Invented in 1953 in San Diego, California, WD-40 is a very popular penetrating oil and water-displacing spray. Owned and used by about 80% of American households, this iconic handyman’s helper is most commonly applied to squeaky hinges, but people have come up with hundreds (some sources even say 2,000) different, creative uses for WD-40. We would really love to show you all of them, but for obvious reasons, we’ve picked just 25 of them. Find out some of the most amazing and surprising ways this legendary lubricant can make your life easier with these 25 Amazingly Creative Uses For WD-40.
Have any silver items? Protect them from tarnishing by wiping them with a rag containing WD-40.
Prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging by applying WD-40 on it.
WD-40 can remove crayon scrawl from walls, table surfaces, and even TV screens. Just spray it onto a sponge and wipe the crayon off.
To drive moisture from fishing lures, hooks and tackles, apply HD-40 on them.
If your plastic garden furniture is stained and worn out, a good scrub with WD-40 will give it its old shine back immediately.
To keep squirrels from taking over your bird feeder, spray a generous amount of WD-40 on top of it.
WD-40 spray can be also used to remove a chewing gum from most surfaces...including human hair.
Just a little dab of WD-40 will help you loosen a ring stuck on your finger.
To get glue off your fingers, spray a little bit of WD-40 on it.
Spraying WD-40 on trees will keep them safe from beavers and other animals that like to chew on them.
To remove lipstick stains from clothes, apply WD-40 on them and wash. It actually works even when the clothes have already been washed and dried.
To keep your house safe from wasps, spray WD-40 in corners, roof gutters, and other places where the pesky insects are likely to build their nests.
If you have plastic plants in your office and want to make them shiny again, spray WD-40 on them.
Spraying a generous amount of WD-40 on your shoes will make them water-resistant.
You can use WD-40 to make objects look shinier before taking photos of them. The new surface shine will significantly improve the look of your products.
WD-40 can be used to clean and polish your outside barbecue grill. Just be sure to burn it off before using.
Spraying a thin layer of WD-40 on the blade of your snow shovel will make removing snow easier.
WD-40 can be used to clean and lubricate guitar strings. Applying it to your guitar’s strings will increase their performance and life.
To prevent water stains from building up on your glass shower door, apply WD-40 on it, let it soak in, and then wipe up the excess.
Spraying a light coating of WD-40 on your AC filter before installing will make the filter much more effective.
WD-40 is perfect for removing scratches from ceramic and marble floors.
WD-40 is a great slug and snail repellent. Spray the outside of your garden pots with WD-40, and it will keep the crawlers away.
To remove candle wax from carpet, spray a bit of WD-40 onto the wax and leave it to dry. Then, you can rub it out easily with a sponge.
Loosen glassware, ceramic pots, and other similar things that are stuck together without breaking them by spraying WD-40 on them. Then, you can easily pull them apart.
Finally, stubborn zippers can be easily loosened and unzipped with a bit of WD-40.
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