32 Common Tasks WD-40 Makes Unexpectedly Easy
You’ve probably got a can of WD-40 under the kitchen sink, or out in the garage next to your toolbox. Extremely helpful, WD-40 is great when you’re trying to loosen a screw that’s gotten rusty, or need to blast open a stuck door lock. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg of its practical applications. Here are 30 tasks around your home where a can of WD-40 can make a surprising difference.
Clean Piano Keys
You should always wash your hands before sitting down to play the piano, but it can be easy to forget. If you notice the surface of your piano keyboard is looking a little grimy, a little WD-40 might help to restore the shine to your ivory keys.
Remove Stains from Tile Floors
No matter how hard you try to keep your floors clean, you’re going to have some accidents. Let’s say you spill coffee on the kitchen floor, or drop a bottle of nail polish and it shatters and spreads everywhere. This would be a good time to have some WD-40 on hand.
Clean Kitchen Counters and Stoves
Remember everything about how easy it is to clean your tile floors with WD-40? Well, it’s also true for kitchen countertops. You can spray a bit of WD-40 on tea or coffee stains, or even tougher blemishes. Somebody smashed a bunch of blueberries on your counter? Spray, wait and wipe.
Get a Stuck Ring Off Your Finger
Sometimes you put on a ring and never want to remove it. (Like a wedding ring, for example). So, it stays there for years. But then, for one reason or another, you have to take it off, but your fingers are different now and no matter how firmly you pull, you can’t even get it past that first knuckle.
Remove Tough Stains from the Carpet
Raise your hand if you’ve encountered this nightmare. You’re having a party in your living room, and someone gets a little sloppy with their glass of red wine. The next thing you know, there’s a dark stain spreading across the carpet. But all is not lost.
Remove Crayon Marks All Over the House
Your child is spirited, imaginative and loves to draw – and you love that about them. You just wish they wouldn’t use their crayons on the walls… or the refrigerator door... or the furniture... or your shoes. Luckily, there’s a simple fix, thanks to WD-40.
Keep Small Animals Out of the Garden
If you put a lot of time and energy into your garden, you don’t want to leave those plants vulnerable to neighborhood cats, rabbits or other intruders. It turns out, many animals don’t like the smell of WD-40, so you can spray some around your flower beds and it should keep them away.
Clean Gardening Tools
It’s fairly common knowledge that WD-40 is a good way to keep your shovel clean all year long. Coat the surface of the blade and dirt or snow should slide right off. Well, the same principle applies to many of your other gardening tools, as well.
Keep Wind Chimes Clean
Once you hang a set of wind chimes off your porch, it becomes exposed to the elements and may eventually start to show rust. If you want wind chimes to keep looking as good as they sound, give them a periodic cleaning with WD-40.
Waterproof Boots and Sneakers
The WD in WD-40 stands for “water displacement.” That means when you spray it on a surface and leave it there, it will protect that surface from moisture by repelling water. One great way to take advantage of this property is to waterproof the outsides of boots and athletic shoes.
Clean the Hose and Sprinklers
At first glance, it doesn’t seem like WD-40 would be of much use to a rubber garden hose. But remember that hose has metal components at both ends – WD-40 can keep those metal parts corrosion-free. Also, if the hose is connected too tightly to the faucet, a quick squirt should help you get it loose enough to twist off.
Pull Stuck LEGO Bricks Apart
Have you ever had a child come up to you with a cluster of LEGO bricks and ask you to pull them apart, only to hurt your fingers in a vain attempt to pry them loose? You can spare yourself future pain by keeping a can of WD-40 handy.
Keep Weather Vanes in Top Shape
If you live out in the burbs, or even further, you may have a weather vane on the roof of your house, so a can of WD-40 might just come in handy someday. (As long as you don’t have a problem going up on your roof).
Clean Windows and Windowsills
It’s easy to keep your windows clean on the inside, but the wind and elements can do a real number on the exterior. If you find yourself struggling to see through the streaks of dirt on your windows and are out of regular window cleaner, a can of WD-40 can work wonders.
Keep the Lawnmower Running Smoothly
If you’ve been paying attention, you know by now that WD-40 can help prevent rust from forming on metal surfaces, and it can remove rust that’s already formed. That could be useful when it comes to your lawnmower blades, but it’s not the only way WD-40 can help your mower.
If you wear eyeglasses, you know just how often you have to open the temples – the parts you hook over your ears – and then close them up again when it’s time to put your glasses away. Sometimes, with all that back-and-forth they can get stuck. Simply spritz a bit of WD-40 on the hinges for better action.
