Sunday, February 6, 2011

Did You Know What Else You Can Use Petroleum Jelly for?

Petroleum jelly is one of the cheapest products you can use to handle a lot of tasks.  In a previous post, I told you what a wonderful leather conditioner it is for handbags and shoes. 

However, it can also be used as a hairball solution on your cat.  Take a dab and apply it to your kitty's paw and let the cat lick it off.  This is less expensive than the commercial hairball preparation you buy and works just as effectively.  My own long-haired cat used to get this petroleum jelly treatment once a month without any ill effects. 

Another way to use petroleum jelly for your cat or dog is to put some on their dry, cracked paw pads to soothe their discomfort.  Be careful when walking your dog outside in the winter.  The poor animals can get salt wedged in their paws and sores can form also if you don't remember to wipe their paw pads. 

Petroleum jelly is also great to wipe away water marks.  Just apply a dab and let it sit undisturbed on the mark for 24 hours before wiping away and applying furniture polish.

If you have an outdoor lightbulb  and don't want to ever get it stuck, you need to apply some petroleum jelly around the threads of the bulb before screwing it into the socket.  This is helpful if you ever found yourself unable to wedge an outdoor bulb out because dirt and dust settled around it like glue.  The petroleum jelly will keep that lightbulb easy to remove even if the future.

For neater fingers when painting nails, I found that you can wipe off polish mistakes from the skin around the nails easier when a little petroleum jelly is applied.

When you use hair color, I also found that dabbing a tiny bit of petroleum jelly around your hairline and ears make it a breeze to wipe off hair color that mistakenly landed on your face and ears.

If you have a bird feeder and did not want to include squirrels, you do have a choice.  You can either share the feed with your birds and squirrels or grease the pole with petroleum jelly.  Squirrels can't climb up something they can't hold onto!

Dabbing your eyelashes lightly with some petroleum jelly will condition them while you sleep. 

Make sure you buy the large economy size of petroleum jelly because you will be using it all the time.

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