Di domenica, Heather Chacon, un assistente professore di inglese al Greensboro College di Greensboro, La Carolina del Nord ha condiviso una foto del barattolo, che ha detto che sua madre aveva usato su di lei quando era bambina.
“My son has been malato (not Covid) and shout out to my mom, who loaned us the SAME pot of Vicks she used to use on me growing up,” Chacon wrote, aggiungendo: “Expiration day 1-87.”
In un tweet di follow-up, Chacon wrote: “Rest assured I did use this and it did indeed help. Vintage Vicks for the win.”
Da quando l'ha pubblicato, Chacon’s original tweet has been hearted more than 323,000 times and re-tweeted more than 25,000 volte.
The tweet also inspired thousands of replies, with many people showing off their own “vintage” remedies from their medicine cabinets.
One woman tweeted a picture of several medication bottles that looked quite old including a bottle of aspirin, a bottle of anti-gas medication Maalox Plus, Bayer, topical antiseptic Mercurochrome, cold sore treatment Campho-Phenique and itch remedy Calamine Lotion.
“Quando la pandemia ha colpito, I decided to fully stock our bathroom medicine cabinet,” the Twitter user wrote. “We needed an upgrade from a single box of bandaids & tube of Neosporin in my night table drawer.”
Lei ha aggiunto: “When I opened the medicine cabinet, this is what I found. I kept the mercurochrome, replaced the rest.”
Another Twitter user took a picture of another itch remedy, Caladryl lotion, which she said she still has from her childhood.
“I see your Vicks Vaporub and will raise you an expired bottle of Caladryl calamine lotion that works like a charm,” the Twitter user wrote. “This went from my childhood home, to college with me, and now to adulthood married with kids.”
Nel frattempo, Twitter user David Rubinoff tweeted about his mother-in-law’s expired Merthiolate antiseptic, which expired in September 1982, according to pictures he posted.
“Small bike crash last fall…mother in law gave me this..” ha twittato.
After your mom or grandma got finished rubbing you down with that Vicks on your chest and a lil bit under your nose now you sitting on the couch watching the stories and The Price is Right the good old days pic.twitter.com/E9O30R12F1
— DKT (@darleneturner53) settembre 13, 2021
The Vicks VapoRub brand responded to Chacon’s tweet by urging her to not use the expired product.
“Erica, we’re sorry your son is sick, and hope he’s feeling better soon,” the brand tweeted. “The safety of your family is very important to us, and while we appreciate your mom’s confidence in VapoRub, we recommend that you don’t use an expired product. Please send us a DM with any questions.”
The brand later showed off its own “vintage” salve, but again recommended against using expired products.
“Well we’ve got the 1894 bottle in our cabinet. (But note—you should not use expired VapoRub, no matter who it came from),” Vicks VapoRub tweeted.