12 Surprising Ways to Use WD-40

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If you didn’t know that the “WD” in WD-40 stands for “water displacement” then you are certainly not alone. WD-40 has been a go-to product for lubricating squeaky hinges for over half a century, but despite its popularity, there are still countless uses for the classic household staple that are sure to surprise you. From removing carpet stains to repelling spiders, a world of possibilities for easy solutions to everyday problems presents itself in the form of a single can of WD-40.

Remove Carpet Stains

Spray a bit of WD-40 on a carpet stain, wait a few minutes, and then use your normal carpet cleaner or gently wipe with a soft sponge and warm, soapy water. Repeat until the stain disappears.

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Prevent Splinters on Wooden Handles

If you have wood-handled tools in your garage or shed, you know that over time the handles are prone to splintering. Prevent splintering by rubbing WD-40 into the wood and make your tools last longer.

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Repel Spiders

Simply spray a little bit of WD-40 on any surfaces and in crevices where spiders or other insects may find their way into your home and you can say goodbye to these unwanted guests.

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Remove Crayon From Walls

Accidents happen, especially when children are involved. If your child colors on the walls instead of paper, just use some WD-40 and the crayon or marker will come right off of your paint.

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Weed Killer

Experienced gardeners are likely to tell you that WD-40 is an excellent weed killer. Spraying WD-40 causes plants to wither and die so you can remove weeds without damaging the rest of your garden.

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Loosen Zippers

Just spray a little bit of WD-40 on that stubborn zipper, then gently tug it up and down a few times to lubricate it all the way around. In no time your zipper will be good as new.

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Remove Chewing Gum

If your child comes home from school with chewing gum in their hair, worry not. Spray it with some WD-40, then gently comb and rinse to remove it.

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Deter Squirrels From Bird Feeders

If you want to ensure your bird feeder actually feeds the birds, just spray WD-40 on the feeder and the squirrels will slide right off before they can enjoy a snack.

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Prevent Wasps Nests

Keeping the wasps away is easy. Simply spray WD-40 under the eaves of your home, blocking wasps and yellow jackets who may otherwise seek to build their nests in your house.

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Remove Hair Dye Stains

Hair dye can easily stain your towels, and those stains can be very difficult to remove. Enter WD-40. Spray a generous amount on the stain, then rub it in before tossing it in the washing machine on a hot cycle.

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Separate Stubborn Legos

If your child is always asking you to pull apart stubborn Legos, look no further than WD-40. A little spray will loosen them up, making them so much easier to pull apart.

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Clean Paint from Leather

If you’re painting your home and accidentally get a drop or two of paint on your leather furniture, don’t stress. Use a small amount of WD-40, then wipe it with a clean cloth and you’ll see the paint comes off easily.

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