This one might have a touch of the “old wives’ tale”; however, there are accounts of VapoRub being skin-saving sorcery and reducing the appearance of stretch marks. While medical professionals maintain that retinol is definitely the better option, a cost-effective hack is slathering VapoRub over the stretch marks and wrapping the area in cling wrap!
The idea is that the eucalyptus is a highly effective wound and scar healer and helps diminish the appearance of stretch marks. Additionally, the petroleum works as a hydrating agent, so the skin looks smoother. The clingfilm part might seem a bit awkward, but hey, it works.
Say goodbye to your stretch marks. This is worth it.
Bug Bite Balm
If you go outside in the summer, even if it's just a 5-second excursion to throw out the trash, chances are you might have a bug bite or two. Or, possibly, even more than that if you were out for a full-blown camping trip. If an itchy, throbbing bug bite occurs, a blob of VapoRub over the offending area could minimize the symptoms and prevent the bite area from being scratched.
As this should only be used with insignificant bites such as mosquitoes or gnats, and due to the fact that none of us are experts when it comes to identifying bugs, we will have to pass. Apparently, if it is a spider bite or worse, you should seek medical attention immediately!
Get out your insect identifier, or call it a waste of time. This is worthless.
Buff It Out
Use VapoRub to create a clear, quick shine on non-fabric handbags and shoes. Dull items can experience a quick revival with a spot of VapoRub and elbow grease. Make sure to test a dab of VapoRub on the handbag or shoe before slathering it all over and potentially ruining it.
If handbags or shoes are looking a bit scuffed and dusty, dip a cloth in a small amount of VapoRub and rub it over the item in fast, circular motions. The eucalyptus oil may help break down greasy patches, and the turpentine oil will give it a glossy coat.
Bring your shoes back to life. This is worth it.
In a rush and short on time to touch up your expert manicure? Perhaps the nail polish is looking a bit dull. Instantly revive it with a glossy glow by rubbing a minuscule amount of VapoRub over the nail polish.
The petroleum jelly and turpentine oil will create a shimmering effect and bring out the nail polish color. Now, there is one thing we can't get over. The jelly will make fingers a bit sticky and slippery — trying to carefully wipe the fingertips and fingers clean and not wipe any of the VapoRub off the nails themselves is not a useful tip, in our opinion.
Keep your fingertips clean and keep your manicure complete. Worthless.
The Classic Chest Rub
This one is a classic. Are there any VapoRub newbies around? This is the granddaddy of all VapoRub uses, but we felt we might need to include it on this list in case there are some first-timers! The classic VapoRub hack: a chest covered in VapoRub to ease congestion.
Every kid that has had flu has likely fallen asleep with their chest smeared in VapoRub. Menthol, eucalyptus oil, and camphor all act to break up congestion and open up airways. What also could be beneficial is the FEELING of the VapoRub on the chest – a warm, tingling sensation that can improve mood.