Brilliant Uses For WD-40 Nobody Ever Told You About

Published on April 23, 2019
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Brilliant Uses For WD 40 Nobody Ever Told You About

Brilliant Uses For WD 40 Nobody Ever Told You About

What has been giving you trouble? That door that won’t stop squeaking? What about the lock on your shed that just won’t budge? These are issues that we all WD-40 can tackle in a matter of moments. But what most people don’t know, is that WD-40 has so many more functions than that. From cleaning toilets to helping plants grow, WD-40 is a miracle worker around the house. Let’s take a look at some of the most brilliant tricks WD-40 is capable of.

WD-40 For Shining Your Silver

Everybody knows that silver is supposed to shine, and when it doesn’t, it’s rather disappointing. So if you would like your silverware to have that special glow that it deserves, then spray some WD-40 on a cloth and wipe until you can see your massive grin.

Shining Your Silver

Shining Your Silver

Separating Stuck Glasses

While WD-40 might not be able to assist you in storing things away (an issue for another article), it can surely help when it comes to unpacking. What do we mean? When we stack glasses on top of one another, they often get stuck. Giving the stuck glasses a little spritz of WD-40 will help you pull them apart with ease.

Separating Stuck Glasses

Separating Stuck Glasses

Loosening Zippers

The invention of the zipper was groundbreaking! Without it, well, we would just be using buttons. But when your zipper gets stuck, it can turn a perfect day into an annoying one… or even worse, an embarrassing one! A light spray of WD-40 will help that zipper glide freely.

Loosening Zippers

Loosening Zippers

Shining Shoes

Sure, white sneakers might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who love them, getting them, dirty is a pain in the a…rm. WD-40 provides the right amount of substance to clean off the grime that collects on white shoes. Spray a cloth and lightly rub off the dirt.

Shining Shoes

Shining Shoes

Cleaning Tar Stains

Tar stains are quite prevalent, and while many people believe that there’s nothing to be done about them, we’re here to argue otherwise. If you don’t want your car to be ruined just because of a nasty tar stain, then try this trick. Spray some WD-40 on the affected area, wait a minute, and then wipe it right off.

Cleaning Tar Stains

Cleaning Tar Stains

Defrosting Ice

When winter comes around and temperatures drop to the lowest of lows, nobody wants to spend their mornings scrubbing ice off their car windows. Instead, try spraying some WD-40 on the ice. After that, you should be able to easily wipe off the ice, which should actually melt.

Defrosting Ice

Defrosting Ice

Oiling Scissors

WD-40 can promise a lot of wonderful things, however, cutting in a straight line isn’t one its guarantees. That isn’t to say that using a pair of scissors can’t be aided by our greasy friend. If your scissors are tight and stiff, just give them some WD-40! Don’t forget to wipe off the excess, though.

Oiling Scissors

Oiling Scissors

Guarding Bird Feeders

You know all that food that gets eaten out of your birdfeeder? Yeah, there’s a great chance birds aren’t the ones enjoying those goodies. It could be squirrels or other animals. Would you like a fun and funny way to prevent this from happening? Spray the pole holding it up with WD-40, and those little critters will just slide right down if they try to climb it.

Guarding Bird Feeders

Guarding Bird Feeders

Removing Rings

A wedding ring or an engagement ring serves a sign of love and long-term commitment, but that doesn’t mean you can never take it off. The problem is that sometimes these rings get stuck on our fingers, and then what? WD-40 works as a lubricant so you can easily pull off stubbornly-stuck rings.

Removing Rings

Removing Rings

Removing Gum

One of the greatest mysteries to plague man is why on earth people spit out their chewing gum onto the ground. It’s inconsiderate and outright gross! Those that suffer most from this rudeness are the people who accidentally step on them. WD-40 helps remove gum from your shoes when you’re just about ready to explode.

Removing Gum

Removing Gum

Taking Out Lipstick Stains

It doesn’t matter if it’s from your wife, your elderly aunt, or some creep on the subway – you never want to go out in public with a lipstick smear on your collar. If fate should serve you with this problem, simply give a light spray of WD-40 on the mark and lightly scrub it out.

