How to Remove Vaseline From Plastic, Glass & Walls

How to Remove Vaseline From Plastic

Vaseline is an excellent ointment that has been around for decades. It’s so effective that it has become a staple of our daily skincare routine.

However, despite its ease of use, removing a Vaseline stain from any surface is a different story. That’s because the main ingredient in Vaseline is petroleum. Since the latter is not water-soluble, typical cleaning methods are often ineffective.

But I think I’m just repeating what you already know. However, what you don’t know is that we have brought you some fantastic cleaning hacks that will allow you to eliminate a Vaseline stain. And the best thing about these approaches is that they mostly use supplies that you already have at home. Without further ado, let’s get started.

How to Clean Vaseline From Plastic, Glass & Walls Like a Pro

1-Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol (also known as isopropyl alcohol) is a fantastic cleanser readily accessible in almost every household. This product’s ability to disinfect surfaces is also noteworthy. It is suitable for use on plastic, glass, and painted walls. I sound like a salesman, right?

However, before using rubbing alcohol or any other cleaner, make sure to remove Vaseline excess to avoid spreading it onto clean sections of the surface. To do so, simply use a dull knife or a paper towel.

To clean a plastic or glass surface, we recommend soaking the stain in the product and wiping it with a lint-free cloth.

Remark: Make sure to use a lint-free cloth to prevent leaving streaks on the glass surface you wish to clean.

On the other hand, if the Vaseline stain you want to remove is on a painted wall, you’ll need to use a different approach.

Instead of rubbing the stain, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and blot the Vaseline off the wall until it’s gone. Then, rinse the surface, and you’re done!

Related: Is it Safe to Use Rubbing Alcohol to Remove Stains from a Carpet?

2-Dawn Dish Soap

It sounds too good to be true, right? Probably. Nevertheless, Dawn dish soap is one of the best options for eliminating a Vaseline stain. It is not only easy to use, but also widely available and safe for practically all surfaces.

Make a solution with warm water and Dawn dish soap. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and rub the Vaseline stain. If the stain refuses to come off by simply rubbing it, here’s what you should do instead.

Soak the spot with some vegetable oil, like olive oil, and let it sit for a while. Then, use Dawn and water to remove the Vaseline and the oil from the surface.

After that, simply rinse with clean water and blot dry the area.


What if I told you that the product you need to remove a Vaseline stain is already in your kitchen? That’s right. I’m referring to vinegar.

What’s cool about this approach is that you won’t have to exert much effort to remove the unsightly Vaseline stain on your plastic, glass, or wall.

In a spray bottle, make a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Apply the solution to the Vaseline stain and let it sit for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse the surface with clean water and dry it with a microfiber towel.

If you don’t have a spray bottle on hand, you can make the solution in a bowl instead. Then, dip a clean cloth into the solution and proceed as you would with a spray bottle.


Up until now, all I’ve done is share with you DIY techniques for removing a Vaseline stain. But I get it. Do-It-Yourself techniques aren’t everyone’s strong suit. That’s why we’d like to share with you something different.

For those unfamiliar with WD-40 (also known as Water Displacement, 40th formula), it’s a product used as a lubricant, rust preventative, moisture displacer, and stain remover.

On top of its great flexibility, it is also quite simple to use. All you have to do is spray the Vaseline stain and let the product sit for 5 to 15 minutes before wiping it away. Then, rinse the area with cold water and dry it using a microfiber towel.

Related: How to Remove WD40 Residue & Smell


Acetone is another powerful solvent that you can use to remove stubborn stains. This product will easily cut through grease, wax, paint, and many other materials.

Since petroleum jelly is made of a mixture of mineral oils and waxes, using acetone will provide excellent results.

Apply acetone to the stained glass area using a cotton swab or cotton ball, and wipe it off with a dry towel. Avoid leaving the substance on the glass for too long, as prolonged exposure can cause damage.

Unfortunately, this procedure cannot be used on painted walls or plastic surfaces. Because acetone is too abrasive, it is more likely to soften, smear, or even dissolve plastic.

On the other hand, using it on a painted wall will remove both the stain and the paint.


Please keep in mind that acetone is a caustic chemical. As a result, using it without protection can lead to some health issues.

When acetone comes into contact with skin, it is more likely to cause skin irritation, dryness, redness, and inflammation. It’s also worth noting that inhaling acetone can harm one’s health.

As a result, before using this product, please wear rubber gloves and ensure adequate ventilation within your workspace.


There you have it—a list of handy tips for removing Vaseline from plastic, glass, and walls.

If you have any questions concerning Vaseline stains or any of the methods suggested above, please leave a comment below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We’d love it if you could tell us about your experience with the Vaseline stain, as well as which method has worked for you best.

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