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When faced with pain, discomfort or illness we often run to the nearest pharmacy in search of the best solution. However, many of us are unaware that some of the greatest solutions can be found right here in our own homes!

A popular solution to the common cold, most American households have a jar of Vicks VapoRub stored away. While there is no denying its effectiveness for its original use, this isn’t the only reason you should keep this product stocked at home!

Check out these 14 surprising daily uses for Vicks VapoRub:

#1 – Mask Odors

In the event you are stuck in a situation where you are exposed to a disgusting smell, Vicks may be your new best friend. Whether you’re fighting your way through cleaning the cat’s litter box or tackling the gear that’s been sitting in your gym bag, rubbing a little VapoRub under your nose will mask the smell and provide you with relief.

#2 – Earache

Earaches can cause extreme pain and discomfort, impacting your ability to keep up with your day to day schedule. Rather than allowing this to destroy your plans, treat your ache quickly and effectively with VapoRub. Simply dip a cotton ball into a small amount and then place it into your ear. The Vicks will reduce inflammation and ease your pain.

#3 – Remove Stretch Marks

Vicks VapoRub is so effective at reducing the appearance of stretch marks that some people even refer to it as the ‘magic stretch mark eraser’. It works to soften skin, improving elasticity. Apply daily until such time that you are content with the results.

#4 – Fight Toe Fungus

An important ingredient of VapoRub, thymol has been found to be an effective tool for fighting toe fungus. Wash your feet with soap and water, towel drying them prior to apply the product. Coat your toenails with Vicks, focusing specifically on any areas of concern.

#5 – Aromatherapy

While most people are well aware of the benefits of Vicks for aromatherapy, rubbing it beneath your nose to relieve congestion, that’s not the only option. Add a small amount of VapoRub to your humidifier at home and you will release the aromatherapy benefits into your whole room. This can be incredibly effective when it comes time for sleep when you’re not feeling well.

#6 – Make Your Own Shower Bombs

Another great way to use enjoy the aromatherapy benefits of Vicks VapoRub is by creating your own shower bombs. Mix the product with baking soda, cornstarch, and water, and store for the next time that you’re struggling with a head cold. Drop a Vicks shower bomb in the shower for a quick and effective solution for nasal congestion.

#7 – Treat Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow can be an incredibly painful experience, but you may have a secret solution on hand. Apply a little Vicks to your elbow and it will work to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Just make sure to take it easy, while it will instantly feel better you will still need to give your elbow time to heal.

#8 – Fix a Squeaky Door

If you cringe at the very thought of opening your door, this may be the solution that you have been searching for. Take a small amount of VapoRub and apply it directly to the squeaky hinge. There is no need to live with a squeaky hinge grating on your last nerve.

#9 – Decongest your Chest

While we all know to use Vicks for nasal congestion, were you aware that it can also work to relieve chest congestion? Simply rub a little VapoRub to the upper chest before going to bed, and you will wake up feeling refreshed.

#10 – Muscle Pain

Whether you are simply struggling with the aches and pains of daily life, or have had a particularly intense workout, the pain and discomfort of overworked muscles can be incredibly hard to live with. Rub a little VapoRub on the area and the anti-inflammatory components in the product will provide you with instant comfort and relief.

#11 – Soften Rough Heels

If you have ever struggled with rough, dry heels, then you know that they can be incredibly uncomfortable. Coat your heels with VapoRub before covering your feet with clean, dry cotton socks and then climb into bed. When you wake up the next morning, you will notice your heels are noticeably softer.

#12 – Ward off Mosquitos

If you’re outdoors and the bugs are getting to you, reach for your Vicks VapoRub. Apply a little to any exposed skin, and the scent will keep mosquitoes at bay. If you are bitten, it can also work to relieve inflammation and irritation. Just put a little Vicks on the bite and cover it with a Band-Aid.

#13 – Fuller Lips

If you have been eyeing up the expensive lip filler products being marketed by cosmetic companies, I may be able to save you a little money. Menthol, a key ingredient in Vicks, is a natural lip plumper. Simply rub some VapoRub on your lips and they will quickly appear plumper and fuller.

#14 – Cure Headaches

We have all been there are one time or another, when that horrible headache is driving you nuts, and nothing seems to fight the pain. Good news, the secret may be VapoRub! Massage a small amount into your temples for quick and effective relief.