Top 21 Unexpected Uses for Vicks VapoRub


Vicks VapoRub ointment is indicated for use on the chest, back and throat for suppression of cough, or on joints and muscles as a pain relief. But it can also be used for many more conditions. Here are 21 uses of VapoRub, you`ll find some of them unexpected, but all of them very useful.

  1. Cracked heels and feet

Before going to bed, put some Vicks on the feet and heels, and the put on socks. In the morning, rinse the ointment and exfoliate the softened skin with pumice stone. You`ll be surprised by how smooth and refreshed your feet are.

  1. For stretch marks

The VapoRub will reduce the visibility of the stretch marks in only two weeks of regular application.

  1. Anti-fungal treatment

If your finger or toenails are infected with fungus, apply the ointment and put on gloves/socks. Repeat twice a day until complete recovery.

  1. Acne

For acne problems, apply the ointment only on the acne, few times a day. The acne will dry and the skin will be soothed.

  1. As s moisturizer

Vicks is an excellent skin moisturizer.

  1. If your cat is scratching everything…

Rub the ointment on the places the cat scratches the most (doors, walls, windows) and you`ll never see another scratch.

  1. If your pet pees inside the house…

To prevent the pet froing peeing inside the house, leave a bottle of open VapoRub in that area.

  1. Mosquito repellent

Why buy expensive repellents when you can simply apply some VapoRub on your skin or clothes.

  1. Insect repellent

Open a bottle of Vicks to keep away flies, ants or other insects.

  1. Cough and congestion relief

For cough and congestion symptoms, just apply some Vicks on the throat and chest.

  1. Eczema

The VapoRub can reduce the itching sensation and inflammation caused by eczema.

  1. For removing warts

If you can`t get rid of your warts, just put some ointment on them, cover them with some cloth or gauze and put on socks. After two weeks of this treatment, twice a day, they`ll disappear completely.

  1. Tennis Elbow pain

Massage the painful area with the ointment- the menthol and camphor from Vicks will relieve the tennis elbow pain.

  1. Cuts and splinters

Applying VapoRub on a cut or splinter will prevent possible infection and speed up the healing.

  1. Anti-cellulite and fat burning cream

Combination of Vicks and few other ingredients you can find at your home can reduce the fat and cellulite from the legs and stomach. Rub the areas with the mixture and wrap it with black plastic strip, preferably before exercising or before going to bed; leave it for at least half an hour or overnight.

For this home-made cream you`ll need:

  • Squeezed camphor
  • Alcohol
  • Vicks Vaporub and
  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Blend them all together and keep the cream in a plastic or glass container.

  1. Ear ache

With a cotton ball, apply some ointment in the ear you relieve the pain. Also, you can put some ointment on a garlic clove (previously warmed in a microwave, for 10 second), and then insert it in the affected ear.

  1. Focused Racehorses

This is a tip from professional racers- rub some Vicks under the nostrils of the racehorse, and he`ll be focused only on the race.

  1. Athlete`s feet

In order to heal the athlete`s feet, apply Vicks on it, two times a day.

  1. Sore muscles

For sore muscles, massage them with some Vicks and cover the area with warm towel, until the pain is gone; repeat if necessary, but only up to three times in one day.

  1. Bruises

For fresh bruises, apply some VapoRub on them with just a little bit of salt- they`ll be gone in no time.

  1. Sinuses headaches

The menthol from Vicks will help with headaches and cold, just rub some under the nose and breathe deeply.