Home Remedies using WD-40 for your Home

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home remedies using wd-40

When it comes to loosening stuck bolts and getting rid of a squeaky door, WD-40 is one of the most popular solutions on the market. In addition to providing much-needed lubrication, the product offers an endless list of possibilities. You never know when home remedies with WD-40 will come in handy inside your household.

What is WD-40?

The company boasts more than 2,000 uses for WD-40 – from cleaning bike chains to removing some of the most stubborn stains and materials [1]. The exact ingredients of WD-40 are kept a secret, but the spray is a petroleum-based product. The main uses of WD-40 are cleaning, protection, penetration, lubrication, and moisture displacement. The spray is safe to use on nearly all surfaces in your home – with the exception of some plastic surfaces.

WD-40 Home Remedies for the Household

The next time you find stains on your walls or need to remove a mess, consider looking beyond the typical household cleaning products. WD-40 home remedies provide an effective and inexpensive way to tackle some of the most common of issues in a household. Popular suggestions include:

a) Leather Shoe Treatment:

Before you start wearing your new pair of leather shoes, spray them with WD-40 to soften the leather and make the material more comfortable against your feet. This practice will also lessen your chances of developing blisters. A periodic spray of WD-40 will also waterproof the material. Gently buff with a soft cloth.

b) Separate a Stuck Glass [2]:

When stacking drinking glasses on top of one another has created a tight jam – squirt a small amount of WD-40 to separate. Wait a few seconds, and then gently pull them apart. Thoroughly wash the glasses before drinking out of them.

c) Remove Floor Stains:

WD-40 can remove coffee, paint, rust, mascara, felt pen marks, grime, nail polish, and tile adhesive stains from different kinds of flooring (such as tile and hardwoods).

d) Clear Floor Scuffs and Scratches:

Remove scratches that appear on ceramic and marble floors with WD-40. Stubborn black scuff marks on the kitchen floor also disappear after using the spray.

e) Shiny Floors:

You can also revamp your flooring with the spray to create a recently waxed sheen without any of the slippery fuss.

shiny floor

f) Clean Hands of Sticky Glue:

Unstick your fingers after using strong glue by spraying WD-40 directly on your fingers, and rubbing your hands together.

g) Remove a Tight Ring:

Your puffy finger will thank you when you loosen a tight ring with a spray of WD-40. The ingredients will make the ring slide right off.

h) Remove Stickiness:

WD-40 is made out of ingredients that can remove the sticky residue left behind by adhesives and stubborn stickers, price tags and tape. Clean up CD and DVD stickers. Remove duct tape goo. The spray also comes in handy for removing adhesive price tags from the bottoms of new shoes.

i) Remove Crayon Marks:

Eliminate crayon marks from walls, wallpaper, wood furniture, carpet, plastic, shoes, and chalk boards with WD-40. After unplugging your dryer, you can use the spray to remove melted crayon that was left in the pockets of children’s clothing.

j) Loosen Screws and Hinges:

Use WD-40 to loosen screws and hinges on a multitude of objects in the household, including toilet seats and kitchen cabinets.

k) Stop Squeaky Noises:

When you can no longer take the squeakiness of common household objects, reach for the WD-40, which puts an end to the noise. Consider using on stove doors, rotating spice racks, full-length swivel mirrors, folding animal cages, bathtub knobs, hamster play wheel, metal rocking chair, and closet door hinges.

l) Clean a Stained Carpet:

Spray carpet stains with WD-40 to remove ink and other colorful blemishes. Wait a couple of minutes before sponging away with warm, soapy water. Continue the process until the stain has completely disappeared.

m) Stove Cleaner:

Use WD-40 to remove grease splatters from the stove. The spray also polishes the entire oven. You can spray on the oven racks to make it easier to remove baked-on spills. Also, keep your exhaust fan located over the stove in good working order by using WD-40 as a lubricant.

n) Protect Silver:

Avoid the tarnishing of silver by wiping down your objects with a rag dipped in WD-40. You can also use the spray to untangle silver chains and jewelry.

