WD-40 Hacks to the rescue

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My dad owns a body shop and he was the first person who introduced me to WD-40 and how it could be used for so many things. So grab a can of wd-40 and let’s tackle more than just squeaky hinges with these WD-40 hacks.

WD-40 removes, protects, & loosens so many things. It contains silicone which is one of the things that makes this so special. The one thing to note is that it is flammable.

WD-40 removes, protects, & loosens so many things. It is truly a multi-use product. It contains silicone which is one of the things that makes this so special. The one thing to note is that it is flammable.

Got a door or lock that is sticking or not running smoothly? Squirt a little WD-40 onto it, wipe up the excess, and as you start wiggling the lock and handle it'll loosen right up and run smooth again.

How do you get a door lock unstuck?

Use WD-40 to loosen door handles & locks.

Got a door or lock that is sticking or not turning smoothly? Squirt a little WD-40 on it, wipe up the excess, and as you start wiggling the lock and handle it’ll loosen right up and run smoothly again. It’s the perfect quick fix.

Spray some on the hinges, wipe up the excess, open and close the door a few times, and the squeak will disappear.

Does WD-40 fix squeaky doors?

Spray a little bit of wd-40 on the door hinges, wipe up the excess, open and close the door a few times, and the squeak will disappear.

Spray a little on your doors or other surfaces with grease on them, and wipe away those greasy fingerprints and surfaces.

How To Remove Greasy Fingerprints?

Wipe away greasy fingerprints with WD-40

Use a few sprays of wd-40 on your doors or other surfaces with grease on them, and wipe away those greasy fingerprints.

If your scissors get sticky residue in them and they are having a hard time opening and closing or sticking closed, spray a little on the scissors, wipe up the excess, and start wiggling them - they'll free right up. This works great on tools as well - pliers, garden shears, etc.

How To Loosen Scissors?

Use WD-40 to loosen tough scissors and tools

If your scissors get sticky residue in them and they are having a hard time opening and closing or sticking closed, a couple of sprays will free them right up. Just spray a little on the scissors, wipe up the excess, and start wiggling them. This works great on tools as well – pliers, garden shears, etc. You can also use it to loosen a stuck zipper.

Got hot glue stuck to something that you need to remove, or perhaps some school glue or other sticky substance? Spray a little on the surface, let it sit for a minute, and then use a cloth to wipe the residue away. For the hot glue, it just picked right off with no trouble.

Does WD 40 remove glue?

Got hot glue stuck to something that you need to remove, or perhaps some school glue, bumper sticker or other sticky substances? Spray a squirt of wd-40 on the surface, let it sit for a minute, and then use a cloth to wipe the residue away. For the hot glue, it just picked right off with no trouble.

Spray a little on a cloth and wipe on your shoes. It will clean them, moisturize them, and make them weather resistant.  The one on the right is the one I just sprayed, the one on the left is the before.

What can I put on my shoes to make them waterproof?

Use WD-40 to moisturize and make your shoes weather resistant

Here’s a neat trick. Spray a little on a clean cloth and wipe it on your shoes. It’s a great way to clean, moisturize, and make them weather resistant. The one on the right is the one I just sprayed, and the one on the left is the before.

Spray a little around the base of your house outside and it'll repel the bugs from coming into your home.

How To Keep Bugs Out of the House?

Spray a small amount of WD-40 around the base of your house outside and it’ll keep the bugs from coming into your home.

Ever get a sprayer that you cannot get off your hose? Spray a little into the threads, give it a couple minutes, and then start to twist. It'll loosen it up and you'll be able to twist it right off.

How do you loosen a hose?

Ever get a sprayer that you cannot get off your hose? Try just a spritz of WD-40 on the threads, give it a couple of minutes, and then start to twist. It’ll loosen it up and you’ll be able to twist it right off.

Spray a little WD-40 onto your bug splattered glass, use a cloth and they'll rub right off.

How to remove dead bugs off your car’s windshield?

Spray a little WD-40 onto your bug-splattered glass, or license plate. Use a cloth and they’ll rub right off.

*A special note from my husband - it's fantastic at getting tar off your car too right after they have resurface a road.

*A special note from my husband – it’s fantastic at getting tar off your car too right after they have resurfaced a road.

Clean your shower and then spray the glass with WD-40 and wipe on. It'll create a barrier that will stop soap scum from forming on your glass.

