But over the past few years, others have found an array of other surprising uses for the cream that have absolutely nothing to do with cold and flu relief.
From acne treatment to an alternative to insect repellent, thousands have found ways to make use of the menthol cream once their illness has passed.
14 Unconventional Ways To Use Vicks Vaporub
1. Reduces Acne and Pimples
I never would’ve guessed that Vicks has several acne fighting ingredients such as camphor and eucalyptus oil that will dry out that pesky acne — overnight! According to a recent article, all you have to do is put a little dab of Vicks directly on the pimple overnight and viola!
2. Deters Pets From Peeing
Beloved pets who mistakenly use the restroom all over your home have got to be the most frustrating thing ever. But pee on your favorite rug no more! Simply place an open bottle of Vicks near your pet’s favorite territory-marking-spot. The smell will discourage them from lifting their legs and destroying your carpet!
3. Helps Heal Paper Cuts and Splinters
To speed up the healing process and prevent infection, just dab a little Vicks on any minor cut or splinter.
4. Repels Insects and Mosquitos
The incredible potent potion known as Vicks contains a powerful ingredient called cedarleaf oil, which is a natural insect repellant. Simply rub on skin or clothes to repel insects. And yes, it’s that easy!
5. Relieves Pain From Bug and Tick Bites
It’s my worst nightmare, but in case you get bitten by a tick, apply Vicks immediately. The strong odor will help get the disgusting critter to abandon ship — or in your case, your skin. Vicks is also excellent in relieving the pain after bug or ant bites.
6. Stops Cats From Scratching
Tired of your beloved cat ruining your beautiful upholstery? Well lucky for you, kitties hate Vicks. To keep them from scratching your couch, doors, walls or windows, simply rub a little Vicks on them.
7. Powerful Cough Reliever
Say goodbye to that cough waking you up at all hours of the night! Rub some Vicks on your tootsies and put some socks on. This little trick will work wonders when trying to sleep.
8. Heals Cracked Heels
Is there anything more unattractive than visibly dry, cracking heels in flip flops? As you guessed — say hello to Vicks and kiss those sad heels goodbye! Before you go to bed, spread a thick layer of Vicks on your heels and feet. Massage for 5 minutes and wear socks to lock in moisture overnight. Wash your feet the next morning with warm water and repeat until heels are restored.