WD-40 isn’t just a lubricant — you can use it to protect and clean all sorts of things in your home. Even though there are over 2,000 WD-40 uses, at least according to the product’s manufacturer, I’m only going to list my top 10 WD-40 hacks that people in my life swear by.
If I were you, I would keep a mini 3-ounce WD-40 can in your car for emergencies. WD-40 uses are far greater than lubricating your squeaky sliding glass door, and it has a five-year shelf life (from the date of production). Plus it doesn’t have that strong chemical smell or harsh dissolving ingredients. And, it’s safe for plastic, metal, rubber, and wood.
For about $4 for the mini version, use it for your auto, home and garden, farming, construction, and HVAC troubles. It’s definitely more cost effective than traditional cleaning supplies or repairs (although professional help is sometimes absolutely necessary).
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1. Use this WD-40 toilet hack the next time you clean the bathroom.
To answer one of the most searched terms —”how does WD-40 help clean toilets?”— it’s all about the science in the liquid. The solvents in WD-40 help dissolve gunk and lime in your toilet.
Spray WD-40 in your toilet bowl and leave it for one to two minutes. Then, use a toilet brush to help scrub away the grime. Because it’s so effective, there’s no need to saturate your toilet—a little goes a long way.
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2. Removing crayon marks on walls and clothing is one of the best WD-40 hacks.
With just a few sprays of WD-40 (and letting it set for a few minutes), your crayon or marker-filled wall will look new again. Only use WD-40 on walls with a sheen to the paint—the oil in WD-40 can stain matte or flat paints.
Then, wipe away the stain with a clean rag. WD-40 also removes markers and crayons from furniture and appliances. It’s good for removing paint smudges, too.
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Note: Test a small spot with WD-40 if you have wallpaper.
3. Keep water stains off glass shower doors.
Among the WD-40 uses, you could literally apply this everyday. The spray removes hard water stains from glass shower doors. It’s also useful for mirrors. Now your glass will be sparkling clean with an inexpensive solution. After all, the WD in WD-40 stands for “water displacing.”
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4. Get rid of stickers and stuck-on adhesive with WD-40.
Don’t you hate it when you can’t remove those dreaded adhesive stickers? Spray WD-40 onto leftover sticker and label residue, then let it set for at least five minutes. Use a sponge to scrub away the glue and paper. The solvent will penetrate the adhesive to dissolve it.
5. Remove stuck rings with this WD-40 hack.
Spray WD-40 around the stuck ring and it should easily slide off. To avoid injury, be sure to not force it off but rather gently slide it off. Then use these ring cleaning hacks to get your bling looking as good as new again.
6. Wipe away tea and coffee stains from countertops.
Some people use WD-40 as a degreaser, but I like to spray a little on a sponge or damp cloth and wipe tea and coffee stains away. Let the spray set for a few minutes so that it dissolves and degreases the stain. Try it on your backsplash and stainless steel sinks, too.
Note: Don’t use WD-40 on granite countertops.
7. Keep scissors working smoothly (especially if you’re into coupons).
Your scissors have been working hard clipping all those free coupons. Give them a little WD-40 love to keep them working well so you can keep saving money. The spray helps them from sticking, allowing you to clip with more precision.
8. Prevent snow buildup on windows.
This is one of my favorite winter WD-40 hacks. The snow won’t stick when you spray WD-40 on car or home windows before a storm. It will provide a protective layer before the bad weather hits. Try it on your license plate as well.
9. WD-40 can also clean away chewing gum.
Have gum stuck in your carpet, shoe, or hair? Spray WD-40 directly on, allow it to set for a few minutes, then pull the gum off. Use it on any gum-filled surface, like hair or your favorite rug.
10. Use WD-40 to waterproof shoes.
Is your mind blown by all the WD-40 hacks yet?!
Not only does WD-40 create a waterproof barrier on shoes, it will also help remove any salt stains on boots during the winter months. Just spray onto the stains and wipe with a clean rag.
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