The Many Uses of WD-40

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Perhaps you have that blue and yellow can of WD-40 sitting on a shelf in the garage, used on occasion to free a stuck nut or bolt or lubricate a squeaky wheel. Well, it's time to bring that can into your house. There are literally hundreds of household uses for WD-40 including removing crayon marks from your walls and cleaning grease off your kitchen stovetop.

About WD-40

The exact ingredients in WD-40 are a secret, but WD-40 is a petroleum-based product with many household uses. It lubricates, cleans and protects, keeps out moisture from tools and other items, and much more. WD-40 is available at most automotive, grocery, and hardware stores.

WD-40 was developed in 1953 and stands for "Water Displacement, 40th Attempt." WD-40 was developed for a rocket company in San Diego as a rust preventative and degreaser.

Uses for WD-40

WD-40 is safe on almost all surfaces found in your house. The few exceptions include some plastic surfaces that must avoid contact with petroleum-based products. The main household uses of WD-40 include:

  • Cleaning
  • Protection
  • Penetration
  • Lubrication
  • Moisture Displacement

These uses translate into an incredible number of household hacks -- easy fixes for annoying problems. For example:

  • Use WD-40 to remove sticky gunk from surfaces. You can spray WD-40 on your stove to de-grease, use it to remove glue from store-bought items or spray it on surfaces to remove sticky materials such as clay, Silly Putty, or paste.
  • Use WD-40 to remove rings! Have you ever found it hard to remove a ring once you put it on? A squirt of WD-40 will do the trick.
  • Spray WD-40 on outdoor wear to make it water-resistant. Amazingly, WD-40 is an effective and low-cost way to make boots, gloves, and other items more resistant to water. Spray it on before you go out in snow or rain.
  • WD-40 can clean many surfaces as well as bleach -- without the risk of discoloring. Use it in the toilet to remove stains, spray on surfaces to remove tea or coffee rings, and more.
  • Did you know WD-40 can be used as a pesticide and insect repellant? You can spray it directly onto insects to kill them or use it on surfaces to prevent insects from entering the house or building nests.
  • You may know WD-40 does a great job of loosening locks and bolts but did you know it can also loosen stuck-on decals, stickers, and zippers?
  • Because it lubricates, WD-40 can help to keep guitar strings, baseball mitts, and even garden tools from drying or cracking.