This iconic tub of petroleum jelly has become such a household staple that most of us just refer to it by it's name brand, Vaseline. While most of us know that Vaseline makes a great moisturizer, there are countless other ways to put it to use around the house.
Don't let your scent fade as the day goes on. Moisturized skin holds scents better, so preserve your perfume by dabbing your pulse points with Vaseline before spritzing.
DIY A Professional Dye-Job
Dyeing hair at home can be tricky, especially if you are using a dark color. Keep the dye from staining your skin by outlining your hair-line with Vaseline. Even if the dye gets out of line, you will be able to wipe it clean with a paper towel.
Highlight Your Cheekbones
If you want model-cheekbones, look no further than your medicine cabinet for the solution. An old industry secret is to use Vaseline as a natural highlighter, dabbing the high points of your face for a dewy glow.
Accidentally Get Makeup On Your Clothes?
Believe it or not, Vaseline can help get these pesky stains out. Use a damp washcloth and gently rub the Vaseline into the stain.
Get A Salon Quality Manicure At Home
Just like with hair, Vaseline works on cuticles to prevent polish from staining the skin. Use a q-tip to apply a very thin layer to the skin surrounding the nails, then paint as usual.
Why spend a fortune on body scrub, when you can just make it yourself? Simply add coarse salt to a tub of Vaseline, and rub on your skin as needed. You could use sugar instead to make a tasty lip scrub for pennies.
If you have a candle-holder you like to use over and over again, consider doing this first. Coat the inside with Vaseline before adding your candle, allowing the wax to peel off with ease when you are done.
Loosen Your Light Bulb
Stubborn light bulbs are a pain. Outdoor bulbs especially can become corroded over time, making it difficult to screw in and out. Before replacing your next bulb, spread a thin layer of Vaseline over the threads to lubricate. When it comes time to change, it will glide out effortlessly.
Banish Athlete's Foot
Petroleum jelly works as a barrier, keeping moisture out. Since the bacteria thrive on sweat, Vaseline will actually suffocate your Athlete's Foot at the source.
Waterproof Your Shoes
Since Vaseline acts as a moisture barrier, it can work wonders at making certain materials waterproof, like leather. Be sure to spot test a small section of the shoe before covering the whole thing.
Just like any metal, zippers can wear out over time. A tiny bit of Vaseline goes a long way in loosening a stuck zipper, it doesn't take much to get it sliding up and down with ease.
Keep Blisters Away
There's nothing worse than realizing that your shoes are uncomfortable, long after you have left the house. Right when your heel starts to feel hot, apply some Vaseline. This will create a barrier, allowing your foot to slide in and out of the shoe without blistering.
Keep Your Thighs From Chaffing
Just like in your shoe, Vaseline can create a smooth barrier between your legs, allowing them to glide effortlessly without chaffing. If you have a stiff shirt collar rubbing your neck, you can do the same thing.
Watch this video for even more petroleum jelly beauty tricks!