A couple of years back, I wrote a post sharing some of my favorite problem-solving ways to use WD-40. (If you missed it, you can check it out by following the link below!) But even after writing that post, I felt that I had barely even scratched the surface of what you can do with this miraculous product!
So I decided that it’s high time to post another batch of brilliant uses for WD-40. I’ve put together a list of 9 brand new uses that are sure to surprise and delight! :-) But before we get to those, I thought it might be good to offer up a little refresher about what WD-40 actually is, and why it can do so many incredible things.
What Is WD-40, And How Does It Work?
WD-40 actually stands for Water Displacement, 40th Formula. It was invited in 1953 by a chemist named Norm Larsen, who wanted to prevent corrosion by displacing moisture from surfaces prone to corroding. He made many attempts at his water displacement formula, and finally perfected it on his 40th try. Thus the name “WD-40” was born!
But despite its name, this product is capable of far more than just displacing water! According to the product website, it also lubricates parts, penetrates rust, protects surfaces, and removes dirt, grease, and grime. And you’ll see all of those properties at work in the handy uses listed below! :-)
9 More Uses For WD-40
1. Unstick LEGOs
Sometimes LEGO bricks snap together so securely that it’s almost impossible to pull them apart again. But you can use a spritz of WD-40 to help make it easier! Just spray it into the crack between the pieces, let it soak in for a few seconds, then pull the bricks apart.
2. Remove Tomato Stains
Keep a can of WD-40 handy in your laundry room, where you can use it to help remove tomato-based stains on your clothing. Just spray some onto the stain, wait a few minutes, then wash as usual.
3. Clean Carpets
You can use WD-40 in conjunction with your favorite carpet cleaner to help remove stubborn carpet stains (It works especially well on car mats!) Just spray it onto the stain first, then follow up with your carpet cleaner product as usual. The WD-40 helps to get between the stain and the carpet, making it easier for the carpet cleaner to wash everything away. Just a small spray will do the trick!
4. Water-Proof Your Outdoor Wear
Since it’s so effective at displacing water, you can use WD-40 to make your outdoor wear more water resistant. Spray it on boots, gloves, jackets, and other items, then let the item dry overnight. Once it is completely dry, your gear will repel more water!
5. Protect Bird Feeders
Squirrels are notorious for co-opting bird feeders and selfishly stealing the bird seed. If your bird feeder is supported by some kind of post, you can use WD-40 to keep those little rascals at bay! Just spray it onto the pole or post, which will make it too slippery for squirrels to climb.
6. Make Hangers Glide Smoothly
If your hangers tend to get hung up on the rod in your closet, WD-40 can help! Just spray a bit of it onto the rod, and use a cloth to rub spread it over the whole surface. Now your hangers will glide smoothly and easily over the rod!
7. Remove Oil Spots
Use WD-40 to remove unsightly oil spots and splatters from your driveway. Spray it liberally onto the spot, wait a few minutes, then blot with a dry cloth to absorb the oil. Repeat as necessary until the stain disappears.
8. Pest-Proof Your Trash
If cats, raccoons, or other local animals are rooting around in your trash, WD-40 can help keep them at bay! Spray it over the outside of your outdoor trash cans to make the surface slippery. The slick surface will keep most animals from climbing into your garbage.
9. Clean Gardening Equipment
A spritz of WD-40 can help remove sap, grime, and other gunk from your gardening tools. You can also spray some onto the underside of your lawn mower to prevent grass clippings from building up there and clogging up your mower.
What’s the most useful way you’ve ever used WD-40?