You would be dead wrong if you think the uses of WD-40 is limited to fixing noisy doors and rusted screws! No, this so-called “lubricant” can actually be used to alleviate a variety of problems. Among other things, you could use it to fend off furry animals monopolizing the bird feeder or to get bubble gum out of your precious hair. WD-40 is a really versatile material and people are finding new uses for it day after day! Who knows, you might someday find a new problem it can fix or alleviate. Like duct tape, the creators initially failed to realize what their invention had to offer.
At this point, you are probably wondering what the deal is with its name. Well, we’ll have you know that the product actually comes with a pretty interesting story. In the name, the “WD” means “water displacement” since this was the original purpose of the product created by Norm Larsen back in 1953. Go figure. On the other hand, the “40” is there to indicate that it is the 40th formula. The company is founded in and run from San Diego, California. According to the rumor mill, employees generally don’t ‘stick around’ for long… Get it?
Now, barely any of us know what the manufacturers use in the product but we suppose it doesn’t really matter. After all, it does not seem like anything will change when we find out the technical details. Honestly, how many of us actually understand how radio waves and electricity work? Maybe we should just be happy that the product works and go from there! If the manufacturers and inventors can’t be bothered to explain to us how the product works, maybe it is not all that important. As long as we can use it to fix our problems, we’re good to go!
We recommend keeping WD-40 handy no matter what profession you have. It will be useful for a carpenter, nurse, grade school teacher, world traveler, car collector, cyclist, or motorcycle enthusiast! When you learn its benefits, you will find out why. Now, let us take a look at the list and discuss the benefits of this versatile product. Prepare to be (pleasantly) surprised at the ideas you are about to hear. You know what they say – don’t knock it till you try it.
WD-40 For Shining Your Silver
Silver is meant to shine as brightly as possible. The more it looks like the sun rose from behind the candlesticks, the better. Neglecting your silver is practically a crime in our books. Anyway, WD-40 is the way to go if you want to make your silver shine. All you need to do is take a spray and rub at the object in circular motions with wipes.
Separating Stuck Glasses
Just recently, we had a couple of friends over for the holidays. You know how nights like that normally go – it wasn’t long before someone brought up drinking a round of shots. We went through the cupboards, found the shot glasses, and discovered they were stuck! We almost gave up when a friend suggested giving it a dose of WD-40. A single spray was all it took for them to come apart!
A stuck zipper is, unfortunately, a universal problem that has been around ever since the contraption had been invented. The best thing you can do is to be prepared the next time it happens to you. When it gets stuck again, give it a wee spray of WD-40 and you’re good to go!
White sneakers are cool but only if they are spotless! We all know the pains involved with owning a beautiful pair. Dirt is inevitable, even for the most careful among us. Worse, it would not be enough to scrub the shoes using soap and hot water. If you want to keep your shoes clean, spray on some WD-40 and rub them gently!
Cleaning Tar Stains
Now that we have discussed stains and dirt already, it is time for us to talk about something a bit more challenging. Tar on your car can be extremely annoying… It’s a good thing we have WD-40 to get us out of these sticky situations!
Winter might be beautiful but anyone who has experienced it will now that it can be a nightmare. Who even has the time to scrub at the overnight frost when the sun comes out? If you need a more convenient way to get rid of it, simply spray some WD-40 and wipe it off.
Have you ever tried cutting something with a pair of stiff scissors? We bet you have and if so, you know how much of a pain it is. Luckily, you can fix this by spraying some WD-40 to the scissors, particularly the center. Once you do this, you should have no problem cutting straight lines for a little while!
Guarding Bird Feeders
There is a reason why bird feeders are called by their name. Keep note, squirrels. Sadly, animals cannot read so putting a name tag on the feeder will accomplish nothing. Squirrels also cannot stay balanced atop an oily and slippery bird feeder. You can probably see where we are going with this…
We all know that a ring is used to symbolize a lifelong commitment, though the union is between you and your special someone. Not you and your finger! If you can’t take it off, try spraying a little WD-40 on the piece of jewelry and you can now take it off without a problem.
