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Petroleum Jelly Uses

Some Day-to-day and Practical Uses of Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons. Here are some great ways of using this jelly.
HomeQuicks Staff
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2018
Petroleum jelly is a flammable mixture, and its purest form is colorless. If it is not distilled well, then it is pale yellow in color. The jelly has healing properties, hence it is used for curing minor injuries. It can be used for skin protection, because of which many people use it as a cosmetic.
Uses of Petroleum Jelly
Damaged wooden table
  • Petroleum jelly is good for damages on wooden furniture. Apply a small quantity to the damage, allow it to stay on for at least 12 hours, then remove the excess jelly with a soft cloth or a paper towel.
Woman Fashion Hand Bag
  • The jelly can be used to add shine to shoes, purses, and boats. Apply a thin coat and wipe off the excess jelly. This will keep these materials away from water and other pollutants present in the air.
Door and Hinge
  • If your door is making a squeaky sound, then you can apply this jelly to the hinge which will reduce the sound.
  • Before you apply any color or dye on your hair, apply some white petroleum jelly along the hairline and ears to keep your skin from staining.
Hand skin treatment
  • It helps in healing cuts and sores as it protects the wounds from moisture and bacteria. You can also use the jelly to heal scars.
  • Petroleum jelly can be used as a moisturizer. As it is devoid of chemicals, it does not have an adverse effect on the skin. You can apply it on your lips to prevent chapping.
  • You can increase the lasting time of a perfume with this jelly. Apply the jelly on your pulse points before spraying perfume. This will surely make the fragrance last longer.
Mature Woman Gardening
  • Before you do any gardening, repairing, or cleaning activities, apply some of this jelly on your hands so that it will keep the dirt away, and will help make your hands softer.
Applying nail paint
  • In order to avoid nail paint running over cuticles, you can apply petroleum jelly over them, and you can wipe off the jelly after you have completed applying the nail paint. Wiping the jelly off will also remove the nail paint present on the cuticles.
Baby wearing a diaper
  • If your baby is experiencing a diaper rash, then you can apply this jelly on the affected area as it helps to heal the rash and provides a protective layer.
woman eye with eyelashes
  • Applying this jelly on the eyelashes daily before sleeping helps them grow stronger, thicker, and longer. You can apply the jelly over eyeliner to enhance your eye makeup.
  • It's good for the elimination of lice. Applying a large amount of jelly on the scalp will get rid of lice.
  • This jelly prevents wind burn. It acts as a barrier between the skin and wind, thus avoiding wind burn.
  • If you apply petroleum jelly under your nose, it will not allow pollen to enter the nose, thus minimizing the chances of allergies.
Candlestick in black and white
  • Before you place the candlesticks on a candle stand, apply a bit of jelly to the stand. This will allow you to wipe the dripped wax off easily.
Petroleum jelly mainly consists of soft paraffin which is a semi-solid mixture containing hydrocarbons. Make sure that you do not apply this lubricant on fresh burns as it can trap heat in the burns. Also, people with nasal congestion should avoid this jelly.