Saturday, July 14, 2007

WD-40 ... Who Knew ..... ?

I received the following in an email a few months ago, and thought at the time that it would make a good blog post to share. You may have already seen it, or known about it, but here goes anyway !!

I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I'm impressed!

WD-40 who knew?

Water Displacement #40. 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.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that has ever 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... Voila! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.

Here are some of the uses:

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
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 doors in homes
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 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.
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers."
38) The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) 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.
40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) 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 re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.

P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

P. P. S. I keep a can of WD-40 in my kitchen cabinet over the stove. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes theburned feeling away and heals with NO scarring.

WD-40 ... Who Knew !!

I found this informationfascinating, as I had only ever thought that WD-40 was used to stop squeaking hinges, and to spray on bits of the car for various reasons.

I think I'll have to buy a can and leave it in a useful spot. Also, another one to add to my camping kit !!

Hope you find this information useful.

Also hope your weekend is going well.

Take care,


Diane J. said...

I knew about most of those uses, but a few of them were new to me. I have a friend who swears by WD-40 for his arthritis! I need to print out your list and keep it handy. ;o)

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Connie. :-)

Love and hugs,


Jorja's Nanna said...

Hi Connie,
Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm so glad that you did because I had mislaid you somewhere and couldn't remember what your blog was called.
I will put you into my favourites right away.
Great stuff the old WD40. I have the list also.
Cheers for now,

Jeanette said...

Hi Connie,Thanks for the welcome home My Alan always kept a can of wd40 in his shed I didnt know it had so many uses so will be getting a can next time I go shopping,Im feeling very much under the weather catch up again with you soon. ((((HUGS)))
btw. I see by Merle you might be in Shepparton in sept. let me know and will try be there and have a cuppa.

Val said...

Thanks, I'll send this list to Dad who is a big fan of WD-40 already.

You DO know, don't you, that WD-40 is one half of all the tools you'll ever need:
WD-40 and Duct tape: If it doesn't move and should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use duct tape!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Hello Connie. That is a really informative post.

Bethany said...

thanks for that I didn't know about all those uses.

Heidi said...

Who knewis right! wow thanx for the info..I will buy this weekend..

Or maybe I should take my fish-oil tablets poke a hole and use that

Have a great weekend~

Peter said...

Hi aka Connie, I see you have unmasked Meow officially that WD40 is certainly a handy product to have around, nice to see you must have got rid of your computer virus.

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Diane ... thank you, I am having a wonderful weekend. Hope you are too. xx

Jorja's Nanna ... hey Jenny, glad I visited then. Hope to see more of you.

Jeanette ... thanks. I will let you know when we will be in the area ... it would be great to catch up.

Val ... thanks. WD40 and duct tape ... that's so cool.

Jean-luc ... thank you.

Bethany ... glad to help.

Heidi ... a handy product ... not sure about the fish oil capsules ... LOL

Peter ... yep, thought it was about time Meow was officially unmasked, as many people called me by my real name anyway !! And yes, I got that virus sorted, thank goodness ... took some good detective work, but it's totally gone.

Take care, Meow

Gina E. said...

STRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll have to filch Ken's can from downstairs in the garage...and mustn't forget to print out that list from here either. Otherwise I'll forget why I'm keeping Ken's stuff in my kitchen.

Autumn said...

Grat information. Thanks I am going to make a copy of that and keep it handy

Cecil said...

Hey Meow! Hope you are all well... Tired here.. but ok.. Diane is right..our friend uses WD-40 on his joints.. okey dokey.. we said.. :0)

Puss-in-Boots said...

Huh, who knew indeed? I just though WD40 was for squeaks and using in locks for tight to turn keys etc. It's good to know there's nothing in it to harm us.

And I quite like the smell...doesn't smell fishy at all.


Thanks for that, Connie.

Tammy said...

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

I didn't know it did all this! Wow! (or maybe we should all just keep fish oil! LOL)

Hope all is going well with you...have a blessed Sunday!

catsmum said...

much of that email is unfortunately untrue. For the real story go here:

LZ Blogger said...

If you love WD-40 this much... Then I can't wait for your post on Triflo... IT IS THE BEST! Hands down! Truly! ~ jb///

Susie said...

I had no idea of the many uses of WD40
I'm going to print this out!

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Thanks everyone, once again, for your comments. Glad I could provide some interesting information. Check out the link "catsmum" provided ... it tells you a little more about this product, and is quite interesting, also.
Hope your weekend has been great.
Take care, Meow

Merle said...

Hi Connie ~~ Great list that I have printed as I have a cute little can of WD 40 in my house, but never guessed at most of these uses.
Sorry you had computer trouble but glad you could fix it. Clever girl.
I am enjoying posting photos, it
makes for an more interesting post.
Had a great weekend with Bec going to a Craft market and a couple of other
shops. She is safely home in Brisbane now. Take care, Love, Merle.

dragonflyfilly said...

wow! - that is amazing; sounds like it can be used (externally) for just about EVERYTHING!

Meow (aka Connie) said...

Hahaha, I guess it can be used for heaps of stuff ... not sure I want to smell like a can of WD40, though !!

Take care, Meow