What removes soap scum?

Clean your shower and then spray the glass with a thin layer of WD-40 and wipe it on. The wd-40 acts as a barrier that will stop soap scum from forming on your glass.

Spray it on your stainless steel and use a microfiber cloth to wipe it in. It cleans it right up!

What is the best cleaner for stainless steel?

Spray WD-40 on your stainless steel and use a microfiber cloth or clean rag to wipe it in. It cleans it right up!

Spray a little on your shovel, it'll not only clean your shovel but it'll keep the dirt from clumping onto your shovel as you continue your work.

How do you keep mud from sticking to a shovel?

Spray a light coating of WD-40 on your shovel, it’ll not only clean your shovel but it’ll keep the dirt from clumping onto your shovel as you continue your work. WD-40 works to keep snow buildup off your snow shovel as well.

Spray it on and use a scraper to scrub it right off of bottles. Works great to remove tape residue as well.

How to remove adhesives?

A quick spritz of WD-40 and a scraper works great to remove tape residue and adhesive.

Spray some over the crayon on your door, table, and more and use a microfiber cloth to wipe it off.

Does WD 40 Remove crayon?

This is such an easy way to remove crayon and permanent marker from your little artists. Spray a light coat of WD-40 over the affected area on your door, table, and more and use a microfiber cloth to wipe it off.

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34 Comments

  1. Oh gosh, Chas WD-40 is my “go-to” too! I didn’t know, though that you can use it for bugs and on glass. Thanks for the extra tips!

    1. Thanks Linda and it works for so many different things. I used it to get gum off my carpet that one of my kid’s accidentally stepped on and then transferred it to my car’s carpet. Took it right off.

    2. Vivian quiros says:

      I have worked in a hardware industry for more than 24 years …dealing with locks every day that were gummed up by wd40…PLEASE ….HAVE MERCY ON MY SOUL …DO NOT NOT NOT NOT….USE THIS IN YOUR LOCKS PEOPLE!!!!! A small tube of grafite for .99 is what you need ….. all of the other ideas are great …BUT NOT THE LOCK ONE !!!!!!!! thank you.

  2. Wow! Great post. Thanks for all the tips.

  3. It also takes stain off carpeting

    1. Thanks Kathi and I used it to get gum off my carpet that one of my kid’s accidentally stepped on and then transferred it to my car’s carpet. Took it right off.

  4. Gilmer Gal says:

    I use it to clean and soften my leather couch and loveseat! Looks great!

  5. So handy. I will be trying some of these. Visiting you today from the traffic jam weekend link up. laurensparks.net

    1. Thank you and I’m excited you want to give some a try. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Mary Ann Rajczewski says:

    Thank you for all of this useful tips!

  7. We love WD-40!!! Thank you for sharing some additional tricks that we did not know. Found you on Over the Moon.

    1. Thank you Amy and if you have any to share, I’d love to know πŸ™‚

  8. Margaret R. says:

    Love this post! Have used WD-40 on tons of things over the years, including the front door. However, was told by a locksmith that you should never, ever use WD-40 or something similar on paddocks. It will ruin the interior and the locking/unlocking mechanisms. MMR

  9. Margaret R. says:

    Meant “padlocks”. Too much time with my horse apparently! MMR

    1. Thank you so much for sharing Margaret πŸ™‚

  10. Oh my word! I had NO idea there were so many uses for WD-40! Of course I always have a can on hand; I’m going to grab it and put your ideas to good use. And I’ve pinned this for future reference.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thank you so much Richella and thanks for the feature and Pin. I truly appreciate it and your hosting a wonderful place for all of us to share our creations.

  11. This stuff saves me in the winter with my dogs tie out clasp. It would freeze and was impossible to open some days. It needs to be reapplied a few times throughout the season but does the trick.

  12. Christina says:

    Love your site. You have such interesting and helpful ideas. Going off to buy some wd40 right now. Thanks so much for sharing what is in that marvellous brain of your. Christina, (down under).

    1. You are so very sweet Christina, thank you so much. I hope these ideas work for you as well as they did for me.

  13. Sally Evans says:

    Don’t forget WD-40 is great on your snow shovel! And on the saucer sleds we all love to fly on down those snowy hills.

    1. So true, thank you so much for sharing Sally πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Kim, it’s great for so many things it’s crazy.

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