WD-40 is quite a popular spray, so we’re sure you’ve heard of it. While it may be known for being a dissolver used against rust, it is actually much more than that. It has many other uses and can make your life a lot easier. Continue reading to find out more about the incredible things this spray can do!
People have different reasons for putting a sticker on their car. It could be for a good cause such as showing support for some advocacy or sometimes it could be a spur of the moment decision that leaves the car owner with regret. All the same, stickers might actually hurt the resale value of your car, so it is best if you remove them. No need to worry because peeling them off is quite easy if you spray some WD-40 on them.
Protecting Shower Heads
Have you ever tried counting the number of pores on a shower head? If you have, congratulations because you are part of an exclusive group that has very few members. Your observant nature might have made you the first person to notice that water is no longer passing through some pores on your shower head at home. Spray a bit of WD-40 the shower head to prevent clogging.
Keeping Your AC Clean
This bit of advice is not for people who have their AC unit in place, but for people who are still in the pre-installation stage. Before installation, spritz a little WD-40 on your AC unit. This will keep dust and other particles from building up in the vents.
Cleaning Water Stains
Water stains on mirrors and shower walls can be really annoying. Sometimes, you get unlucky and a filthy stain gets on these surfaces which would not budge no matter how hard you rub and scrub. No need to worry because the WD-40 will help you get rid of those tough stains.
Maintaining Fridge Gasket
Do you know what a fridge gasket is? You might think you don’t but you actually do. It is the rubber strip attached to the outer edge of your fridge and it helps the fridge door in sealing in the cool air while keeping the warm air out. Therefore, it is not surprising if some nasty gunk becomes stuck in there but you only have to attach a nozzle on a WD-40, spray it, and wipe away the gunk.
Apparently, cockroaches do not have to worry about a nuclear explosion since they can survive it. However, WD-40 spraying is another story. Why don’t you see for yourself? A word of caution for all bugs: your newest enemy has arrived.
Getting Gum Out Of Hair
Everyone knows that finding gum in our hair is such a pain but do not panic. Just get a bottle of WD-40 and begin spraying! While doing it, however, do not forget to keep your mouth and eyes shut. After this, tug at the gum and it will come off of your hair.
Shining License Plates
While purposely keeping license plates filthy might be beneficial, it is just not worth it since bringing back the shine to your license plates is incredibly easy. You do not need a lot of things, just WD-40 and a dry cloth.
Removing Super Glue
Everyone knows the reputation that superglue has. It is probably the superlative in its name which makes it very intimidating. Nevertheless, WD-40 can help in removing the all-powerful adhesive.
Protecting Guitar Strings
WD-40 can be used for cleaning guitar strings, but it also offers some additional protection from damage! Before anything else, you have to know this: spritz some WD-40 onto a piece of cloth and then wipe the strings. Your thumb should be on one side while your other fingers are on the other side, then do a sliding motion. Keep doing this until you have covered everything.
WD-40 For Shining Your Silver
We all want our silver to be very shiny when we bring it out. We have not really met anybody who thinks otherwise. Well, were you aware that WD-40 can actually make your silver much shinier than before? All you need to do is spritz some on your silver, wipe using a circular motion, and put your feet up to take delight in your handiwork!
Separating Stuck Glasses
Have you tried bringing out some shot glasses but ended up forgoing them because they were stuck to each other? You tried everything but you just could not get them unstuck, so you gave up instead. Actually, you have not tried everything because you did not spray some WD-40. It is definitely a lifesaver since the shot glasses will part like oil and water.
We have all been there – the struggle of getting a stuck zipper to get unstuck. Be it on clothes, on bags, or basically anything, a stuck zipper will always be a problem. Unfortunately, once you experience it, it will probably happen again. However, when it actually happens, lightly spritz WD-40 on the zipper so you can easily open and close it.
Fairly recently, the trend of wearing neat white sneakers has become extremely popular again. Your pair may be gleaming white when you slip them on, but they are really vulnerable to dirt. In general, it is not enough to use soap and hot water to scrub them. However, if you spritz some WD-40 on them and rub gently, you will see an enormous difference.
Cleaning Tar Stains
We have already discussed cleaning up simple stains and dirt – let us now move on to something more challenging. Everyone knows that tar does not do a car any favors. In moments like this, WD-40 will definitely come to your rescue. Tar stains are no match for WD-40.
