You may not believe it, but a bottle of WD-40 can be one of the most useful tools in your home cleaning arsenal – fighting stubborn stains in your toilet, oven and even on your clothes. But its applications don’t stop there. Indeed, the versatile substance is also perfect for everything from untangling your jewelry to making your clothes water-resistant.
20. Polish silver
If you have tarnished silver lying around, don’t be too hasty to send it to the big metal heap in the sky. After all, it can still be rescued using a few drops of WD-40. Simply spray the lubricant on to the affected area, then use a soft cloth to rub away the damage.
19. Keep squirrels off your bird feeder
Placing seeds in a bird feeder is a great way to give back to nature – until pesky squirrels come along and thieve them, that is. Fortunately, a little WD-40 can go a long way towards preventing the furry rodents from intervening. Just spray some of the product on the pole, and the little critters will slide straight back down.
18. Clean your shoes
It’s practically impossible to keep shoes completely clean, but WD-40 can at least come to the rescue when gunk inevitably finds its way on to your footwear. After all, its chemicals break down oil-based substances, including things like paint and tar. Just be sure not to use too much, or else you could make things worse.
17. Clean your toilet
Let’s say you’ve just moved into a new-to-you apartment, but the previous renters left the place in a bit of a mess. Before you start attacking the toilet with all sorts of chemicals, try using a little WD-40 to return it back to pristine condition. Simply squirt the substance on, leave it for a few minutes, then scrub it with a toilet brush. Et voilà! Good as new.
16. Remove chewing gum
We’ve all been there: you’re strolling down the street, when suddenly your foot begins sticking to the pavement. To your horror, you realize you’ve trodden in chewing gum. Fortunately, though, there’s an easy fix. You guessed it – just spray on some WD-40, wait a little while, and the gum should peel right off.
15. Remove crayon stains
If you have small kids, you’ll know how pervasive crayon stains can be. Luckily, however, WD-40 can offer a fast track to getting rid of any unwanted artworks. For clothing stains, add a little dishwashing detergent so the WD-40 doesn’t itself leave a mark. And for crayon marks on the wall, simply spray on it and wipe away afterwards.
14. Clean your shower door
Considering it’s the place you go to get clean, your shower can be stubbornly resistant to staying as equally spotless. The door, for instance, can build up all kinds of residue, including water stains. The solution, as you might have guessed, is WD-40. Spray the entire door, then leave it for a few minutes before wiping off.
13. Prevent scissors from rusting
With all the cleaning that scissors go through, they can be incredibly prone to rust. Fortunately, however, there is a way to make the inevitable a little less so. Just spray some WD-40 on to the hinge and blades, and spread it across them by opening and closing the scissors repeatedly. Finally, simply wipe away any excess.
12. Remove sticker residue
The gunk left over after peeling away stickers can be absolutely ruinous – or at least, it would be if WD-40 didn’t exist. Yes, the astonishing list of the lubricant’s applications even extends to removing sticker residue. Spray a little on to the offending area and it should scrape off easily – just remember to clean the surface with detergent afterwards.
11. Remove coffee stains
Although there are plenty of other ways to make coffee stains vanish, WD-40 should be the go-to choice for its versatility. Indeed, the substance not only works on countertops, but also on an array of fabrics and even leather. And all it takes is a few drops – just spray it on, let it set and wipe away.
10. Remove tar stains
The tried-and-tested method of spraying WD-40 on to stains also works wonders for tar. Of course, it’s a much rarer problem to have than, say, a coffee stain, but it can still happen – if you’re walking or driving down recently resurfaced roads, for instance. Fortunately, WD-40 will take it right off. Spray on, leave for half a minute and then wipe off.
9. Make outdoor wear water-resistant
And WD-40 isn’t just great for lubricating things, or cleaning up stubborn stains. Indeed, the substance can also be used to turn normal gloves and boots into water-resistant outdoor clothing. It’s a perfect quick fix if you’re caught out by a thunderstorm, or if you don’t want to spend extravagant amounts on expensive, already water-resistant clothes.
8. Repel or kill insects
If the sight of roaches, spiders or insects makes you squirm, it’s always a good idea to have some WD-40 handy. Yes, not only will the lubricant take care of any such pests that manage to make their way into your home, but it’s also a great deterrent. Simply spray it around windows and other surfaces to stop the critters from getting in.
7. Clean oven racks and barbecue grills
Even if you clean your oven racks or barbecue grill immediately after using them, stubborn bits of food can still be a nightmare to remove. Unless, that is, you use WD-40. Simply coat the metal in the substance, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it off. Just remember to wash everything thoroughly afterwards with soap and warm water.
6. Restore chalkboards
If you have a chalkboard that’s proving difficult to write on, don’t dispose of it just yet. First, try using WD-40 and a clean cloth to wipe it down. To prevent any oily build-up, simply cover the entire board in chalk once you’ve finished cleaning it, then remove the chalk with a felt eraser as normal.
5. Untangle jewelry
If you never wear your old necklaces because you just can’t face untangling them all from your jewelry box, well, you have our sympathy. But there is an easy solution. All you have to do is spray a tiny amount of WD-40 on to any severe tangles. The knots will then loosen, and the items of jewelry should easily slide apart.
4. Stop snow sticking to your shovel
While most applications for WD-40 on this list only use a small amount, you’ll need plenty of the stuff for this ingenious idea. That’s right, applying liberal amounts to both sides of a shovel will stop snow from building up on it when you’re trying to clear a path. Keep some handy, though, because you may need to reapply it after a while.
3. Separate stuck glassware
Picture it: you’ve finally hosted a dinner party worthy of breaking out the fancy glassware, only to find that it’s all stuck together in your cabinet. Never fear: simply reach for the WD-40. Spray a little on to the glasses, and they should prize apart easily. Just make sure to wash them before use, or things could go horribly wrong.
2. Restore license plates
If the plates on your car are starting to rust, WD-40 can help. In fact, not only will the lubricant aid in the removal of any rust that’s currently there, but it will also work to prevent further corrosion occurring in the future. Really, you can’t go wrong with keeping WD-40 near at all times.
1. Prevent snow build-up on windows
Shifting the snow from your windows can be an arduous task in the freezing cold, but if you’re prepared, you can stop it from settling on them at all. Indeed, simply spray WD-40 on your windows in advance of a snowfall, and not a single snowflake should stick to them.