Back in 1859, a man named Robert Chesebrough was in the oil fields of
Titusville, Pennsylvania where he learned about a byproduct residue called
"rod wax." Interestingly, the workers used this substance to help heal
cuts and burns. Chesebrough took some of the rod wax to Brooklyn, extracted the
usable petroleum jelly, and began selling the product as Vaseline.
As you probably already know, Vaseline can be used as a moisture insulator to
help you with dry and cracked skin, but it’s much more versatile than that!
What do I mean? Check out these amazing Vaseline hacks!
1. Body scrub
You can make your own inexpensive body scrub by mixing some kosher salt with
Vaseline. Alternatively, use sugar with Vaseline for a lip scrub for smooth,
2. Unstick and stuck zipper
Is your zipper stuck? Super annoying! But add a bit of Vaseline on the zipper
and give it another hard tug… voila!
3. Fix scratched phone screens
This sounds crazy but if you have scratches on your phone screen, try adding
some Vaseline into the scratch and wiping off the excess. (make sure you don’t
put any Vaseline into the phone itself!). This works because the petroleum jelly
has a similar density as the LCD of your phone.
4. Shine scuffed up patent leather shoes
If you have scuffed up patent leather shoes, dip a cotton swab in some
Vaseline and rub the scuff.
5. Cleaner paint jobs
If you’re doing any painting around the home and want to make sure you
avoid staining something (e.g. a hinge or any hardware), cover it in Vaseline!
6. Cleaner nail painting
Put a bit of Vaseline on your cuticles with a cotton swab to keep your nail
polish from sticking to your skin for a much cleaner finish!
7. Remove makeup stains from your clothes
Dab a bit of Vaseline on a damp cloth and rub stains away on your clothes and
8. Stop squeaky door hinges
If your door hinges are making too much noise and you don’t have a spray
lubricant, try adding a light coat of Vaseline! Ideally, apply the Vaseline
after removing the hinge pin first.
9. Bug bite repellant
Apparently, Vaseline is great at preventing bug bites! Try applying Vaseline
to your exposed body parts next time you plan on staying outdoors.
10. Remove water stains from wooden surfaces
Have a water ring on your wooden table? Apply a bit of Vaseline to the stain
and let it sit overnight, wiping it off the next day.
11. Make your fragrance last longer
If your perfume or cologne doesn’t seem to last long enough, try applying a
bit of Vaseline on your skin first. Your fragrance should now last all day!
12. Hair treatment
Fly-aways? Frizzy hair? Split ends? Vaseline is a great way to help treat
your hair problems and protect it from further damage.
Who knew that vaseline could do so much?