Taking Out Lipstick Stains

Taking Out Lipstick Stains

Cleaning Crayon Stains

Kids are creative. They also like to spread that creativity wherever they go… walls and doors included. Instead of losing your temper over this common occurrence, try the WD-40 method. That is spraying the crayon marks on the wall and easily wiping them away.

Cleaning Crayon Stains

Cleaning Crayon Stains

Clearing Stains From Wood

Is it too late to tell you that you should have invested in coasters if you have stains on your wooden coffee table? Yes, and no. Watermarks left on wood can make something look cheap and dilapidated. You can actually spray WD-40 on these marks and they will disappear.

Clearing Stains From Wood

Clearing Stains From Wood

Opening Rusty Locks

There is no better lock than the one that can never be opened without a key. However, if you have a key and you still can’t open it then you have a major issue. Rusty locks are worse than rusty keys, but either way, WD-40 can take care of both of them.

Opening Rusty Locks

Opening Rusty Locks

Removing Stickers

Stickers are so much fun…. until you can’t get them off. Whether your kids have stuck them on your new pair of glasses, or if you have labeled something incorrectly, there’s still a way back. WD-40 turns those stickers into easily-removable mush. Try it.

Removing Stickers

Removing Stickers

Protecting Shower Heads

Do you know what’s worse than taking a shower with only 5 open shower pores? Having no open shower pores. If you remove your shower head and spray the inside with WD-40, you will soon be able to enjoy the full benefit of having a shower which has ALL pores opened.

Protecting Shower Heads

Protecting Shower Heads

Keeping Your AC Clean

When you get a new air-conditioning unit, you can finally breathe… literally. But after some time, that unit will start to collect dust, and you don’t want to be inhaling that. Instead, you can combat that by wiping down your AC with WD-40 to ensure that you’re breathing fresh, dust-free air!

Keeping Your AC Clean

Keeping Your AC Clean

Cleaning Water Stains

Why is it that shower walls and mirrors in the bathroom get grimy water stains? We don’t know the answer to that question, but we do have a solution to that problem. Spray those stains with WD-40 and then clean that mess right up. No hassle, no stains.

Cleaning Water Stains

Cleaning Water Stains

Maintaining Fridge Gasket

I can already hear you asking yourself, “what is a fridge gasket?” It’s that rubbery lining that keeps your fridge airtight – you know, the one that makes that sucking noise when you’re trying to open your fridge too soon after you closed it? Anyway, lots of gunk finds its way there, but not if you clean it out with WD-40.

Maintaining Fridge Gasket

Maintaining Fridge Gasket

Exterminating Bugs

Surely you’ve heard that cockroaches can survive a nuclear blast. But can they survive the strength of WD-40? We hardly think so. Whether it’s cockroaches or other annoying (and gross) bugs, WD-40 will make sure that they don’t come out to scare you in the middle of the night.

Exterminating Bugs

Exterminating Bugs

Getting Gum Out Of Hair

Do we really have to discuss the qualms of chewing gum again? I guess we do, but just like last time, we have a solution to this problem. Getting gum stuck in your hair usually results in some cursing and the realization that you have to cut off your hair. Not anymore! You can spray WD-40 over the gum and area and then it should come out more easily. Just don’t get it in your eyes or mouth!

Getting Gum Out Of Hair

Getting Gum Out Of Hair

Shining License Plates

Sure, there are perks to having a dirty license plate, like not getting caught on camera if you’re exceeding the speed limit – but you shouldn’t be thinking like that. If you have accumulated mud or grease or anything else on your license plate, just spray and wipe with WD-40.

Shining License Plates

Shining License Plates

Removing Super Glue

Do you know what the Kryptonite version of superglue is? It’s WD-40. While the makers of superglue promise to keep everything together, WD-40 promises to do the exact opposite. So if you’ve superglued something and you’re having regrets, just whip out the spray and get to work.

Removing Super Glue

Removing Super Glue

Protecting Guitar Strings

For all the music lovers reading this list – this one is especially for you. If you play the guitar and the strings get dirty, then you can apply a light wipe down of WD-40 with a cloth. This will ensure that your guitar strings remain clean and strong.

