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The many uses of WD-40

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Yesterday our Trivia Tuesday question was "What does WD-40 stand for?"

In 1953, a fledgling company called Rocket Chemical Company and its staff of three set out to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry, in a small lab in San Diego, California. WD stands for Water Displacement and 40 stands for the number of times it took to get the formula right, 40 times.

Here are some other uses it’s good for:

  1. Protects Silver from tarnishing.
  2. Removes road tar and grime from your vehicle.
  3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
  4. Gives floors that “just waxed” sheen without making them slippery.
  5. Keeps flies off cows.
  6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
  7. Removes lipstick stains.
  8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
  9. Untangles jewellery chains.
  10. Removes stains from stainless steek sinks.
  11. Removes dirt and grime from BBQ grill/plate.
  12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta pots from oxidising.
  13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
  14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
  15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
  16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
  17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and the house.
  18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor. Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't appear to harm the finish and you don’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
  19. Bugs guts will eat away the finish on your vehicle if not removed quickly. So use WD-40 to get them off.
  20. Gives a children’s playground slide a shine for a super-fast and fun slide. 
  21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on ride on mowers.
  22. Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaking.
  23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
  24. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in your vehicle, as well as vinyl bumpers.
  25. Restores and cleans roof racks on your vehicles.
  26. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
  27. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
  28. Keeps rust from forming on saw blades and other tools.
  29. Removes splattered grease on the stove.
  30. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
  31. Lubricates prosthetic limbs. 
  32. Keeps pigeons off the balcony. They hate the smell.
  33. Removes all traces of duct tape.
  34. People even spray it on their arms, hands and knees to relieve arthritis pain. 
  35. The favourite use in the state of New York, WD-40 protects the Statute of Liberty from the elements.
  36. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. (Keep in mind that it is Illegal in most places, so don’t get caught using it).
  37. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
  38. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
  39. Also if you have discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with the load of washing, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto the lipstick is gone.
  40. If you spray WD-40 on your distributor cap (after you have just gone through that puddle that was bigger than you thought it was) it will displace the moisture and allow the vehicle to start.

If you have any other uses for WD-40 please share.

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