Surprisingly Uncommon Uses For Vicks VapoRub

Many of us have experienced the soothing effects of Vicks VapoRub being applied to our chests to relieve a stubborn cough or cold, but this handy little jar has many other practical uses, too!

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Soothe Achy Muscles

Maybe you went to too many kickboxing classes this week or perhaps you ran just a little farther than you had planned. No matter what the cause of your aching muscles, applying a thin layer of VapoRub to your skin and covering the area in a warm towel can do wonders to relieve the pain and get you back in action–fast.


Keep Pets In Their Places

For all those mischievous pets that have “accidents” or get into things they shouldn’t, Vicks can help. It’s easy to keep areas of your home puppy-free by leaving an open jar or two in all the rooms or areas you need Fido to steer clear of. The strong smell warns them to stay away. For the cats in your home, the same is true. Simply spread a small layer on window sills, ledges or other areas you want to keep for humans only.


Splinters & Cuts Quickly

If you’re short on Neosporin, putting a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on a splinter, cut, or other small wound helps accelerate the healing process and fights against germs and infections. For larger cuts or injuries, always consult a medical professional.

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Stop Headaches In Their Tracks

You can get a headache from loud noises, stress at work, pregnancy, an illness…the list is nearly endless. To get a handle on headaches fast, smear a little bit of VapoRub under your nose and breathe deeply. The soothing menthol helps to clear up everyday headaches in no time.


Fix Dry, Cracked Heels

In the cold winter months, heels and hands are especially prone to dryness. If the skin goes too long without moisture, you could end up with cracking, painful heels or hands. To deeply hydrate skin, layer on VapoRub a few times a day and layer with socks or bandages, until the cracks have healed.


Break Up Bruises

When your little ones accidentally get a bad bruise or two in a tumble, mix a pinch of salt with some VapoRub and apply it to the bruise. The combination will help to break up the bruise and heal it quickly.

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Protect Against Bugs

Just like your favorite canned insect repellent, applying a thin layer of Vicks VapoRub to exposed skin will help keep pesky mosquitos at bay on the beach, while you’re camping, or during a relaxing night in the yard. Plus, Vicks VapoRub can soothe bug bites.

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See what else Vicks VapoRub can do for you in this video.

VapoRub Isn’t Just For Coughs Anymore!

Who knew that using Vicks around the house could soothe a variety of other problems besides the common cough? By applying it to hands, feet or cuts, you can get the healing moisture your body needs. It can also help keep pets from destroying your home and so much more. Looks like we’ll be stocking up!