Protecting Guitar Strings

Protecting Guitar Strings

Preventing Splinters

It’s never pleasant to pick up a broom, mop, or rake and be inflicted with the plague of splinters. WD-40 can actually be used as a varnish to ensure that you don’t get splinters and that your working tools last longer.

Preventing Splinters

Preventing Splinters

Breaking In Baseball Gloves

I can smell my childhood every time I pick up a new baseball glove. It reminds me of having to break it in, trying out all different methods that my elders told me about. Little did I know that WD-40 could have softened up that leather in no time!

Breaking In Baseball Glove

Breaking In Baseball Glove

Preserving Leather Sofas

Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to leather sofas, but we can all agree that taking care of them shouldn’t be turned into a hassle. WD-40 provides a safe way to keep the leather clean, as well as strong. Just don’t overdo the amount.

Preserving Leather Sofas

Preserving Leather Sofas

Attracting Fish

Before you start Googling what ‘attracting fish’ really means, we’ll lay it out for you. It’s no secret that when you go fishing, something shiny works well for bait. Well then, giving your fishing lures a light coat of WD-40 will help attract fish to your fishing pole.

Attracting Fish

Attracting Fish

Cleaning Your Grill

There are few things as wonderful as having a barbecue. The worst part, however, is when you have to clean that grill. All those charred bits that find their way into the most difficult places is quite a headache. If you spray WD-40 and wipe away at the dark mess you will save yourself a heck of a lot of work. Just make sure your grill is turned off first.

Cleaning Your Grill

Cleaning Your Grill

Separating Lego

Who didn’t play with LEGO when they were kids? It was a must for every American kid growing up. While they provide endless hours of fun, getting two pieces stuck together could lead to a world of frustration! If you spray theses pieces with WD-40 you can save your temper and a couple of fingernails from being broken.

Separating Lego

Separating Lego

Separating Flower Pots

Do you remember what we mentioned earlier about separating stuck glasses? Well, the same principle applies here to flower pots. Instead of battling it out in the garden, try using WD-40 to separate those flower pots.

Separating Flower Pots

Separating Flower Pots

Digging Faster

Who would have thought that an article about WD-40 would land on the subject of digging? Shovels and spades that get a sprayed layer of WD-40 will function better in breaking through earth and digging holes. Simply brilliant.

Digging Faster

Digging Faster

Removing Tea Stains

Have you ever had guests over for tea? After you clear the teacups from the table you place them in the sink and forget about them while you clean everything else up. The problem is that when you return those teabags have already left some stubborn stains in the sink. Can you guess what we’re going to suggest? Yup, WD-40!

Removing Tea Stains

Removing Tea Stains

Shining Plants

Before you get overexcited about having shiny plants, let me just say that we’re talking about artificial plants. Okay, now that we have that out of the way… spray these fake plants with a little bit of WD-40 and then wipe them with a cloth. Enjoy the shine!

Shining Plants

Shining Plants

Removing Ink Stains

At some point, we all make that annoying mistake of putting a leaky pen in our pocket. The result is an obvious ink blotch that can be seen a mile away. We have some good news for you. wd-40 can actually get rid of that bluish stain.

Removing Ink Stains

Removing Ink Stains

Cleaning Dog Poop

Like spitting out gum on the sidewalk, there are people who don’t pick up their dog’s poop on the side of the road. It’s really gross, and it’s even worse if you have shoes with grooves. Luckily for all of us, WD-40 can make that poop come right out.

Cleaning Dog Poop

Cleaning Dog Poop

Erasing Sticker Marks

Here’s a throwback to a different era in history – CDs and DVDs. Do you remember them? Do you still have some? Well if you do then maybe you’re familiar with the annoyance that comes with stickers adhered to their undersides. Lightly spray WD-40 over the stickers and wipe away the mess.

Erasing Sticker Marks

Erasing Sticker Marks

Pulling Hairs Out

No, no, no! Not the hairs on your head – this is not that kind of article. After you’ve brushed your hair, your hairbrush can collect a massive accumulation of hair strands. All you need to do is spray your brush and then easily pull out those hairs.

