Ingenious Uses for WD-40
WD-40 is an iconic American product and brand; as American as apple pie, baseball and Uncle Sam himself. A 1983 survey revealed that 4 of every 5 home in the United States had a can of WD-40. For over 60 years, Americans have been relying on the 40th version of a water displacement formula (which is what the WD stands for) to fix pretty much anything that needs fixing.
The WD-40 website features dozens of uses for their product. Avid users of the product have submitted a growing list of 2,000+ additional applications for the legendary product. While some are silly, many are down right ingenious. We’ve taken some time to highlight some of our favorite WD-40 applications below:
- Spray on dead fish bait as a “great pike attractor”.
- Coat wire tomato cages with it to keep insects away.
- Stop metal tent poles from squeaking in the wind.
- Remove duct tape.
- Clean dog poop off tennis shoes.
- Eliminate static on volume-control and tuning knobs.
- Take the sting out of fire any bites.
- Keep mirrors and windows from fogging.
- Apply to balcony railings to keep pigeons away.
- It prevents snow from sticking to shovels.
- Use to remove candle soot.
- Remove chewing gum from hair.
- Shine leaves on artificial plants.
- Lubricate artificial limbs.
- Remove gunk from the base of toilet bowls.
- Untangle horse manes and tails.
- Remove rollerblade wheels marks from kitchen floors.
- Removes artificial snow from window décor during the holidays.
- Removes gunk from cell phones.
- Stops squeaks and creaks on plastic and metal toys.
As you can see, WD-40 can pretty much fix it all and the product just keeps getting better and better with time! In 2005, WD-40 introduced the Smart Straw, which features a fold-down straw that is pre-attached to each can. This alleviates one of the biggest complaints people had in losing the precision spray straw, designed to apply WD-40 to those hard to reach places.
One myth about WD-40 is that it can be sprayed on achy or arthritic joints to alleviate arthritis. According to the WD-40 company, this is NOT a recommended or effective use for the product, so no need to spray down your shoulders, hips or hands!
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