The world would be a better place if there were no people spitting out their chewing gum on sidewalks. Such a version of reality only resides in our dreams for now. If it happens to you again, WD-40 will help take the gum off your shoes.
Taking Out Lipstick Stains
Lipstick stains on your clothes are incredibly annoying. We’re not going to ask you where it came from – we only want to give some advice on how to take them off! Lightly spritz on some WD-40 and you’ll be good to go.
Cleaning Crayon Stains
There are many reasons to be proud of your creative child, though there are times when they give you headaches as well. Sometimes, they give your walls a makeover you did not ask for. When this happens, a quick spray of WD-40 will get your walls back to their original appearance!
Clearing Stains From Wood
We all know that coffee tables are prone to getting stains from the bottoms of glasses and mugs. They can be huge eyesores but there is no need to stress out over them. After all, you can get rid of them fairly easily. How? With the use of WD-40, of course!
Opening Rusty Locks
You know you have a good lock when it refuses to budge when someone uses a different key for it. However, what happens when it doesn’t open for the right key as well? My friend, you have a rusty lock and it needs fixing. Luckily, WD-40 can help you out!
A lot of people take pride in their advocacies and one way to express their support is by placing stickers on their car bumper. It’s all good and well until the moment to sell the car comes. You would not want to sell for lower than you have to when you can simply take them off by spritzing some WD-40 on them!
Protecting Shower Heads
When you shower, there is a good chance you do not pay attention to the pores in the shower head. However, a closer inspection might reveal that not all of them are working properly! Yes, clogging is a real problem with equipment like this. A quick spray of WD-40 will reduce clogging, ensuring better product longevity in the long run.
Keeping Your AC Clean
This piece of advice won’t do any good if you already have an AC unit installed. However, if you are still thinking of getting one, make sure to spray a little WD-40 on the unit. The coating will be useful in the prevention of dust and particle build-up in the ventilation system. This will help you get fresher air inside!
Cleaning Water Stains
Are your shower walls and mirrors suffering from water stains? Ugh, they can be such unsightly pains in the you-know-what. Well, we have something that can fix those stains that won’t budge. Folks, we are talking about none other than WD-40!
Maintaining Fridge Gasket
You really should know what a gasket is! Anyway, let us help you out. It is actually the rubber material that makes the sucking sound you hear upon closing the fridge door. Therefore, it is no surprise to hear that it is often the site of the worst gunk you will ever see in your life. Simply attach a nozzle onto the WD-40 can, spray as necessary, and wipe it all off!
How cool is it that cockroaches can apparently live through a nuclear blast? We have a new challenge for them, however. We dare them to live through extreme spraying of WD-40! Cockroaches and other bugs won’t know what hit them.
Getting Gum Out Of Hair
If you have ever gotten gum lodged in your hair, you will know how annoying of a situation it can be. The first thing you need to do is to buy some WD-40. Next, spray on the affected area! Just remember to close your mouth and eyes then pull the chewing gum from your hair. It works like a charm!
Shining License Plates
Fair enough, it can be beneficial to avoid cleaning your license plates. Personally, however, we cannot stand the sight of a filthy one! If you feel the same way, you can clean yours with the use of WD-40 and a dry cloth. Your license plate will shine like the Queen’s china in no time.
Removing Super Glue
Whoa, it looks like the amazing superglue has finally found its match in WD-40. We bet the creators of the powerful adhesive did not foresee this! At least you no longer need to be careful when doing arts and craft!
Protecting Guitar Strings
WD-40 can help you clean the strings of your guitar but it also helps keep them safe from damage. Before you go wild with your guitar-playing, make sure to do this: spray some WD-40 onto a piece of cloth and then wrap it around the strings by pressing your thumb on one side and the four other fingers on the other. Now simply slide it up and down!