It does not matter whether you love or hate winter, frosty windows will still be something you need to deal with. Some people find it highly inconvenient that they have to scrub the frost first before they can drive their car in the morning. Well, we are here to tell you that you can spritz a bit of WD-40 on the windows and wipe all the frost away!
Sometimes there are things we have to cut but the scissors we have just will not cut it. Pun definitely intended! If this happens, you just need to spritz a little WD-40 on the scissors, specifically at the center. Rest assured that after this, straight lines will be a joy to cut for a significant amount of time!
Guarding Bird Feeders
They are called bird feeders for a reason – the name indicates which animals should use it. Unfortunately, squirrels do not seem to have gotten the memo. No worries, though because you can just let them know by using WD-40. Squirrels have trouble keeping their balance on a slippery and oily surface.
A ring may symbolize a permanent union, but it is perfectly fine if you part with it once in a while. If it gets stuck on your finger, just spray WD-40 on it and it will come off rather easily. No need to go as far as cutting off your finger!
Isn’t it annoying to see a person spitting gum on the sidewalk? It is definitely a lack of manners. However, many would agree that what makes it more annoying is when you have to deal with gum stuck on the sole of your shoe. If this happens to you, just remember that WD-40 is effective in removing that pesky piece of gum.
Taking Out Lipstick Stains
Lipstick can certainly help in improving your looks, but it is an eyesore if some gets on your clothes. Spray a little WD-40 on it if you want to remove it. However, be careful that you do not spray excessively.
Cleaning Crayon Stains
As much as we would like to encourage our children’s creativity, we somehow still feel our temper rising when we see their artistry has made its way to our walls. Fortunately, WD-40 can assist us with this. Spray some WD-40 on the kids’ artwork and soon the natural appearance of the wall will start to come back.
Clearing Stains From Wood
The susceptibility to stains on coffee tables is high courtesy of glasses and mugs. While it may be highly upsetting, you do not need to worry! Try to guess what you can use to clean up the mess. We bet you do not need our help to figure this out!
Opening Rusty Locks
Who does not want a reliable lock? That is right, practically no one but if it remains locked although you have the key, then that is a different story. However, do not buy a new set just yet because you can easily fix a rusty lock by using WD-40. Stuck locks will surely open with ease if you use WD-40.
Similar to varnish, WD-40 helps keep your rakes, brooms, mops, and other utensils strong as well as free from pesky splinters. As soon as these objects look noticeably a little weary, simply spritz WD-40 on them and rub to extend your wooden tools’ longevity.
Breaking In Baseball Gloves
A new baseball glove, whether you have bought it or got it from someone, is always a reason to celebrate, but it can be a hassle when breaking it in. Some use oils to soften a glove up, but WD-40 can actually help soften the sturdy leather in no time. We are sure your kid will thank you if you go the WD-40 route.
Preserving Leather Sofas
Basically, you can use WD-40 for leather but always remember to practice moderation in doing things. Lightly spritz WD-40 on a cloth, then use it the cloth to wipe your leather sofa or armchair to keep it shiny, clean, and healthy!
You read that right – attracting fish. There have been claims of getting a better catch after the lures had been sprayed with WD-40. There is no harm in trying it, especially if the fishing hole you go to does not have restrictions about it.
Cleaning Your Grill
The grill is another piece of equipment in the household that is no fun to clean. Scrubbing off all the gunk is not easy to do, right? Well, WD-40 can make your life easier. Just spray some on the grill and proceed to scrub the grease away using a wire brush, though you should only do this when no fire is raging, obviously.
Lego is surely an awesome toy for children and those who are young at heart but there are times when it seems impossible to rip off some pieces which won’t come apart. In fact, it can get super frustrating. Anyway, now you know that some WD-40 can fix the problem!
Separating Flower Pots
This is quite similar to the issue with LEGO we just discussed. There is a tendency for flower pots to stick together, making them difficult to pull apart. Needless to say, this entry will not be included in this list if WD-40 cannot help make things better! Spraying and separating flower pots is pretty easy.
We are sure you are wondering how WD-40 can help make digging easier. Well, if you are thinking of digging for any reason, you should spray the shovel or spade first with this lubricant. The process will be smoother and you will feel as if it is hot fudge you are slicing into!
