that look and feel brand new!
Note: The leather has to be clean for this to work, otherwise dirt will be worked into the leather.
I have a really squeaky bedroom door so I could not wait to try this. I put a thin layer of Vaseline on all of the exposed hinges.
The outcome: A quiet door and good night’s sleep! I have been told that it will also protect the door hinges from corrosion.
I love to experiment a little, so this was fun!
I melted some Vaseline and white chocolate chips in the microwave. Once it was mixed around a bit I left it to solidify in the fridge. Voila!
The outcome: Cheap, lovely smelling lipgloss!
I now always have a tub of Vaseline in my home and a small pot in my handbag. I never know when I am going to need it!