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50 Ways to use WD-40, Home Remedies

Updated on June 4, 2016

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.

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.

41. It will totally remove black scuff marks off the linoleum floor from heels. It will also remove tree sap.

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.”




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      4 years ago

      Works great on painful knees. No more knee braces.

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      4 years ago

      Use as mosquito repellent

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      7 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hi Margaret, i guess it is like vinegar....unlimited in its usage. Thanks for the visit.

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      8 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      SS and MC, glad you came by, yes you can use on racks, but I would wipe them first if food will touch the surface directly. SS have fun experimenting I know you will. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Holy cow! I had no idea WD-40 can be / has been used for so much! Very cool Hub :D

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      8 years ago from Vancouver BC

      Thanks for this list of uses Golfgal-is it really ok to use WD40 on food surfaces like oven racks stove tops and kitchen counters? I guess you need to wash it all off before you put food there.

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      8 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Hi ML, Isn't that the truth, and to think there people out there who are spraying it all over the arms and legs for arthritis...yikes. How we got the impression it was only fish oil is beyond me. I can't seem to find anything that refers to fish oil in anything that I have read. If you find anything please let me know. Glad you came by.

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      Chris Montgomery 

      8 years ago from Irvine, CA

      "I am glad I didn't use it as a natural ingredient after being told it was only fish oil..." Haha! I'm glad you didn't too Golfgal! That was a useful hub, thanks.

    • Golfgal profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Great Stephanie, my favorite is putting it on fire ant bites! Hope you don't have to do that, :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great list of uses for WD-40! I use it to clean my stove top in the RV and it works great. Now to try the other 49 things you mentioned... Rated up and useful.


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