You hear the name “Vaseline” and may think it only has a few uses, but this will make you miss out on one of the cheapest beauty remedies out there! We’re not joking about this, Vaseline will change your life. Below, you’ll find 19 unusual uses for Vaseline, and why this 140+-year-old product needs to become part of your daily routine. From keeping your cuticles and elbows from drying out, to preventing crazy streaks when you get a spray tan, we know we’ll be buying a jar (get one through Amazon Prime here). Use it to mask split ends in-between trims, and soothe your skin after shaving!
Ready to get a little lubricated? Let’s get slippery!
1. Lipstick on Teeth
Never get lipstick on your teeth again! Smear a little Vaseline on your teeth before applying lipstick and keep your chompers pearly white. This is a technique is used by beauty contestants, or those first learning to apply lipstick.
2. Hair Dye Barrier
To protect your skin from being dyed along with your hair, try creating a barrier on your forehead and around your ears with a thin layer of Vaseline. The petroleum jelly will protect your skin from absorbing the hair dye, allowing you to be a little messy when applying liberal amounts of dye to your hair.
After dye application simply wipes the Vaseline off with a cloth.
3. Shine Your Boots
Use some Vaseline to touch up your scuffed boots or heels, making them look good as new!
Dab a clean soft cloth with a little Vaseline and gently rub into leather shoes or boots. Petroleum jelly is great for moisturizing leathers, making them shine, and giving them a little water resistance.
4. Prevent Battery Corrosion
Vaseline can also help outside the home, like in your car. By adding Vaseline to the terminals of car battery you can help prevent corrosion. The Vaseline forms a water-resistant barrier around the metal tops of the battery terminals, a place where acidic corrosion is likely to occur.
Pop the hood of your car, and carefully smear a liberal amount of Vaseline on each terminal of the battery, being careful not to touch both terminals together with anything conductive.
5. Revive Dried Leather
Vaseline is great rejuvenating skin, so why not on leather goods?
This old baseball mitt was brought back to life by rubbing Vaseline into every stitch and seam and allowing it to sit for a while to really soak in, excess Vaseline was wiped off. If needed, apply another session of Vaseline to any stubborn areas after allowing the glove to rest for a day between applications.
For the baseball enthusiasts who reject Vaseline on your glove, Harold Reynolds recommends Vaseline to help break in baseball gloves.
6. Remove a Stuck Ring
Vaseline is super slippery and can be used to loosen any stuck jewelry from your chubby digits.
Smear a liberal amount on both sides of your stuck ring, then twist and work the ring back and forth on your finger to spread the Vaseline underneath the ring and between the metal and your skin. Then, gently pull the ring from your finger.