Vicks VapoRub is a medicine cabinet staple. It’s designed to be spread on the chest to relieve congestion caused by cold and flu symptoms. But once your cold is gone, what are you supposed to do with the leftover VapoRub?

Well don’t worry! Because there are actually all sorts of things this magical cream can accomplish!

1. Keep bugs away.

Brad Viles displays his favorite combination of weapons for fighting black flies, mosquitoes, deer and moose flies and ticks. Left to right, Ben's 100; a head net and no-see-um mesh shirt; Avon Skin So Soft bath oil, and Vicks Vapo Rub.

Bugs hate the aroma of eucalyptus. Some Vicks behind your ears will keep them at bay.

2. Keeping pets from doing their business inside.

Shiba Inu puppy potty training

Got a pup who keeps peeing on the floor? Put some of this stuff on the offending spot and he’ll stay away. Dogs dislike the powerful smell.

3. Heal your stretch marks.


Some people swear by the stuff as a stretch marker healer.

4. Get rid of migraines.


Apply it to your temples to help relieve headache pain.

5. Get rid of muscle pain.


Menthol helps relax and soothe sore muscles.

6. Stop acne breakouts. 


A dab of VapoRub on a zit will dry it out overnight.

7. Cure toenail fungus.


Use VapoRub to cure your feet of fungus and callouses by applying it nightly.


8. Keep kitty from scratching.


Like dogs, cats hate the smell of VapoRub. Smear some of their favorite scratching places to keep them away.


9. Cure earaches.


Saturating a cotton ball with the stuff and leaving it in the infected ear will reduce pain and inflammation.

10. Remove ticks.


Use VapoRub to safely remove ticks without breaking them apart and risking infection. Just smear it over the tick and they’ll release on their own.

11. Bonus: Spread some on your feet to banish cold symptoms.


Your feet actually absorb the medicinal properties better than other parts of your body and you’ll wake up totally restored!

I had no clue there was so many different uses for this stuff! I’ll definitely be trying this out this next time the cat decides to use my new sofa as her personal scratching post.

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