WONDERFUL, WACKY WD-40

WD-40 is a wonderful product. Its formulation was a long and involved process in an attempt to find a good lubricating, water repelling and corrosion prevention product. It was finally perfected in 1953 by Norm Larsen on his fortieth attempt. He called it his Water Displacement product, hence the name WD-40. I’m glad he kept trying. This stuff is really useful.

We don’t really know the main ingredients of WD-40, since it is a trade secret, but it is NOT composed of fish oil (like some people say) and it is not safe to ingest or have on your skin for long periods of time.

In this blog we’ve written about uncommon uses for coffee filters (http://www.thebusysaver.com/2009/11/uncommon-uses-for-coffee-filters.html) and about the many uses of hydrogen peroxide (http://www.thebusysaver.com/2009/08/many-uses-of-hydrogen-peroxide.html). Now we have a list of great uses for WD-40. We can't list ALL the uses of WD-40, but I will give you some interesting things that people have come up with and at the bottom of my list you’ll see a link to a website where you can find 2,000 different ways to use WD-40.

WD-40 is good for:


  • Protecting silver from tarnishing.

  • Removing road tar and grime from cars.

  • Cleaning and lubricating guitar strings.

  • Giving floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.

  • Keeping flies off of cows.

  • Restoring and cleaning chalkboards.

  • Removing lipstick stains.

  • Loosening stubborn zippers.

  • Untangling jewelry chains.

  • Removing stains from stainless steel sinks.

  • Removing dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.

  • Keeping ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.

  • Removing tomato stains from clothing.

  • Keeping glass shower doors free of water spots.

  • Camouflaging scratches in ceramic and marble floors.

  • Keeping scissors working smoothly.

  • Lubricating noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.

  • Removing black scuff marks and nasty tar from the kitchen floor.

  • Softening bug residue on your car which makes it easy to wipe away.

  • Giving a children's play gym slide shine for a super fast slide.

  • Lubricating gear shift and mower deck levers for ease of handling on riding mowers.

  • Lubricating kids' rocking chairs and swing sets which takes away their squeaky noise.

  • Lubricating tracks in sticking home windows which makes them easier to open.

  • Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

  • Restoring and cleaning padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

  • Restoring and cleaning roof racks on vehicles.

  • Lubricating and stopping squeaks in elec­tric fans.

  • Lubricating wheel sprockets on tricy­cles, wagons, and bicycles for easy han­dling.

  • Lubricating fan belts on washers and dryers which keeps them running smoothly.

  • Keeping rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

  • Removing splattered grease on stoves.

  • Keeping bathroom mirrors from fogging.

  • Lubricating prosthetic limbs.

  • Keeping pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

  • Removing all traces of duct tape.

  • WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures.

  • Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

  • Is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.

  • If you wash a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and then re-wash.

  • On older cars, if you spray WD-40 in the distrib­utor cap it keeps moisture from causing problems with starting.

  • Removing errant spray paint droplets from cars that come too close to a painter.

Now, for a list of 2000 uses for WD-40 visit this website: http://www.wd40.com/files/pdf/wd-40_2042538679.pdf. This amazing compound seems to do it all.


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