Household Uses for WD-40
How many household uses for WD-40 are there?
Surprisingly, there are tons of household uses for WD-40 that you probably would never think of using it for!
Usually when you think about WD-40, you think about using it to quiet squeaky door hinges, loosen up rusty tools, and removing stubborn nuts and bolts.
While these are some common uses for WD-40, there are several ways you can use it around the house! It’s an amazing all in one cleaner for tons of different jobs.
Here are 20 household uses for WD-40 –
1. Any and all glass in your home, from windows and mirrors, to shower doors.
Yep, it can be used as glass cleaner. Just spray it on the glass you need cleaned, and using a microfiber cloth, wipe it clean.
It’s great for cutting through grime and soap scum that can build up.
2. Repel insects, such as spiders, roaches and wasps.
To keep the bugs away, spray some WD-40 on your window sills, screens, and door frames. Be sure not to inhale any of the fumes while spraying, and be careful when using it around children and pets.
Spray awnings and overhangs outside of your home in the Spring. This will help deter wasps from making nests in these areas. It works as an on the spot bug killer as well.
3. Stains on counter tops.
Coffee, tea and certain sodas can cause unsightly stains on your counter tops that seem almost impossible to remove. Spray a little WD-40 onto a damp towel or cloth, and watch them disappear!
Once you’ve removed the stains, just go back over your counter top with a little bit of soap and water.
4. Remove stickers from glass.
I think we can all relate to how difficult it can be to remove a sticker from the bottom of a newly purchased piece of glass. A little WD-40 will have that sticker off in no time, without scratching the glass.
Just spray a little WD-40 on the sticker and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a spatula, or other type of plastic scraper, gently scrape the sticker away from the glass surface.
The solvents in the WD-40 cause the adhesive to lose its stickiness. It can also be used to remove glue from your fingers, and on other surfaces too.
5. Remove stains from carpets.
This is one of my favorite household uses for WD-40. If you (or your children, perhaps) spill something on your carpet or area rug, don’t panic.
Just grab your can of WD-40, spray a little on the stain, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use your regular carpet cleaner or a little soap and water along with a sponge to gently scrub out the stain.
6. Remove crayon and marker from shoes and toys.
Do your kids sometimes get carried away with their artistic endeavors? No worries. Just spray a little WD-40 on a rag, and scrub that crayon right off.
Be sure to follow up by wiping these surfaces down with a little soap and water afterwards to remove the WD-40.
7. Protects shower heads from rust.
Keep your shower heads looking like new. Spray them with WD-40, and then wipe them clean.
This will prevent them from rusting due to moisture from regular shower use, and keep them looking nice.
8. Use it to pretreat stains on clothing.
Treat blood stains, grass stains, ink, grease, and anything in between by spraying the stain directly with some WD-40. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then wash as usual.
The WD-40 will help to lift the stain from the fabric so it’ll come out easily in the wash. Treat the stain while it’s still fresh if possible for best results. Once the stain has time to set it can be harder to remove.
9. Prevents corrosion on outdoor light fixtures.
Protect your outdoor light fixtures by spraying them with WD-40. This will help to protect them from the elements by preventing the buildup of corrosion, helping to make them last!
10. Cleans your toilet bowls.
If you have hard to clean lime stains in your toilet bowls, use WD-40 to help remove them. Spray it on the inside of the toilet bowl, and use your toilet brush to scrub off unsightly stains.
11. Keeps snow from sticking to your shovel.
This is great to know for the winter months when having to deal with snow. Make it easier by coating your shovel with WD-40.
The snow will slide right off, making snow shoveling quicker and less strenuous. It will also keep mud and clay from sticking too.
12. Waterproof your boots and shoes.
Want to help keep your feet dry in the rain and snow? WD-40 can be used on your boots and shoes as a protectant, which also repels moisture. Your feet will stay warm and dry.
13. Removes a stuck ring.
Have you ever decided to try on a ring, and then quickly realized it was a mistake? No need to panic. Grab your WD-40, and spray it around the ring, and it will slide right off your finger.
14. Cleans chrome fixtures in bathrooms.
Have your chrome bath fixtures looking polished and shiny. Just use a little WD-40 on a soft cloth to wipe them down. No more unsightly water stains!
15. Keeps wind chimes rust free.
Spray down your wind chimes before hanging them up outdoors to protect them from the elements. Keeps rust from building up, so you can enjoy them for longer.
There are so many household uses for WD-40. It really is a great multi-use product to have on hand.
There are some other really interesting ways you can use WD-40, aside from just around the house.
Be sure to keep a can handy in your home, and it’s a good idea to keep one in your car as well. There doesn’t seem to be too much that WD-40 can’t do.
Here are more great examples of the different household uses for WD-40:
See you in the next post!