Removing Tea Stains
The awful tea stains on the kitchen counter and sink can make the whole place really unpleasant to look at. We bet you already know how to get rid of those nasty stains! Spritz, wipe, and enjoy!
Before anything else, we would like to clarify that we are talking about plants of the plastic variety. They are supposed to look fresh forever, but dust and time can make them eventually look awful. What you need to do is wipe them down using a bit of WD-40 and your plants will surely come back to life!
Removing Ink Stains
One of our biggest pet peeves is a ballpoint pen leaking while in our pocket. Fortunately, you can just spray some WD-40 and before you know it, the stain will be gone.
Cleaning Dog Poop
Even though our love for dogs has no limit, stepping on dog poop is never good. Scraping it off your shoes can be a hassle as well. Spraying some WD-40, however, will help the poop fall right off.
Erasing Sticker Marks
We know some time has passed since they were trendy but why were labels and price tags ever placed on the underside of CDs and DVDs? No matter. To take them off, just spritz a little WD-40 and wipe!
Pulling Hairs Out
Before we get into things, this entry is not about pulling your enemy’s hair. It is about how to take hair stuck in your hairbrush. Start by spraying some WD-40 on the brush and then soak it in water. Say goodbye to all those dead hair!
Waterproofing Your Shoes
WD-40 might be more impressive than what we all thought. Spritz some of this wonder product on your shoes to protect them from the rain. It is absolutely revolutionary and eyes will go wide staring at you and your now amazing footwear.
Clearing Toothpaste Stains
You may have been in a hurry quite a few times and did not wipe the toothpaste stain up which was left on the sink. The stains can remain there for a pretty long time unless you give them the WD-40 treatment!
No, this is not the part where we discuss how to teach proper hygiene to bugs! As you may know, dead bugs will occasionally fill the front of a car. While cleaning them may be annoying, it is actually necessary. To make life easier, use a WD-40 sprayed rag and wipe all the mess off!
Washing Bathroom Tiles
All sorts of gunk tend to easily get on our bathroom tiles. At least, WD-40 can help you get it out in record time. No need to spend a lot of time on your knees to scrub it all away; all you have to do is spray and wipe.
Unsqueaking Squeaky Shoes
We are sure you already know what this is going to be about! As you may know, there are many types of footwear which could squeak and clown shoes are just one of them. If you want your squeaky shoes to stay quiet, spritz a bit of WD-40 on them.
Preventing Snow Buildup On Windows
Windows tend to mist up whenever winter comes around. This is certainly not ideal if the snowy wonderland outside is something you would like to enjoy. Spraying a small amount of WD-40 will solve your problem. Everyone loves a white Christmas, so clear windows should be necessary.
Protecting Against Wasps
Summer is definitely a fun time to come out and play but you are actually not the only one who thinks this way. Bees and wasps seek out places where they can build nests, and one of the spots they think is perfect is under your house’s rafters. That is if you did not spray WD-40 on your rafters beforehand. Thank me later.
Toning Down Polyurethane Shine
Few things are more beautiful than a floor that has been perfectly varnished. However, the truth is that sometimes the initial shine is a bit over the top. To combat this, just spray a small amount of WD-40 on the floor, then wipe it down using a rag. You will see how great the floor looks after that.
Removing Stuck Prostheses
You may not have thought about this, but for people who have prostheses, WD-40 can help them a lot. It can sometimes be quite a hassle removing prostheses, especially when there is nobody around who could help. With the use of WD-40, removal of prostheses and their reassembly can be made a lot easier.
Cleaning Dried Glue
Everyone knows that the purpose of glue is for things to be stuck together, but there are times when getting rid of it is what we want, especially if it has dried somewhere you do not intend to have it. What, you might ask, should you do to make it disappear? Needless to say, the solution to this problem is the wonder spray WD-40 – simply spray and wait. The glue will then loosen.
Degreasing Your hands
If you have tried working with grease for hours, you know that it is really difficult to get it off your body. There are people who swear by pouring some gasoline all over their hands before washing off. The problem, however, is that it will eventually make your hands really dry and rough. With WD-40, the grease will come right off and you get to keep your hands soft.