Pulling Hairs Out

Pulling Hairs Out

Waterproofing Your Shoes

WD-40 is full of wonderful surprises! It can actually waterproof your shoes. That means that during the wet season you could just give your shoes a little burst of WD-40 and then feel confident enough to walk out in the wet weather.

Waterproofing Your Shoes

Waterproofing Your Shoes

Clearing Toothpaste Stains

Brushing your teeth is supposed to clean your pearly whites, not dirt something else. However, it is inevitable that stains will come to be on your bathroom countertops from the toothpaste. Don’t fret, just spray WD-40 on those stains and watch them disappear.

Clearing Toothpaste Stains

Clearing Toothpaste Stains

Cleaning Bugs

If you’ve ever driven from one city to another, then you’re familiar with the sight of your fender after the trip. Dead bugs can sometimes cover the entire front of your car. If you want to wipe them off easily, just spray them first with WD-40 and then wipe them right off.

Cleaning Bugs

Cleaning Bugs

Washing Bathroom Tiles

Your bathroom tiles might look like they’re clean as ever, but if you took a closer inspection then you’d be shocked with what you see. Bacteria and gunk collect between tiles and then can actually make someone sick. Spray those tiles with WD-40 and you’ll be much safer.

Washing Bathroom Tiles

Washing Bathroom Tiles

Unsqueaking Squeaky Shoes

It’s a weird subject to talk about, but there are shoes out there that squeak incessantly, and it can be quite annoying. All you need to do is actually just apply a little bit of WD-40 and you’ll be good (and quiet) to go.

Unsqueaking Squeaky Shoes

Unsqueaking Squeaky Shoes

Preventing Snow Buildup On Windows

Winter is a wonderful time to stare out at the snow from the windows of your house. The problem is that you can’t see anything if they’re covered in snow. Try spraying your windows with WD-40before the snow stats and you’ll be able to watch the snow fall right off.

Preventing Snow Buildup On Windows

Preventing Snow Buildup On Windows

Protecting Against Wasps

Do you consider your favorite season to be summertime? Well, you will be terrified to know that you are not the only one who feels that way about it. Certain members of the animal kingdom feel that way too. It’s when bees and wasps start building nests and hives. With some WD-40, they’ll leave your roof alone.

Protecting Against Wasps

Protecting Against Wasps

Toning Down Polyurethane Shine

There is merit in keeping your floor as shiny as a bald man’s head, but do not forget to put limits as well. If people keep slipping as they cross the room, there is a good chance that you went overboard with the shine. Well, you can make it more bearable by using WD-40 to wipe it down.

Toning Down Polyurethane Shine

Toning Down Polyurethane Shine

Removing Stuck Prostheses

It is true that most people do not come with prosthetic limbs, but this is a tip you should bear in mind. After all, we don’t know what will happen in the future. When you are by yourself, it is a pain to remove and replace your prostheses. A spritz of WD-40 will go a long way here!

Removing Stuck Prostheses

Removing Stuck Prostheses

Cleaning Dried Glue

Did you know that WD-40 is the worst nightmare of just about any glue out there? It does not matter what kind you previously used, this miracle product will ensure that it will be defeated. Even superglue does not stand a chance against it!

Cleaning Dried Glue

Cleaning Dried Glue

Degreasing Your Hands

Greasy hands come with the most uncomfortable feeling out there. Endless wiping and scrubbing don’t do anything to make it better. We bet you already know what we’re about to tell you. Improve your day by spraying WD-40 on your hands and then wiping it off. Do not forget to use regular soap afterward!

Degreasing Your Hands

Degreasing Your Hands

Removing Carpet Stains

You spent a fortune on your carpet and you are letting a stain stay on it like it’s a permanent part of the thing? That might be the saddest thing we have ever heard. You deserve better than this! Just get a bottle of WD-40 and give your carpet a good spray. Trust us, you will notice a difference.

Removing Carpet Stains

Removing Carpet Stains

Getting Rid Of Tomato Stains

Tomatoes are excellent, but we have to say that it is not quite worth the hassle when they explode all over your front. You do not need to consider your shirt a goner when such a thing happens to you. The stains will be gone after you apply WD-40 on the affected area!

