Today, Vaseline is found in nearly every medicine chest, glove compartment, purse, desk drawer, garage, emergency kit and winter coat pocket. It is still used for cuts and scrapes, but over the years the list has grown by leaps and bounds.
Petroleum Jelly in it’s raw form was a curse to U.S. oil drillers in the late 1800’s. It had a paraffin like consistency that stuck to the shaft of their rigs and caused them to seize up. The chemist, Robert Cheseborough created a gel by distilling thin oil rendered from the raw material the drillers liked to call “rod wax.”
In 1870 Cheseborough opened his first factory in Brooklyn, New York, under the brand name “Vaseline” as an ointment for skin injuries.
Below are but a few of the many uses people have found for the wonder ointment, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly:
Water Rings on Wood Furniture:
Rub petroleum into damaged area with your fingers and let stand for a few hours or if possible overnight. In the morning remove excess jelly with a paper towel and buff with a soft cloth.
Super Glue Cap:
Often after it’s first use, the super glue cap ends up stuck fast to the tube and can’t be used again. Put a thick coating of jelly inside the cap threads to keep it from gluing itself shut. This will work on any cap or lid that may stick.
To Shine Shoes:
A thin coating of jelly on shoes, boots and purses will keep them looking great and repel water and road salt. Wipe on a thin layer and wipe off excess with a soft cloth.
Quiet a squeaky door hinge with a coating of petroleum jelly on the hinge pin. Your door will be quiet and you don’t have to worry about messy drips.
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No matter what the chore, if it is messy rub on Petroleum Jelly before you begin. It will keep paint, stain, car grease, and garden dirt from embedding in your skin. It will soften your hands while protecting your skin. Just wipe off with paper towel or an old rag for clean up.
To keep hair color from staining your skin, apply Petroleum Jelly along hairline and ears before you begin.
Cuts and Sores:
When Petroleum Jelly first hit the market, it’s purpose was for protecting cuts and scrapes by acting as a barrier to keep out moisture and bacteria.
If you have sensitive skin Petroleum Jelly can be used as an all over body moisturizer. It contains no chemicals or perfumes.
Car Battery Posts:
Stop battery post corrosion by applying Petroleum Jelly on the terminals.
A thin coating of Petroleum Jelly on light bulb threads will prevent them from sticking when they need to be replaced.
Rub Petroleum Jelly on the skin around your nails before polishing. If you make a mistake it can be wiped off when your nails are dry and it softens cuticles at the same time.
Petroleum Jelly forms an air tight seal when applied around the inside edge of the can.
To keep your locks from freezing, smear Petroleum Jelly on the shaft of the key and insert it into the lock. Work the key and lock 4 or 5 times to lubricate the tumblers. This is also a good remedy for keys and locks that just don’t seem to work smoothly together.
Apply petroleum Jelly along the runner on a sticky drawer to make it slide more freely.
If you are like so many people, your feet are hard, calloused and dry. Apply petroleum Jelly to your feet after bathing or showering. Apply within the first three minutes of bathing before the moisture on your skin evaporates. It will make your feet softer, and act as a moisture barrier to keep your feet from drying out.
Garbage Can Lids:
In the winter rubber garbage can lids can freeze to the can. A thin coat of Petroleum Jelly will keep it from sticking.
Apply as needed.
Use as you would any makeup remover. It removes makeup safely while softening your skin.
Use in place of expensive ointments and creams to prevent rash.
Tight Finger Rings:
Apply to your finger and the ring will slide off.
Grandpa’s Bald Head:
Gives a glistening shine for those special occasions. Just apply and polish.
Nuts and Bolts:
Keep nuts, bolts and screws from rusting by coating with Petroleum before using.
Why spend unnecessary money on countless bottles, cans and jars of chemical products when one inexpensive jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly can do it all? It’s easy on the environment, contains no allergens or chemicals and is easy on the pocket book!
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