Vicks VapoRub, the minty ointment which most of you are likely to have lying around unused somewhere in your home, is traditionally used to prevent colds, flu, and chest congestion, but it could also have a number of other uses that you may or may not have heard of.
Getting rid of wrinkles, a treatment for ear infections, and a cream for parched skin are just several of the many uses of VapoRub. Below we’ve listed 10 unlikely uses for this cream.
1. Foot Care
As we suggested, Vicks VapoRub is an excellent moisturizer and will come in handy against cracked elbows and heels. Just apply some of the ointment on your heels or elbows before going to bed and be sure to wear socks made of 100% cotton.
Clean your feet/elbow with warm water first thing in the morning and you should be able to see a small improvement. Also, use VapoRub if you have toenail fungus and it will help a great deal in eliminating the infection.
2. Potty Train Your Pets
Instead of spending a lot of your hard-earned money on training your pet to potty-train you pet, you can use some VapoRub instead. Put some of this minty ointment on places where your pet frequently pees and they will stay clear of that place.
Moreover, put some of the VapoRub on your furniture to prevent your cat from scratching it, or on your shoes to prevent your puppy from munching on it.
3. Heals Bruises
Apply some VapoRub on bruised areas and it will significantly help expedite the healing process.
4. Reduces the Appearance of Stretch Marks and Wrinkles
Rub some Vicks VapoRub on areas where stretch marks and wrinkles appear and they will disappear after a while. Also, you can rub some on your face to reduce the appearance of the fine lines.
5. Relieves Earache
Apply just a tiny bit of the VapoRub on a cotton ball and put it in your ear for several hours to treat ear infections. The minty cream will relieve you of pain and, in time, it will cure the infection as well.
6. Eliminates Acne
Rub some VapoRub on your pimples or acne before going to bed and it will help a lot in eliminating them.
7. Makes You Cry
It may sound ridiculous and downright useless (unless you’re trying to act), but putting a small amount of VapoRub under your eyes will give the impression that you have been crying due to the potent aroma.
Just be careful not to get any of it in your eyes as it will be quite painful and irritating.
8. Insect Repellant
During the summer, when insects reign supreme, VapoRub may come off as quite the repellant. You should rub some on your arms and legs and it will protect you from those irksome and vexing insect bites.
9. Eliminates Fat
If you mix baking soda with a little VapoRub, some alcohol and camphor, it will create a mixture that is a potent burner of fat accumulated anywhere in your body.
10. Expedite the Healing of Cuts and Wounds
Vicks VapoRub contains camphor and menthol which rapidly accelerate the healing of minor wounds and cuts.