25+ Ways WD-40 Is More Useful Thank You Think
One of the most flexible of all of the household products is WD-40. This Teflon based aerosol is a staple in just about every home in America. You probably already know that there are a ton of ways to use WD-40 around your house, but do you know all of them? We're going to count some of them down today, and we'll bet there are a whole bunch that you've never seen! Curious? Let's get started!
Oh my, how annoying is a pair of scissors that just won't budge? How am I going to craft a happy birthday card for my great-aunt Giselle? Well, I'm guessing you know the answer. Simply spray some WD-40 where the two blades meet. Giselle is going to be one happy lady. Last year, I didn't know about this useful trick, and my scissors wouldn't budge, so I couldn't send her my blessings.
Removing Rings From Your Hand
Although you may be the type to never want to take your wedding off, sometimes, you have to. If you leave it on your finger for too long, it can be extremely difficult to remove, unless you have WD-40 at your disposal. Simply spray some on your finger and pull on the ring a little until it slides off. Just don't let your wife know.
No, we don't advise spraying WD-40 in your hair before going scuba diving. It might look good on the beach, but it's not going to attract all the fish towards you. However, you can spray your fishing lures, as they will shine, and this will attract fish towards them. This amazing spray will have you swimming with the fishes (no, not that way).
Removing Gum From Shoes
When are people going to stop spitting their gum on the sidewalk? It is rude, disgusting, and outright selfish. If you are the unlucky victim of this awful encounter, let the gum dry, then spray some WD-40 until it peels off. There's a special place in hell for those who dispose of their chewing gum on the ground!
Eliminating Lipstick Stains
Not many people want to walk with a lipstick stain on their shirt, whether they've been unfaithful or not. Sometimes, throwing it in the washing machine doesn't do the trick. If you encounter this, just spray some WD-40 on a cloth, rub it on the stain, and watch it rub right off. Is there anything this magical spray can't do?
Remove Oils From Clothes
What is it about oil that makes it harder to remove than my depression? Wow, that got a little deep. WD-40 can really help in this situation. Not for the depression, for the oil. Spray WD-40 on the oil stain and wait a little while, before finally wiping it off.
Protecting Shower Heads
How many of your shower head's pores are actually releasing water? Many of them may be blocked by now. Go have a look for yourself. If they are blocked, spray some WD-40 on the inside, and the pores will quickly open up. Try it out! It'll have you feeling like it's a complete, brand new showerhead!
Keeping AC Compressors Clean
This is helpful especially when you get a new air conditioner! No one wants to breathe polluted and dusty air, so what's the solution? Simply spray the front of your air conditioner with WD-40 as this will prevent the collection of dust. This spray can do so many things, it's almost magical! The only other product we can think of that is useful in so many ways is baking soda.
Dig Faster, Not Harder
We've already seen how useful WD-40 can be in many situations, but what on earth does it have to do with a shovel? Well, we're glad you asked. If you spray your shovel with WD-40 before digging, you will be able to easily slide in and out like a hot knife in butter! You will definitely place first in the village's digging competition!
Fixing Water Stains
Sometimes, it's nearly impossible to see yourself in the mirror after a hot, steamy shower. Even after you try to wipe it off with your fingers, it leaves water stains that make it look like you've got leprosy. Don't worry, you probably don't, and wiping WD-40 on these marks will show you that. At least we hope they will.
Keep The Fridge Gasket Supple
You really don't know what a fridge gasket is? Well, neither did I, to be fair. After a little Googling, I found out that it's the rubber part that creates suction allowing your fridge to remain closed. This gasket is absolutely crucial, but the amount of gunk it collects is unreal! To deal with this, apply the thin nozzle on the WD-40 spray and get into those crevices. It will wipe the mess away really fast.
Clean Gum From Hair - Without Cutting!
This doesn't only happen in movies. Gum can get stuck in your hair anytime! If this annoying occurrence ever happens to you, let the gum dry for a while, then spray WD-40 all over it. Don't forget to cover your face! Gum in your hair does not always mean an embarrassing trip to the hairdresser! It's time to take things in your hands!
Shining Up License Plates
Whether you are a collector of license plates, or you just want yours to sparkle like whitened teeth, WD-40 could be your best friend. Spray some on a cloth, wipe your plates, and don't forget to smile for the speed cameras! If only WD-40 could hide your license plate from these annoying speed traps!
