Uses For WD-40

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Invented in a small lab in San Diego, California in 1953 for use as a rust-prevention solvent and degreaser for the aerospace industry, WD-40 has over 2,000 uses today. The Rocket Chemical Company with a staff of three, so named it WD-40 because it took 40 attempts to "get the water displacing formula worked out;" the WD stands for "water displacement." Since its inception, the product has become a household necessity in the garage, home, on the sporting field and in the yard.

In the Garage or Shop

  • The most common place to find WD-40 is in the garage. WD-40 lubricates lawnmower wheels, gardening tools and snow blower wheels. Spray onto vehicle door locks to prevent freezing during the winter months or use it to thaw frozen locks. WD-40 cleans your bicycles, tools and removes grease. Use WD-40 to lubricate squeaky tools, swivel chairs and fence door latches.

Inside the Home

  • Inside the home, WD-40 cleans fiberglass bathtubs, removes paint from hardwood floors and sticker glue from clothes. Wipe down countertops to remove scratches and keep silver from turning black after sitting for a long time. WD-40 works wonders on removing crayon from walls, cleans lawn furniture and removes scuffs from vinyl floors. Use WD-40 to remove labels from pill bottles before discarding or remove wine or strawberry stains from countertops.

Clean Sporting Equipment

  • WD-40 cleans golf balls, keeps ice skating blades from turning to rust and unfreezes frozen zippers during winter sports. Clean volleyballs, pool floatation devices, shine golf clubs and clean bicycle chains. Other recreational uses for WD-40 lubricant include spraying the product on picnic table legs and gun magazines to prevent rust or for spraying on shoes cleats to prevent mud from sticking to the bottoms.

Other Uses

  • Spray WD-40 on the bottom of shoe soles to remove stuck-on gum or roofing tar. WD-40 dissolves glue, prevents rust on boot spurs and loosens caked-on foods on a stove. WD-40 keeps reptile and snake skins pliable during taxidermy work or lubricates the hammer action on a piano, cleaning rusty doorknobs and shining seashells.

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