How to Get Vicks VapoRub Out of Hair

Get your hair squeaky clean.

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Vick's VapoRub is an effective decongestant for those yucky sick days that roll around each year. If you're like many people, you rub it on your chest before stretching out on your bed or couch for some much-needed rest. Vick's VapoRub is made with a petroleum substance and fragrance oils that stick to your hair. The smelly decongestant can weigh down your hair and make it smell, so it's natural to want it out of your hair---fast. Luckily, it's pretty easy to do.


Soak up any excess by pressing a paper towel or paper napkin against the section of hair with Vick's VapoRub in it. Use a new paper towel or paper napkin when the one you're using is soiled through with the petroleum jelly-based rub. Continue until you no longer see any absorbed on the paper towel.


Work a small amount of liquid dish-washing detergent (the kind that gets grease off dishes) into the affected section of hair. Work up a lather and let it sit for at least three to five minutes.


Rinse the dish-washing soap out of your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear.


Wash your hair as normal with a shampoo made specifically for oily hair.


Towel dry hair and check your locks to see if any Vick's VapoRub remains.


Repeat the process as necessary until you cannot feel any more Vick's VapoRub in your hair.

Things You'll Need


1.Paper towels

3.Oily hair shampoo

2.Liquid de-greasing dish washing soap


Tips & Tricks


The fragrances and other ingredients give Vick's VapoRub its distinctive smell. It's not possible to completely get rid of the smell by washing it, but it will go away within several hours.

Avoid getting dish-washing liquid in your eyes. If you do, wash your eyes out thoroughly with water.


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