Get Your Hand Out of a Pipe
Believe it or not, this can happen to anybody. You’ve decided to do a simple repair job on your own plumbing and don’t quite realize how small the pipe is, so you reach in to clear an obstruction. But before you know it, your hand is stuck inside and you can’t get it out.
Clean Dirty Power Cords
Once you’ve installed your home entertainment system, you might forget about the cords between the cabinet and the wall. If you don’t unplug everything and wipe it down regularly, they’re going to get covered in dust, muck and other gross stuff. And then one day, you’ll have to get in there and take everything apart.
Clean Acoustic Guitar Strings
That guitar has been in the back of a closet or the corner of the basement for months, and now it’s covered in dust and grime. Perhaps you haven’t always been careful to wash your hands before picking it up to practice. Regardless, the strings are looking a little grungy and you want to clean them up.
Break in a New Baseball Glove
If you want to soften the leather on a new baseball glove, you could have someone throw a ball to you over and over again, but you probably don’t have enough time. And maybe you don’t feel like getting a special conditioning oil just for one glove. Luckily, WD-40 can provide an easy alternative.
Pull Stacked Drinking Glasses Apart
Stacking drinking glasses inside one another is a convenient way to fit a lot of glassware into one cabinet. But sometimes they fit together so snugly that it can be hard to pull them apart. And you don’t want to yank too hard and then accidentally drop one or knock the whole stack over.
Keep Rust Off License Plates
You need to keep your license plate in good condition, but sometimes inclement weather can make that difficult. Unless, that is, you’ve got a can of WD-40. If you’ve noticed some rust on your plates already, give them a once-over with the WD-40, let it sit for a minute or two, then wipe them clean.
Keep Car Engines Clean
WD-40’s water displacement properties will also come in handy when it comes to maintaining your vehicle’s engine. You can use it to keep moisture away from spark plugs and distributors. It also comes in handy during humid weather when moisture might settle around the spark plugs.
Clear Oil Stains from the Driveway or Garage Floor
When you’re doing your own auto repairs, there’s a good chance you’ll end up spilling some oil on the garage floor or on the driveway. It can leave an ugly stain behind, but you don’t have to worry – there’s something that can take care of that.
Get Filthy Hands Clean
A hard day’s work can leave your hands covered in oil, grease or grime, and you might worry that soap and water just won’t cut it. Honestly, you may not be sure you should even touch the soap or faucet with those dirty hands. But if you’ve got a can of WD-40, you won’t have to worry.
Loosen a Stuck Drawer
Have you ever needed a set of documents for a big meeting, only to go to the filing cabinet to discover you can’t get the drawer open far enough to reach them? You don’t want to yank the drawer too hard – that could derail it completely.
Make Your Golf Clubs Shine
You always want to look your best out on the golf course, and that means you want your equipment to look its best, too. A quick blast of WD-40 is sure to keep rust off your club heads. Spray some onto a clean, dry cloth then use that to wipe down the shafts.
Scrape Barnacles Off a Hull
If you live near the coast and own a boat, you may have noticed some crustaceans attached to the bottom of your hull. Those are barnacles — if enough of them get stuck to your boat, it can slow you down and affect fuel efficiency.
Clean Plastic Patio Furniture
Do you keep plastic furniture out on your patio or in your backyard? Those chairs and tables are as vulnerable to spilled coffee, wine or juice stains as countertops in your kitchen. Plus, you also have to watch out for dirt and mud. (Or, as we saw earlier inside the house, enthusiastic kids with crayons.)
Prevent Ice Skate Blades from Rusting
Ice skaters are supposed to wipe the blades of their skates down whenever they come off the ice, drying them thoroughly to prevent rust from forming. If you’ve got a can of WD-40 in your equipment bag, you can take an additional step that will help keep your skates in top condition.
Keep Mud Off Athletic Cleats
If you play outdoor sports like baseball, football or soccer, you’re used to dealing with cleats. And if you’ve ever had to play on a muddy field, you’ve dealt with all the mud and gunk that gets on those cleats during the game. Here’s something you can do before you even leave the locker room that will make things easier.
Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
If your local water supply has a high mineral content, your bathtub or toilet bowl may be plagued by unsightly streaks and stains. Luckily, a couple shots of WD-40 can loosen up that grime. Spray WD-40 along the inner rim of your toilet, wait a few seconds, then give the bowl a once-over with a toilet brush and flush to rinse.