Getting Rid Of Tomato Stains

Getting Rid Of Tomato Stains

Wiping Down Your Fridge

As much as we tell ourselves to clean the refrigerator more often, it rarely happens. Now, this is perfectly understandable as it is not very fun to scrub the insides of the fridge! Maybe you’ll do it more when we let you in on a secret: WD-40 can get rid of the gunk very easily.

Wiping Down Your Fridge

Wiping Down Your Fridge

Pretreating Blood Stains

We doubt that any of us wants to get blood stains on our clothes. As much as we hate the idea, accidents happen. Instead of complaining or throwing out a perfectly good piece of cloth, why don’t you just spray WD-40 to get rid of the stain?

Pretreating Blood Stains

Pretreating Blood Stains

Cleaning Off Old Wax

You can groan and grumble about winter all you want. But why will you do that when you can get excited about all the winter sports you could be doing instead? Perhaps it is because you still haven’t removed the wax on your skis or snowboards yet. Grab a can of WD-40 and enjoy skiing for days on end!

Cleaning Off Old Wax

Cleaning Off Old Wax

Protecting Your Boat From Corrosion

Although we can rave about the ocean as much as we want, we have to say that there is nothing quite like being on a boat! However, boatmen and seamen have certain responsibilities. Taking care of the boat means ensuring that corrosion is down to a minimum. A great trick would be to use WD-40 to spray the stern regularly.

Protecting Your Boat From Corrosion

Protecting Your Boat From Corrosion

Removing Barnacles From Boats

Boatmen and seamen also have to deal with barnacles more than anyone else on the planet. They can bring corrosion too, which of course means damages and repairs. With a putty knife and WD-40, the barnacles do not stand a chance! If you consider yourself a bit of a perfectionist, get a sandpaper sheet to ensure that there is absolutely no residue left.

Removing Barnacles From Boats

Removing Barnacles From Boats

Protecting Golf Clubs

Are you a fan of golf? If you play as well, your golf clubs are probably one of the most important things in your possession. Of course, this is understandable when you consider how much they cost. Did you know that you can increase the lifespan of your equipment by spraying WD-40 on them after playing?

Protecting Golf Clubs

Protecting Golf Clubs

Removing Stuck Spark Plugs

We can only admire how quickly the talented mechanics at NASCAR can remove the spark plugs that have undergone damage. This is an important task because the racecar drivers need to get back on the track as soon as possible. Apparently, the mechanics have WD-40 to thank for making this possible. Of course, anyone with a car can follow in their footsteps and do the same thing!

Removing Stuck Spark Plugs

Removing Stuck Spark Plugs

Renewing Saws

If you have saws in your toolshed, we bet they have at least a little rust on them. The rounded ones are especially notorious for this eventuality. It is a good thing that you will have them back in working order when you use WD-40 on them. Good as new, trust us.

Renewing Saws

Renewing Saws

Making Wicker Quiet

If you have a wicker chair at home, there is a chance that they have started squeaking already. We offer you a solution in the form of a bottle of WD-40. All you need to do is apply some to the parts that make the squeaky noises and wipe them with a rag. It will feel like the noise was never even there!

Making Wicker Quiet

Making Wicker Quiet

Lubricating Toys With Wheels

Imagine yourself reading a book as the little ones play with their toy cars. Perfect, right? However, you might not think that way when the wheels are making the most annoying squeaky sounds! We highly recommend grabbing your bottle of WD-40 and spraying it on the wheels to tone down the noise.

Lubricating Toys With Wheels

Lubricating Toys With Wheels

Cleaning Sliding Doors Sliding Strip

Sliding doors are normally installed since they are much easier to use than the regular ones. However, it completely defeats the purpose when they won’t slide open and close with ease. When this happens, you just need to spray WD-40 on the strip to get it back to its optimal form.

Cleaning Sliding Doors Sliding Strip

Cleaning Sliding Doors Sliding Strip

Preventing Wind Chimes Rust

Wind chimes make for charming additions to any room. When the breeze comes in, the sounds they make can relax even the tensest person in the room. Unfortunately, they can be an eyesore when they are covered in rust. Ensure that this does not happen by spraying WD-40 on them before anything else.

