Uses for WD-40 that you never thought possible

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Some say there aren’t many things we need in life, but WD-40 is probably one of those things that we should definitely have around. Whether it’s getting gum out of our shoes, polishing our silverware, getting crayons to come off the walls, and even improving the quality of air in our home, WD-40 is a wizard with as many magic tricks as your imagination can muster up. It can be used inside the house, in your yard, and on your car, in many versatile ways.

It was even used by a bus driver to remove a snake that somehow managed to coil itself around a part on the bottom of the bus, and by police officers who needed to remove a burglar who got stuck inside a ventilation system. Creative, we know, but apparently – the possibilities are endless.


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Available for consumers since 1958, the secret formula originates from San Diego, California, and has been solving problems in our everyday lives ever since. The letters “W” and “D” stand for water displacement, and it’s mainly compiled of a combination between several lubricants and anti-corrosion agents.

Since it first came out, the multi-use product has become a staple in many people’s arsenal of home maintenance products. But it helps with so much more than just the common, well-known ways of using it. Here are some surprising things that you may not have realized you could use WD-40 for.

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Polishing your silver

It’s always great to own a nice collection of silverware cutlery, or a unique silver bowl that can often be a conversation piece when you have visitors. But we all know this common problem – silver might start to look a bit tarnished over time. And you want to restore it to its former glory days of looking lustrous, but it’s not always easy to make it look new and shiny again once it happens. Well, fear not, this is yet another task that WD-40 can apparently help with. Just spray it down the piece of silver you want to clean, wipe it off, and watch that silver become sparkly once more!

Separating stuck glasses

It can be pretty annoying when you reach to get a drinking glass and instead of easily getting one, you find that some of your glasses have become locked together, with one of the glasses completely stuck inside the other. Apparently, there’s an easy fix for that. You guessed it – just spray some WD-40 on the glasses, wait a few moments for it to get in there between the glasses, and then you’ll be able to easily (but gently) pull the two glasses apart. Of course, you’ll need to thoroughly wash them before you use them, as it’s obviously not recommended to put anything that touched WD-40 in your mouth.

Unsticking zippers

It can be extremely frustrating when the zipper on your favorite sweatshirt, or a backpack that you love, gets completely stuck in place. You try to move it around, but it won’t budge anywhere. So what do you do next? Well, you can try spraying some WD-40 on the zipper and gently work it back and forth. It should slide right back into its place and allow you to open and close the zipper once more.

Cleaning your shoes

Everyone hates it when their favorite pair of sneakers get dirty, with stubborn rock salt stains or just plain mud. It can really get in there sometimes, and it’s hard to clean. One solution for that is spraying some WD-40 on the sneakers and wiping them down. You may be surprised how quickly that would work. And if you wish to make your shoes waterproof, just spray the whole thing with WD-40 and you’ll be good to go.

Getting rid of tar stains

Another pestering issue with cars is when you get tar all over it. Tar is a pretty persistent kind of stain, so it can be more annoying than cleaning a dirty oven. But instead of slaving away in an effort to get rid of all the tar and wiping your car clean – you can spray the surface of your car with WD-40, and watch even the most stubborn of stains melt away, just like that.

Defrosting ice during winter

It doesn’t matter if you live in a place where the weather is wintery all year long, or if you’re trying to get things ready for the cold season, WD-40 might be useful to you. All you have to do is spray your car windows with WD-40, wipe off the excess, and it will actually keep the ice from getting stuck on your car windows and save you some precious time every morning during the winter.

Preventing scissors from sticking

If you tend to use scissors a lot around the kitchen, or while making beautiful DYI craft work for your home, then you probably know how annoyingly sticky scissors can get after a they’ve been used a couple of times. It can be difficult and even dangerous to use scissors that aren’t working smoothly, but apparently, if you polish them from time to time with WD-40, you won’t have to deal with anything getting sticky – problem solved.

Cleaning toilets

Cleaning your toilet can be a pesky job, and not a very pleasant one either. Sometimes you can get some ugly gunk built up inside the toilet bowl, but what most people don’t know is that you don’t need a specialized product to get rid of it. All you have to do is spray some WD-40 the way you would any other product, and clean the bowl with a nylon toilet brush. Not only will it get it cleaned, but it’ll also keep it clean for longer.

