Published in Sep 2021 / Updated in Oct 2021
WD-40 is one of the most popular and versatile lubricants you could ever own. However, as popular as this product is, not many people understand that it has dozens of uses.
So, here are 34 particular ways you can use WD-40.
1. WD-40 Can Keep Bugs From Your Car Grille
Don't you hate it when bugs get splattered all over your car's grille as you drive? What makes it worse is that these insects are tough to get rid of later.
However, although WD-40 will not keep you from running into these annoying critters, it will ensure they will slide off easily when you do. Any bugs that remain will also be very easy to wipe off, which means your car's perfect finish will not be at risk.
Think of this as one of the many countless ways you can make your car last longer.
2. Make Your Faded Plastic Furniture Look New
Are you stuck with faded plastic furniture and are wondering what you can do with it? Believe it or not, you can use WD-40 to bring back its color.
All you have to do is spray some of this lubricant to the plastic's surface and wipe it off using a dry cloth. Many people are shocked to see the results of doing this.
3. Remove Another Car's Paint From Your Car
Accidents happen, and if your car has had contact with another car, the chances are that some paint from the other vehicle was left on yours. If you got away without a dent, you were fortunate because WD-40 will be all you need to fix your problem.
You can get rid of the "paint rub" by spraying the area with WD-40 and waiting for a couple of seconds before wiping it off with a clean cloth.
This is a great way to save yourself some money by avoiding a visit to a professional.
4. Get Rid Of Stubborn Carpet Stains
Some people easily allow a stain to ruin their perfect carpets. However, just because regular stain removers won't eliminate the stains on your carpet, it does not mean you should completely give up on it.
By spraying WD-40 on the carpet and letting it sit for about a minute or so before using a regular carpet cleaner on it, you can quickly get rid of some of the most stubborn stains you can find on carpets.
5. Keep Splinters Off Your Wooden Tool Handles
Splinters suck, and they can pretty much ruin your day. However, this seems to be a reality some people have come to accept while dealing with wooden handles tools.
However, rubbing ample amounts of WD-40 on the wood will keep it protected and smooth, ensuring that it does not develop annoying splinters.
6. Keep Snow Off Your Windows
There is nothing you can do to keep snow from falling, but there is plenty you can do to keep it off your windows. By spraying some WD-40 on the outside of your windows, the snow will not adhere to the glass as it usually would.
7. Avoid Wasp Nests
Wasps can be quite a bother once they build a nest in your home. These insects love setting up their nests under the eaves in your house.
Fortunately, you can keep them from doing this by spraying your eaves with WD-40. This lubricant is an effective deterrent against many other types of insects as well, including bees.
8. Make Your Wooden Floor Less Shiny
Polyurethane is excellent on wood, but it makes it a little too shiny. You can tone down this glossy look by spraying some WD-40 onto the wood before wiping it off with a soft cloth.
9. Deter Spiders
Some people are terrified of spiders, and fortunately for them, WD-40 can make sure that they never cross paths with these small but scary insects in their own homes.
By spraying this substance on places they like to build their webs, such as windowsills and door frames, the lubricant can keep other bugs away as well.
10. Make Your Shoes Waterproof
Some shoes can allow water or moisture to seep into them, making wearing them feel like torture. So, when it's wet outside, you can spray some WD-40 on them and make them waterproof.
11. Silence Squeaking Hinges
Squeaky hinges can be incredibly annoying, as they always announce to everyone that you are closing or opening the door. Fortunately, you can spray some WD-40 on the hinges and move the door back and forth a little to stop the squeaking.
12. Keep Bird Feeders Free From Squirrels
Squirrels are very opportunistic creatures, and they tend to invade your bird feeder as soon as you fill it with seeds. Once they get there, they devour everything and leave before your birds have enjoyed the meal.
However, WD-40 is all the help you need to keep these pests away. By spraying the feeder with this lubricant, you can ensure that the squirrels slip off before they get the chance to get to the seeds.
13. Keep Poop Of Your Shoes
Nothing sucks more than finding out that you stepped on some poop while you were walking outside. However, the job of getting this dirt off your shoes is very easy if you spray some WD-40 on the soles of your shoes before venturing outside.
Afterward, all you need is to do is use an old toothbrush on the grooves before rinsing the dirt off your shoes with cold water.
14. Get Rid Of Chewing Gum
Peanut butter is allegedly good at getting rid of gum in unwanted places, but WD-40 is a lot better. Even if the gum is stuck in the hair, you can easily get rid of it using this lubricant.
You should spray the gum with WD-40, comb it, and then rinse it off.