If you run out of varnish, do not worry because WD-40 is more than a capable alternative. It will definitely ensure that your brooms, rakes, mops, and other wooden instruments will be strong and free from splinters. The next time you see these objects look worse for wear, simply spray and rub!
Breaking In Baseball Gloves
Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a brand new baseball glove? Sadly, it can be less comfortable to break it in. Although you can also use various oils to soften up the leather material, we personally prefer using WD-40 for the endeavor. Your kid will definitely will the difference!
Preserving Leather Sofas
As you might have guessed, WD-40 is excellent for leather objects. However, the key here is to use it in moderation! Do you want to keep your armchair or sofa look clean, healthy, and shiny? Then lightly spray a cloth and wipe your leather furniture with it!
Yes, we did say ‘attracting fish’. Apparently, some fishermen claim that they get more fish when they spray the lures with WD-40! When it comes to fishing, no one knows better. Why not try it out the next time you go on a fishing expedition?
Cleaning Your Grill
Ugh, we also hate scrubbing the gunk that accumulated on the grill. What a pain! It is a good thing the WD-40 can make our lives easier. All you need to do is to spray the grill and scrub all the grease away with the use of a wire brush. Make sure it has cooled down first, of course!
Lego is great because it allows both kids and adults to go wild with their imagination. However, stuck pieces can be extremely annoying and frustrating. What should you do when the LEGO pieces won’t let go of each other? You spray a little WD-40, of course!
Separating Flower Pots
Flower pots, like LEGO pieces, have a tendency to get stuck when you stack them. There is no need to feel helpless when you are gardening! As you might have found out by now, WD-40 can make things easier for you. You’ll be pulling those flower pots apart in no time.
You are likely trying to figure out how WD-40 can facilitate faster digging. If you have to dig up a hole, we highly recommend spritzing some WD-40 onto the shovel or spade first. You can thank us later.
Removing Tea Stains
We all love drinking tea but those tea stains on the kitchen counter and sink… not so much. Do we really need to inform you what will make the situation better? Spray and wipe with our favorite liquid!
Although plastic plants were made to look perfect, it is also important to take care of them. Not by watering them or feeding them fertilizer but by simply getting rid of dust and dirt! Wipe down the leaves using WD-40 to make them look as good as new.
Removing Ink Stains
Don’t you hate it when your pen leaks and makes a mess of your jeans pocket? We do too! It’s a good thing we can fix the problem by applying some WD-40!
Cleaning Dog Poop
Dogs are happiness in animal form but we can’t express the same love for dog poop. It can be a nightmare to scrape that thing off your shoe. Apply a little WD-40 and it will fall off right away!
Erasing Sticker Marks
Do you remember how your CDs and DVDs used to come with labels and price tags stuck on the underside? We don’t understand why they did that either. Oh well, a little WD-40 is all it takes to get rid of them.
Pulling Hairs Out
Okay, okay, we know how it sounds. But give us the opportunity to tell you that WD-40 can help pull the hair out of a hairbrush. Simply squirt some WD-40 and soak the hairbrush in water. Voila! You can now pull all the dead hair without a hitch.
Waterproofing Your Shoes
Wow, this is a great way to use WD-40. We all hate getting our shoes soaked in water, right? Well, simply spritz some of this spray onto your shoes and you’re ready for the rainy season.
Clearing Toothpaste Stains
There are times when we wake up late and need to get ready in record time. Sometimes, these moments will result in toothpaste stains on your sink. Those stains might not budge without some WD-40!
Before you get any ideas, making bugs look good is the least of our priorities. We want you to focus on the splattered bugs hanging out in the front of your car. They can be dreadful to clean but someone has to do it. We’re glad to know WD-40 can make the job a lot easier!
Washing Bathroom Tiles
All kinds of things make their way to the bathroom tiles. We don’t even want to know what all those gunk is. WD-40 will help you out!
