Versatile Vaseline

2016-11-23 06:01
If you have scratches on your phone screen, put some Vaseline into the scratch and wipe off the excess.

If you have scratches on your phone screen, put some Vaseline into the scratch and wipe off the excess.

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WHEN people talk about petroleum jelly, they’re usually referring to Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly, but what is it and where did it come from?

In 1859, a man named Robert Chesebrough was in the oil fields of Titusville, Pennsylvania where he learnt about a by-product residue called “rod wax”.

The workers used this substance to help heal cuts and burns. Chesebrough took some of the rod wax to Brooklyn, extracted the usable petroleum jelly, and began selling the product as Vaseline.

As you know, Vaseline can be used as a moisture insulator to help you with dry and cracked skin, but it’s much more versatile than that.

Here’s what else it can be used for

• Body scrub

You can make your own inexpensive body scrub by mixing some kosher salt with Vaseline. Alternatively, use sugar with Vaseline for a lip scrub for smooth, moist lips.

• Un-stick a stuck zip

Is your zip stuck? Put a small bit of Vaseline on the zip and give it a hard tug.

• Fix scratched cellphone screens

If you have scratches on your phone screen, put some Vaseline into the scratch and wipe off the excess. This works because the petroleum jelly has a similar density as the LCD of your phone.

• Shine scuffed patent leather shoes

If you have scuffed patent leather shoes, dip a cotton swab in some Vaseline and rub the scuff.

• Cleaner paint jobs

If you’re doing any painting around the home and want to make sure you avoid staining something (a hinge or any hardware), cover it in Vaseline.

• Cleaner nail painting

Put a bit of Vaseline on your cuticles with a cotton swab to keep your nail polish from sticking to your skin for a much cleaner finish.

• Remove make-up from clothes

Dab a bit of Vaseline on a damp cloth and rub stains away on your clothes and sheets.

• Stop squeaky door hinges

If your door hinges are making a 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.

• Bug bite repellent

Vaseline is good at preventing bug bites.

Apply Vaseline to your exposed body parts next time you plan on staying outdoors.

• 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 then wipe if off the next day.

• Make fragrance last longer

If your perfume or cologne doesn’t seem to last long, try applying a bit of Vaseline on your skin first. Your fragrance should now last all day.

• Hair treatment

Frizzy hair? Split ends? Vaseline is a great way to help treat your hair problems and protect it from further damage.


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