How to use Vaseline in your preps

prepping and survival articles
------------------------------------------------- Revised 08/17/16
(C) Copyright  2012-2016 by All rights reserved. The site happily targets concerned
citizens who are self-reliant survivalists, preppers and homesteaders with original content on survival
following societal collapse. You may link to our site, but
you may NOT reproduce any part of our content, or
store our content in any retrieval system to represent it as your own. Further, you may not transmit content in
any other form or by any means, including (but not limited to) electronic, photocopy, mechanical, or recording
without written consent. makes no warranties. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising
program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to,, or Amazon is a great place to buy emergency supplies. In
other words, we recommend prepping gear sold on
Amazon. It's a great place to shop.

Get prepared! Read more emergency preparedness information on our home page.

article on the surprising uses of Vaseline was archived by the and saved at least 10
times between October 21, 2013 and March 15, 2015.
petroleum jelly for survival
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!

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.

So use Vaseline!  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 accelerant 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!

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
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 squeaks.
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" 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.

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 Aid.
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!

  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 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.

Related articles...

Prepare to live happily ever after with us at - the Web site of emergency
preparedness, prepping, survival, homesteading and self-sufficiency.
Vaseline in a squeeze tube
White petrolatum packets
From Instructibles - Vaseline as Tinder
Vaseline for lips
Waxeline is a petroleum jelly alternative
Waxelene is an all natural alternative to petroleum jelly
Alba un-petroleum Jelly
Six pack of vaseline
Petroleum packets
How to use Vaseline in your Preps
Prepper's Guide to the Food Saver
Water survival
Peak Milk Banner
Flashlights for preppers
Prepper's barterting list
How to remove lead from your drinking water
Prepping skills to teach your kids
Is fluoride dangerous? Is fluoride bad for me?
Kids bugout  bags
Happy Preppers site for survivalists + preppers
Real butter in a can
Vaseline Pure ultra white petroleum jelly
Google +