Super Glue Removal
Whatever you do, make sure not to show this to superglue manufacturers! It's supposed to be the strongest adhesive out there, but it has its own Achilles heel - WD-40! When you are working with arts and crafts, for example, super glue can get stuck in the most annoying places, and now you know how to battle it!
Guitar String Protection
WD-40 can also keep your guitar strings in great condition. Spray some on a cloth and gently slide it down the strings until they're nice and shiny. "Maria, Maria! She reminds me of the West Side Story!" Unfortunately, it's not gonna turn you into the next Carlos Santana or Jimi Hendrix. It will protect your guitar strings, though.
This one applies to all the witches out there and their flying broomsticks. In fact, anyone who uses a wooden handle can take advantage of this wonderful spray! Just apply some on the handle, and rub thoroughly with a cloth. Anyone up for a game of Quidditch? These are no Firebolts, but they'll do the trick!
Baseball Glove Conditioning
Most kids (well, American ones, at least) can relate to how tough it is to break in a new baseball glove. If only there was a way to speed up that process. Boys and girls, do I really have to say it? Yup, WD-40 is the solution once again. Spraying it on the leather glove will cause it to go soft and be ready in no time.
Cleaning and Protecting Leather Sofas
WD-40 can do miracles for leather. Sometimes, after a while, they need a little attention. This spray will have it looking new in no time. Don't go crazy and spray it all over the place - just like Russian vodka, make sure you use it in moderation to get the best use out of it. More is not always better!
Wait, relax. Don't go pulling your hair out just yet. Here, we mean removing hairs from your hairbrushes. Spray them with WD-40, then put them in water to soak it off, and the hair will come off with ease. How many hairbrushes have you thrown in the past for this reason? Under all that hair, they may have still been in great condition!
Fixing Crayon Stains
Kids are often very expressive, and they are not shy to let their creative juices flow wherever they are. When you come home to a new art piece on the wall drawn by your five-year-old, after putting them in the naughty corner, spray some WD-40 to wipe it off easily. Who knows - your kid could be the next Banksy, and you may have just erased a masterpiece. But probably not.
Protecting Bird Feeders
If you've got a bird feeder, you may sometimes deal with squirrels stealing the food off it. So, how can you make sure that the bird feeder only feeds the birds? This method is kind of mean, but it is not harmful at all. If you are okay with it, spray some WD-40 on the bird feeder, and it will be too slippery for other animals to climb on top of it.
Cleaning Piano Keyboards
Admittedly, grungy pianos do look pretty cool, but when it's in your home, you probably want to keep it clean and shining, just like the rest of your furniture. For those (nasty) keys that are no longer shining, spray some WD-40 and wipe away the dirt. Unfortunately, it won't suddenly have you playing like Stevie Wonder.
Mmmm, there's nothing more delicious than a barbecue in summer. However, nothing kills the vibe quicker than gunk on the grill causing the meat to taste like your socks after you've been to the gym. Pretty disgusting, I know. Spray a little WD-40 on your grill before lighting it up, then scrub it down with a brush before wiping it off with a clean cloth.
Stuck Legos? No Problem
Sometimes, it feels like there's nothing more difficult than separating Lego Pieces. Well, that was true until WD-40 stepped onto the scene. Just spray the pieces that are stuck together, wait a few seconds, and pull them apart easily! When you're done, wipe your child's tears away, but don't put any WD-40 on them.
Stuck Flower Pots
Pot plants are not Lego pieces, but they're very similar in some ways. When they stay stuck together like siamese twins, spray some WD-40 on them and separate them like when two naughty children are punching each other in the face. If those pots have been stacked like those for a while, there is a higher chance of them getting stuck.
Clean Tea Stains
No matter how much you love your caffeine, tea and coffee stains on your kitchen counter can make your kitchen look disgusting, even if everything else looks clean. So, what's the solution? Well, you guessed it. Spray the affected with WD-40, and after a few seconds, wipe it with a clean cloth, before cleaning the entire countertop after use. It couldn't be easier!
Shining Up Artificial Plants
Before you get overexcited and begin spraying all the plants in your home with WD-40, we would like to clarify that we're talking about fake plastic plants. To make them look shiny and more real, spray a drop on the plant and gently wipe away.
