How to use Vaseline in your preps

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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 sticking.
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

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
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 20-
  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 moistened.
  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 alternatives.

  • 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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Because Vaseline is an acelerant for firestarting, you can also
use it to make a Vaseline candle:
Surprising Survival uses of Vaseline
Learn why Petroleum Jelly is a prepper favorite!

How to use vaseline in your preps:
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 firestarting.
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!
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