Uses for Petroleum Jelly

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A soft paraffin like product, commercially known as Vaseline, that can be helpful for many personal needs and around the house. This is a page about uses for petroleum jelly.


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Rub petroleum jelly around the neck of a new bottle of nail polish to keep the cap from sticking.

Dab a very thin layer of petroleum jelly over the spot where you plan to apply perfume. Since perfume reacts to oils, the scent will linger much longer.

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By sooz from Toronto, ON

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Sometimes you can get tar from walking on the beach here in California - either on your shoes or on your bare feet! I had just read that applying petroleum jelly to grease would help get it off, so I used it on the white soles of my boat shoes. Voila! The tar was removed.


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January 26, 2018

Petroleum jelly, whether Vaseline or a store brand, can be used as a moisturizer. Dermatologists recommend it for dry skin. Some consumers will not use it because it is in fact petroleum based and choose to use other oils or commercial products. The controversy continues. This is a page about using petroleum jelly as a moisturizer.

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May 24, 2017

Editor's Note: This method of keeping ants out of your hummingbird feeder is no longer recommended as it can cause damage to the birds. You can find more useful ways to keep ants out of your feeders here:


Keeping Ants Out of Your Hummingbird Feeder

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May 24, 2017

Vaseline, when used in moderation, can help keep your skin moisturized which will aid in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. This is a page about use vaseline for young looking skin.

Fingers getting Vaseline from Tin

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October 1, 2010

Put a little petroleum jelly on the side of a candle holder before you put the candle in. The remaining candle will be easier to remove once the candle has burned.



Uses for Petroleum Jelly

I either put petroleum jelly in the bottom of the candle holder or spray a bit of Pam before adding candle. Works great for removing used up candle. (04/30/2010)

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