Removing Ink On Fabric
Are you the type of person who puts a pen in their pocket, and then totally forgets about it? Yes, we know the outcome - blue ink all over your trousers. Don't fret, as it can be removed; spray some good old WD-40 on the ink stain and wipe in circular motions until it's totally gone.
Clean Sticker Marks
You may not use CDs and DVDs anymore, but if you're old school and still do, you've surely run into this problem before. For some reason, stores sometimes put stickers under the CDs, which is absolutely infuriating. If that happens, spray some WD-40 on a cloth and wipe away with extreme care. Oh, and get yourself a Netflix account. We're in 2019, you know.
Many of us can relate to this one very closely. One night, we had some friends over at the house, and my wife made me responsible for drinks. I pulled out the glases, but to my surprise, they were stuck together like an arranged marriage. Someone then suggested I spray some WD-40 on the glasses. I was shocked when it actually worked and the glasses came off smoothly.
Clean Toothpaste Stains
Usually, in the morning, I dash from the bed the bathroom, to the kitchen, then out the door like a zombie. If you're ever brushed your teeth in a rush, you are probably familiar with toothpaste stains on the bathroom sink. If you leave it there long enough, it can leave an annoying stain. Do you know how you can solve this issue? WD-40, of course!
Opening Rusted Locks
The rain season is finally over, so you head to the shed to get some things. Unfortunately, you locked it a while ago, and the key won't even get inside the hole. Ah, rusty locks - what a predicament. WD-40 is a great lubricant to fight this issue. Spray some into the keyway and this should allow the key to push into the lock.
Removing Bumper Stickers
Some of us may have been down that road before, thinking, "I want to raise awareness for Green Peace, let me put a sticker of it on my bumper!" You may have tried taking it off with soap and water. If you have, you know it doesn't really work. However, WD-40 will make it peel off like a banana skin! Perhaps it's now time to raise awareness to a new issue? The destruction of the Amazon, maybe?
Nothing is more annoying than when your zipper can't make the 'zzz' sound. When your zipper is acting more stubborn than your teenage daughter, just spray some WD-40 (on the zipper, not your daughter) and watch it move with ease. How many times before have you discarded an item simply because the zipper was broke? Not anymore!
Clear Bugs From Your Car
When driving at high speeds, you will inevitably hit some poor bugs on your journey. This can create a big mess, especially after a long drive. So, how can WD-40 help in those situations? Simply grab a cloth and spray the affected area to wipe it all off. Say goodbye to those disgusting bug remainders.
Clean Bathroom Tiles Without Scrubbing
There could be many things that make your bathroom look like a nasty painting - nail polish spills, growing mold, or just bathroom gunk (we don't even want to imagine what that consists of). Nobody wants the place where they clean themselves to look like that. The best way to fight this nastiness is by spraying WD-40 and wiping away the mess clean.
Fix Your Squeaky Shoes
Yes, this is a real thing, and if you've ever watched a basketball game, you have surely noticed that. Well, you will be happy to know that your shoes don't have to stay squeaky and attract attention all the time. Just spray a tiny bit on the squeaky spot and enjoy walking in peace (and without all the looks!).
Prevent Frost On Outside Windows
It's highly advised to do this trick before the snow creeps in. Snow is undoubtedly beautiful as a landscape or postcard, but you won't be able to get a look if the snow is completely covering the windows. Before snow season starts, spray some WD-40 and watch it all slide right off. Don't forget to check the weather reports.
Protect Against Wasps
Summer has just passed, so you may have had to deal with these little pests. Remember, these little bugs are excited about the summer too! Wasps and hives are looking for the best place to make a hive, so make sure that spot isn't right under your roof by spraying some WD-40 there. Soon, they'll be calling your neighbor Jimbo's home their own. Mi casa su casa.
Dull Polyurethane Shine
Your wooden floors deserve to be shining all the time. However, sometimes too much is too much, and it feels like you are blinding yourself by looking at it. If you feel like that, wipe down the floor after you varnish it with some WD-40 as this should lessen the shine. No one wants their floor to be shinier than a rare Pokemon card. You could blind someone with that.
Fix Dry Glue
Isn't it strange how glue always dries really fast when we made a mistake, but never quick enough when we want it? So, WD-40 can't help you not make mistakes, but it can help by spraying it on dried glue to wipe it right off.
