Seven ways to use WD-40 that you probably didn’t know

Everybody knows WD-40 is the go-to product for silencing squeaks, displacing moisture, preventing rust, and loosening stuck parts. Here are

Everybody knows WD-40 is the go-to product for silencing squeaks, displacing moisture, preventing rust, and loosening stuck parts. Here are a few uncommon uses of this common household product:

1. Get stubborn stains off your tiles
Spraying some WD-40 on your tiles — floors or walls — is a great way to clean them. It removes spilled mascara, nail polish, paint and scuff marks from tile floors, and also helps wipe away grime from the grout lines. Spray some on the stain and clean up with soapy water.

2. Remove stains from clothes and carpets too
Ink stains, lipstick stains and tomato stains on your clothes? A little spray of WD-40 will ensure the stain will be removed safely and effectively.

3. No more chewing gum nightmares.
Sometimes you just can’t prevent a bit of chewed gum from ending up squished into your carpet. You might also find one of the grandkids accidentally gets gum or a tacky lolly stuck in their/your hair. Instead of cutting a patch out of the carpet or leaving the grandkids with a bad haircut, spray some WD-40 on and see how easy it is to pull the gum out.

4. Erase crayon.
If you’ve got small children visiting at home, you may have encountered the issue of budding artists making your home and walls a canvas for their crayon art. Spray some WD-40 on the crayon marks, wipe with a rag, and the crayon marks disappear. Plus, your paint will still be there.

5. Remove mildew from refrigerator strip. 
Everyone has been troubled at least once by mildew collecting in the air-tight seal strip that is attached to the outer edge of a refrigerator or freezer compartment. WD-40 will actually help remove this and take out the effort that goes into generally cleaning this. Apply it to the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes, wipe off and you have a clean strip.

6. Stuck zippers don’t have to leave you feeling stuck.
Rather than discarding that coat, dress or pair of pants or boots that has an uncooperative or stuck zipper, try using a little WD-40 on the affected area. More often than not, it will smooth it right out.

7. Add to your fishing experience.
WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a tiny amount on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big ones in no time. Also, it is a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.

Have you ever used WD-40 for any of the above? What other uses of WD-40 do you know?

  1. Dave Russell  

    WD 40 is also good for insect bites.

  2. Martin Minahan  

    Remove grease and oil from hands. Spay on generously on both hands, rub hands together to lift the grease and oil. Then wash hands with soap and water.

  3. MarsFKA  

    Perfume for a female droid in Red Dwarf…

  4. Ray  

    When you need to remove surgical plaster from your skin spray first with WD40. Makes removal a whole lot easier.

  5. Pauline Catalogna  

    Great for polishing Stainless Steel.

  6. Kevin  

    I’m surprised WD40 is recommended for so many things. It has an oil in it (or similar) so I would not spray it near clothes. I used it for years, but rarely do now, as I found better solutions.

    It was my fix-it for locks , but gathers dust. I later found Silicon Spray much better, including for garage doors that rise in a channel.

    Biro and other stubborn stains will greatly reduce in clothes when sprayed with Amway Glistener mouth freshener. Took some biro off a jacket the other day, reduced it by 80-90 percent. Problem is, not sure its still available.

    I used Silicon Spray on a new bag zipper and it went from impossible to open to perfect. Should be available at Auto Stores and hardwares.

    • Kevin  

      Just checked. Glistener is still available – including on Ebay

  7. Dianne  

    WD40 is wonderful for polishing Stainless Steel appliances in your kitchen

  8. Gail Ferrier  

    Believe it or not WD40 is brilliant sprayed onto legs of chooks that have scale. Works a treat and does not cause and stress for birds.

  9. Diron  

    I use eucalyptus oil for all of above. Also for removing tar from car duco.

  10. Frank  

    if it comes with the thin pipe – or even without – I spray it into the key hole of door locks occasionally – when the key starts to get a bit hard to turn – then put the key in and wriggle it around – usually frees up the tumblers nicely

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