Unsqueaking Squeaky Shoes
When you wear squeaky shoes, you are probably bothering other people and it can lead to embarrassing moments. You aren’t a clown so there is no reason your shoes should be so squeaky! Anyway, resolve this issue by spraying a little WD-40. Peace and quiet at long last!
Preventing Snow Buildup On Windows
If you live somewhere with snow, you know that windows often fog up and block the view of the winter wonderland. Apply a bit of WD-40 and the snow will slide off immediately! That’s more like it.
As summer approaches and the weather warms up, wasps and bees begin to search for the best location to set up their nests. While this is fantastic for them, for you it might be less so if they decide to nest in your home or in your yard. Since wasps and bees aren’t exactly the biggest fans of WD-40, you can spray areas in and around your house to prevent them from nesting.
Toning Down Shine
At times, you want to make your floors shine. The best thing you can do is use some varnish. However, the floor might become a little too shiny. To counteract that, you can simply spray WD-40 on a cloth and wipe down the floor to reduce the shine slightly and leave you with perfectly shined floors.
If you know someone who has a prosthetic limb, or if you yourself have one, then you know how tricky it can be to remove it at times. It can be alright if you have someone around to help you out, but if you need to do it alone, it can be somewhat of a struggle. To help you, you can spray a little WD-40 on the area and watch the prosthetic come off more easily.
Clean Dried-Up Glue
Accidentally spilling glue on a surface that you most definitely didn’t want it on can be a serious struggle to remove it, especially once it’s dried up. Here to save the day, yet again, is our trusty WD-40. All you need to do is spray the area, wait a bit, and watch the glue loosen up enough for you to clean it with no problem!
Cleaning Greasy Hands
If you have a job that requires you to get your hands all greasy, such as a mechanic, you probably know how difficult it is to clean up at the end of the day. No matter how many times you wash your hands with soap, it doesn’t seem to do much. Well, don’t give up yet. All you need is a little bit of WD-40. Spray a small amount, wipe your hands with a paper towel or a cloth and then wash them with soap.
Cleaning Carpet Stains
There are times when you simply need to accept that the stain on your carpet is here to stay. Those times were over as soon as you discovered WD-40. To get rid of any stain, just spray some of this magical spray on the area and wipe away!
Cleaning Tomato Stains
Tomatoes and tomato-based sauces may make a lot of dishes absolutely delicious, the less fun part about dealing with tomatoes is, of course, the stains. Especially stains on white clothes that somehow always manage to get dirty. While we may not be able to avoid the stains, what we can do is find a way to clean them. We’re sure you guessed it by now, but you can use some WD-40 to wipe away the stain.
Cleaning Up Your Fridge
Seeing as we always need to use the fridge to store our food, we tend not to clean it as often as we should. If you find yourself in the middle of a move or you finally have the time to clean your fridge properly, it can be a difficult task. Use some WD-40 to make the cleaning job a little easier. Spray a little on the area you want to clean and simply wipe the grime away.
Get Blood Stains Out Of Clothes
This one might sound a little weird, but hear us out. Next time you or someone you know accidentally cuts or grazes themselves and has a blood stain on their clothing, just spray a little bit of WD-40 as a pre-treatment. This way it’ll allow the stain to be removed more easily.
Clean Old Wax Off Of Gear
A problem that can arise among skiers and snowboarders is cleaning wax off your gear. If you find yourself facing this problem, feel free to use some WD-40 to get the stubborn leftover wax off a lot more easily.
Prevent Your Boat From Corroding
Is there anything WD-40 can’t do? This incredible spray can be used to prevent your vessel from corroding. Simply spray the stern every time you use it. That’s all you need to do! Now you won’t need to worry about any permanent corrosion.
