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Forty uses for WD-40

Melissa Lahati

Jan. 12 2009

It took 40 tries for the chemist Norm Larson to come up a formula he was trying to develop to prevent corrosion, which is done by displacing water. That is how he came up with the name WD-40 back in 1953. (Water Displacement-40th try)

The ingredients are a secret. But, it is a well known fact that it does not contain any cancer causing agents. I heard but can not confirm that it contains fish oil. According to the official WD-40 website it is safe to use on all surfaces without harming it. While there are many uses here are a few I found interesting.

  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.
  6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
  7. Loosens stubborn zippers.
  8. Untangles jewelry chains.
  9. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
  10. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
  11. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
  12. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
  13. Keeps glass and plastic shower doors free of water spots and grime.
  14. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
  15. Will remove gum from carpet. Just spray it on let it sit for a minute and wipe off with a clean rag.
  16. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
  17. Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
  18. Eats away bug guts without harming the finish on your car.
  19. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
  20. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
  21. Spraying an umbrella stem will make it easier to open and close.
  22. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
  23. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
  24. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
  25. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
  26. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running
  27. smoothly.
  28. Keeps rust from forming on saw blades, and other tools.
  29. Removes splattered grease on stove and will shine it too.
  30. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
  31. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
  32. Removes all traces of duct tape.
  33. Said to attract fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.
  34. Removes crayon from any surface including the inside of the clothes dryer
  35. Removes lipstick stains. Supposedly even if you already washed and dried the clothing. Saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and presto! Lipstick is gone!
  36. Car won't start? Spray on the distributor cap, it will displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
  37. Good for oven burns or any other type of burn. With supposedly no scarring.
  38. Remove sticker residue from clothing
  39. Removes permanent marker from most items
  40. Removes nail polish from hardwood floors
  41. Removes those lovely temporary tattoos we all love so much

Basically, if you have a noise, mark, stubborn stain or just about anything that is annoying you WD-40 will take care of it. Always be sure to test the WD-40 in an inconspicuous spot on all surfaces before using it. It will almost fix anything without harm so have fun, explore and enjoy.