Do you always have a can of WD-40 around the house but never seem to find the need for one? WD-40 is not a lubricant in the strictest sense of the word. Instead, WD-40 dissolves barriers such as rust that prevent movement. With that in mind, you can use WD-40 to shift any number of stubborn items including glassware that is jammed together with dirt or grease. Similarly, wedding and other rings that refuse to budge will benefit from a squirt of WD-40.
However, it may surprise you to learn that when it comes to solving household problems there is a long list of other uses for WD40. The following is a sampling of just some of the life-hacks that you perform with nothing more than a can of WD-40 and a minimum amount of effort.
Remove Scuff Marks
Scuff marks that are proving difficult to remove may benefit from a coating of WD-40, washed down with a sponge. Always remember to spray well away from your eyes. WD-40 works well on surfaces such as tiles and other hard-surfaces for those stains that are most difficult to remove.
Clean Toilet Bowls
Toilet bowls are notoriously hard to keep clean and, depending on the quality of your water, there may be grime that leaves serious staining around the bowl. WD-40 and a nylon brush is all that’s needed to bring your toilet bowl back to sparkling white. Spray a small amount into the bowl, leave for around 30 seconds and then use a toilet brush to clean away stains.
Prevent Wasp Nests
You know that wasps love to build nests under the eaves of your home and in wood stacks but don’t let them ruin your outdoor living spaces. WD-40 acts as an effective insect repellent when sprayed in areas where pests like to set up home during the spring months.
Reduce Wood Floor Shine
If you have recently added a coat of polyurethane to a wood floor, you may find that you’re being blinded by the glare. To balance out the reflection of light, use WD-40 to cut out some of the glare coming from your wood floor. All you need is a soft cloth sprayed with WD-40 to give the floor a wipe and balance is restored.
Have you ever glued your fingers together? Always keep a can of WD-40 close to hand and it will get you out of a pinch and remove unwanted glue from most any surface. Spray some WD-40 on sticky fingers, rubbing them together until the glue has dissolved. Apply the same principle to other surfaces where you have spilled glue for a quick cleanup.
Guitar String Tune-up
Your guitar strings will become dull from grease or rust. To get as much life out of each set as possible, use WD-40 as a solvent for cleaning and lubrication. Do not apply WD-40 directly to your strings but, rather, spray a small amount onto a rag to wipe strings until they are clean and rust free.
Rust Proof Wooden Handles
While it is true that wooden handles don’t rust, they are vulnerable to moisture damage and splintering. WD-40 can extend the life of wooden handled tools by creating a barrier against the ravages of moisture. You can also use WD-40 to remove access rust from metal parts, thus prolonging the lifespan of your home and garden tools.
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