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. The versatile substance is also perfect for everything from untangling your jewelry to making your clothes water-resistant.
40. Create acrylic art
Yes, you can even use WD-40 to create some pretty art with acrylic paint! The silicone oil in the spray naturally disperses water, including water-based paint. So when you apply WD-40 to a canvas covered in acrylic, it creates some lovely patterns that artists call cells. If you’re an aspiring painter, give it a try.
39. Separate stuck Lego
Whether you’re a kid or a child at heart, you’ve got to love Lego. But no one loves it when those bright bricks get jammed together. It not only ruins your big building project but also denies you precious pieces. Don’t fret, though: WD-40 is a Lego lifesaver. A quick spritz on the bricks and you’ll be popping them apart in no time.
38. Improve spark plug connectivity
Drivers are all too familiar with the ordeal of trying to get a vehicle to start in damp conditions. A likely reason is that moisture in the air is stopping your spark plugs from… well, sparking. Handily, the WD in WD-40 is water displacement. Put some on the parts in question to get back on the road again.
37. Shine seashells
They say if you hold a seashell up to your ear, you can hear the sea. Or a crab could pinch you if the shell isn’t washed. When you’re beachcombing, WD-40 can be a great asset in cleaning your clams. It can also help put a nice gloss on pretty finds and get them looking their best.
36. Restore headlights
Technology has advanced considerably since car manufacturers first made headlamps. Now the lenses are plastic, which is cheaper but comes at another cost. Moisture, sunlight, heat and UV rays interfere with the lens chemicals and dim headlamps over time. If it’s used in moderation, though, WD-40 can defog beams and restore them to their original luster.
35. Lubricate faucets
Having problems with your plumbing? Hard water can cause your faucet’s tub spout diverters to clog up. Don’t worry if that sounds like another language, as it just means your pipes are blocked. Aim your WD-40 nozzle upward into the faucet and give it a spritz or two. That should lubricate the valves in no time at all.
34. Remove tight jewelry
The sentimental value of jewelry can outweigh its monetary worth. In the case of wedding bands they rarely leave your finger, meaning they’ll likely become tight over time. If this happens you can use WD-40 to lubricate the jewelry. You’ll soon be able to easily remove it and have it adjusted.
33. Kill weeds
Why people use the term weed as an insult to someone’s strength is anyone’s guess. Those suckers are tough. And unless you get their roots, they’ll just keep on popping back up like a plant-based whack-a-mole. Some gardeners say that WD-40 literally gets to the root of the problem and makes short work of weeds. Just don’t get it on your other plants!
32. Prevent splinters
Whether it’s old tools in your garage or a troublesome wood handrail, splinters can be a real pain. That’s because dampness and other elements degrade wood, making it more likely to leave you with a parting gift. Rubbing WD-40 on potentially prickly surfaces makes them more resistant, and it saves you swear jar money as well.
31. Clean leather furniture
Leather furniture is stylish but trying to keep it looking its best is a real challenge. There’s precious little you can clean it with and then you end up with a faded couch or armchair. WD-40 is an exception, though. Apply the lubricant with a soft cloth to clean and safeguard the leather.
30. Shine artificial plants
You may have bought those plastic plants because they won’t die on you, but they still need maintenance. That’s because as dust collects on their once-bright surfaces, they’ll grow dull and lifeless. Polish them up with WD-40 and some soft material to restore their original color. Hey, at least you don’t have to water them.
29. Ice-proof latches
You probably already know from science lessons that cold weather makes metal contract. That’s why locks are harder to open in the winter. And if the cold weather’s doing a number on your car door latches – or any other lock – use WD-40. The spray prevents metal from freezing, which in turn stops your doors from sticking.
28. Loosen zippers
Trapped zippers can lead to all sorts of wardrobe malfunctions, which we’ll leave to your imagination. The important thing is they can range from painful to awkward and everything in-between. Most of us have experienced stuck zipper woes at one time or another. But a quick squirt of WD-40 can solve them and put your zipper back on track.
27. Remove wood stains
Ever had a guest visit and place their mug down on your wooden table, completely ignoring the waiting coaster? The house-proud among you will wince at the thought of the resulting stain. WD-40 to the rescue! Spray some on the troublesome mark blighting your table. And then buy some more conspicuous coasters.
26. Attract fish
In case we begin drawing in the wrong crowd, we best explain. We are, of course, talking about fishing. Any fisherman worth his salt will tell you that a gleaming lure is effective bait. Well, that’s where WD-40 comes in. Spray it on to get more attention, and there you have it. No more stories about the one that got away.
25. Faster digging
Considering how useful WD-40 is for metal objects and tools, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s effective on shovels and trowels, too. There’s something that might be a bit more out of left-field, though. Did you know that it can make you dig faster? A layer on the tool’s head will help it cut through earth more smoothly than before.
24. Clean hairbrushes
It doesn’t matter whether it’s for a pet or human, hairbrushes can be a nightmare to clean. Long hair wraps around bristles and refuses to let go, so keeping brushes free of it is a chore. Thankfully, you can spritz WD-40 on them to make the extraction more straightforward and the whole process less hair-raising.
23. Remove prosthetics
If you don’t have one, you probably haven’t considered how difficult it is to remove a prosthetic limb. Well, they’re not easy to replace by yourself so this little life hack may come in handy for someone. You can actually use WD-40 on prosthesis to make them a little more manageable.
22. Rust-proof boats
A life on the ocean waves isn’t without its challenges, and one of those is boat maintenance. Frequent applications of WD-40 to a boat’s stern can keep rust at bay (and keep you seaworthy) for longer. A combination of WD-40 and a putty knife is also an effective way to remove hull-damaging barnacles.
21. Dust mosquito screens
Between the diseases they carry and their tendency to drink your blood, mosquitoes are the worst. That’s why it’s especially important to keep those little vampires away, but garlic just doesn’t do the job. Mosquito screens are far more effective and you can keep them dust-free with a squirt of WD-40.
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.