7 Surprising Uses of WD-40 Around the House

They say that miracle remedies don’t exist, but there’s something that comes very close; WD-40. Chances are you already have the spray in your house, garage or car. Great, because the spray has proven to be incredibly versatile – it can do so much more than fixing squeaking doors or loosen jammed screws and bolts. Curious about the ways you can use WD-40 at home?

1. Get Rid of Insects

No one likes a plague of insects – let alone having to make an appointment with an exterminator. It costs a lot of money, and also time.

To solve your pest-problem, take out your can of WD-40 and spray it directly on the insects. You can also prevent the insects from coming into your home by spraying WD-40 on and into the spaces where they crawl through. Be careful when spraying; do not inhale it and do not use this tip if you have small children, babies or pets at home.

2. Remove Glue

Have you spent the day doing jobs around the house and are your hands covered with glue that you can’t get off? WD-40 to the rescue!

Grab the spray can, spray it directly onto your sticky fingers and rub your hands together. Keep rubbing until you no longer have sticky fingers. Don’t forget to wash your hands afterward. Did you know that not only can you clean sticky fingers with this, but also dried glue in other places? Very handy if, for example, you’ve made a mess with it on the table or floor.

3. Clean the Toilet

Tired of having to scrub when cleaning the toilet? There are a lot of cleaning products and tricks out there, but WD-40 is by far the simplest and fastest!

Spray a little WD-40 into the toilet bowl, let it soak in for a few seconds, brush thoroughly, give a little flush, and say goodbye to grime and limescale buildup. Other things you can clean with WD-40 to get rid of limescale and hard water stains are the (bathroom) tiles and stainless steel appliances like faucets, sink and bathtubs.

4. Clean the Refrigerator

Nobody likes to clean the fridge, so most postpone it as much as possible. When you really can’t put it off any longer, and soap and water don’t work on some of the dirty, sticky stains, it’s time to bring out your WD-40 can.

Simply remove everything from the refrigerator, spray a little WD-40 on the spots that you can no longer get clean, and then wipe with a clean dishcloth or sponge. Make sure that all of the WD-40 is cleaned thoroughly from the refrigerator before you put fresh/ unpacked food back in.

5. Keep Leather Furniture in Good Condition

This tip is less well-known and chances are that you’ve never tried it, but WD-40 also helps with keeping your leather furniture in good condition.

Spray it on a soft cloth and rub it into the leather. The spray cleans, lubricates, and protects, which keeps the leather soft. Thanks to this tip, your leather furniture will last for years to come.

6. Remove Stains

Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your beautiful carpet. Spray WD-40 on the stain, leave it in for about 2 minutes, then use a carpet cleaner or carefully clean the stain with warm water, soap and a sponge.

Do you still see the stain? Repeat the process until the stain has completely disappeared. WD-40 not only removes stains from carpet, but also from clothing. Just spray a small amount on the stain(s), let it soak in and sit for a while and then put the clothes in the washing machine. Try to treat the stain as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove stains. Use WD-40 with difficult stains such as lipstick, tomatoes, dirt, grease and ink stains.

7. Clean the Barbecue

BBQs: who doesn’t just love ’em? Whatever the weather, meat tastes best when it comes from the barbecue. What’s not so fun though is trying to get the BBQ clean again afterwards. Especially those dirty and burnt grill racks.

If you’re tired of scrubbing for hours with a scourging sponge, water and soap, then use WD-40. Spray the barbecue – and the accessories as well – let it soak for about 30 minutes and then wipe all the gunk off with a steel sponge or brush. Don’t forget to rinse the barbecue and accessories with water afterwards.