How to use Vaseline in your preps

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Above is how to make a Vaseline candle in an emergency.

#3 Vaseline Use: Keeps stuff from sticking.
As a lubricant Vaseline is useful to keep stuff in your home from
sticking. Use it like oil or grease.


  • Emergency lubrication for a firearm. See the video at the
    bottom of the page from Sensible Prepper on how to use
    Vaseline for your equipment, including a firearm.

  • Keeps candle wax from sticking. Sometimes candle wax
    gets stuck at the bottom of a candle holder. To help with
    this sticky situation, coat the inside portion where you insert
    the candle with Vaseline. Doing this before you insert the
    candle will make things easier the next time around. Plan
    ahead and you can avert mess and get at the last bit of
    wax, which could be helpful in a long term survival situation
    where resources are limited.

  • Vaseline helps other things run smoothly:
  • Lubricates light bulb sockets, so they don't stick.
  • Keeps appliance racks in your refrigerator or oven from
    sticking.
  • Ensures window casters slide smoothly.
  • Greases sliding doors and door hinges, too

#4 Use of Vaseline: Prevents rust on Machinery
Vaseline has an extraordinary uses for machinery and metal
gadgets.In an economic crisis, Vaseline is good to have to keep
your machinery in good working order to prevent rust and
corrosion.  You'll find many more ways than listed here:
  • Lubes a bike chain in the event you don't have bike lubricant.
  • Provides proper friction for skateboard wheels.
  • Greases keyholes to ensure locks and keys work smoothly
    and efficiently. Helps locks work better especially in cold
    weather.
  • Prevents batteries from corroding.

#5 Use of Vaseline: Helps get zippers unstuck.
One way to use petroleum jelly to survive is to help you with
your gear in inclement weather. With Petroleum Jelly you can
lubricate zippers on tents, pillowcases, duvet covers, sweat
shirts, pants and jackets to ensure they pull smoothly and you
stay warm. Petroleum Jelly is handy around the tent, but also
your home.

Chapstick is another handy survival tool because it contains
Petroleum Jelly. If you don't have Vaseline, look for your lipbalm
to lubricate the zippers that get stuck.

#6 Use of Vaseline: Gets rid of a sticky mess.
Improvise use of petroleum jelly to get rid of a sticky problem,
such as resins on your hands.

  • Vaseline to clean hands. Clean dirty sticky hands with
    Vaseline. Your hands will feel soft, but it's not a moisturizer.
    The reason your hands will feel soft is that the Vaseline
    traps the moisture that would escape from your hands.

  • Removes gum. Petroleum jelly will remove gum stuck to
    hair or wood. Using Vaseline you can apply and work to slide
    of the gum .

#7: Vaseline use: Pest control.
An unusual use of Vaseline is for pest control.

  • Traps flies. Flies in the Vaseline ~ it's a song and a method
    for pest removal. Make a fly trap with paper and petroleum
    and here's how: layer petroleum jelly to paper strips and
    hang. Bugs land and can't fly away or tear their legs trying
    to get out of the sticky problem.

  • Curbs the ants problem. Keeps the ants away from your
    pet's food. When you mark the territory around the pet food
    with petroleum jelly and it will act as an invisible border.

  • Carpenter bees. Filling in the paint cracks and holes is the
    best way to keep carpenter bees from destroying your
    house. It's also possible to kill Carpenter bees by mixing
    Vaseline with drione dust. Here's how to kill carpenter bees.

#9: Vaseline use:  Lets you "shave" without water!
Petroleum Jelly helps you shave without water. While most use
petroleum jelly as an aftershave application to soothe legs and
face, if you are without water, you can use petroleum jelly to
shave. Then just wipe legs or face clean with a towel.

Again, we recommend you try coconut oil or shea butter before
you use petroleum jelly, but if you have no other options then
use the Vasoline.

