When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that has
cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as
glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stovetop... Viola! It's now shinier than
it's ever been. You'll be amazed.
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and
degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three
technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes
from the project that was to find a "water displacement" compound. They were
successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40.
The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile parts. The
workers were so pleased with the product, they began smuggling (also known
as "shrinkage" or "stealing") it out to use at home. The executives decided
there might be a consumer market for it and put it in aerosol cans. The rest,
as they say, is history.
It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. Only one of them is
the "brew master." There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff
manufactured each year. It gets it's distinctive smell from a fragrance that is
added to the brew. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is
nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
Here are some of the uses:
Protects silver from tarnishing
Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
Gets oil spots off concrete driveways
Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery
Keeps flies off cows
Restores and cleans chalkboards
Removes lipstick stains
Loosens stubborn zippers
Untangles jewelry chains
Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill
Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing
Removes tomato stains from clothing
Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots
Camouflages scratches in ce ramic and marble floors
Keeps scissors working smoothly
Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide
Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding
Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises
Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open
Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close
Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl
Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles
Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy
Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly
Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools
Removes splattered grease on stove
Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
Lubricates prosthetic limbs
Keeps pigeo ns off the balcony (they hate the smell)
Removes all traces of duct tape
I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands, and knees to
relieve arthritis pain.
Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and
The favorite use in the state of New York--WD-40 protects the Statue of
Liberty from the elements.
WD-40 attracts fish . Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and you will be
catching the big one in no time. Also it's a lot cheaper than the chemical
attractants that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind though, using
some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
Use it for fire ant bites It takes the sting away immediately, and stops the itch.
WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe
with a clean rag.
Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried
a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40
and rewash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture
and allow the car to start.(If I knew what a distributor cap was, it might help)
WD-40, long known for its ability to remove leftover tape mung (sticky label
tape), is also a lovely perfume and air freshener! Sprayed liberally on every
hinge in the house, it leaves that distinctive clean fresh scent for up to two
Seriously though, it removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!
Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to
harm the finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!