15. Get Rid Of Glue Off Your Fingers
When working on projects, you can easily get glue on your fingers, making them sticky. However, rather than spend several minutes trying to wash it off, you can spray some WD-40 on the area and rub your hands together to get rid of the glue.
16.Break-In A Baseball Glove
Instead of using neat's-foot oil to break in a new baseball or softball glove, you can use WD-40. After spraying the glove with this lubricant, you should put a baseball in its palm and fold it sideways.
From there, you should use a rubber band to tie the glove, making some sort of pocket. You should leave it in that position for about a night, then put it on to ensure it fits your hand perfectly.
17. Get Rid Of A Paint Smudge
You might find some paint smudged on your car for any number of reasons. This smear can easily go away if you spray the area with WD-40 and wipe it clean.
18. Remove A Stuck Ring
If your ring is too tight and won't come off quickly, a bit of WD-40 might help. This lubricant will make the ring slide off the finger easily.
19. Loosen Stubborn Zippers
Zippers that often get stuck can start working perfectly after some WD-40 is sprayed directly on them. Ideally, you should spray some of this lubricant on a zipper and move it up and down a couple of times to get it working correctly.
20. Get Rid Of Scuff Marks
Mopping might not get rid of all the scuff marks on your floors, but WD-40 might. The good thing about this lubricant is that it does not have a damaging effect on the floor.
21. Remove Sticky Residues
Tapes, stickers, and labels tend to leave stubborn and sticky residue on substances. However, by spraying some WD-40 on the area and waiting for about a minute, you can remove the residue by wiping it off using a cloth.
22. Get Rid Of Oil Spots
Oil spots on your garage floor or driveway can destroy much of its appeal. However, covering such stains with WD-40 before hosing them down can easily solve this problem.
Note that the spot disappears after the water dries off.
23. Killing Weeds
Some gardeners already know that WD-40 is a great weed killer. For instance, when used on a thistle, the plant withers and dies off, which means you can get rid of it more permanently from your garden.
24. Cleaning Up The Toilet
WD-40 can get rid of lime stains from a toilet bowl. All you have to do is spray some of this lubricant on the area before scrubbing it with a toilet brush.
After that, a quick flush should get rid of the stain for good.
25. Keep Chute Snow Free
This works with shovels as well. Snow can stick to your shovel and make it a lot harder to use, but WD-40 can keep it clear of snow and make it a lot easier to use.
With a snow thrower, some of this lubricant on the chute will ensure that snow does not block the chute.
26. Getting Rid Of Hair Dye Stains
There is nothing wrong with coloring your hair as you like. Unfortunately, this often comes with hair dye stains on your towels, which is quite an inconvenience.
You should spray some WD-40 on the stain, rub it, and then put the towel through a hot cycle in the washer.
27. Unclog Diverter Valves
Hard water can leave deposits that can block diverter valves on water sprouts. However, you can use some WD-40 to loosen up these sediments and get the water flowing smoothly once more.
28. Stop Car Locks From Freezing
Ice storms can result in frozen car locks after water seeps into them. However, by spraying some WD-40 in there, you can avoid this problem and keep your lock operational and damage-free.
29. Loosen Stuck LEGO Pieces
Some LEGO pieces can get stuck together so tightly that you are left wondering what you can do about them. However, by spraying them with some WD-40, you can get them loose a lot more easily.
30. Removing Crayon Marks From Walls
Kids can use their crayons on anything, including walls. However, this should not be a problem as some WD-40 on the marked areas can make wiping off the marks easier.
However, you should do a little test before using the lubricant on walls with wallpaper.
31. Get Rid Of Paint From Leather
Getting rid of paint from leather without inflicting any damage can be quite a challenge. However, you can get rid of the paint more easily by spraying some WD-40 on the affected area before wiping it clean with a rag.
32. Get Rid Of Grease
Cleaning grease off your hands can leave a lot of mess all over, including your bathroom floor or your sink. However, you can spray some WD-40 on your hands and rub them together before wiping off the grease with a rag.
After that, you can wash your hands with soap and water.
33. Lubricating The Gas Tank Lid
The car's gas lid is used quite frequently, which means it can suffer a lot, especially when exposed to salty environments. Luckily, spraying it with some WD-40 can keep it from rusting.
Of course, after you spray some of this lubricant on the lid, you should wipe it off completely since the substance can damage your car's finish.
34. Remove Old Wax From Skis
Old wax on skis or even snowboards can be challenging to remove. However, you can get rid of it using WD-40.
You should spray some WD-40 to the base of the ski sparingly and then scrape off the wax with an acrylic scraper. If there is any oxidized base material, using a brass brush can help get rid of it.