They say that miracle remedies don’t exist, but I’ve found something that comes very close. WD-40! You know: that blue-and-yellow spray can with the red cap. Chances are you already have the spray in your house. Great, because the spray has proven to be incredibly versatile and I’m not just talking about the very familiar tips like, using it for squeaking doors and door hinges. Curious about the brilliant ways you can use WD-40 at home and in your car? You’ll discover them on the following pages. Especially pay close attention to number #9!
Do you need to take off your wedding ring, because of work, but can’t get it to budge? No problem. Spray a little bit of WD-40 between the ring and your finger. Leave the spray in between, while you gently wriggle the ring, and before you know it, the jewellery slips right off your finger. Don’t forget to wash your hands after the ring is removed. Make sure you wash your ring as well, you don’t want it to slip off your finger the next time you wear it.
Vacuum-stuck glasses: super annoying! You could pull as hard as you need to until the glasses come apart, but using WD-40 is the better and safer option. You don’t want the glasses to shatter and damage your hands when you pull on them. What do you need to do? Spray a little WD-40 between the vacuum-stuck glasses, wait until the spray has soaked in, and then, carefully, pull the glasses apart. Don’t forget to wash the glasses out well before you drink from them!
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. Do not worry, just take WD-40 out of the cupboard and spray it directly on the insects. Note: be careful when spraying; open a window or two, wear gloves and safety goggles and do not inhale it and do not use this tip if you have small children, babies at home.
Whether you have LEGO in the house for yourself, the nannies or your own (grand)children: LEGO is fun, but everyone knows; stuck LEGOs are super annoying. Thanks to WD-40 this problem is over. Spray a little of the lubricant on the stuck LEGOs, let them soak for a little while and try to get them separately. I bet it will go much easier and before you know it you can get back to your little building project.
Gum in Your Hair
I think “gum in a child’s hair” is one of a parent’s biggest nightmares. Starting today you no longer have to grab the scissors or the peanut butter. Spray a little WD-40 on the hair and you’ll be able to comb the gum right out. Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated place, like the garden or balcony or a room with open windows – and cover your child’s eyes. Be very careful, because you definitely don’t want to get WD-40 in your eyes!
Crayon Masterpieces on the Wall
Every (grand)parent, nanny, or babysitter will recognize it: your (grand)child just made the most beautiful Rembrandt on your white walls, cabinets, or table. Oh no, what to do now? Well, first you tell the kid to never do it again. After this, you can grab the WD-40 spray bottle out of your cabinet and apply a little on the “masterpiece”, let it soak for a minute or two and wipe it away with a clean cloth.
Clean the Refrigerator
Nobody really 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 the big guns. Grab your can of WD-40, remove everything from the refrigerator, spray a little on the spots that you can no longer get clean, and then wipe with a clean dishcloth or sponge.
Did you know that WD-40 can also be a great cleaning agent to get rid of oily hands? When you’ve finished working on your car, bike, motorcycle, et cetera, and your hands are all greasy and oily: use WD-40 to clean them. Spray a small amount of WD-40 on your hands and rub them together for a few seconds, wipe them with a paper towel and wash them with soap and water. Believe me, you don’t want to start dinner with WD-40 on your hands.
Keeping 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. The next tips is another handy and cheap cleaning tip. So quickly continue reading to find out how you can use WD-40 to restore paint damage on your car.
We’ve all been there: you return to your car and see that another car has bumped it. Fortunately, the car has no dent or other major damage, but now the paint is scratched or there’s paint from the other car on yours. WD-40 is the solution to fix this! If you want to get this off your car, spray a little WD-40 on it, let it soak in, and wipe it off. Believe me, it doesn’t get any easier than that.
