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34 Outside-the-Box Ways to Use WD-40 at Home

WD-40 is well known as a lubricant, but it has a ton of other game-changing applications around the house. Here are 34 unique ways to use WD-40.

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Keep Dead Bugs Off Your Car Grille

It’s bad enough that your car grille and hood get splattered with bugs every time you drive down the interstate, but do they have to be so darn tough to scrape off? The answer is no. Just spray some WD-40 on the grille and hood before going for a drive and most of the critters will slide right off. The few bugs left will be easy to wipe off later without damaging your car’s finish. These 105 car maintenance tips will extend the life of your car.

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Renew Faded Plastic Furniture

Bring color and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture. Simply spray WD-40 directly on the surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. You’ll be surprised at the results.

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Remove ‘Paint Rub’ From Another Car

Picture this: you return to your parked car to find that while you were gone, another vehicle got a bit too close for comfort. Luckily there’s no dent, but now your car has a blotch of “paint rub” from the other car on it. To remove paint-rub stains on your car and restore its original finish, spray the affected area with WD-40, wait a few seconds, then wipe with a clean rag. Be sure you’re not wasting money on your car with these maintenance tasks.

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Clean Carpet Stains

Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Spray the stain with WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone.

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Garden tools wheel barrowDeniss Grigorjevs/Shutterstock

Keep Wooden Tool Handles Splinter Free

No tools can last forever, but you can prolong the life of your wood-handled tools if you keep them from splintering. Just rub a generous amount of WD-40 into the wood. It shields the wood from moisture and other corrosive elements and keeps it smooth and splinter-free for the life of the tool.

Here’s another way to renew wooden tool handles.

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Prevent Snow Buildup on Windows

Does the weather forecast predict a big winter snowstorm? You can’t stop the snow from falling, but you can prevent it from building up on your house’s windows with a little bit of WD-40. Just spray WD-40 over the outside of your windows before the snow starts and the snow won’t stick.

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Tree wasp, or paper wasp very close up stripping woodRuth Swan/Shutterstock

Keep Wasps from Building Nests

Don’t let yellow jackets and other wasps ruin your spring and summer fun. Their favorite place to build nests is under eaves, so next spring mist some WD-40 under all the eaves of your house. It will block the wasps from building their nests there. Here’s how to deter bees and wasps (and identify which is which).

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Tone Down Polyurethane Shine

A new coat of polyurethane can sometimes make a wood floor look a little too shiny. To tone down the shine and cut the glare, spray some WD-40 onto a soft cloth and wipe up the floor with it.

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Keep Spiders Away

So what’s the WD in WD-40 stand for? Water displacing. WD-40 is mainly used as a solvent. It has lubricant-like properties that do not come from the substance itself, but rather from dissolving components.

Have a fear of spiders? Just spray some WD-40 on places where spiders and other insects can get in, such as windowsills and door frames. It will keep the spiders and other bugs out. Plus: These are the 10 most disgusting house bugs and how to get rid of them.

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Waterproof Shoes and Boots

If it’s wet outside, give the tops and sides of your shoes or boots a coat of WD-40 before you head out the door. WD-40 acts as a barrier so moisture can’t seep into your shoes and get your socks wet. There are specialized boots for almost any DIY job, and we’ve rounded up 15 of the best work boots.

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Fix Squeaky Hinges

Nothing can be more irritating than a squeaky hinge on a door. Apply some WD-40, rotate it back and forth, and the squeak should vanish. Here’s how to remove the hinge pin to silence an off balance hinge.

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Keep Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders

It happens all the time: Just as you fill your bird feeder with seed, the squirrels get into it and eat it all before the birds have a chance. Next time you fill up the feeder, just spray a good coat of WD-40 on top of the feeder and those rodents will slip right off. Check out these hilarious attempts by homeowners to keep squirrels away from bird feeders.

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Get Poop Off Your Shoe

You return home and discover you stepped in dog do-do while on your evening walk. No problem! Just spray some WD-40 on the sole of your shoe and use an old toothbrush to clean the poop out of the crevices. Rinse with cold water and your shoes will be as good as new.

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Remove Chewing Gum

Forget peanut butter. Next time your child gets bubble gum stuck in their hair, spray it with some WD-40, then comb it out and rinse thoroughly. Here are 10 more ways to get gum out of things.

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Get Rid of Sticky Fingers

Next time you’re working on a project and accidentally get some super glue stuck to your fingers, just spray the area with WD-40. The sticky glue will come off when you rub your hands together. Here are our expert tips for glueing wood.

