Monday, May 11, 2009


I have not tried all these but there are some good uses for WD-40 in this list. I usually keep things like this in a folder so I can refer to them in case I need a quick fix for something.

Created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find water Displacement compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation; thus WD-40.

The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
When you read the 'shower door' part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. Then try it on your stovetop. It is now shinier than it has ever been before.

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows!
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
18) It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car. Removed quickly, with WD-40!
20) Gives children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift on lawn mowers.
22) Rids kids' rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them ru nning smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Florida's favorite use: 'cleans and removes Love Bugs from grills and bumpers.'
38) Protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time.
40) Fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) If you've washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash.. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
43) If you spray WD-40 on the distributor cap, it will displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

Keep a can of WD-40 in your kitchen cabinet over the stove. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling away and heals with NO scarring. . ALSO ELIMINATES NAIL FUNGUS !!


The Retired One said...

Wow. Who knew?
But alas, it is not "green".
Of course, with the wonder list you listed, who cares??? ha

patsy said...

My husband used it for arthitic pain.


Hi Judy, no. 20 interest me because I love to go down the chilren's slide at the park when I take the grandchildren.

A very interesting list hanks for sharing.


Amber Star said...

Just fyi....don't use it in the patio door track if you have a hard surface in the linoleum. Long ago and far away when we lived in another house our patio door would get to where it wouldn't open and close easily. So my husband, the genius, sprayed the track. Later I was headed outside and man o' feet went skidding out from me and I went down like a ton of bricks. We learned a valuable lesson that day. :)

Grannyann said...

I have used WD40 over the years for tons of things. I always have at least 2 cans around the house. It is the Wonder spray as far as I am concerned.

Amber Star said...

I checked on Snopes and they have a list from the manufactuer of
wd-40 that has the not so good uses removed. Also, it is not fish oil based.

We use WD-40 around here, too.

grammyof13 said...

There is probably not a can of WD40 on my property, however when I show this list to my husband, he may purchase a case.

Your blogs are always so interesting and full of facts.

Have a Blessed Week, and keep up the good work.

One Woman's Journey said...

You are a wiz. That's a lot of information. Take care and thank you.

Sylvia K said...

We've always kept it around, but even I didn't realize just how many things it could be used for! Great info, Judy!

Beth said...

Gracious, Judy, I had no idea you could use WD-40 for so many things. I'm headed out now to Tom's workshop to...ahem...appropriate his can of WD-40. I need it worse than he does. :-)

Your blog is truly the mother lode of useful information, Judy. Thank you!

JunieRose2005 said...


Lots of useful info here!



Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Judy, Sorry to hear about your niece. My love and prayers are with the family.

That is so interesting about WD-40.. We use it all of the time, and I didn't know it had been on the market for so long. NEAT!!! I would never think to spray it on the bathroom mirror.. Crazy!!!!

Love those bookcases. Your hubby has quite a great 'hobby' (retirees job) doesn't he??? Sounds like you are doing great with your booth.. That's so special. People will BUY...

Hope you are having a great day.
Betsy TN said...

I always keep a can of WD 40, but didn't know all of those facts. WOW!

Dr.John said...

Used it this morning to take a metal plant hanger apart. Just put some where the two pieces came together and turned. Miracle stuff.

pamwax said...

Love the stuff. Auctioneers use permanent marker to mark sold items. WD-40 removes the marks.

ugich konitari said...

Judy, where does one buy this wonderful stuff ? Someone I know might be travelling here from the US and maybe I should ask for a can/bottle of the stuff....

Margaret Cloud said...

Maybe they should rename this product. I never knew WD-40 was this good, we have used it for years but not for all this. Thank you for taking the time to share this info, have a great week.

Jamie Dawn said...

I MUST tell my son about the one about guitar strings.

I have a stainless steel sink, so I will try it.

There are so many good uses listed here. I will buy some WD-40 and keep it on hand. This list reminds me of the list I read about the uses of Bounce dryer sheets.
It's amazing how many uses there are for these things beyond the obvious!


Lilly said...

Oh shite I looked through this list twice hoping I would find, "it takes ten years off your age" but couldnt find it. Seriously I never knew WD40 had so many uses. I am printing this list. Thanks Judy you always have such interesting posts that I can learn something from!!