Preventing Wind Chimes Rust

Preventing Wind Chimes Rust

Joining Plastic Shelves

There is truly nothing challenging about assembling plastic shelves, but it is often a little harder to take them apart. Our tip is going to be useful if they have not been installed just yet. Spray some WD-40 on the linking bits as this will guarantee a hassle-free disassembling process when the time comes! Trust us, you will be thanking yourself in the future.

Joining Plastic Shelves

Joining Plastic Shelves

Whitening Fiberglass Bathtubs

If there is a fiberglass bathtub in your bathroom, you must be tired of scrubbing it to make it as white as possible. You probably know that it is usually not enough to rub and scrub with all your might. Avoid disappointment by spraying WD-40 on the surface first. You are going to notice that it will take much less effort when you do this first.

Whitening Fiberglass Bathtubs

Whitening Fiberglass Bathtubs

Protecting Wheelbarrows

Wheelbarrows are prone to creaking and squeaking, which can get a little annoying over time. All it takes to get rid of this problem is to use WD-40 on the thing. Even the people who use it as mere decoration will appreciate the tip because it will make the equipment that much easier to move!

Protecting Wheelbarrows

Protecting Wheelbarrows

Removing Tape Marks

What could be a better way to show off your interests and advocacies than by hanging posters all over your walls? This might be true, but posters also tend to leave sticky residue behind when you finally peel them off. It is a good thing that something as accessible as WD-40 will have them out in no time at all!

Removing Tape Marks

Removing Tape Marks

Lubricating Swings And Other Playground Equipment

No other sound in the world will bring us back to our sweet childhood days than the sounds seesaws and swings make. Although reminiscing can be nice, too much of this noise will induce a headache in you. Luckily, the sounds will be much more bearable when you apply WD-40 to the parts that make the noise.

Lubricating Swings And Other Playground Equipment

Lubricating Swings And Other Playground Equipment

Cleaning Ashtrays

We are sure you do not need us to tell you how bad smoking is, so let us offer you some advice instead. There is a good chance that even the heaviest smokers are not fond of cleaning their ashtrays. What a pain, right? It would not be quite as challenging if you use WD-40 on the spray first. When you finally get around to cleaning it, simply watch the ash slide off it!

Cleaning Ashtrays

Cleaning Ashtrays

Maintaining Lawnmower Blades

Here is another tip that your wallet will thank you for. We all know how expensive lawnmower blades can get. The sadder thing is that it is not a good idea to get a used one. You can actually make them last longer by spraying WD-40 on them and wipe the substance away with a piece of cloth. How cool is that?

Maintaining Lawnmower Blades

Maintaining Lawnmower Blades

Removing Chair Marks

There are times when we do not move sofas and chair in a long time. Oftentimes, this will lead to marks on the surface they are standing on. There is no need to go down on your knees and scrub at them like Cinderella. Why should you do that when you can just use a little WD-40 to wipe them off?

Removing Chair Marks

Removing Chair Marks

Cleaning Luggage Handles

We cannot blame the airline company for putting stickers on your luggage. After all, there is no way they can keep track of where all the bags should go otherwise. When it is time to clean your bags, you can take care of the sticky residue by using some WD-40. Talk about convenient!

Cleaning Luggage Handles

Cleaning Luggage Handles

Removing Stickers From Plates

Oh! Speaking of stickers, don’t you just hate those stickers that come with your plates? You can use them as much as you want and scrub as hard as you can, but the residue simply would not come off. Now, leave that knife behind and get WD-40 to get it off. It is not a complicated process at all!

Removing Stickers From Plates

Removing Stickers From Plates

Removing Dust From Mosquito Screens

We appreciate mosquito screens because they ensure that we are safe from the most annoying insects in the world. However, they tend to collect dust like nothing else in the world! Luckily, you just need to spray WD-40 and wipe the screen with it to stop it from doing just that. Now, what could possibly be better than not having to deal with both dust and mosquitos?

Removing Dust From Mosquito Screens

Removing Dust From Mosquito Screens

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