Vaseline Uses Around The Home

Vaseline uses around the home extend to so much more than you can imagine.

Vaseline is the branded name for Petroleum Jelly. The raw material for this versatile product was first discovered on an oil rig in Pennsylvania, USA. Through the years we have found some remarkable uses, and have discovered numerous cosmetic advantages for this amazing every day product. It’s a huge challenge to find a simpler product with the more varied uses than Vaseline.

For this reason, today we’ll look at some chores, cleaning, and DIY jobs you can use Vaseline for. This is a continuation of our recent housekeeping series ahead of your Spring cleaning jobs around the house.

Vaseline uses around the home


1. Vaseline works like magic on your squeaky door hinges.  It also protects them from further rusting. Instead of expensive WD40 and other similar products, just apply some Vaseline with an ear swab (cotton bud) on your creaking door hinges and leave it there.

2. Lightly spread a bit on the soft pads of your cat’s paws so that he/she can lick it off while grooming.  The secret to this is that it reduces retching when they’re expelling hair balls. This means less cleaning up cat puke from off your lovely carpet – better housekeeping for you.

3. Apply some Vaseline on a piece of soft cloth and rub on all the water stains on wooden floors and (wooden) furniture you can find.  Leave overnight and wipe clean in the morning. Stain is gone!

4. Wash out and dry your bin, then rub a thin layer of Vaseline at the bottom, sides and around the edges.  Replace your bin liner.  This layer of Vaseline not only aids bin liner removal, but also prevents little bits of stray food and rubbish sticking to the bottom of the bin the next time you empty it.  Do the same for cigarette ashtrays if you smoke.

5. When painting, use Vaseline instead of masking tape, especially in small bendy areas like windows and doors frames etc.

6. Vaseline also works great for the cylinders of your kids’ skateboard and roller skates. They roll more smoothly and effectively.

7. Use Vaseline on your shower curtain rods to prevent corrosion, and so that it could run with more ease.

The following four tips relate to Vaseline uses as it relates to personal care and grooming:

8. Put some on your eyebrows to keep them perfectly in place, (for men and women).

9. Add a bit of salt to the Vaseline and exfoliate your hands. They’ll feel softer for days to come.

10. Apply some Vaseline to your scalp then wash your hair. Let me explain this one carefully.  Do not rub the Vaseline on your hair!  Part your hair in four or six parts, rub a tiny amount on the part lines in your scalp, then wash your hair normally. This gives your hair instant conditioning, brings out your colour vibrantly, and adds a glorious shine. I’ve done this hundreds of times and it really works. I’ve got curly hair and my kids’ hair varies from straight to curly.  I use it on them too!

11. Use Vaseline each night on the hard skin on your heels for the next week or so.  Make sure you put on some cotton socks afterwards (you don’t want to ruin the bed sheets), then wash off in the morning.  Your heels should be significantly smoother. (This is for both men and women).

If you learned something new from Vaseline uses around the home, please share it on your social networking sites or with someone you know will enjoy it. And don’t forget to check out the other articles in our Spring housekeeping series

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15 Responses to Vaseline Uses Around The Home

  1. christine davids
    June 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    am amazed i didnt have the slightest idea that vaseline had so many uses!wiser now thanks!
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  2. Jennifer April 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Vaseline is fantastically as a lubricant on all your squeaky and rusty items around the home. So much more environmentally friendly than lubrication oil.

  3. Amanda Adams April 5, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    This is quite interesting especially point number 2…I will do that tonight.

    Thanks for sharing

  4. David March 6, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I doubt if anyone knows that vaseline is so much useful. I personally have never done anything with it other than using it on my lips or skin. Seems like Vaseline can be used in more ways than I was aware of, thanks for the post.

    • Anne March 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      Oh, Yes, David. And it can be used in a lot more ways than I recorded here.

  5. Jeo March 4, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    It was quite an informative post Anne, who would have thought of Vaseline to be this useful. After reading your post I have started to see Vaseline from a new point of view. It has become something which not only moisturizes your skin in winters but is a lot more.
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  6. R. Joseph February 22, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    Wow, I never would have imagined there are so many practical uses for this greasy stuff. I can remember my grandpa used to put Vaseline on the bird feeder pole to keep the squires off. LOL
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    • Anne February 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      I simply love the bird feeder idea. I need to tell this to my neighbour, as the squirrels get into his bird feeder, standing upside down.

  7. Dan C February 21, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    I find the kid image together with the vaseline jar a little bit disturbing 🙂
    As far as the vaseline on the floor, doesn’t it get slippery?
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    • Anne February 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

      Hi Dan, you’ve caught my interest. Why do you think a child playing with Vaseline is disturbing? Do you find kids playing with talcum powder disturbing too? I’m really interested in your thoughts about this.

      I know when I left the Vaseline (I used this on my kids’ bottoms when they wore nappies) unattended, my little ones used to get into the jars and put it all over their hair etc, What a mess! They got into the talcum powder and baby wipes too.

      Does the image bring back bad memories of your kids messing around with baby stuff? And what do you think about the article? Does it give you any DIY pointers?

      • Anne February 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

        And for the Vaseline on the floor, you wouldn’t leave the substance on the floor. Naturally, you would rub the Vaseline in to rub off the stain. You’ll then clean up after yourself. My fault, maybe I should’ve said this in the article.

        • Dan C February 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

          i tried this some time ago and even though i cleaned it after, it still remained slippery for quite a while
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      • Dan C February 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

        I imagine a room all messed up when i see this image, that’s it
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  8. Barbara Floreck February 20, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I love the water stain tip for hard woods. I also couldn’t help but think my husband and I would be rolling with laughter as we each try to come up with more risque uses for Vaseline.

    Thanks again,

    • Anne February 21, 2013 at 10:00 am #

      I know, Barbara. I’ve been told that the title of the article sends people thinking wild thoughts. All I can say is that the article is pure, it’s the mind that’s the trouble 🙂

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