Six on Saturday: New Uses for Vicks VapoRub


We all know that Vicks VapoRub is most widely used as on over-the-counter decongestant. But did you know that little bottle of topical cream can do more than just help you breathe?

new uses for vicks vaporub from inspiration for moms

Discover six new uses for Vicks VapoRub that will leave you feeling so cool! 😉

1) Stop your headaches. Got a headache and no pain relievers? Apply Vicks to your forehead or temples. The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve the pain.

2) Speed up the healing process. Applying dabs of Vicks VapoRub to cuts and splinters on your hands will actually help your body to heal faster. At the same time, it will also prevent any fungal infections.


3) Get nighttime cough relief. Generously rub Vicks on your feet and cover with socks. Within moments your cough will subside and in the morning you will wake a new, hacking free woman! (Unless you’re a man.) 😉

4) Prevent your cat from scratching.  To prevent cats from scratching every hard surface around with their sharp paws, rub some Vicks VapoRub on the area. Cats detest the smell and will steer clear of these things.


5) Help potty train your dog. Keep your costly rugs and floors clean and free of pet pee by applying Vicks VapoRub on areas where you don’t want your pets to mark their territory.

6) Repeal mosquitoes. Stay mosquito bite free this summer by rubbing Vicks on your arms and legs. Ingredients like eucalyptus, camphor and menthol have mosquito repealing qualities.


Do you know a new use for Vicks VapoRub?


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  1. It also gets rid of diabetic toe fungus. But, you must rub it on the infected toes twice a day, religiously for around six months for it to completely go away. But it does work!

  2. Never thought of these. Have book marked for future. Finally I can stop the cat scratching the stairs! #InspireMeMonday

  3. I am so going to try that trick when I get a headache. It makes sense that it would work, just never thought of trying that. Great post!

  4. Wow! I had no idea Vicks was so versatile. I have a spot on one of our doors that I’m rubbing some on today to keep the cat from scratching it up. And I’m glad to have a way to use it during the summer (for mosquitoes) since usually it gets buried in the back of the medicine cabinet once cold season ends. Thanks for linking this up at This Is How We Roll Thursday.

  5. Rub a band of Vicks around the sides of your raised vegetable garden – the snails won’t cross it.
    Same thing around the post of your letterbox if they tend to climb up there for their “snail mail” feast.

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