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If you ask a group of people what they use WD-40 for, you will surely get different answers from each one! WD-40 has a reputation for being useful for several different functions. It is a product that is essential for all households. Can you imagine your life without the trusty yellow and blue can to rely on?
The designer of WD-40, which stands for Water Displacement – 40th Attempt, aimed to develop a chemical that can prevent corrosion. But little did he know, his creation would be used for functions beyond just preventing corrosion. WD-40 can be used for five basic functions of cleaning, displacing moisture, penetration, lubrication, and protection.
WD-40 is the perfect “fix-up” for almost every issue you could face in the garage, garden, or house.
To celebrate this wonder product for all the ways it makes our lives easier, we’ve made a list of 40 WD-40 hacks you should know about.
But, Is WD-40 safe?
WD-40 is a pretty trusted and safe product that can be easily found in every shop and house. It’s recommended by experts and homemakers alike. However, like all chemical products, there are some things you should be cautious about.
Precautions and things to remember:
- WD-40 is highly flammable as it’s a petroleum-based product so use and store it carefully.
- It can be detrimental to health if accidentally ingested so if used on utensils clean properly.
- Make sure you use it in an area that is well ventilated or breathing it in can give you breathing issues.
- Parents and pet parents listen up! You have to be extra careful when using it around your little ones and prevent any contact with eyes and skin.
25 Amazing Uses of WD-40:
1. Cleaning Tiles
Making any dirty equipment squeaky clean is one of WD-40’s main uses but did you know you could even apply this to stained or dirty tiles on your floor?
If you’ve accidentally dropped some paint, makeup, or if your tiles are just covered with smut after a handyman job you can use WD-40 to clean up the mess. Wash it off soap and water to reveal shiny white tiles as good as new!
2. Remove Stains from the Carpet
If you have carpeting around your house we bet you’ve considered removing it at least once due to the amount of maintenance and cleaning it requires.
That’s because carpets are practically huge sponges that take up all kinds of dust and dirt around them. But you don’t have to worry about that anymore! Whether there’s dust or stains on your carpet WD-40 can handle it easily.
Just spray it on the concerned area, wait a couple of minutes and then clean it with either soap or fabric cleaner. Wash it off with water.
3. Keep those Wasps Away
We know how hard it is to get rid of wasps once they start nesting. Luckily you don’t need some fancy equipment for that.
Spray some WD-40 on and under eaves, gutters, or any other place where wasps might nest. Spray enough that the nest gets completely soaked. Wait for an hour before knocking the nest down.
To prevent them from coming anywhere near your house you can spray a little under eaves every summer.
4. Clean Guitar Strings
Does your guitar make a squeaky whining noise when you strum the strings? You might want to clean up the dust collected on your strings. Apply some WD-40 on the strings and scrub it using a toothbrush. This will make your strings not just shiny but long-lasting as well!
5. Remove Stains from Clothes
Ever spilled some ink, makeup, grease, or oil on your favorite pair of jeans and had to throw the whole pair away?
Next time all you have to do to save your favorite items of clothing is spray some WD-40 on the stain, gently scrub and wash it off with warm soapy water or laundry detergent.
6. Clean Sports Equipment
WD-40 can be used to clean bikes, golf clubs, and bike chains and as a lubricant for sports equipment. You can easily remove dirt and decal from your bike and clean the grime that settles on the chain.
Apply a generous amount on gears and chains to lubricate them and make your bike last longer. You can also use it on watercraft items to avoid corrosion and give off excess water.
7. Untangle Jewelry
Picture this, you’re running late for a party and reach for your favorite piece of necklace in your jewelry box just to greet a tangle of jewelry and other accessories items. How many of us have been through this?
Untangling jewelry doesn’t have to be a hassle and will only take seconds if you have a WD-40 handy. Just spray a small amount where the tangles are and the knots will soon loosen up.
8. Clean Dog Poop
Stepping into a pile of dog poop can make your day very…shitty, no pun intended! But it happens to the best of us. Scraping your shoe against a rough surface doesn’t always get rid of the poop and the smell.
Spray some WD-40 on the bottom of your shoe and even the stubbornest poop will come off. Wash it off with water.
9. Free Your Stuck Zipper
Next time your zipper gets stuck and difficult to open, don’t stubbornly yank the zipper up and down it’ll likely only make the situation worse and possibly even break the zipper.
Just spray a little on the zipper and slowly move it up and down to lubricate it completely. You can also use cotton or cloth to apply it evenly on the zipper.
10. Remove Stickers
If you’ve ever tried to remove stickers from products especially those paper stickers then you know that the sticky residue which remains after peeling the sticker off is one of the toughest things to remove.
Spray some WD-40 on it scrape it off after a minute, the residue will come off easily. Wash away the rest with soapy water.
11. Erase Crayon Marks
This one’s for the parents with artistic toddlers who love drawing anywhere but on paper! They might get crayons on walls, furniture, or even floors. Luckily you don’t have to repaint your walls to get rid of crayon marks.
Grab a WD-40 and spray it on the crayon. Let it sit for a few seconds and then wipe it off with a damp cloth or soapy water.
Caution: Use only on walls having a sheen to the paint as WD-40 can stain matte or flat paints.
Related: Magic eraser also works great in removing crayons from the wall and these 13 Amazing Magic Eraser Cleaning hacks are simply genius.
