Petroleum Jelly uses

Petroleum Jelly - 88 Uses

88 uses for petroleum jelly -  one of my aunts suggested that we do a collection of uses for petroleum jelly but i kinda put off the idea because i thought that the list would be to small. however, my aunt was very insistent and much to my surprise the list grew beyond what i thought that it would.
I know that this list will surprise many of you, it definitely surprised me. many of the uses we' listed can be attributed to the era but we' also thrown in some more modern twists so that you can get the most out of your jar of petroleum jelly.

First aid & healthcare

  1. bruises to help them heal faster, apply a small amount to the area several times a day.
  2. cuts to keep them from getting infected, apply a small amount to the area before applying.
  3. ears to keep water out, place a cotton ball dipped in petroleum jelly into your ear.
  4. fever to sooth, place the petroleum jelly in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. remove from freezer and apply to forehead.
  5. feet to remove odors, apply petroleum jelly to feet. kick your feet up for 15-30 minutes and wipe off with a clean dry towel.
  6. muscles to soothe pain, make a paste using petroleum jelly and a few drops of eucalyptus oil and/or peppermint oil. warm the paste in the microwave and apply to sore muscles.
  7. nose to relieve chapping, apply petroleum jelly to the affected area.
  8. nose to relieve dryness, using a cotton swab apply a small amount inside each nostril.
  9. razor burn to soothe, place the petroleum jelly in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. remove from freezer and apply.
  10. wind burn to heal, apply a generous amount to the affected area.

Beauty

  1. cheeks for a nice glow, mix your favorite color lipstick with a little petroleum jelly and apply like you would a cream blush.
  2. cuticles to soften, massage cuticles with petroleum jelly.
  3. elbows to soften, massage a small amount 2-3 times a day
  4. eyebrows to tame, apply a little to your eyebrows.
  5. eyelashes for longer thicker lashes, apply to lashes before going to bed.
  6. eyelashes when you run out of mascara, apply to eyelashes.
  7. eyelashes to remove glue from false eyelashes, apply a little petroleum jelly and wipe away.
  8. eye lids to make dry eye shadow appear creamy, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on your lid before applying your eye shadow.
  9. face to brighten dull skin, apply petroleum jelly under your brow bones, over your upper lip and on your cheek bones.
  10. feet & hands to soften, before bed, apply a generous amount and cover with socks or gloves.
  11. fingernails to condition dry and brittle nails, rub them with petroleum jelly before bed.
  12. fingernails to keep nail polish off of cuticles, apply petroleum jelly to the cuticles. paint your nails and when the polish is dry wipe away the jelly.
  13. hair to reduce itching, massage a small amount into the scalp 2-3 times per week.
  14. hair to give it shine, apply a very small amount to the top layer of your hair. brush it through the hair.
  15. hair to hide split ends, apply a very small amount to the ends of your hair.
  16. hair to give it a beach look, rub a little in your hands and scrunch it into your hair.
  17. hair to protect skin from hair dye, lightly dab petroleum jelly around your hairline before coloring your hair.
  18. hair to remove gum, work petroleum jelly into the hair and gum.
  19. legs to moisturize, massage a small amount onto your legs.
  20. legs to make them glow, make a paste using petroleum jelly and cinnamon. mix well and apply to legs.
  21. lips to exfoliate, apply petroleum jelly to your lips. leave the jelly on your lips for 3-5 minutes. brush your lips using a soft bristle toothbrush.
  22. lips to make matte lipstick shiny, mix lipstick with a little bit of petroleum jelly and apply with a lip brush.
  23. lips to make your own lipstick, make a paste using powdered blush and petroleum jelly. apply with a lip brush.
  24. lips to make your own lipstick, make a paste using powdered blush and petroleum jelly. apply with a lip brush.
  25. lips to make your own lipstick, make a paste using kool-aid and petroleum jelly. apply with a lip brush.
  26. lips to make vanilla flavored lip gloss, make a paste using petroleum jelly and a little vanilla extract. you can use other extracts for different flavors.
  27. lipstick to keep it from sticking to your teeth, apply a little petroleum jelly to your teeth before applying lipstick.
  28. lotion to save money, add some heated petroleum jelly to your favorite lotion to make it last longer.
  29. makeup to remove, apply petroleum jelly and wipe away with a clean cloth.
  30. perfume to prolong the scent, before spraying your perfume, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the area that you are going to spray.
  31. skin to exfoliate, mix petroleum jelly with sugar of sea salt. scrub your skin with the mixture and rinse.
  32. skin to soften, apply a thin layer to face before bed. in the morning wash your face.
  33. wrinkles to minimize, apply a thin layer to face before bed. in the morning wash your face.

