That stuff you typically use for chapped lips or dry elbows was actually invented to treatwounds or burned skin. Developed in the late 1860s by Robert Chesebrough, Vaseline has been healing skin for quite sometime, and now it’s an entire product line, including body lotions, lip balms, and more.
Petroleum jelly is a staple of any medicine cabinet. Along with Pepto and ibuprofen, you have a tub of Vaseline. Its uses are incredibly versatile, but we bet there are some you probably don’t know! So here are some unexpected ways to use this wonder jelly.
15 – Protect Surfaces While Painting
Are you planning a painting project any time soon? If that’s the case, Vaseline can be used instead of painter’s tape. All you have to do is smear a thin layer onto wherever you don’t want the paint to stickwhether it’s a table surface, glass, doorknobs, tiles, or wood. And once you’re finished painting, just wet a rag and wipe away the Vaseline. A clean and quick paint job, just like that.
14 – Silence Squeaks
You don’t need to live with your bedroom door sounding like a horror movie soundtrack. Vaseline acts as a pretty good lubricant if you don’t have any WD-40 lying around thehouse. Just apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on a squeaky hinge, a stubborn drawer, orsliding doors to keep things quiet and moving smoothly.
13 – Prevent Locks From Freezing
This hack is super helpful during those cold winter months.You can prevent your door locks from freezing by applying a little bit of Vaseline to thekey and move it about in the keyhole. This helps keep out any excess moisture that might turn to ice in the lock.