12. Remove Grass from the Lawnmower
Mowing an overgrown lawn after a long time can result in the grass getting stuck in the blades of your lawnmower. This greatly decreases the functionality of your mower.
Spray some WD-40 on a cloth and rub it on the blades. This can also help in cleaning the grime or getting rid of any dust. Do this at least once in 3 months to maintain your lawnmower well.
13. Lubricating Garden Gates
A lawnmower is not the only garden equipment you can use WD-40 on. Garden gates occasionally get rusty and start making squeaky noises every time you swing it open.
WD-40 helps not just to lubricate and remove rust from gate hinges but also in preventing corrosion. Simply apply some on a cloth and use it to wipe the hinges and other rusty areas of the gates.
14. Removes Gunk from Refrigerator Gasket
Refrigerator gaskets can easily collect mold and mildew. This can start smelling and create long-lasting stains if not removed quickly. You don’t need any special cleaners for this just your WD-40 and a soft cloth.
Spray WD-40 on the stains and wipe them with a soft cloth or cotton swabs. Wash with water mixed with cleaner or soap. You can even add a little vinegar to get rid of the smell.
15. Avoid Snow Build-Up on Windows
Snowfalls can be a ton of fun. But the chores of clearing snow from driveways, eaves, and windows the day after? Not so much.
Snow buildup on your windows can cause permanent leakage and damage if not cleared immediately. However, you can prevent this buildup in the first place. Just spray WD-40 on all your windows and eaves before a snowstorm.
16. Remove Tea Stains from the Kitchen Counter
Spilled tea and cup rings on the countertop can stain it quickly and let’s be honest, we don’t always remember to use coasters if we’re in a hurry. To clear those tea stains apply WD-40 on and around the spots, let it sit for a minute, and wipe it off with a kitchen cloth or a sponge.
17. Separate Stuck Glasses
Ever been stuck in a similar situation? It happens many times, one glass gets stuck inside another and you are not able to separate them and most of the time separation by force results in shattered glasses.
If you face this situation next time, just spray a little WD-40 between them and gently separate them. Voila! glasses separated so easily. Just make sure to wash them very well before use.
18. Clean and Waterproof Your Shoes
Cleaning your shoes becomes very easy with WD-40, especially black canvas shoes which are very hard to clean. Just spray WD-40 all over the shoe and wipe it with a clean cloth.
Not only that, but you don’t also have to buy special winter shoes or costly weatherproofing sprays when the WD-40 can in your garage is enough to do the trick.
Coat your shoes with WD-40 and it’ll prevent water and grime from collecting. Shoes in winters tend to develop scuff marks and salt stains as well. You can remove them by spraying WD-40 on them and wiping it with a cloth.
Related: How to Clean White Vans Shoes?
19. Quick Stain Remover
WD-40 is an awesome tool to remove stains, especially from your clothes, carpet, or curtains. It removes almost any stain even grease and lipstick stains.
So, don’t let that ketchup ruin your favorite T-shirt, just soak the stain for 5 mins by spraying some WD-40 on it. Wipe it with a clean cloth. Voila! it’s so easy to remove the stains. WD-40 can even remove blood stains if you catch them early enough. Check out these amazing stain removal tips for more.
20. Remove Chewing Gum Easily
Whether it’s on your carpet, jeans, shoes, or even on the floor, removing stuck chewing gum is a big pain. However, just spray some WD-40 on it, allow it to sit for a few minutes, and remove it. See how easy and quick it was to get rid of chewing gum using WD-40, right?
21. Remove Glue Easily
While I knew WD-40 is used to remove stickers, it clicked in my mind to try WD-40 to remove some glue. So, I just dropped some glue on my watch and let it dry completely. To my surprise, WD-40 even removed dried glue easily. Just spray some WD-40 on it and alas! it’s clean without even leaving a scratch.
WD-40 will be quite handy if you work on DIY projects and accidentally spill some glue.
22. Clean Your Toilet Bowl
Why do you need expensive and toxic toilet cleaners when you have WD-40 in hand. Its unique chemical composition dissolves the gunk and lime and stains from your toilet bowl will disappear in a few minutes. All you need to do is spray WD-40 in the toilet bowl for 10-20 seconds and scrub it using a brush. You would also like these clever bathroom cleaning tips.
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23. Remove Dye Stains
Anyone who’s tried dyeing their hair at home knows how easy it is to get dye stains on sinks, towels, and bathroom floors. Even after taking all the precautions, some stains will almost magically appear at the most random places!
Dye stains can be stubborn to get rid of but if you’ve got a WD-40 you’re all set! Just spray some on the stain and use a cloth to rub it until the stain starts coming off. Then wash the surface with warm water.
24. Clean Your BBQ Grill
You’re having a BBQ night and you take out the grill just to be greeted with caked-on food and grime. You can’t bring it out to your guests like this!
There’s a simple fix, just grab a can of WD-40 and spray it on the grime and caked-on bits of food. Wait for a few moments before cleaning it with a wire brush or a clean cloth. The WD-40 will break down the grime in no time. You can even use this for any rust that might’ve developed on the grill.
25. Polish Silver
You can use WD-40 to remove tarnish from items of silver and polish them. Spray it on the silver and use a cloth to clean the tarnished area. Reapply and clean until the tarnish comes off and then rinse it well.
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