This is a wonderful standby for more than just medical. When I was a police explorer many eons ago, when we would go into a particularly raunchy house, the officer I was with always handed me a small tube of menthol jelly to put under my nose so I wouldn't get sick.

I also have hands that peel in the winter, they can peel so bad it bleeds. So when it gets uncontrollable I will get some thin cotton gloves and coat my hands with jelly, then put the gloves on so that while I sleep at night my hands have time to heal. This works wonders over the course of a night or two.

Below you will find other uses for it as well, and as usual please feel free to comment with what you have used it for. It really is a more solid form, and smells better than wd-40.

¤ Rub it on your hands to form an invisible glove for your next paint job or dirty chore. (The same trick works to protect your face when painting the ceiling).

¤ Put a thick coating on the threads of glue tubes or any screw cap where the ingredients can seal on the cap, for easy removal next time around.

¤ A thin coating over the threads of light bulbs makes removal a cinch. (I have done this with my new CFLs and it works)

¤ Remove white water rings and hot dish marks from furniture by coating with the jelly and letting stand overnight.

¤ Petroleum jelly shines patent leather.

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¤ Petroleum jelly on the car battery terminals will help prevent corrosion. (Thanks to anon-1 in comments. this is situation where if you haven't tried it and it is all over the web, doesn't make it a good idea. Best bet would be to use a wire brush to get the corrosion off the terminal and keep it clean that way)

¤ Instead of masking tape, use a Q-Tip to apply jelly to the panes of glass right next to the wooden parts

¤ Coat the chrome on your car with petroleum jelly before you stash it away for storage

¤ In an emergency, a lit birthday candle in a jar of petroleum jelly will burn for hours

¤ Work in some petroleum jelly into your hands before you put your work gloves on and go outside to work. This helps with chapped hands

¤ The attachments for your vacuum cleaner will be easier to remove and install if coated

¤ Don’t just put a tennis ball over a trailer hitch until you coat the hitch with jelly and then add the tennis ball

¤ Nuts and bolts that must be removed come off easier when coated with petroleum jelly.

¤ A refrigerator door gasket that doesn't quite seal can do its job better with a thin coating.

How to make non-petroleum Jelly
2 ounces olive oil
1/2 ounce grated beeswax
12 drops grapefruit seed extract

1. In a double boiler over simmering water and medium heat, combine the olive oil and beeswax, and heat until the wax has melted.
2. Remove mixture from the heat and add the grapefruit seed extract.
3. Beat with a hand mixer until creamy.
Makes 1/4 cup; store in a glass jar with a screw-top. This jelly will keep for a year, so mark well.
¤ Stop a squeaky door by coating the hinge-pin with the petroleum jelly. No danger of dripping as with oil


  1. // Sunday, June 13, 2010 9:34:00 AM  

    I put it under my eyes at night as a moisture barrier, makes the lines disappear by morning

    My cats use it as a natural hair-ball remedy (vet approved, i promise)! They have their own jar and i keep a glob on the lid in the bathroom on the floor where they can come by lick off at their convenience. (and they do, try it!)

    Rub it on your feet at night and put on a pair of socks, by morning your feet will be 100% softer

  2. Donna Freedman // Monday, June 14, 2010 10:25:00 AM  

    Lip balm! Put it on before you go to bed.
    When I was about 13 years old, my friend and I used it on our eyelashes -- we weren't allowed to wear makeup yet but had read somewhere that a little dab of petroleum jelly was a substitute for mascara.
    And yes, I remember shining our Sunday school shoes with Vaseline.

  3. Yosa // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:46:00 PM  


    Use a bit around your hairline and ears before applying hairdye that stains! Use a bit on your hands, and they will wash cleaner as well.

  4. Anonymous // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:09:00 PM  

    You should not use Petroleum jelly on the car battery terminals. Just don't do it man.

  5. Dawn // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:12:00 PM  

    Any specific reason why?

  6. Anonymous // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:15:00 PM  


    Because petroleum jelly is flammable.

  7. Timjim // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 3:29:00 PM  


    That doesn't make sense. In the article he suggests putting a birthday candle into petroleum jelly.

    How dangerous could it be?

  8. Anonymous // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:39:00 PM  

    My dentist recommended I put a thin layer on my gums at night because I breathe through my mouth while sleeping.

  9. Dawn // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:40:00 PM  

    Did the dentist recommend as a way to keep the mouth from drying out?

  10. Anonymous // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:10:00 PM  

    They also suggest that people who wear oxygen do not use petroleum jelly as a moisturizer on the mouth, lips, or nose because it (petroleum jelly) is flammable and, of course, the oxygen would fuel a fire if it were to start.

  11. Anonymous // Wednesday, June 16, 2010 5:16:00 PM  

    Absolutely @anon re: the oxygen thing. Lots of people getting oxygen up the nose get a dry nose and then shove vaseline up there to try and moisturize it. Vaseline is flammable, and adding oxygen = fire risk. Considering lots of people smoke (hence why they need their oxygen) you pull off oxygen, light up a cigarette (in your still-oxygen-enriched face) and FOOM

    airway burns.

  12. Anonymous // Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:16:00 AM  

    If you play contact sports (especially if you play them on fake turf) slather you knees and elbows with it to prevent injury. Also usefull to insulate yourself against bad weather.

  13. coupon codes // Friday, June 18, 2010 6:02:00 AM  

    i love to use it during winter season.its keep my skin soft & shine.

  14. buggy // Monday, June 21, 2010 8:33:00 AM  


    In the case of the candle in the petroleum jelly, the petroleum jelly is meant to be fuel for the wick in the candle to burn in addition to the normal wax. In the meantime, the jar keeps the whole thing contained.

    But in the case of the car battery, the last thing you want is open flame. The reaction inside of car batteries creates flammable gasses. If the petroleum jelly catches fire, so can the battery, which will often dutifully explode or burst into flames itself. This is also why jumper cable instructions are confusing-- to avoid the spark of the last connection happening too close to the battery.

  15. Sailbyte // Thursday, July 08, 2010 12:59:00 PM  

    For electrical applications, dielectric silicone grease is superior. It permits conductivity while preventing corrosion. I use it on all bulbs, etc. on my sailboat (don't want to climb the mast to replace lights); also recommended for lights and connectors in humid locations like automobiles, bathrooms and exterior fixtures. (Ever try to unscrew a vanity light after five years?)

    Being made of silicone instead of petroleum, it has great temperature characteristics (good for -40F to +400f); won't "run" when hot, as in a car's engine compartment.

    While silicone dielectric costs more per ounce than petroleum jelly, a 1/2 ounce tube lasts for years and years.

  16. Anonymous // Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:18:00 AM  

    Same but it doesn't stick!