Most homes in America have a container of Vicks VapoRub in their medicine cabinet. If you do, you probably underestimate its many uses. VapoRub is much more versatile than advertised. And now we’re going to reveal ten unexpected uses for the common product that can improve your quality of life. And if you put even one of these into use, you could rest easier than before.
While it works effectively to ease your breathing, VapoRub is also a great moisturizer. And if you have cracked heels on your feet, this product can help them look smooth and fresh. Rub the ointment on your heels before bed. Then in the morning wash your feet and scrub off dead skin and moisturize. The product can also fight toenail fungus. Apply the ointment to your toenails before bed and wear a sock to cover it. In the morning wash your feet and clip your nails.
Teaching your pets to respect your home can be hard work. And if you have a pet that is not yet housetrained, Vicks VapoRub could be your unsung hero. The smell of the ointment is repulsive to animals and can remind animals about what they did wrong. You can use the product to prevent cats from scratching your furniture. You don’t have to rub it on the furniture – just leave the can open near the furniture to protect it.
If you have acne on your face or back, rub some Vicks onto pimples before you sleep. When you awake, wash your face and then repeat the treatment for a few nights until your symptoms have lessened.
Fade stretch marks
Stretch marks are a fact of life. If you have some, rub Vicks onto them every day. And over a few weeks, stretch marks and wrinkles will start to go away.
Reduce the appearance of bruises
If you’ve bumped something and developed a bruise, rub VapoRub and salt onto the contusion. Gently massage it in for a few minutes. The mixture can help reduce swelling and help the appearance of the bruise disappear.
You can reduce fat on your belly or upper arm. Mix Vicks with camphor, baking soda, and alcohol. This fat burning cream can work.
When you apply the menthol-based VapoRub onto a small cut, you can help relieve pain and help heal the wound faster.
Make your eyes water
While you probably won’t want to cry, if you need to give your tear ducts some exercise, this product can help. This could be helpful if you got something in your eye. Apply some rub beneath your eyes and the tears will flow.
Have an earache? Put some Vicks onto a cotton ball and put it in your ear for a few hours. Menthol’s antiseptic properties can fight pain and help heal the infection.
The smell of VapoRub can repel insects. Apply a layer to your exposed body parts. It’s cheaper and less toxic than regular bug spray. And if you got bitten, you can rub the VapoRub onto it to fight the itchiness.
What home remedies have worked for you?