Remove Barnacles From Boats
If you own a boat or have been at sea, then you know how difficult it is removing barnacles from a boat. They are one of the most stubborn things to get off a boat. However, we do have some good news. Spray the entire area generously with WD-40, and if the barnacles are still stubborn, you might need to scrape them off with a knife. If you find that some still won’t budge, you can spray them some more and then sand the area with sandpaper.
Preventing Golf Clubs From Rusting
Once you invest in an excellent golf set, surely you want to keep them looking clean and prevent them from rusting. One simple way to keep them in their best condition is to spray each club with WD-40 after every use. Just wipe them down and make sure they look just as good as you want them to.
Removing Spark Plugs
Did you know that even NASCAR (National Association Stock Car Racing) uses WD-40 to help remove spark plugs? Well, they do! Once again, all you need to do in order to remove stuck spark plugs is spray a little WD-40 and watch the plugs come apart easily.
If you work with a hand saw, round saw, or a mechanical saw, then you know they can get dirty very quickly. As it turns out, WD-40 can help with this issue. Just spray it on the saw as well as the blade and wipe the dust off. You can do the same thing to clean off tar or excess gunk.
Quieting Wicker Furniture
If you’ve ever tried to relax in a creaky wicker chair, then you know how annoying it is to listen to that irritating noise. To solve this problem, you can spray some WD-40 on the parts that are squeaking. Now you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Lubricate Wheeled Toys
This incredible spray can even help keep your kids happy for hours. If they have various wheeled toys like cars that aren’t running so smoothly anymore, you can simply spray some WD-40 on the wheels. This way, your kids can play happily while you can have some well-deserved ‘me’ time.
Cleaning Stuck Sliding Doors
If you’ve ever struggled to open a sliding door that keeps getting stuck, then you know how frustrating it can get. You can try getting it open enough for you to slip through, but you don’t even need to work that hard. Just spray the bottom of the doors, where the strip is. Wipe away the dust or whatever was causing the doors to be stuck and you’ll be good to go!
Preventing Wind Chimes From Rusting
While wind chimes can look amazing and shiny when you buy them, over time they can become rusty, leaving you with a Gothic piece of decor that you never intended to have. To prevent this outcome, all you need to do is spray some WD-40 and wipe off the grime easily.
Taking Apart Plastic Shelves
Putting together a set of plastic shelves is pretty simple overall. However, taking plastic shelves apart can be quite a challenge. They tend to stick together very well, making it tough to pull the pieces apart. This is where WD-40 comes to the rescue. Spray the parts you want to separate and watch how they come apart easily.
Cleaning Fiberglass Bathtubs
To whiten fiberglass bathtubs that have accumulated stains over the years, you can use WD-40. How, you ask? Well, simply spray the stained area and wipe off the grime. This way you’ll be able to restore your bathtub to how it looked when you first moved in – white and shiny.
Keeping Wheelbarrows From Rusting
Wheelbarrows tend not to age very well since they are normally kept outside. Over time, they become worn and rusted, looking like they were attacked by a very hungry termite colony. So, think of WD-40 as a way of preventing all that from happening. Just spray it all over the wheelbarrow to prevent it from rusting.
Cleaning Tape Marks
When you move into a new place, a lot of times you want to personalize it with some decor and wall posters that you tape to your walls. The tricky part comes later when you’re moving or simply want to take down the posters. You’ll be left with sticky residue all over the walls. To clean that up, simply spray some WD-40 on the affected areas and wipe the glue away.
Lubricating Swings And Playground Equipment
Do you find that each time you take your kid to a playground, the swings and see-saws tend to squeak and groan with each movement? Well, you can fix that in no time. Just bring along your WD-40 next time and spray the areas that squeak.
If you smoke or know someone who does, then you know how an ashtray can become incredibly dirty very quickly. Since they are difficult to clean, the smell of ashes can linger for a long time after the cigarette was put out. Now you won’t need to worry about it anymore. Just spray the ashtray with some WD-40 and wipe it down, cleaning away the ashes.