o) Sinks and Kitchen Fixtures:

Add shine to kitchen fixtures (such as the sink faucet) by spraying on a small amount of WD-40 and wiping with a clean rag.

p) Repel Water Stains:

Keep a glass shower door free of water spots by applying the spray. You can also remove water stains from stainless steel sinks and equipment in the bathroom with WD-40.

q) Clean a Toilet Bowl:

Remove the lime stains and other grime from a toilet bowl by spraying WD-40 into the bowl, and letting it sit for a couple of seconds before cleaning with a toilet brush. There are solvents in the spray that help dissolve unwanted toilet bowl gunk.

r) Wall Cleaner:

Remove the marks of crayons and markers from walls by spraying on WD-40 and wiping away with a clean rag. Test a small portion of the wall or wallpaper to make sure the spray does not cause any discoloration or damage.

s) Golf Club Maintenance:

Protect and clean your golf clubs before an outing with friends by spraying with WD-40 after each use.

t) Stain Remover:

Many people are unaware of the stain removal capabilities of WD-40. Some of the clothing stains you can pre-treat and remove include tomato stains, dirt, grease, and ink. When tea stains have saturated countertops, spray and then wipe away with a damp sponge or clean cloth. You can even get rid of lipstick stains on clothing (even if you have already tried to wash and dry). Apply the WD-40 and rewash.

u) Make Sweet Music:

Guitar players can use WD-40 to clean, lubricate, and prevent corrosion on their guitar strings. Apply a small amount after each session of playing. Spray on a rag and wipe over the strings to avoid a buildup on the neck or body of the guitar.

v) Unstick a Zipper:

Loosen a stubborn jacket zipper by spraying on WD-40. This remedy will also work on sleeping bags, pants, and backpacks.

w) Eradicate Roaches:

Kill cockroaches on the spot by spraying a small amount of WD-40 directly on the pest.

x) Bug Prevention:

Spraying your windowsills, door frames, screens and frames with WD-40 will help keep spiders and other insects out of your home.

y) Unstick Your Hair:

When you’ve gotten chewing gum in your hair, spray tangled strands with WD-40 and it will make it easy to comb out the gunk.

z) Prevent Tool Splinters:

Treat the wooden handles of your tools by spraying on and rubbing in WD-40, which helps prevent splinters in the material. The ingredients work towards protecting the wood from moisture and other harmful elements.

aa) Free Fingers:

When someone sticks their fingers in tight spaces and holes (like a glass bottle), use WD-40 to give the finger a little extra help. Spray on, let it saturate, and then pull out the stuck finger.

bb) Curb Puppy Chewing:

Train your puppy not to chew on telephone and TV cable cords by spraying WD-40 on the lines. The young dogs cannot stand the smell of the spray.

cc) Exercise Equipment Maintenance:

Spray WD-40 on the working parts of elliptical machines, treadmills, and exercise bikes to keep them from squeaking and rusting. The spray helps eliminate noises that come when parts start to grind against one another. They also provide lubrication to make the machines work at their optimum level. Use the spray to stop squeaks on weight machines and benches.

exercise bike

dd) Shine Up Shells:

After a day at the beach, use the spray to polish and shine sea shells.

ee) Protect Grooming Tools:

Spray WD-40 on a beard trimmer to keep it working quietly and efficiently.

ff) Clean DVDs [3]:

Enhance the working order of DVDs by cleaning with WD-40. Follow up by washing off with soap and water.

gg) Clean Coffee Cup:

To get stubborn stains out of your favorite coffee cups, use WD-40 to clean.

hh) Leather Cleaning:

You can remove coffee stains and ink stains from leather by using WD-40.

ii) Prevent Fogginess:

When spraying WD-40 on your bathroom mirror, you can prevent it from fogging up.

jj) Garbage Disposal Protection:

Protect your garbage disposal from seizing after periods of idleness with WD-40.

kk) Shower Head Treatment:

To unclog a shower head, spray with WD-40.


[2] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 375.