Degrease Your Hands
Up til now, there hasn't been a common, comfortable way to remove grease from your hands. Well, I'm sure you can guess where this is going. WD-40 is easily one of the best degreasers out there. If you are doubtful, just give it a try. Don't forget to wash your hands with soap afterward. Is there anything WD-40 can't do?
White sneakers are both good and bad; they look super cool, but they're quite tough to keep clean. If you often struggle with this situation, try spraying some WD-40 on a cloth and gently rubbing onto the dirty areas. You're welcome. It'll have your shoes looking like they just got out of whatever sweatshop in Asia they were fabricated in.
Cleaning Tar Stains From Cars
If you've never had tar stains on your car, you're a lucky person! Those who have know how much they suck. If you ever find these stains on your car, spraying it with WD-40 will have it as clean as a baby's butt. Did you really think your mechanic had some special spray to remove stains? They were probably using WD-40 all along!
Defrosting Ice From Cars
Imagine getting to your car in the morning, already in a bad mood as you know you will have to see your boss' face soon, and realizing your car is more frozen than the Disney flick. If this happens to you often, spray some WD-40 on your windshield the night before, as it will cause the ice and snow to slide right off.
Remove Stains From Carpet
I'm sure many of you have got carpet stains that you have just accepted as part of your permanent furniture. Well, it's high time you dealt with that. What can you do? Simply spray the stains with WD-40 to wipe them off with ease. Next time, when your parents are out of town and you have a party, this may come in handy for the post-party deep cleanse of their home.
Clean Tomato Stains
If you believe that tomato and ketchup stains only happen in movies, then you may have never had a delicious hamburger or hot dog. You may be a vegetarian, after all. Or even worse, a vegan. Anyway, in the (very) rare case that you have some WD-40 on you but not an extra t-shirt, spray the magic stuff on the stain and rub the stain out.
Wipe Down And Protect Your Fridge
The majority of people never really clean their fridges, and it's a damn shame. The excuse is always that there's food in there, and they can't be bothered to take it all out in order to clean the fridge. If you took a close took at some of the disgusting things that were going on in there, you would probably take that bottle of WD-40 and go to town.
Silver is not considered sterling unless it shines like a bald man's head. WD-40 is great at removing tarnish from the beautiful silver jewelry that you like to bring out when your parents in law come over for dinner. It will also help prevent tarnish from building up in the future as it keeps moisture away. So, if you want your candlesticks to be as shiny as if they stepped out of Silverland, just spray some WD-40 on a cloth and wipe them til they sparkle!
Pretreat Blood Stains
This one is great for parents of kids who like to go a little wild, and can't seem to play without getting injured. Blood can be the result of many situations, such as losing teeth or falling headfirst off a jungle gym. So, once you're done treating the little guy, spray some WD-40 where the blood is starting to leave a stain. WD-40 to the rescue once again.
Clean Off Old Wax From Snowboards
When winter is finally here, many of you will reach for your skis and snowboards with the excitement of those beautiful white hills in mind. However, that excitement quickly dies down when you see all the wax from the year before which caused a mess. WD-40 is the miracle worker once again, as it'll have your board looking new in no time.
Protect Your Boat From Saltwater Corrosion
If you're into boating, then you are definitely familiar with corrosion. The longer you leave your boat without giving it attention, the worse the corrosion will be. Kind of like your wife. It might not seem like a straightforward solution, but WD-40 is a great tool to avoid permanent damage to the boat you will be using to escape to Belize after robbing a bank.
Remove Barnacles From Hulls
This is another one for the boating fanatics. You know those annoying barnacles that stick to the side of the boat? They can be an absolute nightmare to remove. So, instead of tearing apart your expensive boat, take a putty knife and some WD-40 and get to work. If there's anything left over, try removing it with some sandpaper.
Protect Golf Clubs
Golfing is a sport where the equipment is quite expensive, so it's important to keep your golf clubs in tip-top shape all the time. According to experts, spraying them and wiping them down with some WD-40 after each game will do the trick. If only it could help with that weird swing of yours. Or perhaps it could fix your poor putting skills? That's highly unlikely.
