7 Crazy Ways You Never Knew You Could Use Vicks VapoRub

If you’re like me, every time you hear someone refer to “Vicks,” you think of your friend, Victoria, who you exclusively refer to as “Vic,” even though she has made it clear that she really hates nicknames. (Sorry, Vic–four syllables is just far too much for me to handle.)

If you are not me, however, you probably just think about the mentholated topical cream that, when applied as directed to the chest and/or throat, can be used as a cough suppressant when one has a cold. But did you know that there are more ways–seven other ways, to be exact–to use said mentholated topical cream? The rumors are true! Check out these totally unexpected uses for Vicks VapoRub that you can pursue whether your association with the product is that of a cold medication, or of all of the times you’ve relentlessly bullied a very dear friend of yours:

Pimple Remedy

If you apply Vicks to one of those under-the-surface zits (you know, the kind that never really sprouts but lurks, both painfully and visibly, under your skin for what feels like an eternity), it'll shrink significantly.

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Mosquito Repellent

Applying a small amount of Vicks to your wrists will help ward off mosquitos.

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Bug Bite Relief

And, if you do get bitten, put some Vicks on the bug bite and cover it with a bandaid. This will help with itching!

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Apply Vicks to super-dry areas, like elbows or knees. It's a surprisingly great moisturizer (but maybe only do this at night, unless you're into smelling like Carmex all day). This is also great if you've got cracked, dry heels--just put some on before bed, put on some socks, and when you wake up, your feet will be smooth!

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Headache Relief

If you get a headache, apply some Vicks to your temples. The mentholated scent helps to relieve pain and tension.

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Bruise Evaporator

Take this piece of advice with a grain of salt--no, literally. If you rub Vicks on a bruise along with a small pinch of salt, it'll make the bruise dissolve. (Obviously, be gentle with this--rubbing to hard with make the bruise get worse, not better.)

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Shower Steam Congestion Release

If you don't like smelling menthol all night, you can use Vicks in the shower instead--follow these instructions to make a disk that you place at the bottom of the shower. The steam will help it dissolve, evaporate, and relieve your congestion.

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Have you ever used Vicks for anything other than a cold (or forcing a nickname upon your friend)? Did I forget about any other uses? Let us know in the comments!

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