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Break in a New Baseball Glove

Another one of the great WD-40 uses you haven’t thought of yet? Use WD-40 instead of neat’s-foot oil to break in a new baseball or softball glove. Spray the glove with WD-40, put a baseball in the palm, and fold it sideways. Take a rubber band or belt and tie it around the folded glove. The WD-40 will help soften the leather and form around the baseball, creating a pocket. Keep the glove tied up overnight, then wear it for a while so it will fit the shape of your hand. Here are seven outdoor games you can make with stuff you probably already have.

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Remove a Paint Smudge

When you find a paint smudge on your car — say from a rogue shopping cart in the parking lot — spray the area with WD-40 and wipe with a clean rag. It will remove the smudge. Plus: These 46 car detailing tips will save you money.

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Remove Tight Jewelry

Ring too tight? A quick spray of WD-40 will help you slide it right off your finger.

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Loosen a Zipper

That stubborn jacket zipper doesn’t stand a chance against WD-40. Just spray some directly on the zipper and move the pull up and down the teeth a few times. For other issues, check out these different ways to repair the zipper on your jacket.

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Scuff Marks WD-40 removalAndrei Kholmov/Shutterstock

Remove Floor Scuff Marks

If mopping doesn’t remove scuff marks from the floor, try spraying some WD-40 on the marks and then wipe them away. The lubricant shouldn’t harm the floor, but test in an inconspicuous place if you’re concerned. Here’s how to remove tough flooring stains.

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Get Rid of Sticky Residue

Remove the residue left behind by stickers, tape and labels. Just spray with WD-40, wait about a minute then wipe the residue away with a cloth.

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Clean Oil Spots

If there’s an ugly oil spot on your garage floor or the driveway, give the spot a good coat with WD-40 then hose it down. The spot should disappear once the water dries. Did you know you can also use sawdust to soak up fresh oil spills?

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Kill Weeds

Some gardeners will tell you WD-40 works great as a weed killer. Try using it on thistle. It should wither and die, allowing you to then pull it out, root and all, so it doesn’t return to your yard. Here are 12 of the most common kinds of weeds (and how to remove them).

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Clean the Toilet

Remove lime stains from the toilet bowl by spraying in some WD-40. Then just scrub with a toilet brush and flush. Learn how to make your own toilet cleaning bombs here.

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Keep Shovel or Chute Snow Free

Here is a simple tip to make shoveling snow quicker and less strenuous by keeping the snow from sticking to your shovel and weighing it down. Spray a thin layer of WD-40 on the shovel blade, and the snow will slide right off. If you have a snow thrower, spray WD-40 on the inside of the chute so snow won’t stick and clog the chute. Here are 10 great snow removal hacks to try this winter.

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Remove Hair Dye Stains

If you color your hair at home and some of the dye stains your towel, spray some WD-40 on the stain and rub it in. Then toss the towel in the washer and run on a hot cycle.

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Quick Diverter Lube

Over time, the hard water in our area leaves deposits in the moving parts of the plumbing. When the tub spout diverter clogs, use WD-40 with its spray nozzle curved up the spout to the diverter valve. A couple of sprays loosens things up. Plus: Our complete guide to bathtub repair.

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Keep Car Locks from Freezing

If an ice storm is in the forecast, spray WD-40 in the locks of your car. It will prevent water from seeping in and freezing the lock.

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Free Stuck LEGOs

Next time your child asks you to pull apart those stubborn, tiny little LEGO pieces, give them a quick squirt of WD-40. They’ll come apart much easier. Check out these unique LEGO keychain project you can DIY.

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Remove Crayon and Marker from Walls

Oops, your kids colored the wall. No problem! Spray some WD-40 on the wall, then wipe off the crayon or marker with a clean rag. If you have wallpaper, do a quick test first.

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Remove Paint from Leather

If you’re painting a drop or two of paint lands on your leather couch, spray the spot with WD-40 and wipe with a clean rag. The paint will come right off. Here’s how to clean leather furniture stains with natural products.

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Remove Grease

Instead of leaving grease all over the bathroom sink, spray your hands with WD-40 as soon as you’re finished working on your car. Rub them together, then wipe with a paper towel and follow with some soap and water.

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Lubricate the Gas Tank Lid

The gas tank lid really takes abuse, especially in salty environments. A squirt of WD-40 a few times a year prevents rusting. Wipe away any excess to keep it from dripping onto (and damaging) your car’s finish.

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Remove Old Wax From Skis and Snowboards

To remove old wax and dirt from skis and snowboards, spray the base sparingly with WD-40 before scraping with an acrylic scraper. Use a brass brush to further clean the base and remove any oxidized base material. Here are 15 storage solutions for all that winter sports equipment.

Rachel Brougham
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