20 Unusual but Handy Uses for WD-40

What's Hot


How to Cut the Cable TV Cord in 2017Family

8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon PrimeSave

8 Creative Ways to Clear ClutterAround The House

Study: People Who Curse Are More HonestFamily

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Pay $2 and Get Unlimited Wendy’s Frosty Treats in 2017Family

The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and FamilyBorrow

6 Reasons Why Savers Are Sexier Than SpendersCredit & Debt

Resolutions 2017: Save More Money Using 5 Simple TricksCredit & Debt

Porta-Potties for Presidential Inauguration Cause a StinkFamily

Protecting Trump Will Cost Taxpayers $35 MillionFamily

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your KidsFamily

5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Pay Off 10 Years From NowCollege

10 Tasty Alcohol-Free Drinks That Adults Will LoveFamily

10 Simple Money Moves to Make Before the New YearFamily

Could Your Pet Benefit From Marijuana-Laced Treats?Family

WD-40 is perhaps best known for its ability to lubricate, loosen and drive water out of various parts and tools. But these lesser-known uses are just as helpful.

WD-40 is marketed as a “multi-use product.”

It’s known for the capabilities for which it’s usually enlisted — such as lubricating squeaky hinges, loosening rusted parts and driving out moisture. In fact, “WD” stands for “water displacement.”

But WD-40’s uses extend well beyond those roles.

The WD-40 Co. offers thousands of uses for its namesake product on its website, including 2,000-plus uses contributed by the product’s devotees. Pros and amateurs alike have been discovering more uses since the original WD-40 product was developed in 1953 after 39 failed attempts. (Thus, the “40” in its name.)

We’ve rounded up some of the least known but most helpful uses below.

If you try a new use for WD-40, test it in a small inconspicuous area first. WD-40’s list of fan-submitted uses notes that the company has not tested those suggestions, and that “customers should exercise common sense whenever using WD-40” and read the label.

Indoors

  • Remove stickers, decals, price tags and tape. It also works on adhesive residue they might leave behind.
  • Remove scuff marks. This includes shoe scuff marks on floors and the interior of car doors, as well as chair-back scuff marks on running boards on walls.
  • Remove dried toothpaste stains.
  • Dissolve glues. Examples from WD-40’s website include removing glue from carpet, leather and other surfaces; removing hair-extension glue from hair; and removing glue stains from jeans.
  • Remove coffee stains. Examples from the website include cups, tables, counters and floor tiles. Just be sure to wipe up all fluid from floors so no one slips.
  • Remove chewing gum. The website mentions gum on hair, shoes, carpet, concrete and lunch trays.
  • Remove permanent marker from dry-erase boards.
  • Remove crayon, colored pencil and modeling clay. Crayola specifically recommends WD-40, among other products, for various surfaces.
  • Separate stuck Lego building bricks.
  • Clean grass stains, paint and dog poop off shoes.
  • Dislodge salt-impregnated ice from boot soles.

Outdoors

  • Deter wasps from nesting. For evicting the buggers from a nest or preventing them from building one, users of Reddit’s “LifeProTips” message board agree on WD-40’s effectiveness. Just don’t spray a nest while wasps are around. As one commenter who made this mistake puts it: “They do not like it, and will attack.”
  • Prevent grass from collecting on lawnmower blades.
  • Deter squirrels from raiding backyard bird feeders. WD-40 Co. CEO Garry Ridge told the Los Angeles Times that his favorite story about an unusual use for WD-40 was about a woman who sprayed it on her bird feeder pole because squirrels were filching bird food: “Can you imagine those little squirrels trying to climb up that lubricated pole?”
  • Prevent snow from sticking to shovels and snowplow blades.
  • Open frozen mailbox doors.

Vehicles

  • Remove dead bugs from various parts. WD-40’s website mentions radiators, grills, bumpers and paint.
  • Remove bird droppings from hoods and roofs.
  • Prevent car parts from freezing in winter. The website mentions locks and windshield-wiper spray nozzles.
  • Remove barnacles from the bottom of boats.

For more unusual uses for household products, check out “85 Uses for Baking Soda — and How It Could Save Your Life” and “33 Uses for Baby Oil (Most of Which Don’t Involve Babies).”

Do you have a favorite use for WD-40? Or a favorite alternative product? Share your thoughts by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

💰🗣📰

Read Next: 18 Ways to Save $100 This Week

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,918 more deals!