There’s a good chance that you’ve used Vaseline at least once in your life. But just what the heck is Vaseline and where did it come from?
In 1859, a gentleman 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 back to Brooklyn, extracting the usable petroleum jelly, and selling the product as Vaseline. But did you know it’s much more versatile than that! Check out these amazing Vaseline hacks below!
1. Body scrub
You can make your own affordable body scrub by mixing some kosher salt with Vaseline. And for smooth, moist lips try using sugar with Vaseline for a lip scrub!
2. Unstick and stuck zipper
Is your zipper stuck? Just add a bit of Vaseline on the zipper and give it another hard tug… and voila!
3. Fix scratched phone screens
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 your 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 house and want to make sure you avoid staining something (e.g. a hinge or any hardware), cover it in Vaseline!
6. Cleaner nail painting
For a much cleaner finish, put a bit of Vaseline on your cuticles with a cotton swab to keep your nail polish from sticking to your skin!
7. Remove makeup stains from your clothes
Dab a bit of Vaseline on a damp cloth and rub stains away on your clothes and sheets!
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 all your hair problems and protect it from further damage.
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