WD-40, meaning Water Displacement, 40th formula was created by Norm Larsen in 1953. Chances are, you know it can fix a squeaky door hinge, but did you know it has dozens of other powers? While most of us think of WD-40 as a product used by handymen, the truth is that this amazing spray is known for only a small part of how it can be used. If you happen to have a can of WD-40 lying around the house, here are 15 surprising life hacks to get you going. Once you discover all that it can do, you’ll never go without it again! That goes for you too ladies, as it can get out pretty much any impossible stain.
1. Polishing Silver
Do you have old silver lying around that seems to always tarnish? No need to spend money on expensive polish cleaners anymore, its as simple as spraying it down with WD-40 and wiping it clean!
2. Cleaning Shoes
When it comes to cleaning shoes, WD-40 is a must! It has many uses from removing difficult mud stains, to waterproofing your whole shoe with just a spray over the surface.
3. Cleaning Bathrooms- Toilets and Tile!
We all get occasional build up around our toilets and bathroom tile, WD-40 gets out those impossible stains. Yes, even those impossible mascara stains stuck inside the grout of your tile!
4. Un-Sticking Gum
You’ll never have to use messy peanut-butter again!
5. Removing Crayon
Works just like a magic eraser, except way cheaper! Just spray some WD-40 and wipe away with a clean towel.
6. Removing Water Stains
Depending on the type of water in your house, cleaning shower glass can seem like a pointless task-Not if you have WD-40, just spray the glass and wipe away! it will also prevent more water stains in the future.
7. Softening Leather
This one may come as a surprise, but this magical spray really does soften leather! Just let it soak just like you would any other leather conditioner.
8. Removing Stickers and Price Tags
Why clutter your garage with pointless products like Goo-gone when WD-40 does the same thing.
9. Removing Tea & Coffee Stains
Just add a little WD-40 to your normal cleaning routine and watch the stains vanish.
10. Protecting Bird Feeders
I bet you didn’t think of this one! WD-40 acts as a repellent to many animals because they don’t like the smell and if you spray it on the poles of your bird feeder will keep squirrels from climbing up (the poor little guys might slip and fall, but at least you know your birds are eating).
11. Taking Off Rings
We have all needed this at one point or another. Just spray a little and the ring should slide right off!
12. Separate Stuck Glassware
13. Exterminate Cockroaches
14. Making Your License Plate Look Brand-New
If you notice your license plate is starting to rust, spray it with WD-40 and wipe it down with a clean rag. It removes light surface rust and and also prevents more rust from forming.
15. Loosen Zippers
Whenever you come across a stubborn zipper, use a little WD-40 as a lubricant and it should be working in no time. Make sure to apply with a tooth brush to avoid getting WD-40 on the fabric.