A few months ago we published “14 Powerful Household Tips Using WD-40”. We sincerely appreciate the great response! Everyone’s kind and thoughtful comments were absolutely great! So here are a few more ideas about using your old reliable can of WD-40. Take a look below to be further amazed at how versatile this product can be!
1) Keep Snow Shovels Free of Snow
With wintertime fast approaching, here’s a simple tip to make shoveling snow a lot faster and not as strenuous. You can keep the white stuff from sticking and weighing down your shovel by spraying a thin layer of WD-40 on the blade. The snow will slide right off and not stick at all to the blade surface. If you’re using a snowblower, spray a little WD-40 on the inside of the chute. Snow won’t even think about sticking and clogging it.
2) Prevent Car Locks from Freezing
When ice or snow is in the forecast, grab your useful can of WD-40 and spray a tiny bit into your car’s locks. When the storm arrives, the magical spray will keep rainwater from seeping into the lock and making it impossible to open the next day.
3) Remove Stickers and Road Tar
WD-40 is great at removing thick petroleum substances like gummy road tar that will stain your car’s paint. It will also help dissolve the goo on an old bumper sticker or just about anything else that’s stuck on and won’t come off. Just spray a little on the goo and watch it melt away!
4) Lubricate Your Gas Cap Lid
While you’re outside with the car, remember to squirt a little WD-40 around the gas cap lid to prevent it from rusting help it open a lot easier when you need a fill-up. Be sure to wipe any excess away to keep from damaging the paint.
5) Keep Snow from Building Up on Windows
You can keep snow from building up on your home’s windows by spraying a light mist of WD-40 on the outside of each window before snow starts to fall. When it snows, it won’t adhere to the windows and will slide right off leaving the windows clear so you can easily watch everything turn snowy white outside.
6) Remove Old Wax from Snowboards & Skis
If you’re planning on hitting the trails this winter with your snowboard or skis, remove any of the old wax and dirt easily by spraying the base with WD-40. Scrape the residue away with an acrylic scraper and you’ll be ready for the season. A brass brush will help remove any of the oxidation from the base.
7) Prevent Bugs Clogging your Car Grill
Planning a winter vacation down south? Remember that even though the bugs up here in the north may be hibernating, they probably won’t be where you’re going. Keep your car’s grill from being splattered with bugs when you hit the Interstate by spraying some WD-40 on the grille before you leave. Most of the critters won’t stick, and if they do, you can wipe them off with a quick hosing. You can also spray the hood for protection when you’re on the highway, but make sure you wash it off when you arrive or the paint may be damaged.
8) Loosen Lime Deposits
If your home has hard water, over time, it will leave deposits around faucet openings that will eventually clog things up. Use a little WD-40 to loosen those lime deposits so they’ll wipe off with ease.
9) Keep Tool Handles Splinter-Free
Your wooden tool handles will never last forever, but you can keep them free from splintering a lot longer by rubbing some WD-40 into the wood. The spray will shield the wood from moisture and anything else corrosive to keep it smooth and splinter-free
10) Loosen Stuck Zippers
WD-40 can also come to the rescue when you have a stubborn zipper that won’t move no matter how hard you pull. Give a quick spray of WD-40 over the area where the zipper is stuck and over the teeth. Then, start pulling the tab up and down slowly until it begins to move and it will feel almost like new again.
11) Remove Floor Scuff Marks
When sweeping and a wet mop won’t remove scuff marks on your, spray a little WD-40 on the marks and they will wipe away fast. The lubricant won’t do any harm to the floor, but if you’re concerned, test a spot that’s inconspicuous to make sure.
12) Clean the Toilet
WD-40 works great to remove hard water lime stains from your toilet bowl. Spray a little on the area and let it soak in for a few minutes. Then scrub with a toilet brush and the residue should flush away, at least until it builds up again.
13) Free Stuck LEGOs
Your child’s LEGOs can build some crazy things, but sometimes they tend to get stuck together and won’t come apart. WD-40 can come to the rescue! When your child asks you to pull a couple of the pieces apart, give the pieces a quick spray of WD-40 and they should come apart in a jiffy.
14) Remove Paint from Leather
Been doing some painting and find that a couple of drops have landed on your leather sofa? Never fear, a quick spray of WD-40 on the spot will let you it wipe it away in only a minute or two without doing any damage to the leather.
15) Renew Faded Plastics
You can easily bring color and shine back to your faded plastic furniture by spraying it with WD-40. You won’t need to leave it on long, just for a few seconds, and then wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. The results will probably surprise you!
Where NOT to Use WD-40
Don’t use WD-40 on locks. Instead, buy a small container of graphite powder, like the pros, and it will do wonders to free a sticky lock.
Never use WD-40 to lubricate plastic or rubber parts. These parts are created using substances made from petroleum substances and, believe it or not, WD-40 may melt them. (Remember, this applies to the plastic keys on your computer keyboard too.)
Last but not least, don’t use WD-40 instead of lighter fluid. It’s very flammable, and using it to coax the flames along on a charcoal grill can be a serious mistake.
Well, once again we’ve run out of time to bring you a few more great WD-40 suggestions. If you like, we can add even more in a later article. There are literally hundreds of uses for this interesting product! So please bear with us! We promise to bring you a lot more interesting uses for WD-40 in another few months. And thanks again for your great response to these articles!
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