Using Petroleum Jelly


One of the least expensive and most useful items in my bathroom cabinet is a tub of petroleum jelly. I reach for that stuff almost every day of my life and for a variety of purposes. Since a whole jar of the stuff costs right around a dollar, even not on sale, it’s a very frugal option for a whole lot of uses. Here are a few of my favorites:

For baby:

  • a thin coat helps protect from diaper rash
  • lightly applied to chin, it prevents that drooly teething rash
  • helps heal chapped cheeks
  • protects minor cuts and scratches while they heal
  • forms a barrier to protect a healing circumcision site

For mama:

  • removes stubborn eye makeup
  • softens rough elbows and knees
  • soothes cracked, chapped hands and knuckles
  • moisturizes dry winter legs AND leaves a gleam-y glow behind
  • softens calloused feet (if, like me, you can’t stand to wear socks to bed, try applying the petroleum jelly, then sock right before working out– the heat helps it work!)
  • ease off a too-tight ring
  • fills in as cheap lip-gloss
  • helps staunch the bleeding from tiny shaving nicks

I use petroleum jelly for innumerable other things too! Next week, at our Valentine’s Exchange of Inspiration and Ideas, I’ll be sharing a craft that puts this stuff to use…

What do you use petroleum jelly for in your home? What’s the most useful product in your bathroom cabinet? I’d love to have you share!

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