For many of us, purchasing WD-40 is often prompted by the need to silence a squeaky door, only for the can to be shelved and forgotten. If you find yourself in this category, chances are you have a can of WD-40 stashed away in the pantry or beneath the sink, quietly collecting dust.
If you thought WD-40 was only good for loosening rusty bolts or stopping squeaky hinges, think again. You might be overlooking the potential of this versatile product. Although the exact ingredients remain a bit of an enigma, the abbreviation “WD,” representing “Water Displacement,” is just the starting point of its potential. This well-known spray has numerous practical uses.
Here are 15 uses for WD-40 around the home.
1. Chewing Gum Removal
You can use WD-40 to remove gum that’s stuck to your shoes, clothes, walls, floors, and yes, even your hair.
First, try to get rid of as much gum as possible before applying the WD-40. Then, apply WD-40 to the area and remove the gum from the area.
2. Crayon on Walls
If your child decides to use crayons on the wall, WD-40 will be there to help. Simply give the affected area a spray of WD-40, wipe off the crayon with a clean cloth, and your wall should look as good as new.
3. Remove Permanent Marker from Whiteboard
Similar to crayons, you can use WD-40 to remove permanent marker from a whiteboard. This is especially useful if you somehow grabbed the wrong marker and left a permanent note you want to erase from the whiteboard.
All you will need to do is spray the WD-40 marked area of the whiteboard and then wipe it away.
4. Rusty Tools
If you have rusty tools stashed away in the garage or garden, WD-40 is a great option to help bring them back to life. WD-40 will get rid of rust on your old tools, restoring your tools’ original shine.
5. Remove Scuff Marks off the Floor
If mopping isn’t doing the trick to get rid of those scuff marks on your floor, give WD-40 a shot. A little spray on the marks, followed by a wipe, can work wonders. WD-40 is particularly great at tackling dirt and scuffs on ceramic and luxury vinyl plank floors.
6. Getting Rid of Stickiness
There is no need for heavy tools like chisels or razor blades to deal with leftover residue from old decals, stickers, tape, labels, or bumper stickers. A quick solution is to give it a spritz of WD-40, wait around a minute, and then wipe off the residue using a cloth. WD-40 works its magic to tackle sticky leftovers effectively, making removing whatever’s stuck on easier without much hassle.
7. Clean Inside the Toilet
To get rid of lime stains in the toilet bowl, try giving it a spray of WD-40. After that, a good scrub using a toilet brush followed by a flush should do the trick. WD-40 will work its magic to break down the grime and lime deposits, making the job much easier.
8. Make Your Stainless Steel Shine
Fingerprints, smudges, and water spots can mar the beauty of your stainless steel surfaces. Stainless steel requires a unique form of cleaner to keep it looking its best.
WD-40 is a reliable option for cleaning, polishing, and safeguarding stainless steel surfaces. It effectively restores the shine and effortlessly wipes away those annoying fingerprints from stainless steel appliances.
9. Remove Oil Stains
Dealing with stubborn grease stains is usually quite a hassle, whether it’s that blotch on your blouse or the oil mark on your garage floor. Fortunately, WD-40 simplifies the process of tackling these messes.
10. Liven Up Your Artificial Plants
Give your artificial plants a natural-looking boost by sprucing up their leaves with WD-40. A light spritz of WD-40, followed by a gentle polish with a cloth, can make a significant difference. This simple trick will help to make the fake plants look like the real deal.
11. Deep Clean the Car
WD-40 is a versatile choice for thoroughly cleaning your car, both internally and externally. It works wonders as a pre-scrub treatment for the exterior, effortlessly dissolving dirt and grime. When it comes to the interior, a spray of WD-40 on the leather seats and other surfaces can bring back that fresh, new look.
12. Loosen a Stuck Zipper
We’ve all experienced the frustration of a stuck zipper. Whether it’s on a jacket, a bag, luggage, or a pair of jeans, it can be incredibly annoying. WD-40’s lubricating properties can help loosen stubborn zippers and get them back in working order.
To fix a stuck zipper, start by spraying a small amount of WD-40 along the length of the zipper. Then, gently pull the zipper up and down to distribute the WD-40 evenly.
13. Clear Away Glue
Whether it’s on your hands or a hard surface, removing dried glue is a breeze with WD40. Just spray WD-40 on the spot, let it sit for at least 30 seconds, and then wipe it clean.
14. Winterize Your Boots
Protect your boots and shoes during the winter season with WD-40. It forms a barrier that prevents water and other liquids from seeping into the material, effectively extending the life of your footwear. Simply spray WD-40 on your shoes and wipe them with a clean cloth to apply this extra layer of protection.
15. Remove Stickers and Decals
Sticker residue can be quite stubborn to remove; typical methods like soap and water, chisels, or razor blades often struggle to completely eliminate the sticky residue. A simple solution is WD-40. WD40 can get rid of old decals, bumper stickers, sticky tape residue, or those stubborn price tag remains with no problem.
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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.