WD-40 can do way more than just fix a squeak. Here are other cool ways to use it around the house.
Updated: Feb 21
By ALEXIS ROCHESTER
WD-40 has such a neat history.
Any time I share home hacks for certain products, I love to research the history and chemistry behind it first because it can really help you understand why and how something works.
You can read the blog post here for the history and science behind this product created in 1953.
Here are some ways I love using WD-40:
Deep clean your car.
The WD-40 uses on cars is endless! I clean almost everything on my car with this, inside and out. The inside of the door that gets so dirty, the metal under the seats and anything with grime on it.
Clean stainless steel.
Stainless steel can be tricky to clean with certain chemicals. WD-40 not only cleans, but it also protects it and makes it shine!
Remove sticky residue.
I recently used this for a duct tape residue on a shelf. It was really bad, so I just sprayed some WD-40, and it cleaned it right away. It will work for any surface.
Use it as a stain remover.
This removes certain stains so well. Things like crayon, lipstick or anything of a waxy substance can be cleaned with WD-40. I have used it on walls, carpets and even clothes.
Clean grease stains.
This is exceptionally good at cleaning grease stains around the home.
For places that are hard to reach or you can’t take it apart to clean the grease, WD-40 will clean it.
I had an area between the oven and counter that had grease splatters, but it was hard to reach.
I sprayed some WD-40 in there and it cleaned it right away. This powerful product will clean grease on pretty much every surface too. Clothes and even carpets!
Repel snails or slugs.
This is a trick I have used for years when it comes to insects that crawl up into your plants like snails and slugs. If you spray the outside of a potted plant with WD-40, it keeps them from climbing up.
Concrete is porous and hard to clean, but WD-40 can help with that. It can dissolve chalk, spilled stain, and oil splatters.
Remove mildew from metal surfaces.
We had an old refrigerator that had mildew on the bottom metal area. Just a little WD-40 and it cleaned up right away.
I used a couple of other cleaners before and they didn’t work, WD-40 cleaned it within a few minutes.
There are more ways to use WD-40 too, be sure to head to our blog post for the rest of them.
Alexis Rochester is an investigative chemist, blogger and founder of Chemistry Cachet. She shares science-based skin care, cleaning, gardening and health tips. She was diagnosed with RA at age 10, so she has a passion for pain management tips and research, along with sharing her journey through this disease. When she’s not writing for Chemistry Cachet, she is taking Pilates or Barre classes, and also received her Barre teaching certification this year! She grew up in Stephenville and recently moved back with her daughter, husband and bulldog. You can find her posting pictures and fun stories daily on Instagram. Also look for Chemistry Cachet on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn.