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Did you know? 12 great uses for WD-40

Updated on June 12, 2013

Honestly, how many people haven't used it!

I don't know about you, but things that squeak drive me nuts.

You know how it is. It's late at night and you've been sleeping peacefully.......ever so peacefully. You're having a dream about drinking sprites and eating ice cream......with chocolate sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries. Well, in the same dream you feel your bladder getting heavy, but you don't care so much because you've got your sprite and ice cream. Next thing you know, you wake up in the middle of the night to the real world where eating that kinda stuff makes ya fat.

Anyway, you wake up because all that sprite you drank in your dream makes you have to go. You look next to see your significant other sleeping soundly, probably dreaming about twinkies and ding dongs. You know you have to get out of the bed to make it to the bathroom. Of course, being the courteous one that you are, you want to get across the room without making a sound. You slowly pull the covers off of you, edge ever so carefully off the bed, do the funny raise your leg tip-toe thing as you get across the room without the floor creaking.

"Victory", you whisper to yourself as you reach out to take the handle of the door. SQUEEEEEEEEEAAAAKKAAKKKAKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!

And then you think to yourself.....if only I'd WD-40'ed that door ahead of time, those hinges wouldn't be screaming at me right now!

I've found wonderful uses for this awesome spray lubricant over the years, from getting rust off of a car bumper to fixing old bicycle chains. You just can't go wrong with this miracle in a can! In this hub, I detail out some fun and creative uses for WD-40. Enjoy!

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Isn't he a cute little murderous creature?
Isn't he a cute little murderous creature?

Preventing wasps from making nests!

Springtime is coming and that means WASPS!

Yep, this is one of those useful ones you never hear about. Wasps love to build nests under ledges, balconies, and eaves of houses or apartments. Spray this stuff in all of these areas and the little beasties will feel the eviction notice before they move in!

Oiling up and cleaning guitar strings!

Play guitar?

Well if you're like me and you do play a bit, then you know that guitar strings can corrode and grow gritty over time. To help prevent this, just spray some onto a rag and wipe the strings down after each time you play. Just a small amount will do. Saves money on strings right away or buying any specialized guitar string cleaner.

No splinter garden tools!

Got a lot of gardening tools? Any with wooden handles?

Using a good amount of WD-40 onto the wooden handles of your tools actually helps prevent the splintering effects that happen with continued use over time. Sure, you'll have to replace the tool at some point, but this will help to keep it in great working order for a longer bit of time!

Arthritis pain reliever.

Suffer from this at all or any minor joint pain?

Spray a little bit of this into the affected area and massage in. There are folks that swear by this and say that it provides temporary relief although proceed with caution. This is not a remedy for serious pain!

Seriously, use your turn signals people!
Seriously, use your turn signals people!

Special note!

If the sticker is located on glass, you need to wait a few minutes after spraying and then use a no-stick spatula to wipe the sticker off. Just FYI.

Remove bumper stickers.

Ever wanted to remove decals, stickers, or tape?

Just a simple spray with WD-40, wait about a minute and then VOILA! Now they can be simply wiped away! No muss, no fuss!


Taking barnacles off of a boat.

Any deep sea fisherman worth his salt knows how nasty these little critters are. It's even nastier trying to remove them!

Introduce these guys to the barnacle remover in a can! Spray them hard and then work on removing them with a putty knife or something similar. Keep spraying and even using sandpaper if necessary to complete the job.

Special note.

Some places ban chemically laced lures so check with your local laws to make sure you have the right to do this. Another FYI.

Use on fishing lures.

Speaking of fishing, try this one sometime. One of the most interesting aspects of WD-40 is that it contains FISH OIL. Isn't that something?

Fisherman who spray this on their lures swear up and down that it helps to disguise human odor and attract more fish to their lines.

Untangle reel lines.

I'm just on a fishing kick lately. If you're out fishing and your line gets a bit tangled up, spray a bit on the affected area and then use something small like a pen or knife to unknot the line. Should untangle pretty easily. You can even use it on a little bit older lines and extend the life of your investment.

Another fun tip.

So you changed your oil. Crap, you spilled oil in the driveway! Time to break out the kitty litter or you can use WD-40 and spray it down with a water hose after that.

Degrease your hands.

You've been busy changing your oil or fixing your bike. Crap, it's going to take several washings to get this oil off......or I could use WD-40 to get most of it off the first time. Just spray it liberally on a cloth and wipe yourself down, then wash your hands. For all you do it yourselfers, try this sometime.

Plastic chairs that are fading.

So those chairs you bought for the outdoors have seen better days huh? Spray some of your plastic chair restore in a can on them and wipe with a cloth. Watch the chairs come back to life.

Oh sure, it's all cute until it leaves paw marks all over the car hood. Don't trust them, they still remember the time in Egypt when they were worshiped as gods!
Oh sure, it's all cute until it leaves paw marks all over the car hood. Don't trust them, they still remember the time in Egypt when they were worshiped as gods!

Kitty cat paw marks.

Love the cat until it leaves paw marks on my car hood. If you want to make sure that the kitty stays in your good graces, spray the marks down and wipe with a cloth. This will even work on outdoor furniture.

Kill your weeds.

This is mainly for prickly thistles. Spray em with your handy dandy weed-killer-in-a-can and watch em die. Might work better for you than Round-up!

Final thoughts.

There you have it, there are many more uses that I haven't listed here for this amazing do-it-all-in-a-can. But for now enjoy testing some of these for yourself. Thanks for reading!


Kasman will be back with another hub soon!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I know spence, I was quite thrilled to see that it worked for untangling reel lines myself. I was actually bass fishing in Texas a few weeks ago and I didn't get a chance to try that one out. I know people that have though and they swear by it. Thanks a lot for stopping by and commenting!

