WD-40 is a very handy household spray lubricant! Most people just use it to stop door knobs and hinges from squeaking, but it actually can be useful in many other areas of your home! It can even help you clean! For some idea of how to put WD-40 to use in your home, check out these 10 Ingenious WD-40 Hacks! We promise you will never look at WD-40 the same way again!
10 Ingenious WD-40 Hacks
There are some people who suggest using WD-40 in personal care hacks, like removing gum from your hair or relieving the pain of bee stings. I don’t suggest using WD-40 on yourself. While no one knows exactly what’s in WD-40 (it’s a secret, but the rumor about fish oil is officially a myth), the warnings about skin irritation and flammability suggest the possibility of potentially hazardous chemicals. Along with not spraying it on yourself, I wouldn’t spray it where you prepare food, or where kids or pets play on the ground. You’ll also want to avoid breathing in the fumes when you use it.
1. Remove Stains on Carpet and Clothes
WD-40 is great at removing all kinds of stains on carpeting and clothing! It can work on ink stains, juice stains, tomato sauce stains, and more! Just spray the stain with WD-40, let it sit for a few minutes, then clean the area with a mild soap, warm water, and a sponge or rag. Repeat if necessary.
2. Remove Adhesive
Whether you’re trying to get some simple sticker residue off of something, or are tackling the residue left over from some heavy duty duct tape, WD-40 can be of use! Just spray it on the sticky area, let it sit for 5 minutes, then use a dry rag and rub it off. The adhesive should come off with no problems. If it’s being especially sticky, spray it again, let it sit for 15 minutes, then rub at it one more time.
3. Prevent Rust
Worried about rust? Then take advantage of one of the handiest WD-40 hacks and spray WD-40 on anything you think might rust. This applies to anything from home improvement tools, silverware, wind chimes, and even scissors!
4. Clean Your Floor
WD-40 is also great at removing scuff marks from various types of floors! You may want to be careful using it on hardwood though, as hardwood floors tend to have special finishes that can be damaged by some substances.
5. Deter Squirrels from Bird Feeders
Are you tired of squirrels stealing the food you put out for your neighborhood birds? A simple fix is to spray the poles, hanging chains, and roofs of your feeders with WD-40. It’ll make them slick, so when squirrels try to climb them or jump on them, they’ll find themselves quickly sliding off!
6. Remove Crayon
Have the kids drawn on the wall again? Take advantage of one of the many WD-40 hacks out there and use it to get the crayon off the wall! Just spray WD-40 on the mark, wipe at it with a clean cloth, and watch the crayon get wiped away! This works on paint and wallpaper. But you might want to test it in an inconspicuous area first, just to make sure it won’t damage the wall. You probably won’t want to try it on flat paint, as that kind of paint is very sensitive to any moisture.
7. Dig Easier
Believe it or not, WD-40 can also help speed up your time working in your yard! To keep dirt and roots from sticking to your shovel and slowing you, spray the shovel blade with WD-40 before getting to work.
8. Keep Wasps Away
No one wants to have to deal with a wasp nest on the outside of their home. An easy way to keep wasps from thinking about making nests in the first place is to spray WD-40 in any areas you think they’re likely to try to build a nest. But definitely do not spray it on an active nest! If wasps are there when you start spraying, they’ll become angry and come after you!
9. Clean Up Oil
Do you have an annoying oil stain on the concrete of your driveway or garage? Use yet another of the many handy WD-40 hacks and you can clean up the stain! Just spray the spot with WD-40, let it sit for half an hour, then rinse the area clean. If it’s a particularly stubborn stain, you may need to spray again, wait, then scrub at the stain before rinsing.
10. Deter Pigeons
You can keep a lot of things away with WD-40! If you’re tired of pigeons (or other birds) landing on your window ledges or other parts of your home, spray the area with WD-40. The smell will keep them away.
Do you have any other handy ways to use WD-40?