50 Ways to use WD-40, Home Remedies
WD-40: Fact or Myth - a Fish Oil Derivative
I always assumed WD-40 was a petroleum based lubricant until someone improperly informed me that I was mistaken and it was surely made from Fish Oil. I had no reason to disbelieve this informant and I thought ...really? I am glad I didn't use it like a natural ingredient after being told it was only fish oil. Until recently thinking about the popularity of green products on the market I remembered the previous informants banter and wondered the truth about the WD-40 products origin. So I researched the product.
FACT: WD-40 is not made from fish oil.
WD-40 has provided amazing results with numerous household problems in my home and those of others I know and read about. If you can add additional purposes for this product, please feel free to add comments regarding these uses.
What is WD-40 Actually derived from?
WD-40 is derived from the following ingredients according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information:
50% Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits -- primarily hexane, somewhat similar to kerosene)
25% Liquified petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability)
15% Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
10% Inert ingredients
Who Invented WD-40?
WD-40 was invented by the three founders of the Rocket Chemical Company of San Diego, California. The team of inventors were working on a line of industrial rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry. The product was first used to protect the outer skin of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. WD stands for 'Water Displacement' and 40 stands for the '40th attempt' at being successful in its creation.
This product should not come into contact with plastics or petroleum based products.
WD-40 Official list of 2000+ Uses
How Do You Use WD-40?
50 Ways to Use WD-40
1. Removes splattered grease on the stove and polishes the entire oven.
2. Protects silver from tarnishing by wiping with a rag containing product.
3. Removes road tar and grime from road vehicles.
4. Cleans and lubricates guitar (instrument) strings and ski equipment.
5. Gives floors a just waxed sheen without making slippery.
6. Keeps flies off cows and horses. Do not put around eyes!!!!
7. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
8. Removes lipstick stains from clothing even if already washed and dried, apply and rewash.
9. Loosens stubborn zippers.
10. Untangles chains and jewelry.
11. Removes water stains from stainless steel sinks and equipment.
12. Cleans and polishes the outside barbeque grill.
13. Keeps terracotta pots from oxidizing, though I like the old mossy look myself.
14. Removed tomato stains from clothing.
15. Apply to glass shower to keep free from water spots.
16. Removes scratches from ceramic and marble floors.
17. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
18. Lubricates noisy and sticky door hinges and screen door tracks.
19. Lubricates noisy car doors and cleans door hinges.
20. Cleans and polishes a children's slide.
21. Lubricates mower deck levers and gear shifts.
22. Takes the squeak out of rocking devices like chairs, gliders, and springs.
23. Spray tracks in windows for easy opening and cleaning.
24. Spray an umbrella stem for ease of opening and closing.
25. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
26. Lubricates moving parts like electric fans.
27. Lubricates and cleans wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles.
28. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and cars.
29. Prevents saw blades and tools from rusting when applied.
30. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
31. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
32. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (supposedly don't like the smell)
33. Removes adhesives like duct tape remnant, stickiness from other substances.
34. I've read some people spray it on arms and legs for relief of arthritis though I would not recommend it? Applying directly to skin could be toxic.
35. People in Florida use it to remove love bugs from grills and bumpers and I am sure can be used for stink bugs in Maryland.
36. New York State has used it to protect parts of the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
37. I heard of some people spraying it on Fish lures, it supposedly attracts bigger fish, but be aware of the local laws regarding bait and putting petroleum into the water!! Hello.
38. My all time fav....use it for fire ant bites to relieve sting and itch. Oh Yea.
39. It will completely remove crayon from painted walls or other places, let your child help rub it off and stop yelling.
40. Spray it on any part you want to displace moisture from like the distributor cap or spark plug on your car.
42. Any bug guts off windows, car paint, chrome will easily be removed.
43. After removing gum from carpet with an ice cube for the big pieces, use WD-40 to dissolve what little is left.
44. Clean and polish the soles and heels of shoes unless made from plastic.
45. Apply to rear mirrors on your car to help with inclement weather.
46. Spray in the bottom of wax candle holders for easy removal of remaining wax.
47. Spray the racks in the oven for easily removal of baked on items.
48. Spray gate hooks and latches that stick for easy use.
49. Spray on shovel, it keeps clay from sticking.
50. Removed paint from tile flooring
FUN FACTS about WD-40
- A bus driver in Asia used WD-40 to remove a python, which had coiled itself around the undercarriage of his bus.
- Police officers used WD-40 to remove a naked burglar trapped in an air conditioning vent.
- Larry, The Duct Tape Guys say, “You only need two tools in life, Duct Tape® and WD-40. If it’s not stuck and it’s supposed to be, Duct Tape it. If it’s stuck and it’s not supposed to be, WD-40 it.”