10 Different Ways to Use Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is one product that can usually be found in homes all across the country—and even the world. Whether in one’s makeup kit, bedside table or bathroom, this household staple has hundreds of different uses. Here are some of them:

Perfume booster – A lot of females believe that petroleum jelly, when spread onto one’s wrists or behind the ears prior to spraying perfume, allows the scent of the perfume to linger for a longer period of time.

Makeup – Looking for a cheap, quick and easy substitute for lip gloss and mascara? Dab a little petroleum jelly on your lips, and apply some of the clear jelly on your eyelashes. For an extra lift, use an eyelash curler afterwards. Petroleum jelly can also be used as a facial moisturizer or as a makeup remover.

Protect your hands – If you’re going to do dirty work like painting, rub petroleum jelly into your hands to prevent spills from soaking into your skin. Your hands will not only keep clean, but they’ll also be soft and smooth.

Watermark remover – Bothered by those water rings and watermarks on your wooden tables? Rub some jelly into the watermarks and allow it to sit overnight. Buff the surface with a dry cloth the next day and enjoy a clean table again!

Tear-free baths – Why purchase no-tears shampoo for your child when you can use petroleum jelly? Apply a bit of jelly onto your child’s eyebrows in order to create a resistant shield of sorts that keeps shampoo and soap bubbles from running down into your child’s eyes.

Lipstick remover – Have you ever had to deal with annoying lipstick stains on your cloth napkins after a dinner party? Blot petroleum jelly on the stain, and then launder as you normally would. You may not need to throw those napkins out after all!

Loosen door hinges – Squeaky doors can be very annoying. Work in a little jelly all around the hinges to make the squeaking stop!

Winter treatment for the car battery – Undo the battery’s electrical leads and remove and clean the battery caps. Spread some petroleum jelly on the connectors and posts in order to remove both gunk and rust. The jelly creates a waterproof layer that keeps all metal components resistant to snow and salt.

Changing light bulbs – Before changing a light bulb, apply some jelly to the metal rim of the new bulb. The extra layer prevents rust from forming and keeps the bulb from getting stuck in a socket.

Shoeshine – There’s no need to buy separate shoe polish for your leather and patent leather shoes. Instead, apply a quarter-sized amount of petroleum jelly on your shoes!

These are just some of the many, many uses of petroleum jelly. What are the other things can this wonder product can do?

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  1. This is so many great advice! Thanks – will go home and put some on my squeekie doors

  2. Thanks Anna! I actually need to do the same 😉

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