Celebrating 140yrs – 10 Great Uses For Vaseline

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is celebrating it’s 140th anniversary. Can you believe that? In this day in age with so many products out on the market some of us tend to forget about the ones that have been with us all along. Not me though, Vaseline is extremely versatile and very inexpensive. I’ve found many ways to use it over the years. Here are just a few of them:


  • Cuticles – Hang nails are awful, so to prevent dry them along with dry cuticles I put a little dab on each nail. Far cheaper than a manicure!
  • Feet – I’ve never had a pedicure. Yes I’m serious. So how do I keep my feet from getting dry and cracked? (because they do get that way unfortunately) After every shower I rub a generous amount onto my feet and heels, then I put socks on. After an hour or so my feet are wonderfully soft.
  • Lips – I live in Michigan where we have extremely cold winters. Chapped lips are just par for the course. So how do I heal and prevent them? Vaseline of course.
  • Elbows – Just like my lips and my feet, I get extremely dry elbows. Especially when I am constantly sitting at the computer and resting them on my desk. Vaseline is always a helpful cure.
  • Teeth – As far back as I can remember I’ve always heard that a little Vaseline on teeth before you put your lipstick on will help prevent your lipstick from getting on your teeth. (we’ve all seen that happen to someone before). I’ve also heard it makes your teeth extra shiny.
  • Pierced Ears – I don’t wear earrings very often these days but when I was younger I was always taught to put a little Vaseline on the posts to help them go in easier and it always worked.
  • When Dying Your Hair – There was a time in my life for about 10 years when I hadn’t seen my real hair color. Whenever I dyed it I used a little ring of Vaseline around my hair line to prevent the dye from staining my skin. It’s especially useful when dying black dye.
  • Carved Pumpkins – After you’ve carved your pumpkin make sure to rub a little bit of Vaseline around the edges where you carved. It will help prevent it from drying out as quickly.
  • Dry Hair – When your hair is extra dry or if you’re prone to frizzy hair you can smear Vaseline around on your hands and then lightly run your hands through your hair. It’s just like pomade but without the price! As someone with curly hair who likes to straighten it I’ve done this many times.
  • Tattoos – Some people don’t agree with this but I know from experience that if you use just a tiny bit of Vaseline on a fresh tattoo it will help keep it from drying out. The key though is moderation. Don’t go overboard.

With so many ways to use Vaseline it’s no wonder it’s been around for 140 years.  So what do YOU use Vaseline for? I’d love to hear your tips.

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