5 More Things To Do with WD-40
Often kept in the garage, WD-40 is capable of so much more than lubricating machinery. Here are five creative uses for you to try out around the home.
In 1953 WD-40 – which literally stands for Water Displacement 40th Attempt – was designed for metal lubrication and to prevent corrosion. 58-years later it has become a regular household item, and is nearly as common as duct tape. Fortunately, WD-40 has many other household uses, and we’ve found a few that might come in handy. Just remember to keep it away from open flames and use in a well ventilated area. (Photo courtesy of FHKE/Creative Commons Flickr)
1. Remove Strong Glue
You didn’t wear protective gloves when using that super-strong glue and now some of it is super-stuck to your fingers! Don’t panic. Just reach for the WD-40, spray some directly on the sticky fingers, and rub your hands together until your fingers are no longer sticky. Use WD-40 to remove the glue from other unwanted surfaces as well.
2. Keep Puppies from Chewing
Your new puppy is adorable, but will he ever stop chewing up the house? To keep puppies from chewing on telephone and television-cable lines, spray WD-40 on the lines. The pups hate the smell.
3. Remove Chewing Gum from Hair
It’s one of an adult’s worst nightmares: chewing gum tangled in a child’s hair. You don’t have to panic or run for the scissors. Simply spray the gummed-up hair with WD-40, and the gum will comb out with ease. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area when you spray and take care to avoid contact with the child’s eyes.
4. Remove Tough Scuff Marks
Those tough black scuff marks on your kitchen floor won’t be so tough anymore if you spray them with WD-40. Use WD-40 to help remove tar and scuff marks on all your hard-surfaced floors. It won’t harm the surface, and you won’t have to scrub nearly as much. Remember to open the windows if you are cleaning a lot of marks.
5. Remove Stickers from Glass
What were the manufacturers thinking when they put that sticker on the glass? Don’t they know how hard it is to get off? When soap and water doesn’t work and you don’t want to ruin a fingernail or risk scratching delicate glass with a blade, try a little WD-40. Spray it on the sticker and glass, wait a few minutes, and then use a no-scratch spatula or acrylic scraper to scrape the sticker off. The solvents in WD-40 cause the adhesive to lose its stickiness.
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