…a semi-solid mixture of fat-based substances made from petroleum.
Sounds a little gross, right? The truth is that petroleum jelly is used for everything from minimizing wrinkles to repairing scratches on wood furniture!
Because petroleum jelly is an oil-based emollient which repels water, it can be used around the home in a variety of ways.
Here are some of my favorites:
- A cotton ball dipped in petroleum jelly and placed in your ear keeps water out of your ear.
- Warm a paste of petroleum jelly and peppermint oil in the microwave and rub on sore muscles.
- Spread petroleum jelly onto cuticles before painting nails to keep nail polish off cuticles.
- For covering up those split ends, apply petroleum jelly to the ends.
- Get gum out of your hair using petroleum jelly.
- To keep your perfume scent smelling longer, put some petroleum jelly on the area you are spraying and then spray on perfume.
- For removing candle wax, spread petroleum jelly on the edges of the wax. Let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe.
- Make your own fly paper by dipping paper strips in warm petroleum jelly. Hang strips up.
- To keep light bulbs from getting stuck, spread on some petroleum jelly to the threads before twisting in bulb.
- Blot lipstick stains with petroleum jelly before washing clothes.
- Keep shampoo out of your eyes by dabbing a little petroleum jelly above your eyebrows before shampooing.
- Keep ants out of pet bowls by applying petroleum jelly around the exterior bottom of the bowls.
- For cracked paws on dogs, apply petroleum jelly to bottom of paws.
- Keep squirrels out of bird feeders by applying petroleum jelly to area around feeder.
- To prevent corrosion on your car battery, apply petroleum jelly to clean terminals.
- When painting, apply petroleum jelly to areas you don’t want painted.
- To remove water rings and repair scratches on furniture, apply petroleum jelly to area. Let sit for one day. Buff and wipe.
- To keep your Pumpkin from rotting and drying, smear some petroleum jelly on the edges of the pumpkin.
- To help start your campfire, dip a few cotton balls into petroleum jelly and place them in a small brown paper bag. Light bag. Place wood over bag.
- Apply a good amount of petroleum jelly on your toilet plunger to get a good seal.