#9: Vaseline use: Prepper First Aid.
Vaseline has a melting point that's just above body temperature,
and so it literally just melts into skin, between cells and gaps a
lipid barrier. It creates a barrier to lock in moisture and
simultaneously protects from the drying elements. Because of
these properties, petroleum jelly has many uses for first aid and
beauty when applied topically:
  1. Helps stitches heal better after surgery.
  2. Vaseline helps protect skin when applied after minor cuts,
    scrapes, and burns in absence of a topical antibiotic, such as
    Neosporin or Polysporin or if you are allergic to either of
    those medicines.
  3. Vaseline protects skin from wind burn and chapping to
    ounder cold weather conditions. To help heal chapped hands,
    load a generous portion on hands, then cover hands with
    gloves or mittens to keep them moistened for 20-minutes.
  4. Vaseline softens rough heels and elbows with petroleum
    jelly. By night, apply petroleum jelly to feet and cover with
    socks and you'll wake to softer feet.
  5. Vaseline relieves dry, itchy skin (eczema).
  6. Prevents diaper rash. (For diaper rash, use hospital grade
    white petroleum jelly, pictured right.)
  7. Guards against windburn.*

    * NOTE: Do NOT use petroleum jelly on burn wounds, as the
    product will provide a barrier and trap bacteria.

#10 Vaseline Use: has infinite cosmetic value!
If you're a spendthrift then you'll love petroleum jelly and if you
need to make do with something inexpensive, Vaseline

  • Vaseline uses for the lips. Vaseline acts as a lip balm to
    moistens lips (use petroleum jelly as a lip balm or gloss)!

  • Vaseline uses for hangnails on fingers and toes. Vaseline
    keeps hang nails at bay with petroleum jelly by rubbing
    some around your nail bed to keep the area moistened.

  • Vaseline uses for facial or foot scrub. Epsom salt mixed
    with petroleum jelly makes an excellent exfoliant scrub, use
    gently on the face or scrub away skin to soften heels with
    Petroleum Jelly!

  • Vaseline uses for hair:
  • Vaseline helps keeps scalp moist (reducing childhood
    dandruff).
  • Vaseline provides hair sheen and reduces the appearance of
    split ends!

Vaseline alternatives
Looking for an alternative to Petroleum Jelly? Surprisingly,
Vaseline is an organic product, but as luring as it is for preppers
to use Vaseline in the name of preparedness, both Vaseline and
the generics are a byproduct of the petroleum industry! As such
many preppers are looking for more natural alternatives. As good
as Vaseline is for preppers, there are alternatives.

  • Waxelene as a Vaseline alternative: Waxelene, pictured
    top right, is a Jelly alternative! Simple, natural and certified
    organic ingredients with amazing properties plus a patented
    aeration process have enabled Waxelene to use no
    petroleum or artificial ingredients. Use for dry skin, make-up,
    lips, sports, babies and so much more! Waxelene is made of
    organic soy oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and natural
    Vitamin E (from soybeans). That's it.

  • Alba Botanica Un-Petroleum Jelly: Alba Botanica Un-
    Petroleum Jelly, pictured in orange, provides a rich moisture
    barrier to protect skin from chafing and irritation while
    offering petroleum-free hydration. Formulated with pure
    plant oils and all botanical waxes, there's no petroleum
    jelly, no parabens, no phthalates, nor any synthetic
    fragrances. Made iwth 100% vegetarian ingredients, this
    multi-purpose jelly soothes, moisturizes and softens.

  • Coconut Oil as a Vaseline alternative: Coconut oil, which
    thickens nicely, applies beautifully to moisturize skin like
    Vaseline.

  • Honey as a Vaseline alternative: Honey applied topically
    heals wounds, just like Vaseline.

  • Olive Oil as a Vaseline alternative: Olive oil has lubricating
    properties, just like Vaseline.

  • Beeswax as a Vaseline alternative: Beeswax makes an
    excellent lip balm, like Vaseline and is a popular ingredient
    in many cosmetics for this reason.

  • Recipe for Home-made Vaseline. Here is a recipe for
    homemade Vaseline made from Beeswax and Olive Oil.

