According to different sources, the jury is somewhat out on this one. The diehard VapoRub supporters, though, insist this hack works. If your partner or someone you sleep near to is sensitive to the aroma of VapoRub, then slathering it all over your chest to cure congestion or cough at bedtime is probably not a good idea.
Instead, VapoRub hackers insist that rubbing the soles of the feet with VapoRub and immediately dressing the feet in socks works just as well as if the VapoRub was on your chest! Hey, your shoes will smell great too!
We have covered that VapoRub can help soothe minor burns, but in addition to this, it goes a step further and may even prevent infection from setting in. It is suggested to apply VapoRub after a superficial injury occurs, say, for example, a small cut from a knife or a scrape.
The petroleum jelly will help seal the wound and prevent any bacteria from entering, while the menthol and eucalyptus oil might even kill any bacteria at the wound site itself. This is not a recommended sterilizing method, though, and the wound itself must be cleaned with a disinfectant.
Feeling like Michaelangelo, you lay your paintbrush down and admire your handiwork. But being such a prodigious artist does not come without its occupational hazards. If you have been painting only to later find a large splotch of paint on your skin, look for the nearest VapoRub bottle.
The petroleum jelly and turpentine oil will absorb the paint, and the menthol, camphor, and eucalyptus oil may even aid in breaking the obstinate paint down. Splodge the spot with VapoRub and use gentle motions with an old cloth to softly and slowly work the paint off the skin.
Fungal Toenail Foes
A medical study using VapoRub found that the ointment had a very “positive clinical effect” on combating the growth and spread of toenail fungus. Be liberal with this one; the more VapoRub over the offending critters, the better. The antiseptic properties of camphor may kill the fungal colony off altogether.
It is suggested to continue clipping the toenail as usual as this will remove the infection underneath it and allow the VapoRub to penetrate the nailbed further. If the toenail becomes discolored, do not fret, it is due to the infection and not the VapoRub. As always, seek medical advice!
Eye Make-Up Eraser
Seriously steady hands are needed for this VapoRub trick. The active ingredients in VapoRub combine together very usefully in breaking down and removing make-up. Eye make-up works particularly well as it is not oily, and the VapoRub usually removes it in one smooth wipe.
It is suggested to use a tiny dab of VapoRub on a piece of cotton wool and only wipe under the eye and on the eyelids. It is vital that no VapoRub comes into contact with the eyelashes, tear ducts, or the eye itself, as the ingredients can cause immense irritation.