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      Spence Bailey 4 years ago from Kenton, Ohio

      So I saw this Hub title and totally had to click it. I must say, there are WAY more uses for this stuff then I originally thought. Of course, I only used it to make things turn better. (my bike, chains, ect.) I found that the untangling of reel lines was the most interesting and probably prevents the most frustration!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I certainly hope it works for you on the weeds. Make sure to hit the roots as well to make an assured kill. Thanks so much for dropping by monis mas.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Awesome and su useful. I will have to try it on my yard weeds!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well imkarn23, seeing as I don't attend rocky horror picture show events or sing for KISS, I didn't see the need for wearing any mascara personally! So that one definitely escaped me. That's why I leave it up to you guys to fill in my blanks, lol! Good on ya for dropping by my hubstep! Have a great day!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol, I can't help it, it's an analogy that tends to fit turtle dog. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my section!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I tend to keep a small one in the car with me for those just in case moments, and after all this research, I'm going to be using it on classic wasp nest spots around the place. Lemme know how it does on your weeds Susan! Thanks for the stopby and the sharing!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I know, supposedly it works. I can't try it myself as I don't struggle with that but I hope it does help you with whomever does have it vocalcoach! And yes I love useful information as well so I will definitely be writing more in the future! Thank you for gracing my hub step with your presence.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I'm so glad it was helpful to you vertualit. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well Brett, maybe in a future update I could add that to this hub with your permission my friend, thanks for dropping by and giving me the digs on it. I appreciate the tweets, pins, and other love you're showing brother!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      GREAT for getting mascara off of walls, floors, etc...lol..How'd ya miss that one Kasman? Hey - come on by one day, big boy! LOL..

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      TurtleDog 4 years ago

      Wow.... great Swiss army knife analogy. Tons of uses. Interesting post. Thanks

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We always have a can of WD 40 in the garage. Great to know all the different and some unusual uses for it. I'll be trying it on the weeds for sure.

      Voted +++ and sharing.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I hadn't heard about WD-40 helping arthritis pain. This is wonderful news! I love these kinds of hubs and hope there will be more to come :)

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      Abdus Salam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      useful information. thanks

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      This really is a very useful spray. I also found that it helps to dissolve tarmac, very handy for when the road is newly laid and you get tar all over your nice car/bike.

      Shared, pinned, tweeted, up and useful.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yeah I know, it's my favorite Swiss Army knife in a can! Thanks so much for stopping by flourish! I appreciate your comment and visit!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Creative uses for something most people have. Wow!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you for stopping by Victoria Lynn, let me know how things go with your weeds, seriously! Have a great day!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, my! I need to try some on my cat marks and weeds! Great hub. Thanks for the tips!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Dearmommy (I feel like I'm typing you a letter!), thanks for stopping by and your comment. I've grown up knowing about wd40 but only in recent years have I discovered some of the more interesting things it can do. Go buy it and have some fun!

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      dearmommy 4 years ago

      Super interesting!!! I had no idea of even half these uses. I don't have a can at home, but I might buy one now!! :)

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      That's definitely worth researching about using it on plastic....I mean I know it works for the chairs but haven't tested or researched for other things like that. Give it a shot and let me know blackandgoldjack. Thanks so much for stopping by and the comments!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot gypsy for stopping by for a visit. I need to go hit a few doors with it right now as a matter of fact, thanks for the reminder. I appreciate your comments!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much for your kind words Susie! I was amazed at all the fun uses I've found over the years.....more quirky ones lately. When I was living in New Zealand recently, I missed having this stuff around for the hinges in our house.....squeaky as all get out! Thanks so much for the votes and the sharing! Have a great one!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yep, I'm already planning for this springs wasps nests myself. Thanks so much stopping by sunshine and your comments!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I appreciate you stopping by poetic fool, I usually keep some in the car with me as a just in case measure, it's very handy. I appreciate your votes!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely Tammy, I also have some bumper stickers to remove myself. I was blown away at all the useful ways you could use it. Heck, I didn't even know it contained fish oil until I researched a little more. Makes me wanna keep some with me wherever I am! Thanks so much for stopping by and the comment.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! I think nearly everyone has a can of WD-40 at home. I hate squeaky doors! I love your tip on keeping the wasps away. I always have a lot of wasps around here and I can kill them, but they always seem to find a new place of residence around the house. So many great tips, I will be going over this with hubby! Wonderful hub, voted up, useful, interesting and pinning! :)

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      Jack Hazen 4 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      I live in the rust belt and I bought a 2005 Jeep Wrangler 8 years ago. I've been spraying WD-40 on the underside ever since I got it. Twice a year, right before and right after winter. No rust. Either it works or I'm just lucky.

      You know, I'm wondering if it might work on the scratches on the plastic windows I have all the way around except the windshield. Nothing else I've tried has helped much.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Useful hub. I always have a can of WD-4 in the house. I've used it for squeaky doors . Thanks for sharing such helpul tips.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kasman,

      Well, what a useful product this is! My partner is very familiar with this and no doubt will be interested in this! i love the quirky list of fun uses and also very practical ones! Thanks for this, voted up, useful, funny and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The wasps are just about to get their eviction notice. Thanks for the good idea!

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      Poetic Fool 4 years ago

      Interesting and helpful! I've always got a can of WD-40 around. You never know when it will come in handy. You got a few great ideas here I'm anxious to try. Thanks for sharing them Voted up, interesting and useful!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is very helpful information. I love WD-40 and had no idea it has so many uses. I really need something to get bumper stickers and residual stickiness away. Awesome!