What is Petroleum Jelly?
Petroleum jelly is the generic name of Vaseline, a lubricant, and
is a byproduct of the petroleum industry. Surprisingly, Vaseline is
an organic product, but that doesn't mean you should put some
on your skin. Better options for Vaseline include, coconut oil,
shea butter and basically any
carrier oil you may use, or
Waxlene, pictured right, which is a petroleum jelly alternative.
See more alternatives listed at the bottom of the page.

Take note that Vaseline brand of Petroleum Jelly is "highly-
refined, triple-purified and regarded as non-carcinogenic,"
according to the manufacturer.  Made from 100 percent pure triple
purified petroleum jelly, Vaseline contains no colors, fragrances,
or other irritants. It is hypo-allergenic, and non-comedogenic,
meaning it will not block your pores, which isn't necessarily true
of the other brands. Again, it's great for an emergency, but it
doesn't mean you should apply the stuff on  your skin when there
are better options.
Above, Instructibles illustrates how effective Vaseline is with tinder in
firestarting.

#2 Use of Vaseline: As a candle.
With petroleum jelly you can create a makeshift candle. Be sure
to transfer the jelly into an appropriate vessel. Do
not use the
plastic jar that contains your jelly as it can catch fire and add
more problems to your emergency. Likewise, thin glass may not
be able to withstand the heat. Below is a video with the simple
instructions. You need just three things: cotton, petroleum jelly
and a metal plate:
Surprising Survival uses of Vaseline
Learn how Petroleum Jelly can help you survive

How to use Vaseline for Survival:
Vaseline petroleum jelly is extremely useful to have on hand in a
survival situation. For starters it's a popular fire accelerant, but it
also has several first aid uses and can help you with your survival
gear. Go beyond thinking of Vaseline for your chapped lips and
hands! Below is how to use petroleum jelly to survive...

How to use Vaseline for Survival
Originally called "wonder jelly," this oddly green slime has many
fascinating uses for preppers in first aid and beyond. It's sublime
for survival! Discover the unconventional uses for petroleum jelly
to help you survive, but first know this: while petroleum jelly has
many uses, but you should
never use Petroleum Jelly on burns.



Here's how to use Petroleum Jelly for Survival

#1 Use of Vaseline: As an accelerant.
One of the most basic survival uses of Vaseline petroleum jelly is
as an accelerant to help give your campfire a boost. Petroleum
jelly fuels your fire in combination with tinder (it won't work
without the tinder):

  • Cotton balls and Vaseline: Scouts douse cotton balls in
    Vaseline and store them in zip locked bags for easy retrieval
    when lighting a fire while camping. Each ball will burn about
    ten minutes. The combination is a classic fire starter, but
    you can mix Vaseline with any fluffy tinder you have. In
    nature or in your bugout bag.

  • Chips and Vaseline. You can use Cheatos or Doritoes chips
    with Vaseline in an emergency to really get your fire going.
    On the list of weird survival tools, these chips will burn on
    their own, but with Vaseline you'll find a more robust and
    immediate flame. For obvious reasons, this technique isn't
    recommended if you have little ones around.

  • Gauze and Vaseline: Soldiers keep gauze in their medical
    kits with petroleum jelly because they are multi-use survival
    items. If you keep them separate, you'll have gauze
    dressings ready for medical purposes and you're also ready
    for firestarting.

  • Dryer lint and Vaseline. Another of the variations of this
    firestarting method is to collecting lint from the dryer to use
    as your tinder. Mix lint with Vaseline and insert into a tube
    of toilet paper. Light with a match and leave it in the tube
    to get your fire going.
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Above, Sensible Prepper shares some of his favorite ways to use Petroleum
Jelly. We caution however, not to take his advice on using Vaseline on cuts.
Vaseline is non-sterile, and will actually promote bacterial proliferation!

Don't use Vaseline on burns and cuts. Other than that you'll find
a bevvy of creative uses of petroleum jelly if you're a prepper.

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