Protecting bird feeders

Having a bird feeder in the yard can be really nice. It keep those beautiful birds in your view, while also giving them a little treat. However, squirrels can get in the way when they try to sneak in and steal the bird seeds. Not cool, right? But there’s a way to keep the little rascals away – if you spray the center pole with WD-40, the squirrels should just slide off. Pretty clever, isn’t it?

Taking off rings

There’s few things in this world that are quite as stressful as having your ring stuck on your finger. It can happen in warm weather, or is you’re a pregnant woman, your fingers might swell up a little, and usually our reaction is panicking. Well, there’s no need for that. You can just cover your ring finger with a little bit of WD-40, and the ring should slide right off. It’s practically a magic trick!

Unsticking gum

Many people enjoy chewing gum. There are so many different flavors, and it’s a delicious way to keep your mouth occupied when you’re hungry and don’t have any food available. However, it can be really annoying when someone just leaves their gum on the floor, and it ends up getting stuck to your shoe in a way that’s just impossible to get out! But don’t fret about it – all you need (you guessed it!) is WD-40. It will come right off.

Removing lipstick

Wearing lipstick can be fun. You can switch colors every day according to your mood, and even get some compliments on your looks. But when it transfers onto your clothes, it’s not very fun to clean up. Some lipsticks are harder to remove than others, too. But if you use WD-40 as a pre-wash stain remover, it will definitely help. If you find lipstick on your spouse’s clothing, though, that’s a whole other problem that WD-40 may not be able to assist with.

Getting rid of crayon marks

Probably anyone who has kids, or has had kids in their house, knows this problem. As much as we’d love to encourage their creativity, we would prefer it if they didn’t use it to scribble with crayons all over the walls of our house. It can be a very difficult task to wipe everything off, and it doesn’t always work. But if you try spraying the walls with some WD-40, it should come right off.

Removing tea and coffee stains

It’s never nice when you have a few people over, and someone accidentally spills coffee or tea all over your table. These marks are incredibly hard to remove, and may never actually get out. But a little bit of WD-40 can be very helpful in this case. Apparently, using a squirt of it while cleaning the table can work magic on the stains, and make them disappear in no time. Seriously, is this stuff amazing or what?

Opening Rusty Locks

Sometimes keyholes and keys can get rusty, and it can get really frustrating when they don’t work properly, and you have to spend an eternity to try and open the door in question. You even risk breaking the key inside the lock, which can be a real headache. But don’t worry, you can simply apply some WD-40 onto the key, and you should be able to slide it easily into the keyhole and turn. You’re welcome!

Removing stickers and price tags

Sometimes it’s fun to put a sticker on your car, especially if it’s a funny bumper sticker that people driving behind us can get a kick out of. But have you ever tried peeling off a window sticker or a bumper sticker of your car? It can be a very exasperating task to do it – and we mean very. This is yet another problem that WD-40 can help with. You just need to coat the sticker with a layer of it, and it should peel right off.

Extending the Life of Shower Heads

Another use you may not have realized WD-40 has is helping to prolong your shower head’s life. Having a good shower head is vital to taking a shower. It can make all the difference between a regular, run-of-the-mill shower and a pampering spa-like break in your tedious daily routine. So we recommend applying some WD-40 on your shower head, as it can help you extend its life span even by years – which would also save you some money.

Filtering Dust in Air Conditioning

It’s recommended that you spray a light coat of WD-40 on the filter of your air conditioner before installing it, as it will actually make your filter much more effective. It helps keeping the air in your home cleaner and help avoid allergies, by filtering out even more dust than usual. Try spraying on WD-40, and check the filters after a while – you may be surprised with the amount of dust that’s been filtered out.

Removing water stains

Have you ever found yourself standing frustrated in front of your shower while cleaning it, just wondering how so many water stains managed to build up on the glass? WD-40 to the rescue! Yes, this is another of WD-40’s many uses, and a helpful one at that. You can apply just a spritz of WD-40 to your shower cleaning routine and just watch those annoying water stains disappear as if they never existed at all.

