Working around the shop or in the garage can be a great way to relax. But no matter what you do to keep 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep spiders out of your shed – Create a barrier around the outside edge. Don’t use heavily inside – the fumes will make ya sick.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Clean off chewing gum – Chewing gum becomes like silly putty after an application of WD-40. Just spray on and peel the gum off.
- Quickly remove crayon from walls – Don’t fret about crayons and scuffs on the walls. Spray WD-40 on and buff off.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!