Do you have a can of WD-40 sitting in your shop or closet? The uses for WD-40 go way beyond fixing squeaky door hinges. Here are over 30 uses for WD-40 in your home that you won’t believe! The history of this can is fascinating too, so let me share it with you!
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In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry, in a small lab in San Diego, California.
A few years following WD-40’s first industrial use, Rocket Chemical Company founder Norm Larsen experimented with putting WD-40 into aerosol cans, reasoning that consumers might find a use for the product at home as some of the employees had. The product made its first appearance on store shelves in San Diego in 1958.
I bet you had no idea that WD-40 could be used for so many things!
Here is a list of uses for WD-40 that is sure to make your life easier!
NOTE: Many of these tips have to do with flooring. To avoid slipping on the lubricant, always be sure to wash floors thoroughly after using WD-40.
- Removes coffee stains from floor tiles
- Eliminates marks from floors left by chair feet
- Removes adhesive price tags from shoe bottoms
- Cleans black streaks from hardwood floors
- Removes paint from tile flooring
- Removes crayon from carpet (be sure to test WD-40 on low visibility area of carpet before using)
- Loosens stubborn zippers
- Removes crayon from inside clothes dryers (make sure to unplug dryer first)
- Removes crayon from walls, wallpaper, compressed wood furniture, plastic, shoes, toys, chalk boards
- Frees stuck LEGO® blocks
- Removes mascara from tile floors and mirrors
- Removes sticker residue from clothes (be sure to test WD-40 on low-visibility area of garment before using)
- Lubricates screws in Christmas tree holders
- Removes permanent ink from most items
- Eliminates grime from grout on bathroom floors
- Removes nail polish from hardwood floors
- Cleans piano keys
- Removes stubborn temporary tattoos
- Untangle Jewelry Chains
- Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
- Removes tomato stains from clothing
- Gives a kids playground slide a shine for a super fast slide
- Removes splattered grease on a stove
- Removes ink from blue jeans
This next one is another one of the uses for WD-40 that blows my mind:
- Keeps sewing needles from rusting
- Removes glue from carpet
- Spray on poster board and let dry to provides interesting texture/base for art
- Removes rubber cement
- Gets glue stains out of jeans
- Removes glue from paneling
- Removes ink from hands
- Keeps clay from sticking to molds during crafting
- Removes play-dough from hair
- Keeps trigger on glue gun from sticking
- Spray on glass bottles before drilling holes (to make lamps)
- Removes tar from hands
- Lubricates straight pins for easier sewing of heavy fabrics
- Removes gum from floor boards and floor mats in your car
- Removes oil from hands
- Use the No-Mess Pen to get Christmas tree sap off ornaments
- Helps remove ketchup stains from carpet
- Cleans the grease off your stainless steel stove (I did this and it was amazing)
This is one of my favorite uses for WD-40. Who the heck thought to try this to learn that it really works?!
- Keeps flies off of cows
- Keeps pigeons off the balcony they hate the smell (and who likes it is my question)
- A bus driver in Asia used WD-40 to remove a python, which had coiled itself around the undercarriage of his bus.
- Police officers used WD-40 to remove a naked burglar trapped in an air conditioning vent.
- As The Duct Tape Guys say, “You only need two tools in life, Duct Tape® and WD-40. If it’s not stuck and it’s supposed to be, Duct Tape it. If it’s stuck and it’s not supposed to be, WD-40 it.”
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