Removing Carpet Stains
Do you know the number of people whose carpet has dried stains in them? Neither do we, but it is awfully sad that they have come to accept the fact that those stains have become part of their furniture. If only they had known about the magic touch of WD-40, surely they would not have had accepted that reality.
Getting Rid Of Tomato Stains
Why is it that a massive glob of ketchup drops onto your shirt right before a really important meeting? We do not know either but we all try to rub it off with some napkin that is covered in ketchup – big mistake. Despite that shirt not being ready for the meeting, at least you can still salvage it by spritzing some WD-40 on the stain before washing it. Remember not to go crazy with the spraying, though.
Wiping Down Your Fridge
If you have tried cleaning your fridge (no judgment if you haven’t), you would know that fun is basically not part of the experience. Refrigerators are known for collecting all types of gross leftovers. It can be pretty challenging when you try cleaning this gunk away. Try spritzing WD-40 on those stubborn parts and wipe off with a paper towel or dry cloth.
Pretreating Blood Stains
Before your imagination goes wild and you end up thinking of a crime scene, think smaller – perhaps like a cut finger or a bloodied nose. Blood dries quickly on clothing and a nasty stain is usually left. Before it becomes a stain, spritz some WD-40 and proceed to wash it out.
Cleaning Off Old Wax
For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, it is pretty much known that waxing boards and skis are a necessity. However, after an entire summer season has gone by and you have to get your equipment ready again, it becomes a struggle to get the leftover wax off. Try spritzing some WD-40 on it and then wipe it for a smooth, new, and fresh start to another ski season.
Protecting Your Boat From Corrosion
Maintaining a boat is definitely hard work, but a dedicated skipper knows you need to put in a lot of effort to make your boat last. In life, shortcuts are really rare especially for things that we have to do, but as we know, WD-40 is a miracle worker. It helps provide protection against corrosion, which means it also protects the boot from permanent damage in the long term.
Removing Barnacles From Boats
Speaking of boats, barnacles underneath boats are actually pretty harmful. Therefore, if your water vessel has some barnacles on it, rather than scraping them off unsuccessfully, try squirting some WD-40 on them. Then, peel them off by using a putty knife. If you see that there are still some left, just use sandpaper and clean it up.
Protecting Golf Clubs
If you are a keen golf enthusiast then I suggest you listen carefully since you know well that golf clubs have to be kept really well. If you want your clubs in tip-top condition, after you play a round of golf, wipe the clubs lightly with WD-40. Soon you will see how valuable it is to do this.
Removing Stuck Spark Plugs
NASCAR mechanics have a trick when it comes to removing and replacing spark plugs really fast. These professional mechanics use WD-40. They have proven that this is the best way, especially under pressure. Now, it is up to you whether to believe this but we suggest you try it before you pass judgment.
When saws become rusted, it is really annoying since they are not exactly cheap. Rather than immediately looking for a new saw to replace the one you originally spent a lot of money on, try our trick first. Spray your saws with some WD-40, even the round saws that you have, and they will not only look great but they will also feel great!
Making Wicker Quiet
If you have tried sitting in a wicker chair, you will know exactly what “wicker creak” means. For some reason, a wicker bench or chair creaks when you sit on it. However, WD-40 is staunchly against noisy chairs, so it helps you with you this “noise” issue. Go ahead and try it.
Lubricating Toys With Wheels
Whether it is for the sake of your kids or yours, WD-40 can help make toys’ squeaky wheels stop squeaking. No kid enjoys playing with those toys that are difficult to move. I remember my attempts at pushing around a big truck that my parents had given me for my fifth birthday. Just one drive through mud and the wheels would not budge any longer.
Cleaning Sliding Doors Sliding Strip
Dragging a sliding door closed or open when it just will not budge is simply the worst! However, we cannot just leave it at that and not share a solution, now can we? Grab your WD-40 and go to the immovable sliding door. On the part where the door should move, spray some WD-40 and then wipe the thing clean. You may have to do this several times to clean up the dust that has been sitting there for a while.
Preventing Wind Chimes Rust
Although wind chimes are not for everyone, there are people who like to put them outside their house. A little rust might add character to your chimes, but too much just makes them look dirty and tacky. Here is a trick you will love: spritz some WD-40 on them and watch them survive all seasons.
