12 Surprising Ways to Use WD-40
If you didn’t know that the “WD” in WD-40 stands for “water displacement” then you are certainly not alone. WD-40 has been a go-to product for lubricating squeaky hinges for over half a century, but despite its popularity, there are still countless uses for the classic household staple that are sure to surprise you. From removing carpet stains to repelling spiders, a world of possibilities for easy solutions to everyday problems presents itself in the form of a single can of WD-40.
Remove Carpet Stains
Spray a bit of WD-40 on a carpet stain, wait a few minutes, and then use your normal carpet cleaner or gently wipe with a soft sponge and warm, soapy water. Repeat until the stain disappears.
Prevent Splinters on Wooden Handles
If you have wood-handled tools in your garage or shed, you know that over time the handles are prone to splintering. Prevent splintering by rubbing WD-40 into the wood and make your tools last longer.
Simply spray a little bit of WD-40 on any surfaces and in crevices where spiders or other insects may find their way into your home and you can say goodbye to these unwanted guests.
Remove Crayon From Walls
Accidents happen, especially when children are involved. If your child colors on the walls instead of paper, just use some WD-40 and the crayon or marker will come right off of your paint.
Experienced gardeners are likely to tell you that WD-40 is an excellent weed killer. Spraying WD-40 causes plants to wither and die so you can remove weeds without damaging the rest of your garden.
Just spray a little bit of WD-40 on that stubborn zipper, then gently tug it up and down a few times to lubricate it all the way around. In no time your zipper will be good as new.
Remove Chewing Gum
If your child comes home from school with chewing gum in their hair, worry not. Spray it with some WD-40, then gently comb and rinse to remove it.
Deter Squirrels From Bird Feeders
If you want to ensure your bird feeder actually feeds the birds, just spray WD-40 on the feeder and the squirrels will slide right off before they can enjoy a snack.
Prevent Wasps Nests
Keeping the wasps away is easy. Simply spray WD-40 under the eaves of your home, blocking wasps and yellow jackets who may otherwise seek to build their nests in your house.
Remove Hair Dye Stains
Hair dye can easily stain your towels, and those stains can be very difficult to remove. Enter WD-40. Spray a generous amount on the stain, then rub it in before tossing it in the washing machine on a hot cycle.
Separate Stubborn Legos
If your child is always asking you to pull apart stubborn Legos, look no further than WD-40. A little spray will loosen them up, making them so much easier to pull apart.
Clean Paint from Leather
If you’re painting your home and accidentally get a drop or two of paint on your leather furniture, don’t stress. Use a small amount of WD-40, then wipe it with a clean cloth and you’ll see the paint comes off easily.
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