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10 Vaseline Uses & Hacks For Every Gardener

A jar of Vaseline in your home can do wonders in your garden! Here are some awesome Vaseline Uses and Hacks that really work!

You must have a little jar of Vaseline at home for topical application, but do you know that you can use it in your yard too? Check out some beneficial Vaseline Uses and Hacks that will come quite handy in the garden!

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Vaseline Uses and Hacks

1. Keep Your Tools Rust Free

Keep garden tools in top-notch condition by using Vaseline. Apply a layer of vaseline on blades and edges after working with tools to protect them from rust.

2. Get Rid of Ants

Vaseline works well in controlling ants and other insects like them due to its thick and sticky texture. So, if you’re facing the ant invasion in your home or garden–dab some Vaseline on their entry points, hideouts, and trails.

Check out our article to get rid of ants naturally here

3. Keep Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders and Birdhouses

One of the coolest Vaseline uses in this list. It is a chemical-free, safe, and natural trick to keep squirrels away from bird feeders or anywhere you don’t want them to be–coat the bird feeder pole with petroleum jelly.

This will create a slippery surface for them, and they’ll stay away from bird feeders.

Repel chipmunks and squirrels with these ideas here

4. Apply Vaseline on Your Hands after Gardening

Apply Vaseline on your hands after working with soil in the garden to moisturize them. Dermatologists recommend Vaseline for dry skin and eczema. It is safe from chemicals and inexpensive.

A clinical study published in 1993 (click here) found that it seals the moisture in your skin and repairs the fat cells impaired by dry skin. Visit How Stuff Works for more information.

5. Make Fake Plants Clean and Shiny

Rubbing vaseline on the leaves of real plants can be detrimental. However, you can make your fake plants look shiny and natural by rubbing a little vaseline!

6. Discourage Insects from Climbing up on Trees

Vaseline can be of great help if you want to discourage insects climbing up on plants and trees in your garden, especially ants that are notorious for their aphid and mealybug farming. P

Coat a thick band like Vaseline layer around the tree trunk, stem, or plant stalk (avoid smearing Vaseline on plant leaves). This will trap the ants and stop their traffic.

Note: You’ll need to reapply Vaseline after 3-4 days!

7. Fix Squeaking Doors or Swing in the Yard

Apply a layer of vaseline on the squeaking hinges of doors or swings in the yard to eliminate the unwanted noise.

8. Soothe Bug Bites

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  1. I thought Vaseline’s only use was on my skin. I have been using it that way for a long time now. The new ways on how to use Vaseline in this post is quite refreshing. Thanks so much!

  2. Do not apply Vaseline to plants. I applied Vaseline to the trunks of my okra plants to prevent ants. The trunks became discolored, weak, deformed, and some snapped in two where the Vaseline was applied. I planted 2 doz. plants and still got a decent crop, but would have done so much better had I not used Vaseline.


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