We think that there isn’t one person in the world that hasn’t heard about Vicks VapoRub. In this article, we’re sharing with you some unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub.
Vicks VapoRub has been around for over 100 years and is one of the most widely used and popular over-the-counter decongestants. It’s an age-old mentholated topical cream intended to relieve head, throat, and chest stuffiness. Vicks VapoRub is known for its anti fungal properties. It uses menthol to elicit a response from receptors in the nose and chest and can work wonders on children with colds or chronic bronchitis. However, did you know that it can do much more than that? Here are 12 pretty unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub.
1. Get rid of nail fungus
If you have a nail fungus, apply Vicks VapoRub on your toenails. Withing a few days, the affected nail will start changing its color and it will turn dark. But don’t worry, this means that Vicks is killing the fungus. When your toenail will grow out, the dark part will grow off and you won’t have a nail fungus problem anymore. You should keep applying the ointment over a period of two weeks to fully cleanse the nail beds of any remaining bacteria.
2. Decongestant for your chest
One of the most common uses for Vicks VapoRub is to act as a decongestant for your chest and throat area. Apply it to the upper chest, and it will provide an excellent relief of cough and congestion symptoms.
3. Prevent a mosquito bite
Apply small dabs of Vicks VapoRub to your skin and clothes and the mosquitoes won’t bite you anymore. However, if you do get bitten, apply Vicks to the area and cover it with a Band-Aid to relieve the itching.
4. Feet rub for cough relief
When you apply Vicks VapoRub to your feet it provides nighttime cough relief. All you need to do is generously rub VapoRub all over your feet and cover them with socks. You’ll feel a relief within moments, and in the morning you should be cough-free.
5. Paper cuts and splinters
If you have a small cut or a splinter, in order to prevent an infection and speed up the healing time, dab a small amount of Vicks on it.
6. Achy muscles
Vicks relieves sore and overworked muscles. It increases the circulation and provides almost an instant aid. Use a generous portion and apply it all over the aching area.
Here are 6 more unusual uses for Vicks VapoRub:
7. Ticks and bugs
If you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor might help get the critter to release itself and stop bugging you.
8. Relieve a headache
If you have a headache, just rub a small amount of Vicks VapoRub on your temples and forehead. The mentholated scent will release the pressure in your head and instantly relieve the pain.
9. Focused racehorses
Professional racers smother VapoRub under the nostrils of racehorses on race day. The strong smell will prevent the racehorses from being unfocused on the race because of the alluring odor of the female pony.
10. Stop your pet from peeing in your home
If your dog or cat is not yet potty trained, put an open bottle of Vicks on the area he or she likes to mark as their territory. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and wetting your rug.
11. Humidify the air and breath easily
Vicks VapoRub can be used in special types of humidifiers and vaporizers. Check first if your humidifier has an aromatherapy compartment before using Vicks in it. The humidifier will circulate Vicks throughout the air and keep you breathing easy all night long.
12. Stop your cat from scratching
Cats are notorious for scratching every hard surface they get their claws on. To prevent your cat from ruining your doors, walls, and windows, apply a small amount of VapoRub to these areas. Since cats detest this smell they’ll steer clear. Vicks can also be applied to your arms and legs if your kitty is prone to scratching you.
Even though these uses for Vicks VapoRub are amazing, you should be careful when you use it for the first time. Also, be cautious when you apply it on your children’s skin. Be assured first that both of you don’t react negatively to it.