Joining Plastic Shelves
It is actually quite simple to put plastic shelves together but the problem comes up when you have to separate them. Actually, you can just spray some WD-40 on the connecting bits and then put them into place the first time you put the plastic shelves together. When the time comes for you to disassemble them, you will be really happy with the ease with which the components separate.
Whitening Fiberglass Bathtubs
Most people are under the impression that bathtubs can never get entirely clean. The truth is that you can do a pretty good job with minimal effort with the help of WD-40. Just spray some into the tub and wipe away with a sponge or a rag. Make sure to wash the tub afterwards so that it isn’t slippery.
It might seem strange to be thinking of protecting your wheelbarrow. Like what? Are there wheelbarrow ghosts that haunt them in the middle of the night? Probably not. But if you have a wheelbarrow that you use for decor or for work, you probably don’t want it to get too rusty. You can use WD-40 to keep it in great shape.
Removing Tape Marks
All throughout college my friends and I stuck posters up on the walls with the aid of tape. The problem was never getting the posters down afterwards, but rather getting the tape residue off the wall afterwards. If only I had known about the “spray and wipe” tactic that WD-40 users swear by.
Lubricating Swings And Other Playground Equipment
There’s something nostalgic about hearing the squeaking sounds of see-saws and swings at the park. But after a few minutes it can become quite annoying to say the least. If you’d like to tackle this problem, just bring along a can of WD-40 and get spraying. No headaches for you!
What is it about ashtrays that they collect so much dirt? Obviously we’re not talking about the ashes that come from cigarettes; that’s a given. Here’s a useful tip that you should try the next time you buy yourself an ashtray. Spray it down with WD-40 and then wipe it. You’ll see how easy it is to clean it out afterwards.
Maintaining Lawnmower Blades
We all know that lawnmower blades are not cheap by any measure, so it’s best we take care of them. A great way to ensure that they stay as clean and kept as they were when you first got your mower is to spray them on a regular basis with WD-40.
Removing Chair Marks
Chairs have the potential to leave marks both on your floors and your walls. They’re an absolute nuisance, as well as an ugly addition to your home’s decor. You can probably guess what we suggest for this kind of problem, right? Go on, get the WD-40!
Cleaning Luggage Handles
I know that it’s no-one’s fault that airline staff put stickers on our luggage. Even though we know this is the case, it doesn’t mean we like battling to get the glue residue off after a long flight. The good news is that you can spray a cloth with WD-40 and then wipe the gooey mess away for good.
Removing Stickers From Plates
If we’re already on the subject of stickers then let’s talk about stickers on plates. No matter how hard you scrub stickers from plates and kitchen utensils, they always seem to leave a little something behind… and those little somethings are REALLY sticky!
Removing Dust From Mosquito Screens
Mosquito screens are there to protect us from pests that like to munch on us while we sleep. The problem with these screens is that they collect more than just dead bugs – dust too. Try wiping these screens down with WD-40 every few months to ensure that dust can’t stick itself onto the screens.
Polishing Gold And Brass Lamps
It sounds like a dream come true – rub the lamp and wait for the genie to pop out. I already know my three wishes! Okay okay, I should probably calm down because that will never happen… If you do have any grass or gold lamps that need a shine, give them the WD-40 treatment so that they shine bright!
Lubricating Folding Chairs And Ironing Boards
Like anything metal that folds, chairs and tables can become rusty and impossible to open and close. WD-40 is a specialist when it comes to these types of items (as well as a million others). Spray the joints with WD-40 and soon you’ll be glad you listened to us.
Restoring Metal Figurines
It might not be your cup of tea, but if it is, you’d better listen up. If you have indoor or outdoor metal figurines and you want to protect them from the elements, spray them down with WD-40. Come rain, come shine, come whatever weather, you’ll be covered.
Enhancing TV Signal
It’s not uncommon for people to still have TV antennae over their houses. There’s nothing worse than trying to watch TV when there’s a storm and the signal goes all fuzzy. If you take that one trip up onto the roof to spray down your antennae with WD-40, you’ll soon be enjoying clear television viewing, even during the most intense storms.
Cleaning the toilet bowl is never high on anyone’s priority list, because it’s never pleasant. However, when you bring WD-40 into the equation, everything changes. Instead of reaching for all different kinds of pricey cleaning products that only do half the job, get out your WD-40!