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WD40 cleans rust and more. what you may not know.Or thought you knew and didn't

Updated on April 21, 2012

I have an affliction

Every night I sleep with a small personal fan. My wife hates it but has grown reluctantly to accept it.

What does that have to do with WD40 you ask? I am going to tell you even if you did not ask.

Fans cost money and wear out when they get used that much. So when the bearings in these fans get worn I use WD40 to lubricate them. Gets me an extra year out of one.

Some of the uses for this stuff

  1. Use it to remove crayon form many surfaces
  2. Remove coffee stains from wood floors
  3. Removes nail polish from wood floors
  4. Lubricate most kinds of hinges
  5. Keeps zippers from sticking
  6. Use it on your shovel before digging in clay
  7. Slows down calcium deposits on sprinkler heads
  8. Keep your trailer hitch from rusting
  9. Use it to polish a seashell
  10. Use it to polish old coins
  11. Spray on electronics that have been submerged to displace water.
  12. Remove bugs or tar from a car finish.
  13. Lubricate bike chains
  14. Lubricate garage door chains or rollers
  15. Clean a bowling ball
  16. Remove gum from your shoes
  17. Keep fishing equipment clean and rust free ( some people claim the fish bite better )
  18. Unfreeze locks
  19. Spray on license plate bolts so they don't stick later
  20. Remove rust from almost anything

There are hundreds more out there as well.

A little history

WD40 was invented in 1953 by the Rocket Chemical Company.

WD stands for water displacement the 40 is the number of attempts before finding the formula .The same formula in use today.

It showed up on store shelves in 1958 in San Diego.

The company was renamed in 1969 from Rocket Chemical to WD-40 Company, Inc

WD40 is now a household name across the US and many other countries.

A few myths dispelled

It has been a myth for years one I believed until researching for this article that WD40 is made from fish oil because it seems to attract fish. The formula is a secret but WD-40 Company, Inc States that it does not contain fish oil and they do not recommend using it to attract fish.

It will not help with arthritis The company says very clearly there is no reason to believe it should be used for any medical purpose.


I searched the net for several hours looking at several sites to gather info . The best info if you would like more can be found at the WD40 website

As always thank you for reading my ramble.

Feel free to leave your WD40 stories in the comments.


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    • bmcoll3278 profile image

      bmcoll3278 6 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      better keep that hat LOL

    • WD Curry 111 profile image

      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      I used to have a sign business. We used the stuff when we had to correct a mistake before the lettering paint dried all the way. Harsh solvents took the luster off of the background. I fish all the time. It isn't the WD40 that increases my luck. It is my hat.