Unstick Spark Plugs
This is a life hack that your local car dealership wishes you never knew. Spark plugs often get stuck and become difficult to remove, and once again, WD-40 comes to the rescue. Even NASCAR mechanics use it to get those off as quickly as possible during a race. If it's good enough for NASCAR, it's good enough for me.
Quiet Your Wicker
What's up with wicker furniture? No matter how slowly you sit down, it always makes a huge sound to let you know that you're fat! At least that's how I always feel. If you spray some WD-40 on the noisy parts, it will let you sit in peace and quiet. Oh, and it'll relieve you of some of your insecurities. Don't worry, you're not fat, you're just big-boned.
Lubricate Wheeled Toys
Kids' toys are already noisy as it is, so you certainly wouldn't want squeakiness to be added to the whole mix. Also, I'm sure your kids prefer to play with a car whose wheels can actually turn. WD-40 will make those wheels turn faster than Hamilton on the final lap. At least let your child imagine a car the way it's supposed to be!
Cleaning The Sliding Strip
The sliding door strip is one of those annoying places of a person's house that collects a lot of dust and gunk. Haven't you ever noticed how most people sliding door's don't open and close smoothly? Try spraying some WD-40 on the strip at the bottom. You will be delighted with the results. Say goodbye to battles with your sliding door to get to the backyard.
When winter season hits, nobody wants their boots to be completely wet! If you have dealt with this before, next time, for an extra layer of protection, spray some WD-40 on your shoes before you go out, making the water slide right off. Your boots will thank you for this one! You don't need more than one pair of boots all winter!
Prevent Rust On Wind Chimes
Wind chimes add a ton of character to someones home. When it's windy, they do this cute little jingle. However, it is worth noting that they shouldn't look like they've been dug up from a grave. To make sure they continue jingling the same tune as when you first bought it, give it the good old WD-40 treatment. What can this miracle spray NOT solve?
Make It Easier To Connect Plastic Shelves
Putting together plastic shelves is usually not a difficult project, but sometimes, when you try to pull those stubborn pieces apart, it can get pretty tricky. These things always seem to get stuck to one another! You can solve this issue before it happens by spraying the sockets with WD-40. You'll love how easy it makes things for you.
Make Fiberglass Tubs Look Whiter
Fiberglass tubs are cool and all, but unfortunately, there are some nasty things that come along with it. Sometimes, it feels like you have been scrubbing it for hours, to no avail. It's time to take a new approach. Whip that WD-40 out and go to town on that bathtub. Get that glass of wine ready, 'cause it's bath time.
Protect Wheelbarrows From Rust
We've got a couple of wheelbarrows in our backyard, and they're beautiful. They're never actually used for anything, and serve more as decoration, so a little rust usually goes unnoticed. However, if you actually use yours on a regular basis, spray it with some WD-40 to keep its condition intact. Wait, what are wheelbarrows used for again?
Clean Up Tape Marks
Tape is a great replacement for nails and glues to put posters and photos of Justin Bieber on your wall. However, when his next album tanks and it's time to take it down, you may be left with annoying tape residue. Try wiping the stains down with some WD-40 - you'll be happy with the results.
Lubricate Swings And Other Playground Equipment
You might think that swings and see-saws will squeak forever, but that's only because nobody knows about WD-40 and it benefits. Just spray some on the moving parts to make the public park a much more quiet environment. It may look weird using the spray in a public park, but remember, you're doing it for the good of the people.
Keep Lawnmower Blades from Dulling
Keeping your lawnmower in perfect condition is pretty difficult. The stubborn blades are always causing issues. Often, they are not taken care of, so they need to be replaced, and that's not cheap. Avoid paying the price by treating them with WD-40 on a regular basis. Just make sure the lawnmower is turned off first. We don't want any "Final Destination" style accidents to happen.
Removing Chair Marks Form The Floor
Chairs have one purpose and one purpose only, which is to be sat on. Oh, and to play musical chairs. Anyone would agree that it's a pain in the neck when chairs leave marks on the walls or floors. Once again, WD-40 is your solution to this problem. Spray some on a light cloth and gently rub until the stains disappear completely.
Clean Residue From Luggage Handles
Of course, you can't blame the airline staff for putting stickers on your luggage; you could risk losing them if they didn't do so. However, when you're back home after a long trip, the last thing you want to do is fight with your luggage to get those stubborn stains off. Make your life easier by using some WD-40 and wiping that stickiness clean.
