My family is from the country, which means my grandmother had her own remedies for many common ailments. One of her favorite remedies involved Vicks VapoRub. Grandmother put it on our chests when we had a bad cough, stuffy nose, or sore throat. Fast forward to 2014 and you can choose from over 20 different varieties of medication for those ailments. In the same way, Vicks VapoRub isn’t just for coughs and stuffy noses anymore! It can save you a lot of money in some very surprising ways. Instead of buying expensive products, try these 10 alternative uses for Vicks VapoRub to solve common health and household issues.

1. Use it as a pet repellent

Cats hate the smell of Vicks! Apply the rub to legs of furniture to keeps cats from scratching—or anywhere else they shouldn’t linger. This method is much cheaper than purchasing a pet repellent on for $12.80! Is there a favorite rug in your home where your pet always has an accident? Place an open jar of Vicks VapoRub in the location and out of your pet’s reach. Think of all the money you’ll be saving since you won’t have to buy puppy pads!

2. Add it to your humidifier

Many humidifiers have an aromatherapy compartment. Add a small amount of Vicks VapoRub to the compartment and have it circulate all night for easy breathing while you sleep.

3. Use it as an insect repellant

Apply a thin coat of Vicks VapoRub behind your ears, neck and elbows before going outside to keep insects away! No more expensive Off! spray will be needed.

4. Heal bruises quickly

Spread Vicks VapoRub in a thin layer over a bruise and add salt. Believe it or not, the combination breaks down the blood in the bruise causing it to lighten the discoloration faster.

5. Moisturize dry, cracked heels

Apply a thick slather of Vicks VapoRub to the cracked areas of your feet, cover with a pair of socks, and enjoy quick relief of dry, cracked skin. Remember to exfoliate your feet during your next bath or shower! I love a fancy foot cream, but my budget won’t allow it! Try Vicks VapoRub to save a few bucks!


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5 Surprising Ways to Use Vicks VapoRub