Clean the BBQ
BBQs: who doesn’t just love them? Whatever the weather, meat tastes best when it comes from the barbecue, am I right? What’s not so fun though is trying to get the BBQ clean again afterwards. Especially those dirty and burnt grill racks. Tired of scrubbing for hours with a scouring 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 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. Repeat the process until the stain has completely disappeared. WD-40 also removes stains from clothing. Just spray a small amount on the stain(s), let it soak in, and put the clothes in the washing machine. Use WD-40 with difficult stains such as lipstick, tomatoes, dirt, grease, and ink stains.
Clean the Toilet
Tired of having to scrub like a maniac 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! What do you need to do? Well, spray a little WD-40 into the toilet bowl, let it soak in for a few seconds, brush thoroughly – with the toilet brush of course -, give a little flush, and say goodbye to grime and limescale buildup in your toilet.
Snow Build-up On (Car) Windows
If you live in an area where it snows in winter, this is a tip you definitely should remember. Do not want to remove snow build-up from your car or other windows anymore? Just spray them with WD-40 and there will not be any snow build-up. WD-40 contains a lubricant that prevents the snow from sticking and therefore if it falls on the windshield, it will slide right off. A great tip if you are in a hurry every morning.
No More Hard Water Stains On Stainless Steel
Are hard water stains on stainless steel appliances driving you crazy? Well, I have found the solution to clean them. The only thing you need to do is spray a little bit of WD-40 on the hard water stains, wait about three minutes, and scrub the limescale build-up away. Other stainless steel appliances you can clean with WD-40 to get rid of limescale and hard water stains are faucets, the sink, the kitchen counter and showerheads.
You’re trying to zip up your jacket but it gets stuck halfway and no matter how hard or carefully you pull on it: it doesn’t budge! Or, how about your backpack zipper that goes no further than about ¾ of the way, so you end up having to walk around with an open bag. Recognize this? Well, spray a little WD-40 on the zipper and pull. Easy. But don’t forget to zip the zipper up and down a few times. Why? To make sure the spray gets well distributed over all the zipper’s teeth.
Have you spent the day doing odd jobs around the house and your hands covered with glue that you can’t get off? Don’t panic WD-40 to the rescue. Grab the spray can, spray it directly onto sticky fingers and just rub. And keep rubbing until you no longer have sticky fingers. How’s that for easy! Don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards. Did you know that not only can you clean sticky fingers with this, but also dry glue in other places? Very handy if, for example, you’ve made a mess with it on the table or floor.
Have you recently bought shoes and are you unsure if they are waterproof? Avoid wet socks and feet: grab your WD-40 spray can and spray it on the shoes. Make sure you keep the can at a distance of half a metre so that you do not get any moisture stains. Are you too late and do you have water and salt stains on your shoes? Spray a little WD-40 on the stains and wipe them clean with a cloth. Read on quickly to find out what else the spray can do!
Tiles are one of the favourite places for mould, limescale, and other dirty things. We usually clean this with a scrubbing brush and a lot of soap, but thanks to WD-40 this is a thing of the past. What do you need to do? Well, spray some WD-40 on the bathroom tiles and floor, let it soak and wipe them off with a clean sponge. Do not forget to dry the tiles, as you do not want them to become dull.
Keep Spiders at Bay
Do you also have a fear of those hairy eight-legged creepers? Good news: WD-40 will be your new knight in shining armour. Thanks to this amazing spray you will keep them away from your house, car, work et Cetra. Great news don’t you think? Let me tell you what do you need to do? Take out your can of WD-40 and spray it on and into spaces – think of doorframes and windowsills – where those creepers can crawl through.
Gas Tank Lid
This is another important reason why you should always have a can of WD-40 in your car. You probably won’t even think about it, but every time you open and close the gas tank lid, this takes its toll on the lid, especially when you live in a salty area. Therefore, it is important to squirt a little bit of WD-40 on the lid. Do this several times a year, so that the lid doesn’t rust.
When the scissor is stuck, you don’t need to grab a knife or quickly go to the store to buy new ones. The only thing you need to do is grab the WD-40, try to open the stuck scissors, and spray a little onto it. This way it’ll unstick in no time. Extra tip: Try opening and closing the scissors a few times to speed up the process. This means you won’t have to buy new scissors from now on (unless you lost them, of course).
