34 Brilliant Ways to Use WD-40 at Home
You already use WD-40 to loosen bolts and stop squeaking hinges, but did you know it could do these other amazing things around your house?
Remove “Paint Rub” From Another Car
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, and wipe with a clean rag. Be sure you’re not wasting money on your car with these maintenance tasks.
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. Try one of these brilliant cleaning shortcuts lazy people will appreciate, too.
Keep Wooden Tool Handles Splinter Free
No tools can last forever, but you can prolong the life of your wood-handled tools by preventing splintering. To keep wooden handles from splintering, rub a generous amount of WD-40 into the wood. It will shield the wood from moisture and other corrosive elements and keep it smooth and splinter-free for the life of the tool.
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 these genius WD-40 uses. Just spray WD-40 over the outside of your windows before the snow starts and the snow won’t stick.
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.
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. Find out about these simple housecleaning tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner.
Keep Spiders Away
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.
Waterproof Shoes, Boots
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.
Keep Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders
Get Poop Off Your Shoe
Get Rid of Sticky Fingers
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 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 help it form around the baseball. Keep the glove tied up overnight, and then wear it for a while so it will begin to fit the shape of your hand.
WD 40 Uses on Cars: Remove a Paint Smudge
Remove Tight Jewelry
Loosen a Zipper
Get Rid of Sticky Residue
Clean Oil Spots
Clean the Toilet
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.
Quick Diverter Lube
Over time, the hard water in our area leaves deposits in the moving parts of the plumbing. When our tub spout diverter clogs, I use WD-40 with its spray nozzle curved up the spout to the diverter valve. A couple of sprays gets things loosened up and working again. Plus: Our complete guide to bathtub repair.
Keep Car Locks from Freezing
Free Stuck LEGOs
Remove Crayon and Marker from Walls
Remove Paint from Leather
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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.
Keep Dead Bugs Off Car Grille
It’s bad enough that your car grille and hood have to 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 that are 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.