Vicks is a tried and true age-old mentholated topical cream that is great for relieving stuffiness from a cold, relieving headaches, sore throats and more. But did you know you can use Vicks VapoRub for more than chest congestion? There are many Vicks VapoRub hacks that you can use for many conditions besides coughs and colds.
Anytime we showed one sign of a cough, runny nose, ache or pain, the Vicks came out and boy did we get lathered up. My mom or dad would layer it on my chest, behind my knees, and on my feet. When I woke up I would notice a ton of difference in how I felt. I love the age we live in, where people try new things and find new ways to use a regular everyday product like Vicks VapoRub! Enjoy these Vicks VapoRub hacks and unique ways to use up that 1/2 used jar sitting in your cabinet.
Vicks VapoRub Hacks and Unique Uses
A quick note first, using your fingers may cause bacteria to grow in the jar, so best bet is to use clean cotton balls or swabs with each use. Do not redip the applicator into the jar once it touches skin.
Relieve A Headache
If you find yourself with a headache that won’t go away, rub a little Vicks VapoRub on your temples, and feel the release. The menthol will help relieve the pressure and offer a cooling effect.
Paper Cuts Or Hangnail
You can apply Vicks to paper cuts and hangnails. It will help prevent infection and speed up healing.
Cat Scratch Prevention
Cats are known for sinking their claws into things they shouldn’t. Apply a small amount of Vicks to areas your cat won’t leave alone, and watch your cat steer clear. They don’t like the smell and won’t go near it.
If your pet is struggling with going to the bathroom inside, set a jar of VapoRub in the area, and the smell will fill the room. This will deter them from using the bathroom in the area.
If your toenails have some fungus you can grab your Vicks. Apply Vicks over a period of two weeks to your nail beds, and it will begin to kill the fungus. The area might turn black which means that it is killing the fungus. As your nail grows the fungus will come off. A little gross but it works.
If you have a fresh bruise and you want to speed up the healing process, try this. Mix a pinch of salt with some VapoRub and apply it to the bruise. It will help the discoloration fade faster and heal quicker. This really only works on new bruises.
Genius Vicks VapoRub Hacks!
Hydrates Dry Feet
If your feet get pretty dry apply some Vicks on the heels and other troubled areas. Put socks on and leave on through the night. In the morning wash the remaining VapoRub off of your feet. The Vicks helps moisturize the skin through the night. This is probably one of the better known Vicks VapoRub hacks and for good reason. It really works!
If you suffer from tennis elbow, apply Vicks once to twice a day to help soothe and relieve that pain.
Apply Vicks twice a day for two weeks to help get rid of athletes foot.
If you have a tick on you apply some VapoRub onto the tick. The strong smell will cause them to release from your skin, and you can then dispose of the tick.
Simply apply some Vicks to your stretch marks each day, and within 2-3 weeks you will begin to notice them fading.
Is your ear hurting you? Apply Vicks to a cotton ball and place in the ear, it will help relieve the ache and pain.
Get Stuck-On Matte Lipstick Off
If your matte lipstick won’t let go of your lips, apply Baby Vicks and let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then wipe clean and rinse.
Apply a dab here and there on your skin in the summer months to repel mosquitoes. Also if you get bit by a mosquito apply it to the bite and it will stop the itching.
If you have a pimple, dab a little VapoRub on the pimple and the next morning it will be gone or have shrunk a good amount.
If you have run out of your muscle rub cream, you can substitute Vicks. It will help relieve pressure on muscles and offer that cooling sensation.