Dead Insects & Tar Stains
Everyone tries to be as careful as possible with his/her car. You will probably recognize that this is almost impossible because before you know it, your front bumper is already covered with tar stains and dead insects. Well, spray a little WD-40 on the affected area, let it settle and wipe the tar stains and dead bugs away. If you spray some WD-40 on your grille and bumper before driving, it will make sure dead insects slide right off your car.
If ever there’s an annoying job, it’s removing stickers from glass. With WD-40 you’re no longer stuck trying to peel them off with your nails or anything like that. Spray a small amount around the sticker, wait a few minutes and then use something, that leaves no scratches, to remove the sticker. The solvents in the spray make glue lose its stickiness, so you can also use this trick in other places where stickers are stuck: like bumper stickers, walls and tiles.
Scuff Marks on the Floor
Does it drive you nuts having all those black stripes on the floor? Even worse, having to try to clean them, knowing that in no time they will be back on the floor. Get rid of those scuff marks by spraying some WD-40 on it and let it soak for a while. Once it’s good to go, you can wipe the marks away – with a clean and soft dishcloth. Don’t worry: it doesn’t damage the floor and you won’t have to scrub at it hard.
Clean & Grease Your (Motor) Bike Chain
Have you ever thought that your bicycle chain also needs to be maintained and cleaned? Especially if you regularly go off-road. You can of course take it to the bike shop, but you can also very well do it yourself. But how? You probably guessed it: with WD-40 of course! Is your (motor) bike chain filled with dirt and grime? Before you head out for a ride, use WD-40 to get your bike running as smooth as ever. Looking for the best result? Buy WD-40 Bike Degreaser. Way cheaper and faster than taking your bike to the bike shop. Be sure to have major maintenance done by a professional, especially if you have a motorcycle!
Stepped in Poop
I think we can all agree that there is nothing more disgusting than having poo under your shoes. The big question is: how do you get poop off your shoe as soon as possible? Of course, you can look for a twig and then pick it off your shoe, but with wd-40 getting rid of poop under your shoes goes a lot easier. Spray some wd-40 on the affected areas, let it soak for a minute, grab some paper towel and wipe it away.
Clean & Polish Chrome Car Parts
Have the chrome parts of your car become dull, dirty and/or rusty? Clean the chrome by washing it with warm water, soap, and a soft cloth. Next up: spray some WD-40 on the rusty parts, let it sit for about 10 minutes, and go over it with a light abrasive. Once you have done this, make sure to apply another layer of WD-40 to prevent it from happening again. This is a great cleaning tip if you want to clean tight alloy and/or sport rims. Make sure to wipe the rims with a clean and soft cloth, this prevents scratches and other damage. The chrome parts of your vehicle should look as good as new.
You might think what are the odds of wasps building their nest in your garden? Well, that does not matter, because thanks to WD-40 you can prevent them from building their nests. All you need to do is spray some WD-40 on the eaves of your house next spring and they will not be able to build their home next to or under your roof. This way you will never be bothered by wasp nests ever again and you have a great summer!
Frozen Car Locks
If you live in an area where it gets (really) cold in winter, I mean like snow and freezing cold. You should definitely remember and use this WD-40 tip. Keep an eye on the weather and when the weatherman – or woman – tell you it is going to freeze; it is good to spray a little WD-40 in your car locks. How so? It ensures that no water runs into your locks, so the locks can not freeze. This will prevent many cold and late mornings in the winter.
If you are an experienced gardener you probably have your own way to get rid of weeds in your garden. You can use manual labour, vinegar, fire, or even newspapers. But did you know that WD-40 is also a great way to get rid of the most annoying thing in your garden? It will work well on, for example, the thistle. Just spray some WD-40, leave it be, and pull it out (with root and all) once it withered.