Remove Stickers From Plates' Bottoms
Stickers can be annoying in many places, such as your luggage handle, but also on plates. You may have experienced using hot water, extra-strong soap, or a hard scrub, and noticing that there is still some stickiness. Try cleaning them with some WD-40; just make sure to wash them off with water afterward. You don't want to eat some chicken drizzled in WD-40.
Remove Dust From Mosquito Nets
Mosquito screens are absolutely vital on hot summer nights when bugs come out to play (and annoy us). What would we do without them? Unfortunately, these screens easily get mucked up with dust, and that's not healthy. Just spray it thoroughly with some WD-40 and wipe it well. The treatment should last you a long while.
Maintain Gold And Brass Lamps
If you have a gold and brass lamp, you may just have watched Aladdin one too many times as a child. Anyway, we just want to let you know that the genie is not likely to ever come out, but if you still want your brass lamp to be shiny, rub it down with some WD-40 and see your reflection on that gold piece.
Lubricate Collapsible Furniture
It's time to say goodbye to the days of cursing metal folding chairs and ironing boards. We've all been there! Whip out that bottle of WD-40 and spray the joints to avoid them squeaking, getting jammed, and becoming rusty. When you're done, wipe it down with a dry cloth, and you're good to go! Bye-bye squeaking, bye-bye jamming!
Restore Metal Figures
Metal figurines may not be everyone's thing, but if they are, you're probably familiar with the rust that comes with them. When they're left indoors, they're not really at risk but left outdoors, it's a whole different story. Spray them with WD-40 every now and then to keep them shining like never before. What's the point of having these beautiful figurines if they're full of rust?
Clear Up TV Signals
TV antennae may seem a little old school, but many people still use them. Since they are located above the roof, they often become rusted and dusty, resulting in a bad signal. So, it's worth it to do the painful trip to the roof once in a while and wipe it down with WD-40. Then, you can watch your soap operas in peace.
It's common knowledge that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast. Or was that a myth all along? Anyway, if they can, perhaps WD-40 is their Achilles heel, as they certainly can't survive that. Cockroaches are nasty creatures, and if you allow a couple in your home, you will soon have their whole family moving in too!
A clogged up drain is probably one of the most frustrating encounters that can happen at home. Instead of crying about it, or calling a plumber who will charge you for doing practically nothing, take matters into your own hands and spray WD-40 into the drain. Don't use the sink for around 20 minutes. Then, marvel with the results.
Protect Your Speakers
A good quality speaker is never cheap, so obviously, having one means taking good care of it. Many people's speakers are ruined because the rubber bit starts to crack. To counteract this annoying effect, spray a cloth with WD-40 and wipe gently over the rubber parts. Now, you can get back to that Pink Floyd album.
Precondition Your Car Doors
This one is pretty similar to the previous one. Your car has a rubber lining to make sure that the inside stays dry when it rains, so it is an essential piece. However, sometimes, when the weather is hot and dry, the rubber lining can crack and eventually even completely crack apart. Every couple of months, try wiping it down with WD-40 to keep it strong and to avoid cracking.
Remove Gum From The Dryer Screen
You may be very happy with the way the lint screen in your washing machine removes all the fluff from your clothing, but even that needs to be thoroughly cleaned sometimes, especially if gum is stuck on it. Gross. Well, WD-40 is all you need to keep your lint screen squeaky clean.
Remove Rust From Cookie Tins
There's something nostalgic about using tins to store foods. Whether it is cereal, your tea bags, or even cookies, it always looks better in a tin can. But what do you do when the tin gets rusted? You know who to run to - WD40! You don't want those vintage tin cans that grandma Doris offered you for Christmas to get ruined, do you?
Have you ever had beautiful wooden furniture that looks amazing but suffers from mildew? This usually happens at the bottom of chairs or tables, where the legs touch the floor. To deal with this, give the wood a light spray with the miraculous WD-40 and you will forget mildew ever existed at all. Thanks again WD-40!
Clean Silly Putty From Furniture
As a parent, it's great to allow your kids to play and explore the world by themselves. However, unfortunately, that means that their toys often end up in places they shouldn't. If you find some silly putty stuck on the sofa or on your furniture, spraying WD-40 will allow you to remove it easily before it becomes permanently stuck to the furniture.