It’s not unusual to find a can of WD-40 in every garage, utility room, and garden shed in America. However, the versatile solvent may have even more tricks up its sleeve than you might already be aware of. From restoring leather furniture to removing gum from hair, here are 15 of WD-40’s lesser-known but totally life-changing uses.
1. Remove ink stains
If a pen ever unexpectedly explodes on your work shirt, there’s no need to throw it out. A squirt of WD-40 will loosen the stain in no time.
2. Lubricate a stuck ring
Overheating, water retention, an allergic reaction … there are so many reasons that a ring may become stuck on your finger. WD-40 can help you to loosen it. There’s even a handy YouTube tutorial for this one.
3. Keep birds off windowsills
If gatherings of birds are disrupting your view or leaving a mess on your windowsills, spray a little WD-40 on their perch; they dislike the smell and will choose to roost elsewhere.
4. Clean floor scuffs
If a pair of sneakers or a new piece of furniture scuffs your wooden, linoleum, or laminate floor, then don’t fret, as WD-40 has just the scuff-lifting properties you’re looking for.
5. Keep bugs outside
To keep insects and spiders out of your home, says Reader’s Digest, spray WD-40 on your windowsills and window frames, screens, and door frames. However, be careful not to inhale the fumes and avoid this hack completely if you have babies or small children at home.
6. Get gum out of hair
This has happened to most of us at some point in life. However, don’t run for the scissors, and there’s no need to cry. Simply spray the gummed-up hair with WD-40, wait a moment, and watch the gum comb out easily with no residual mess.
7. Help waterproof winter boots
A thin layer of WD-40 sprayed onto winter boots can help create a barrier; rain and snow won’t leak into your shoes or dampen your feet. Stay warm and dry through the winter.
8. Deter wasps from building nests
This trick could make your home considerably safer and more comfortable come summertime. Just spray some WD-40 in the areas where wasps usually attempt to build their nests, and they will stay away. Hunker suggests targeting gutters and eaves.
9. Loosen stubborn zippers
Your zipper always sticks when you’re in a rush; have you ever noticed that? The next time it happens, use a tiny spritz of WD-40 and the zipper will move up and down effortlessly.
10. Remove dog mess from shoes
To avoid the mortifying experience of walking around with stinky shoes all day, spray a little WD-40 onto the sullied soles and the dog mess will fall off easily.
11. Preserve your refrigerator gasket
A gasket is the rubber strip on the inside of the fridge door that makes a sucking sound when you close it. It can also collect a huge amount of noxious gunk over time. Luckily, the thin nozzle on the WD-40 can is able to reach into this tight spot, loosen the gunk, and allow you to wipe it clean away.
12. Restore leather furniture
Moderation is the magic word; spray a cloth with a light layer of WD-40, then give your leather furniture a gentle wipe down. Watch its healthy sheen return.
13. Clean crayon marks from the wall
If your children decide to hold an impromptu art class on the walls of your home, don’t panic. A light spray of WD-40 will remove any art experiments from your walls without leaving telltale stains behind.
14. Prevent dead bugs from sticking to your car
Spraying a little WD-40 on the grill of your car will prevent flying bugs from sticking and making an unsightly mess. But with this trick, the few bugs that do stick will be considerably easier to wipe off.
15. Get grease off your hands
Any odd job involving a door hinge, engine, or greasy bike tire usually ends with greasy hands. Normal soap rarely rises to the challenge, so spray your hands with WD-40 and wipe them clean with a paper towel. Follow up by washing them with soap as usual, and watch the grease disappear.
Whether you’re a mechanic, an elementary school teacher, a parent, a home decorator, or something else entirely, versatile WD-40 can do wonders.