KY Jelly – 7 Alternate Uses You Never Knew
KY is a personal lubricant, normally used for intimate moments. But what you might not know is that KY can be used for all kinds of other things!
You may ask yourself, “how did I survive all these years without this knowledge?” Or, maybe not. But, it’s a fun list. So enjoy it. 🙂
Whether you’re looking for a practical ideas or a great alibi, don’t miss our list of alternative uses.
1. Make Fake Glowing, Green Blood for Halloween
Mix the contents of a glow stick with KY to make glowing fake blood!
If you’re familiar with the 1987 sci-fi movie, “Predator”, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin Peter Hall, you saw K-Y Jelly being used in a most creative manner. To make Hall, who played the part of the Predator, “bleed” glowing, green blood when he was shot, the liquid from a Glow Stick was mixed together with K-Y Jelly. The mixture was then placed in packets, and was attached to Hall’s body.
2. Remove Tight or Stuck-On Rings
Another alternate use for K-Y Jelly is to remove tight or stuck-on rings from your fingers. Just place a small amount of this lubricant on your finger right by the ring. Then, work it underneath the ring until it easily slides off your finger! Since this product is water-based, it won’t harm precious metals. Just to be safe, if you use K-Y Jelly to remove rings, be careful not to get it on valuable stones.
3. Fix Stuck Zippers
Have you got a sticky zipper on an article of clothing, on a sleeping bag, or even on your purse? Put a dab of K-Y Jelly inside the slider part. Then, slowly move the slider up the length of the zipper, and back down again. The zipper that didn’t work smoothly should now glide effortlessly! You can also fix stuck zippers by running a pencil lead (graphite) over it to act as a lubricant. Other common household items that work for loosening stuck zippers are bar soap, crayon, and beeswax (such as Burt’s Bees lip balm).
4. Remove Price Tags, Labels or Tape Residue
If you don’t happen to have any Alchembeanie’s Icky Sticky Remover on hand, try rubbing some KY to remove a sticky price tag. Cover the tag or label with a light layer of the lubricant and let it set for a few minutes. Then, peel it right off! Other household items that work to remove sticky tags are mayonnaise, rubbing alcohol and lighter fluid.
5. Untangle Knotted Jewelry Chain, Necklace, Bracelet, Anklet, etc.
If you’ve ever had a chain knot up, you know how hard it is to untangle those little things! Another alternate use for K-Y Jelly is to untangle knotted jewelry chains. Simply place a dab of this water-based lubricant directly on the knot. Then, gently roll it around between your finger and thumb until it loosens up and you can untangle your necklace or bracelet. Instead of KY, you can use other things to untangle chains, such as cooking oil, butter and even skip the lube and use safety pins to get a good grip and work the chain apart.
6. Lubricate a Reel on Fishing Rod
Part of maintaining your fishing rod reel is to keep it properly lubricated. Applying a light oil like K-Y Jelly to the working inner parts like the gears, shafts, rollers, hinges, switches, et cetera, will help keep them working smoothly. It will also extend the life of the parts. K-Y Jelly won’t damage plastic or nylon gears, and other parts too. Who knew fishing could be this much fun? 😉
7. Shine Your Patent Leather Although using petroleum jelly or a store-bought product is recommended to clean/condition your patent leather, if you need a shine in a hurry, K-Y Jelly can come to your rescue. A dab of K-Y Jelly and a soft cloth can clean and shine your shoes, bags and belts, etc. in no time at all!