Cleans Candle Soot
In case you were too late blowing out the candles and now there is candle soot – in the candle holders -: good news, you do not have to throw the candle holders away. Just grab a bottle of WD-40 from your cleaning cabinet, spray a little of the lubricant on the spots, let it soak, and wipe it away with a clean and soft cloth. After this, you can just light the candles again. You are very welcome!
I believe this happens to everyone (or at least every woman) once in a while: jewellery that is entangled. What do you do? Throw it away and buy new ones? Of course not! You grab the WD-40 can spray a little on the jewellery, let it soak for a few minutes, and before you know it, you have untangled it and you can wear it again. Continue reading on the next page for more incredible WD-40 tips.
If you have to paint walls or window frames indoors or are in the middle of a renovation, you have to remember the following tip: before you start painting the widow and/or door frames, spray a little WD-40 on the knobs to prevent paint droplets from getting on it. Because it is a lubricant, the paint drop slides right off. In addition, WD-40 will also rehydrate used paintbrushes, clean paint from tile floors, and help open stuck can lids.
Attention to all owners of artificial plants: if your “plants” have become dull and dusty, spray a little WD-40 on the leaves and wipe them off with a soft and clean cloth. Do not be afraid it will not damage your plants. If you don’t quite believe me: spray a little on a soft cloth and wipe them, it’ll have the same effect. Once you are done, the plant will shine like never before. In addition, it makes it less easy for dust and other dirt in the house to stick to the leaves.
Removes Candle Wax
Another problem of forgetting to blow out candles is; dripping candles wax. Has the wax dripped all over the candle holder or even worse on your table or dresser? Thanks to WD-40 you do not have to use your own nails or anything else sharp anymore. Spray a little on the wax, let it soak in for a while, and take it off without any effort. This will save your nails and also ensure that you do not scratch the affected surface.
Burned Pots & Pans
Have you ever looked at the bottom of your pots and pans? I’m sure that – if you cook on fire – they are burned. No matter how hard you scrub, you won’t get it off. Of course, you can use a steel sponge to clean the bottom of the pans, but this can damage them and we don’t want that either. With WD-40 that problem is over. Spray it on the burnt bottom, let it soak for 10 minutes, and wash it off.
Prevent Shower Heads from Rusting
You can’t avoid it: shower heads rusting, once it gets so badly rusted you do have to buy a new one. And be honest: no one has the time and money for that anyway. That’s what I always thought, thanks to WD-40 you can prevent this from happening. All you have to do is spray a little WD-40 on the showerhead, let it soak and you prevent it from rusting. Repeat this several times a year for the best result.
Remove Tea Stains
Forgot to grab a tea bag holder and now there’s a used tea bag on the sink… that’s going to be a stubborn stain. Luckily you don’t have to scrub hard if you have a spray can of WD-40 in the house. Grab the bottle, spray a little on the stain, let it soak in and wipe it away. From now on you can leave the tea bag on the kitchen counter without stressing about stubborn stains.
Knocked Down Garbage Cans
We have all experienced it, at least, once in our lives: knocked down garbage cans, because animals – like racoons or stray cats or dogs – were looking for something to eat. Great for them, but not for us, because we are the ones who need to clean the mess. Do you want to prevent this? Then spray some WD-40 on the garbage cans. This will make them slippery and animals will no longer be able to climb on them only to knock them over moments later. Genius hack don’t you think?
Improves the Air
If you have a seasonal air conditioning unit in your house and need to install and maintain it yourself? Well, do the following with the filter to improve the air quality: spray a little WD-40 on the filter before placing it so that dust sticks to the filter. Because of this the quality of air will increase and house and if you suffer from house dust mite allergy this will (slightly) reduce it. Great idea right?
