17 Unusual but Handy Uses for WD-40

WD-40 is best known for lubricating, loosening and driving water out of various parts and tools. But these lesser-known uses are just as helpful — indoors and outdoors.

10. Keep lawnmower blades clean

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Spray your lawnmower blades to prevent grass clippings from collecting on the blades.

11. Deter wasps

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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 put it, “They do not like it, and will attack.”

12. Open iced mailboxes

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Put the ice pick down. WD-40 is a safer “open sesame” when you find your mailbox door frozen shut.

13. Prevent snow from sticking

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Spray your shovel and your snowplow blades with WD-40 to stop snow from sticking to them.

14. Remove dead bugs

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Is a summertime road trip in your recent past or near future? When the fun is done, remember that WD-40 has been used to remove dead bugs plastered onto everything from car radiators to boat windshields and golf carts.

15. Remove bird droppings

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Try reaching for that blue can the next time you find bird poop punctuating the hood or roof of your car.

16. Prevent car parts from freezing

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A frozen-shut door lock or ice-clogged windshield wiper spray nozzle is the last thing you need when you’re running late to work.

17. Banish barnacles

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Yes, WD-40 has even been used to remove barnacles from the undersides of boats.

For more unusual uses for household products, check out “77 Uses for Baking Soda — and How It Could Save Your Life” and “30 Household Uses for Baby Oil.”

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.

Karla Bowsher
Karla Bowsher
I’m a freelance journalist and former newspaper reporter who has covered both personal and public finance. I've worked for a top 50 major metro daily and a community newspaper as well as ... More

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