How to use Vaseline in your preps

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Surprising Survival uses of Vaseline
Learn why Petroleum Jelly is a prepper favorite!

Originally called "wonder jelly," indeed Vaseline is a versatile
product. Vaseline petroleum jelly is an oddly green slime that
has many fascinating uses for preppers!

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 optiohns.

Below are some of the curious uses for the product, which
apply to preppers...

Reasons to Stock Vaseline in your Preps

Reason #1: Vaseline is an accellerant for
Vaseline (or the generic equivalent, petroleum jelly) is an ideal
fuel when combined with cotton balls as a
fire starter. Scouts
have long packed cotton balls doused in Vaseline and then into
zip locked bags for camping. The combination acts as tinder.
Each ball will burn about ten minutes. Scouts carry Vaseline
dipped cotton balls, solider carry Vaseline gauze dressings,
which help for medical purposes and firestarting!

Because Vaseline is an accelerant for firestarting, you can also
use it to make a Vaseline candle:

Reason #2: Vaseline prevents Rust on Machinery
and Metal gadgets.
Vaseline has an extraordinary uses for machinery. You'll find
many more ways than listed here:
  • Lubes a bike chain in the event you don't have bike
  • Provides proper friction for skateboard wheels.
  • Greases keyholes to ensure locks and keys work smoothly
    and efficiently.
  • Lubricates light bulb sockets, so they don't stick.
  • Keeps your appliance racks from sticking (refrigerator,
    oven, etc.)
  • Ensures your zippers slide smoothly.
  • Helps your shower curtains and closet doors slide easily.
  • Prevents batteries from corroding.
  • Keeps window casters sliding smoothly.

Reason #3: Vaseline keeps candle wax from
Prepper use lots of candles, and sometimes candle wax gets
where it shouldn't -- namely where you need to put the next
candle in the hole. To help with a sticky situation, coat the
inside portion where you insert the candle with Vaseline, and
after you insert the candle and use it, the remains of candle
won't stick. This makes the whole process easier to get replace
the candle!

Reason #4: Vaseline helps get zippers unstuck.
Lubricate zippers on tents, pillowcases, duvet covers, sweat
shirts, pants and jackets to ensure they pull smoothly.

Reason #5: Vaseline lubricates door hinges, stops
Take care of squeaky doors by lubricating them with Vaseline.

Reason #6: Vaseline restores leather.
Restore the shine of your leather work with a dab of petroleum
jelly and rub onto a scratchy surface of leather to get back the

Reason #7: Vaseline removes gum.
Petroleum jelly will remove gum stuck to hair or wood. It helps
the gum slide off.

Reason #8: Vaseline keeps the flies away.
Make a fly trap with paper. Layer petroleum jelly to paper
strips and hang. Bugs land and can't fly away (or they tear
their legs trying).

Reason #9: Vaseline helps "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.

Reason #10: Vaseline keeps ants away from the
pet food.
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.

Reason #11: Vaseline is Essential in Prepper First
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
  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.

Reason #12: Vaseline has infinite cosmetic value!
If you have no alternative, Vaseline has infinite cosmetic value
and so it's important to note.
  1. Vaseline uses for the lips. Vaseline acts as a lip balm to
    moistens lips (use petroleum jelly as a lip balm or gloss)!
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. Vaseline uses for hair:
  • Vaseline helps keeps scalp moist (reducing childhood
  • 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

  • Waxelene as a Vaseline alternative: Waxelene, pictured
    top right and immediate right, is the ultimate Petroleum
    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

  • 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.

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