Household Uses

  1. bottles to keep the lids from sticking, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to the jar before attaching the lid.
  2. candle holders to easily insert and remove, apply a little petroleum jelly into the holder before inserting your candle.
  3. candle wax to remove, apply petroleum jelly to the edges of the wax and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. wipe away with a soft cloth.
  4. doors to keep them from squeaking, apply a little petroleum jelly to the hinge.
  5. flies make your own fly paper, dip strips of paper into the heated petroleum jelly. hang the strips using paper clips.
  6. leather to remove dryness, apply petroleum jelly to the leather using a soft cloth. wipe away excess jelly with a clean dry cloth.
  7. leather to restore shine, buff leather with a small amount of petroleum jelly.
  8. light bulbs to keep them from sticking, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the threads before installing.
  9. lipstick stains to remove, blot the stain with petroleum jelly before washing.
  10. pastry mat to keep it from slipping, dab a little petroleum jelly on the corners before placing on your counter.
  11. patent leather to restore shine, polish with petroleum jelly.
  12. refrigerator to have a good seal, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to the door seals periodically.
  13. shower curtains to slide easily, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly to the curtain rod.
  14. sliding shelves to keep them from sticking, apply petroleum jelly to the sliders.
  15. toilet plunger to get a good seal, apply a thick coat of petroleum jelly to the plunger.
  16. windows to lubricate, apply petroleum jelly to the tracks.
  17. wood furniture to repair water rings, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the area and let it sit for 24 hours. buff the jelly into the wood and wipe away.
  18. wood furniture to remove gum, apply petroleum jelly to the gum and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. work the jelly into the gum with a rag and the gum will start to break up. continue working the jelly into the gum until it is gone.
  19. wood furniture to repair scratches, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the scratches and let it sit for 24 hours. wipe away excess jelly.

Kids

  1. diaper rash to prevent, apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly before putting on a new diaper.
  2. shampoo to keep it from getting into eyes, apply petroleum jelly above the eyebrows.
  3. vapor rub – to dilute, mix vapor rub with petroleum jelly.

Pets

  1. dogs – for cracked paws, apply a little petroleum jelly to the pads.
  2. food bowls – to keep ants out, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly around the base of the bowl.

Outside

  1. baseball glove to soften the leather, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly and work it in. tie a baseball in the glove and place in a plastic bag. allow it to soften for 7 days in the bag. wipe away any excess jelly.
  2. bikes to lubricate the chain, apply petroleum jelly to the chain.
  3. bird feeders to keep squirrels out, apply petroleum jelly to pole.
  4. keys to slip into the keyhole easily, apply a small amount on the key before putting it into the keyhole.
  5. machinery to keep outdoor machinery from rusting, apply petroleum jelly to the parts that are prone to rusting.
  6. roller skates to lubricate, apply petroleum jelly to the wheel bearings,
  7. skateboard to lubricate the wheels, apply petroleum jelly to bearings.

Car

  1. battery to prevent corrosion, apply petroleum jelly to clean terminals.
  2. dashboard – to clean and shine, apply petroleum jelly and buff away using a clean cloth.
  3. rubber seals to keep doors from sticking due to freezing weather, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the door seals.

Miscellaneous

  1. chrome to keep it from rusting in storage, apply petroleum jelly to the item and wipe it away when you are ready to use it.
  2. door hinges to keep paint from sticking, apply petroleum jelly to the hinge before painting. when the paint dries, wipe the hinge with a paper towel to remove.
  3. earrings to easily insert, apply a little petroleum to the ear lobe and the earring post.
  4. fire to make your own accelerant, dip a few cotton balls into petroleum jelly and place them in a paper lunch bag. light the bag and place your wood over it.
  5. jack-o-lantern to keep it from drying out and rotting, apply petroleum jelly to all of the cut edges.
  6. painting to keep paint off, apply petroleum jelly to the areas that you don’t want paint. when the paint is dry wipe away the jelly with a paper towel.
  7. pipes to make threading easier, apply petroleum jelly to the threads before connecting.
  8. rubber seals to lubricate, coat the seal with petroleum jelly.
  9. wedding ring to easily remove, apply a little petroleum jelly around the ring and slide the ring around until it comes off.
  10. windows - to keep paint from getting on the glass, apply petroleumu jelly using a cotton swab to the edges of the glass. when the paint dries wipe away the jelly with a paper towel. 
  11. zippers to ease tough zippers, apply a little petroleum jelly to the teeth.
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