Uses for Petroleum Jelly

Uses for Petroleum Jelly

I alway keep 2 jars -- 1 in the bathroom and 1 in the work shop. For Personal Grooming Moisturize your lips and more If you don't want to pay a lot for expensive lip balm, makeup remover, or even facial moisturizer, then your answer is a tube of petroleum jelly. It can soothe lips, take

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    Default Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    I alway keep 2 jars -- 1 in the bathroom and 1 in the work shop.


    For Personal Grooming
    Moisturize your lips and more


    If you don't want to pay a lot for expensive lip balm, makeup remover, or even facial moisturizer, then your answer is a tube of petroleum jelly. It can soothe lips, take off foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and more. It will even act as a moisturizer on your face


    Lengthen the life of perfume

    You've picked out a great scent to wear on your night out, but it's got to last. Dab a bit of petroleum jelly on your pulse points. Then spray on the perfume.

    Remove a stuck ring

    Is your wedding ring stuck? Trying to get it off can take a lot of tug and pull. Apply some petroleum jelly and it will glide right off.


    Soften chapped hands

    If you're constantly applying hand lotion to your tired, chapped hands, but then taking it off again so you can get more work done, try this tip. Apply a liberal amount of petroleum jelly to your hands just before you go to bed. By morning, they'll be soft and smooth.


    No more messy manicures

    During home manicures, it's hard to keep the nail polish from running over on your cuticles. Petroleum jelly can help your manicures look more professional. Dab some along the base of your nails and the sides. If polish seeps off the nail during the manicure, all you do is wipe off the petroleum jelly and the sloppy nail polish is gone.


    Smooth wild eyebrow hairs

    If you have runaway eyebrows -- the ones where the hairs won't lie flat but curl up instead, control the wildness with some petroleum jelly. Rub a dab into your brows.


    Heal windburned skin
    You've just had a glorious hike through the countryside in autumn. And as much as you enjoyed the changing colors of the season, the hike has left you with an unpleasant souvenir: windburn. Grab a jar of petroleum jelly and apply it liberally to your face or wherever you've been chapped. The jelly helps relieve the pain.


    Help prevent diaper rash

    It's so heartbreaking to hear a baby experiencing the pain of diaper rash. Help is just a few moments away. Petroleum jelly sets up a protective coat on the skin so the rash can heal. No more pain.


    No more shampoo tears

    Thinking of buying special no-tears shampoo for your child? Forget about it. If you have some petroleum jelly, you have the solution. Rub a fair amount into your baby's eyebrows. It acts as a protective shield against shampoo running down into his eyes

    Around the House
    Smoother closing shower curtains


    Stop the water from squirting out onto the bathroom floor. Get that shower curtain into place quickly. Lubricate the curtain rod with petroleum jelly and you'll whip that curtain across the shower in no time.


    Take out lipstick stains

    You set the table at that lovely dinner party with your favorite cloth napkins, but your girlfriends left their mark all over them. Now dotted with lipstick stains, those napkins may be headed for the trash. But try this first. Before you wash them, blot petroleum jelly on the stain. Launder as usual and hopefully the stains are gone..


    Remove wax from candlesticks

    Apply petroleum jelly to the insides of the holders before you put the candles in. The wax will pop out for easy cleaning.


    Remove chewing gum from wood


    Did you discover bubble gum stuck under the dining room table or behind the headboard of Junior's bed? Trouble yourself about it no further. Squeeze some petroleum jelly on the offending wad, rub it in until the gum starts to break up, then remove.


    Make vacuum parts fit together smoothly

    It's nice that your vacuum cleaner comes with so many accessories and extensions. But it's frustrating when the parts get stuck together and you have to yank them apart. Apply a bit of petroleum jelly to the rims of the tubes and the parts will easily slide together and apart.


    Shine patent-leather shoes

    You've got a great pair of patent-leather shoes and a great bag to match. The luster stays longer if you polish the items with petroleum jelly.


    Restore leather jackets

    You don't need fancy leather moisturizer to take care of your favorite leather jacket. Petroleum jelly does the job just as well. Apply, rub it in, wipe off the excess, and you're ready to go.


    Keep ants away from pet food bowls

    Poor Fido's food bowl has been invaded by ants. Ring her food bowl with petroleum jelly. The ants will no longer be tempted by the kibble if they have to cross that mountain of petroleum jelly.


