12 Wacky Uses For WD-40 (#6 is Awesome)

Working around the shop or in the garage can be a great way to relax. But no matter what you do to keUses for WD-40ep it organized, something’s gonna spill or leak or get on your hands.

Luckily, these problems aren’t new. Sixty years ago, the folks over at WD-40 were tinkering with a formula that would be a one-stop shop for cleaning, lubricating, waterproofing… you name it!

Chances are you are you already have WD-40 laying around for greasing up stiff locks.  But it can be used for so much more.

For example, another way to use for WD-40 is spraying it on duct tape and then pulling the tape off!

Ironically duct tape and WD-40, it seems, are all one needs to hold the world together or take it apart.   For WD-40, there’s a running list of how fans around the world have used the magic potion to make their lives easier.

For the record, WD-40 keeps the list but doesn’t endorse all the uses.

Here are just a few things besides greasing up a jammed lock.

12 Wacky Uses For WD-40 (#6 is Awesome)

  1. Remove stuck rings from fingers – Just spray a little bit in as close as you can ( you don’t need much) and wiggle the ring off. Wash your hands when you’re done.
  2. Loosen rusted bolts – Use the fine tip adapter. Spray and wait a minute or two. Then take your wrench and get to work. You’ll find that once that first turn happens, it will ease up quick, and you can just unscrew it with no problem.
  3. Keep spiders out of your shed – Create a barrier around the outside edge. Don’t use heavily inside – the fumes will make ya sick.
  4. Remove oil spot from driveway – Spray on the patch and scrub off. Speaking for myself, nothing annoys me more than seeing a great garage space ruined by an oil slick.
  5. Clean bathroom tiles – If you have mascara or other oil based products marking up your tile, WD-40 is like magic. Spray on and wipe off.
  6. Protect a bird feeder from squirrels – Apply to an empty bird feeder and those puffy-tailed rats won’t be able to hang on when there is food.
  7. Waterproof your shoes – Use the mist setting to prepare for winter. You won’t be able to jump into snow drifts, but a casual walk down the sidewalk will still leave your feet dry!
  8. Clean off chewing gum – Chewing gum becomes like silly putty after an application of WD-40. Just spray on and peel the gum off.
  9. Quickly remove crayon from walls – Don’t fret about crayons and scuffs on the walls. Spray WD-40 on and buff off.
  10. Clean off car sticker residue – This is great for parking tickets that are stuck to the window and will save you thousands if you try to clean the window with hammer and chisel.
  11. Loosen stuck zippers – Be sure to take the pants off before applying WD-40 to your fly! It will make it easier to apply and you don’t risk zapping yourself in the process.
  12. Stop wasps from nesting – Spray this waterproof formula in the corners where wasps try and set up residence. They’ll leave and you don’t have to do it much throughout the year since it’s waterproof.

Like we said, there is a running list. There are over 2,000 uses and counting for WD-40. In general, it cleans, waterproofs, hides scents, removes stickiness, treats oils, and lubricates. Think about the chores or projects you have and then ask yourself would WD-40 do?

What has been your favorite use of WD-40? Let us know in the comments below.

Bonus Use!!  13. Remove squeak from deer hunting stand – Not only will a squeak in a deer stand annoy you to death, animals have better hearing than humans.  An unnatural squeak will get their attention real quick where they won’t wanna come around.

Do you have any other Wacky Uses For WD-40?

Tell me what they are below!

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17 COMMENTS

  1. WD-40 Uses:
    1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
    2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
    3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
    4. Gives floor that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
    5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well.
    (Ya gotta love that one!!!)
    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 / terracotta 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 both home and vehicles doors.
    18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
    It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as
    hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
    19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!
    20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
    21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on
    riding mowers…
    22. Rids kids rocking chair 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 running smoothly.
    30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
    31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops.
    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 is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
    38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it 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. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than
    the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
    Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing
    are not allowed in some states.
    40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and
    stops the itch.
    41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and
    wipe with a clean rag.
    42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed
    and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the
    lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
    43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the
    moisture, allowing the engine to start.

    P.S. As for that Basic, Main Ingredient…….
    Well…. it’s FISH OIL….

    • You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use the WD-40. If it moves and shouldn’t, use the tape.

  2. I don’t think there is anything better to lube anything with than WD40. I have two cans in my house garage one can in the back of my car and two more in my out back garage. I use it for door locks, car doors, or anything that is sticky and is hard to move.

    • My toilet float valve was giving me a fit. Running water added $$$ to h20 bill. Not anymore. Small squirt on hinges, slide & link connections did the trick. Water doesn’t wash it away.

    • I hate to burst anyones lubing bubbles, but WD40 is n o t meant for lubrication, it’s a cleaning solvent agent,, alway use it and wipe it away and add a new fresh, ‘real lubricant’ /grease. oil, /
      ,, And yes, I use it frequently, sparingly on my machinery, works very well.. Fuzzy~

  3. wD-40 works pretty well for removing dead, dried bugs from the front bumper of a car. Spray on, wait a few, and scrub with soapy water!

  4. Do you have any thing for squirrels????? I have walnut tree and I’m infested with squirrels

    It’s great for bath room residue

  5. I used to paint structural steel, There’s nothing better for removing the paint from your hands, cuts right thru it without having to use paint thinner (which burns)!

  6. Spray a fishing lure with WD-40 and you’ve got a lure that leaves an irresistable scent trail in the water for fish of all kinds.

  7. I was having trouble trapping gophers until someone suggested I spray WD40 on the trap after it is set. This kills the human scent and now I get them almost every time. I usually leave the traps set for 2 or 3 days before I check them.

  8. Hi Damian,
    Thanks very much for your suggested uses for WD-40. My favorite uses are in loosening rusted bolts and and in cleaning oil spots on the garage.
    More power to you!

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