Vicks VapoRub may have existed for over 100 years, but not too many people really know what it can be used for. If you are like me, you know it’s an ointment that’s at the bottom of the closet and that no one ever uses.
It is marketed as a topical chest cream that serves to alleviate cold-like symptoms, or sore muscles. But Vicks VapoRub has a lot more to offer.
There are two types of cream: normal and lemon. But the active ingredients in both types are the same. Vicks VapoRub uses a mixture of camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol.
Well, what can you do with a little Vicks VapoRub? There are eight surprising ways to use it in your everyday life. Be ready to look again at the bottom of your wardrobe and finally use some of the useful pomade that you have always ignored.
Below you can see 10 amazing uses and tricks of Vicks VapoRub you probably never heard of:
1. Reduce acne or pimples
Just rub a small amount of VapoRub into a bean before going to bed, the refreshing ingredients will work the anti-inflammatory magic through the night. Clean in the morning and repeat until the spot is gone!
2. Cleaning of nails
If you rub your nails with Vicks, you can fight any fungus that might be lurking. By rubbing a little Vicks on your nails, you can keep your toenails safe.
3. Cracked heels
Cracked heels may be an unpleasant and very annoying problem. You can get rid of them by placing some Vicks in your feet before going to bed. It will keep your feet hydrated and return to normal in no time.
4. Soothe muscles
Have you had a muscle caught during exercise? Rub some Vicks into the area of pain and relief will not take long.
5. Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow is a condition that affects many athletes and non-athletes alike. Vicks can help with the pain if you rub a little on the sore parts of your arm.
6. Heal small cuts
Menthol is a powerful antiseptic, meaning that placement in cuts or splinters may decrease the risk of infection.
7. Calm burns
Vicks can relieve the pain of minor burns, but make sure you talk to a medical professional if the burn is more than just a small.
8. Insect repellent
Cedar leaf oil, an ingredient of Vicks VapoRub, is a naturally occurring insect repellent. You can add a little to your clothes, furniture, or anywhere you want to keep insects off.
9. Help train your pets
Insects aren’t the only things that are deterred by the odor of VapoRub, cats and dogs are too! The strong smell of menthol will deter them from scratching and urinating on your furniture – you can leave an open bottle of Vicks in the area to deter them.
MedNet Direct also recommends that a small amount be mixed with water inside a spray bottle. Spray on furniture that you don’t want your pet to ruin.
10. Lubricate the hinges of the doors
Did you ever notice most hinge lubricating oils have an odd smell? All right, not VapoRub! Its oil properties are just as effective at loosening jammed hinges, so your home will smell great too.