42 Uses For WD-40

an assortment of WD-40 products
Water Displacement Formula #40 was created in 1953 by the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Three technicians were on a mission to create a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser to protect missile parts. Obviously, the fortieth time was the charm! It was then sold, in bulk, to the Corvair Company for use on the sensitive parts of the Atlas missile. Today, WD-40 can be found nearly anywhere home improvement and maintenance products are sold! Don't you have a can? Well, maybe you should get one, or more. Listed below are the numerous uses for this incredible product. Remember, although it has a powerful odor, and should be used with proper ventilation, Ken East, one of the original founders, assures that there is nothing harmful in WD-40, as it is derived from mere fish oil!

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.

2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4) Gives floors that just waxed sheen without making it slippery.

5) Keeps flies off cows. (I wonder who tested this use?)

6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.

7) Removes lipstick stains from laundry. (saturate the stain, and then rewash)

8) Loosens stubborn zippers.

9) Untangles jewelry chains.

10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.

11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.

14) Keeps glass or plastic shower doors free of water spots.

15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.

17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes

18) Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!

19) Removes bug guts from your car, which can eat the paint away. (use on bumpers and grills too. Even works on Florida's most hated love bug)

20) Gives a children's swing set slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21) Lubricates gear shift on lawn mowers.

22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.

23) Lubricates the home window tracks, making windows easier to open.

24) Lubricates an umbrella stem making it easier to open and close.

25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31) Removes splattered grease on stove.

32) Keeps bathroom mirror, windows, or the car windshield, from fogging. (rub on until it vanishes)

33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35) Removes all traces of duct tape, labels, and price tags.

36) Protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements. (not that this is useful to the average person)

37) Attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.

38) Takes the sting away from fire ant bites immediately, and stops the itch.

39) Removes crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

40) If you spray WD-40 on the distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the car to start.

41) It is good for soothing and healing burns.

42) Keeps ants from invading a picnic, by spraying the legs of the picnic table.

(Note: I do not guarantee the results of any of the preceding suggestions. I am merely the messenger, and will not be held responsible for a false claim.)

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