    Grease a baseball mitt

    Got a new baseball mitt, but it's as stiff as a dugout bench? Soften it up with petroleum jelly. Apply liberal amounts. Work it into the glove, then tie it up with a baseball inside. Do this in the winter, and by the spring you'll be ready to take the field.


    Keep a bottle lid from sticking

    If you're having a hard time unscrewing that bottle of glue or nail polish, remember this tip for when you finally do get it open. Rub a little petroleum jelly along the rim of the bottle. Next time, the top won't stick.


    Soothe sore pet paws


    Sometimes your cat's or dog's paw pads can get cracked and dry. Give a little tender loving care to your best friend. Squirt a little petroleum jelly on the pads to stop pain. They'll love you for it.

    The Do-It-Yourselfer
    Mask doorknobs when painting


    Petroleum jelly rubbed on the metal will prevent paint from sticking. When you're done painting, just wipe off the jelly and the unwanted paint is gone.


    Stop battery terminal corrosion

    It's no coincidence that your car battery always dies on the coldest winter day. Low temperatures increase electrical resistance and thicken engine oil, making the battery work harder. Corrosion on the battery terminals also increases resistance and might just be the last straw that makes the battery give up. Before winter starts, disconnect the terminals and clean them with a wire brush. Reconnect, then smear with petroleum jelly. The jelly will prevent corrosion and help keep the battery cranking all winter long.


    Protect stored chrome

    If you're getting ready to store the kids' bikes for the winter, or stow that stroller until your next baby comes along, stop a moment before you stash. Take some petroleum jelly and apply it to the chrome parts of the equipment. When it's time to take the items out of storage, they'll be rust-free. The same method works for machinery stored in your garage


    Keep an outdoor lightbulb from sticking

    Have you ever unscrewed a lightbulb and found yourself holding the glass while the metal base remains in the socket? It won't happen again if you remember to apply petroleum jelly to the base of the bulb before screwing it into the fixture. This is an especially good idea for lightbulbs used outdoors.


    Seal a plumber's plunger

    Before you reach for that plunger to unclog the bathroom toilet, find some petroleum jelly. Apply it along the rim of the plunger and it will help create a tighter seal. Whoosh, clog's gone.


    Lubricate cabinets and windows

    Can't stand to hear your medicine cabinet door creak along its runners? Or how about that window that you have to force open every time you want a breeze in the house? With a small paintbrush, apply petroleum jelly to the window sash channel and cabinet door runners. Let the sliding begin.


    Stop squeaking door hinges

    It's so annoying when a squeaky door makes an ill-timed noise when you're trying to keep quiet. Put petroleum jelly on the hinge pins of the door. No more squeaks.


    Remove watermarks on wood

    Your most recent party left lots of watermark rings on your wood furniture. To make them disappear, apply petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe the watermark away with the jelly.


    Keep squirrels away from bird feeder

    Feed the birds, not the squirrels. Keep the varmints off the pole of your bird feeder by greasing it with petroleum jelly. Squirrels slide right off, leaving the birds to eat in peace.
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    Default Re: Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    I have also used it on my hummingbird feeder stands (I hang feeders on one of those crooked hooks) coat the hook with vaseline and the ants will stay out of the food because they can't crawl up.

    Works wonders on the wind chapped areas!!!!

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    Default Re: Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    These are some great tips JoAnn. I use it for a few of them, but learned lots more uses today.
    A friend of mine worked in a nursing home and had a very old African American lady as a patient who had very few wrinkles and her skin looked as smooth as a woman half her age. When asked her secret, wouldn't you know it, VASELINE PETROLIUM JELLY. She said she had used it as a moisturizer all her life.
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    Great uses, I have also learned some really good ideas here too. Thanks for the post JoAnn.
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    Thanks for sharing! These are great ideas!!!!

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    Default Re: Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    Quote Originally Posted by wilbe95 View Post
    I have also used it on my hummingbird feeder stands (I hang feeders on one of those crooked hooks) coat the hook with vaseline and the ants will stay out of the food because they can't crawl up.

    Works wonders on the wind chapped areas!!!!
    Will be hanging my feeders in about two weeks. Thanks for the great tip!!!

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    Default Re: Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    Wow! Thanks JoAnn! I saved this list for future reference. I would've never thought to add it to the pole to keep the squirrels away from the feeder!

 

 
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