Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Amazing Uses of WD-40

I'm on a slow roll today.  Maybe because its Sunday? I think I will do a little knitting and listen to some music this afternoon.  It is back to being hot and humid again today.   We finally got some nice rain here yesterday morning.  One of those slow and steady rains that lasted several hours.  The garden seems to have enjoyed it.

I ran across some information that I had thought I had lost. An email that was sent to me a couple of years ago with the multitude of things that WD-40 can be used for.  So today I thought I would share this with you.  I'm sure that some folks already know many of its uses but there may be a couple that might be new to you.  

Water Displacement #40. The product began from a search for A rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect Missile parts. WD- 40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.. Its name comes from the project that was to find a '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...' IT IS MADE FROM FISH OIL' . 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. It is a miracle! 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 s t ains.
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 a 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, 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 running 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) 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 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. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling away and heals with NO scarring.

Remember, the basic ingredient is FISH OIL

                        ~Hey... I'm just sayin...~ 


  1. Thanks Sci~

    I had forgotten some of the uses. I think that I need to copy this and save it. :D


  2. Awesome...I had forgotten about this too. Thanks :)

  3. Thanks for sharing this, it will go into the DIY file along with the 101 things to do with baking soda. :)


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  5. WomanWhoRunsWithHorses has left a new comment on your post "The Amazing Uses of WD-40":

    I remember when this was circulating in email. It came to me from a horsey friend who suggested it was great fly/mosquito repellent that could be sprayed directly on the horse since 'it's made from fish oil.' I don't spray anything on my horses that is not DESIGNED to be sprayed on horses without investigating, so I looked up the MSDS for WD40. It's primary ingredient is PETROLEUM and petroleum by-products ...not fish oil. I don't think fish oil is even on the list of ingredients.

    The claims for the safe use of WD40 on the list above are true ...partly true ...and false. I found this link on that does a good job of explaining what it can and can't be safely used for.

    It's always good to find multiple purposes for a common product and pass that information on. But it's always best to double-check yourself before believing all the claims and possibly passing on false or incomplete information.

  6. I deleted the previous comment and so thought better of it and so reposted it.

    I would like to say that I expressly said that I received this in an email. I am NOT a news agency and I don't purport that every single thing in this blog has been researched as such. I share what information I have. Why THIS blog should be held closer to the fire than some others is beyond me. Nor do I think that it is necessary to remind me of this at every opportunity.

  7. If your "door ajar" light comes on when the doors are closed or the automatic door lock isn't working so automatically, spray WD-40 in the latch. It can often solve the problem.

  8. I've been in your position a couple of times. it's a difficult decision to make sometimes, I think you did the right thing here though.

    Of course. before using any product in a manner inconsistent with its label, it's a good idea to research it, especially if you are going to apply it to skin or ingest it (for human, animal or plant use). I think everyone here is grown up enough to realize that. :)

  9. Thank you for the interesting info. Isn't it strange some of the uses other than those the product is made for? Coca-cola is a great example. Check it out. You'll be amazed.

  10. It does remove sticky duct tape stuff. Removed it from some insulated wire.

  11. WD-40 is basically mineral spirits (paint thinner) and a light weight oil. The spirits do the cleaning but the oil evaporates over time and doesn't last. Never lubricate your car hinges or locks with this stuff. Doing so simply removes the factory lithium grease and leaves behind an oil that will evaporate in the heat.