Getting rid of Mildew From Refrigerator Gasket

Another problem around the house that can get on everyone’s nerves, is the built up of disgusting gunk on you’re refrigerator’s gasket. It’s dirty, it’s gross, and it’s close to where we keep our food. But this is another use you could get out of that WD-40 bottle. Just apply it to the refrigerator gasket, and let it sit for a few moments before wiping all of that gunk right off. Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

Exterminating and repelling roaches and insects

Why let cockroaches, spiders, and insects take over your home, when you can easily get rid of them with WD-40? Whenever you see a roach, just spray it directly with WD-40 and you no longer have a problem. To keep those pesky insects away, just stray the windowsills and door frames with WD-40 – but be careful of inhaling the fumes, and keep in mind this solution is not meant for homes with small children or babies.

Removing gum from hair

It’s bad enough when a chewing gum sticks to the bottom of your show, but when it sticks to your kid’s hair? Ugh. Usually what we would do is cut the piece of hair with gum in it, but don’t go reaching for the scissors just yet. If you spray a little WD-40 directly on the gum, it will come right off. Don’t forget to ventilate the room, avoid contact with the eyes, and rinse the hair thoroughly afterwards.

Cleaning and restoring license plates

Sometimes even little things like license plates require some maintenance. If you need to restore a license plate that has rust building up on it, you can spray it with some WD-40 and wipe the plate with a clean cloth. This should remove the coat of rust on the surface, and keep it from getting more rust built up on it. It’s a great way of cleaning your license plate that wouldn’t leave a greasy feel to it.

Removing strong glue

It’s not a good idea to work with strong glue without using gloves, but hey – it happens to the best of us. So what do you do when super-strong glue gets stuck to your fingers? Hint – don’t freak out. Try some of that WD-40 – spray a small amount directly onto the sticky part, and then rub your hands until it works. Magical, isn’t it? You can also use WD-40 to remove glue from other surfaces as well.

Cleaning and protecting guitar strings

What’s better than jamming on your guitar like a rock star? Probably nothing. But before you go on that tour, remember you need to clean and lubricate the strings of your guitar. You don’t want anything ruining your sound, right? So spray WD-40 on a cloth and wipe your strings. Just make sure you don’t spray directly onto the guitar, so you don’t get any buildup of the product on the other parts of the guitar.

Keeping wooden handles splinter free

One of the most annoying things that can happen when working with garden tools, or any other wooden handled tools, is getting a splinter of wood in your hand. It can also be quite painful when it happens! Luckily, as you’ve already probably realized, WD-40 is a product with many things to offer, and will happily solve this problem for you. WD-40 will protect the wood from moisture or other corrosive agents, and keep it splinter-free and smooth.

Breaking in new baseball gloves

Another great way of using WD-40 that probably hasn’t crossed your mind, is breaking in the leather in new baseball gloves. You can spray WD-40 on the glove, put a baseball in the center, and fold it over. Once you’ve done that, tie it with a rubber band to hold it, and the WD-40 will soften up the leather so it can form around the ball. Leave it overnight, and be prepare to be amazed.

Conditioning leather furniture

Speaking of leather, you can also use WD-40 to soften and preserve your leather furniture so they would last longer. If you love your leather recliner, you best take care of it and make sure it’s in top shape. All you have to do is spray WD-40 on and wipe the couch with a soft cloth. It should clean, protect, and soften the leather on your furniture, extending their life so you can enjoy them for longer.

Spraying on fishing lures

Some fishermen like to spray their fishing lures with some WD-40 since it can attract more fish. There was a rumor going around that the reason it attracts fish is because there are fish components among the ingredients of the product, but the company that manufactures WD-40 says this is not true. However, you do need to check your local regulations, just to ensure that the use of chemically laced lures is legal where you live.

Rejuvenating your grill

Having a barbecue grill in our yard can be a lot of fun. We can invite friends, family, and whoever we like to enjoy a good meal outside in the sun. How much better can it get? And if you want your grill to look brand new again, you can spray WD-40 on it, wait for a few moments, and scrub it using a wire brush. Of course, don’t forget to make sure your grill is not in use and had time to cool off.

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