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5 Things To Do with WD-40

Originally designed as a rust-prevention solvent, WD-40 has become a useful household staple with hundreds of potential applications. Here are five of our favourite ways to put WD-40 to work.

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WD-40 made its debut on the consumer retail market in 1958. The idea to sell it for household applications was inspired by employees who sneaked cans out of the plant to use at home. Not just for silencing squeaky hinges, we’ve found five more ways to use the product around the home.

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1. Use WD-40 to Protect Boots and Shoes

Waterproof your winter boots and shoes by giving them a coat of WD-40-it’ll act as a barrier so water can’t penetrate the material. You can also use WD-40 to remove ugly salt stains from boots and shoes during the winter months. Just spray WD-40 onto the stains and then wipe them clean with a rag. 

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2. Use WD-40 to Clean Your Fridge

When soap and water can’t get rid of old bits of food stuck in and around your refrigerator, reach for the WD-40. After clearing all foodstuffs from the areas to be treated, spray a small amount of WD-40 on each gooey spot, then wipe down with a rag or sponge. Make sure you wash off all the WD-40 before returning food to the fridge.

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3. Use WD-40 to Renew Faded Plastic Furniture

Use WD-40 to bring colour and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture. Simply spray WD-40 directly onto the surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. You’ll be surprised at the results!

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4. Use WD-40 to Exterminate Roaches and Repel Insects

Don’t let cockroaches, insects, or spiders get the upper hand in your home. Keep a can of WD-40 handy, and when you see a roach, spray a small amount directly on it for an instant kill. To keep insects and spiders out of your home, spray WD-40 on windowsills and frames, screens, and door frames. Be careful not to inhale the fumes when you spray and do not do this at all if you have babies or small children at home.

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5. Use WD-40 to Keep Animals from Flowerbeds

Animals just love to play in your garden, digging up your the flowers you worked so hard to grow. What animals don’t love, however, is the smell of WD-40. To keep the animals out and your greenery looking beautiful all season, spray WD-40 evenly over the flowerbeds one or more times over the course of the season. (Do not use this strategy on vegetables gardens.)