Get Rid of Grease & Dirt of Tires
In case you love to mountain bike or drive off-road and your tires get really dirty: always bring a bottle of WD-40. Why? Well, the lubricant is a great way to clean tires of grease, grime, mud and other dirt. What do you need to do? First, have a great off-road trip and once you’re done, you spray some WD-40 on both tires, let it soak for a few minutes and wipe the tires clean. Good news if you drove to big mud puddles and your whole bike is dirty: you can use WD-40 on all drivetrain components of your (motor) bike. For the best results: buy WD-40 Bike Degreaser.
Clean Tarnished Silver
You probably already have 20 products and ways to clean your silver. In case you haven’t or you just want another (way faster) way and you’ve got a bottle of WD-40 in the house: pay close attention! This is what you need to do: spray some WD-40 on your dull and dirty-looking silverware, let it soak for about 10 minutes and wipe it off with a soft and clean cloth and warm water. You can repeat this as much and often as possible and before you know it, your silverware will be looking brand new again! Using this tip to clean your silver cutlery? You want to make sure the WD-40 is really gone, so wash them off, before using them!
Prevent Frozen Car Doors
We’ve talked about frozen car locks and snow build-ups on your windshield, but did you know that WD-40 is also perfect to prevent car doors from being frozen shut? During cold winter nights, the rubber of the car door can become frozen, preventing you from entering your car the next morning/day. This can be prevented if you now – in time – spray the rubbers of the car doors with WD-40. Use a washcloth to spread the lubricant well over the entire rubber, you do not want half of it to still be frozen! So make sure to check the weather, apply this trick and thank me later!
Fill a Flat Tire
Yep, you’ve read that right: you can definitely fill a flat tire with WD-40 and go on your way again! In case you don’t have a spare tire in the trunk – or forgot your tools to change the tire -, but you do have a can of WD-40 in the car, this is what you need to do: use the WD-40 and a lighter to ignite a flame, the “expanding gases during an explosion set the tire bead; then you need to quickly jump in to extinguish any existing flames and immediately start inflating the tire, according to Popular Mechanics. Let me be very clear: this tip is for PROFESSIONALS, so please don’t do this if you’re close to home or can call the AAA.
Keep Wooden Tools Splinter Free
Do you also dread the fact that after a while the wooden handles of tools start to splinter? As we all know, wood can’t always stay nice and smooth – especially if you use it regularly. You can of course choose to work with gloves from now on, but did you know that WD-40 also comes in handy here. How? Well, spray a good amount of it on/in the grips and let it soak in. Before you know it, you can get back to work splinter-free and the tools will last for years!
Hair Dye Stains
Do you dye your own hair and is it usually a big mess, leaving your towels covered in hair dye? Don’t worry, you don’t have to throw them away right away or put them in a separate wash. All you have to do is get the can of WD-40, spray it directly on the stains, let it soak in for a while and then throw it in the wash. When you take the towels out of the machine, you will see that there is no longer a stain on them.
Give Plastic Furniture a New Life
Do you have plastic (garden) chairs and/or tables and have they become dull and dirty by the weather and are you thinking about buying new ones? Good news: this is absolutely not necessary. Why? Well, thanks to WD-40 you can give your furniture a second life. How? Spray the stuff on the plastic and wipe the surface with a dry & clean cloth. The result will amaze you!
Remove Old Wax from Skis & Snowboards
Do you go on a winter vacation every year at least once? Then you know that you need to have your skis or snowboard waxed regularly, so that you can glide smoothly down the slopes again. Many people have this done, but did you know that – thanks to WD-40 – you can also do it yourself? Here’s what you need to do: spray the base of the skis or snowboard with WD-40, grab an acrylic scraper and scrape away. Use a brass brush to further clean the base and remove oxidized material.
Keep Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders
Do you live in an area where you have a lot of trouble with squirrels and they regularly eat the bird feeders? Then it’s a good thing you have a WD-40 spray can in your house. The next time you want to fill the house with birdseed, take the WD-40 and spray the top of the house with it and the squirrels will no longer bother you. How can it do that? The agent makes sure the critters can’t get a grip, so they slide right off.