VapoRub: 11 Surprising Health And Household Uses

As someone who hates being sick, my bathroom cabinet is full of everything from drugstore solutions to all-natural remedies.
I’m willing to try anything if it means keeping a cold away — like gargling a little bit of apple cider vinegar. So naturally, I’ve always kept a container of VapoRub around just in case.
I’ve always known that I could use it on my chest and throat to help a cough, but I thought that was all it was really good for… until now.
Not only is VapoRub useful for a surprising variety of health-related issues, but it can also be used to repel insects, battle stretch marks, and potty-train pets. I seriously had no idea.
Scroll through this exclusive list below to see just how many incredible uses there are for a simple container of VapoRub. I can’t wait to try some of these out myself!
Which of these surprising ideas worked for you? Can you think of any more uses for VapoRub? Let us know in the comments.
It might surprise you to hear that VapoRub actually contains quite a few ingredients that are good for you: eucalyptus oil, menthol, cedarleaf oil, and nutmeg oil.
So naturally, these ingredients are perfect for fighting several health-related issues.
But VapoRub also gives off a very distinct smell that can be extremely useful in a variety of other situations.
Keep scrolling to see how you can use this shockingly helpful ointment to improve quite a few aspects of your life!

Use #1: Fight Migraines

Rub VapoRub on your temples and forehead.
To help stave off migraines, many people use VapoRub by rubbing a small amount on their foreheads.
According to, “The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.”

Use #2: Eliminate Colds

Rub VapoRub on your feet, and cover them with socks.
Though there are plenty of naysayers out there, quite a number of moms swear by the method of rubbing VapoRub on their children’s feet before bed in order to fight cold and flu symptoms.
Though studies have yet to be conducted, Daily Mail writes: “An increasing number of Vicks fans are claiming the ointment works better for them when they put it on their feet… The unorthodox approach also involves putting on socks over gooed-up toes before slipping into bed.”

Use #3: Potty-Train Your Pet

Open VapoRub in the part of your home where your pet likes to pee.
For some reason, cats and dogs do not enjoy the smell of VapoRub, and will stay away from an open jar.
In fact, according to “Vets often recommend this to train indoor pets from eliminating in undesired locations. For example, if your pet has a habit of going in your closet, place the open jar at the entrance.”
However, because some animals can have adverse reactions, always make sure to consult your vet first!

Use #4: Heal Stretch Marks

Rub VapoRub on your stretch marks.
It might sound crazy, but people swear by this method of reducing stretch marks, thanks to VapoRub’s menthol and natural oil ingredients.
According to Dr. Doug Willen, “It really helps to accelerate not only the toning down of the bright colors of the stretch mark, but it helps finally have them fade, and usually heals them up totally.”

Use #5: Keep Bugs Away

Rub VapoRub behind your ears, on your neck, and on your arm and leg joints.
Rather than putting harsh chemical sprays on your body, you can simply use a dab of VapoRub on specific areas to keep the bugs away.