10 Great Uses for Vaseline

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is celebrating its 140th Anniversary! That is a pretty impressive anniversary and to help celebrate they have asked bloggers to post about 10 great uses for Vaseline. Vaseline is one of those things you just take for granted; everyone probably has some in the medicine cabinet. It has many uses – some of which you might not be aware of.

  1. First of all you can use it on baby’s bottoms to prevent diaper rash. This is probably the most common use, and it is the first thing I think of. I know when my kids were younger I used it all the time for this.
  2. Vaseline is great on chapped lips. We use it on our lips a lot in the winter. For just walking to the car lip balm is fine, but if we are out playing in the snow we want the extra protection Vaseline offers.
  3. It works great at softening dry skin. I especially like to use it on my elbows, and it keeps them from getting rough. I know lots of people use it on their feet also. If you coat your feet with Vaseline and then put socks on it will soften them up nicely. Messy – but effective.
  4. If you apply Vaseline around your hairline before applying hair dye it will prevent the chemicals from getting to your skin.
  5. It is an excellent product to use on your cuticles to soften them. I like to use it before I put on nail polish so my cuticles look good.
  6. If you put it on your eyelashes every night it will make them longer and thicker. My college roommate swore this worked, but I’ve never had the dedication to do it consistently.
  7. When you have a cold you can put Vaseline under your nose so your nose won’t get raw from blowing it too much. Using Vaseline is much cheaper than buying tissues with lotion.
  8. You can put Vaseline on your teeth to prevent you lipstick from coming off onto your teeth. I’ve heard it is also used on teeth by beauty pageant contestants to make their teeth glisten.
  9. You can use it on your hair to help prevent frizziness. The key here is to not use too much, but a little will help tame your hair in humid weather.
  10. I just found this one out – if you smear it around the cut edges of a pumpkin it will help the edges from drying out and the pumpkin will last longer. I’m going to try that this year, since we are carving our pumpkin tomorrow.

There you go, ten uses ranging from the practical everyday uses to less commonly needed ones like Halloween pumpkins. A product this useful will probably be around for another 140 years.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Vaseline blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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