Friday, September 22, 2023


The surprising uses of WD-40

To some do-it-yourselfers, there are two essential items everyone should have handy in a “needs fixing'” emergency: Duct Tape and WD-40. Why WD-40?

Let us count the ways. Here are 25 of the 2,000 uses of WD-40 as reported by users:

•Cleans piano keys
•Keeps garden tools rust free
•Removes crayons from walls
•Shines the leaves of artificial house plants
•Removes ink from carpet and blue jeans
•Cleans dog poop from tennis shoes
•Cleans bottoms of pots and pans
•Cleans mildew from refrigerator gaskets
•Camouflages scratches on cultured marble
•Removes gum from flagpoles and concrete
•Keeps kitty-poo from sticking to electric cat box rakes
•Removes rust from cookie tins
•Cleans peanut butter from shoestrings
•Removes grape juice stains
•Shines wheelbarrow tires
•Cleans scum from rubber gloves
•Removes gum from dryer lint screens
•Keeps metal wire screens rust free
•Cleans and protects underside of cast iron skillets
•Keeps sewing needs from rusting
•Removes old cellophane tape
•Cleans black marks from shoes on floors
•Removes stickers from credit cards
•Removes water spots from mirrors
•Removes lipstick from fabric

And, the police once used WD-40 in a very unusual way: to remove a naked burglar trapped in an air conditioner vent!

Oh, and to bust a popular myth that originated in the tabloids: No, WD-40 does not cure arthritis! The WD-40 company does not recommend the use of WD-40 for medical purposes, and knows no reason why WD-40 would be effective for arthritis pain relief. WD-40 contains petroleum distillates and should be handled with the same precautions for any product containing this type of material.

How do you use your WD-40? Please leave a comment.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


  1. No tips here, just a question: Will it (or anything!) remove Gorilla Glue from a granite countertop?

    We’re getting our house ready to sell, so we can full-timing! One of my Christmas projects went sideways on me, and now there’s a noticeable lumpy hard spot where the glue touched.

    • Hi, Connie. I asked my son your question, since he used to fabricate/install custom (real) granite countertops. Here’s his answer: “If it is real granite, acetone is safe to use and may soften some types of glue. I would try carefully using a single-edge razor blade first. If it is too hard or leaves residue, I would try soaking with acetone for a few minutes then use the blade again. If the majority comes off, wipe clean with acetone. Some removers like Goof Off may work, but may also leave a dark spot on certain types of granite. If it is not real granite, that advice could cause damage to other types of counter materials.” He also mentioned, “‘Gorilla Glue’ has several different types of glue. If it is hard and dry, the razor should do the trick. If it is sticky, acetone should work. It is hard to give correct advice without knowing all of the details. And sometimes people think they have granite when it is actually marble, manufactured stone, or even Formica.” His final bit of advice: “I would try a single-edge razor blade first, then acetone as needed.” I hope that helps you. Good luck! 😀 —Diane at

      • Thank you, Diane! And thank you to your son, Jason, as well! This WORKED! And from what I can see, no damage to the surface. 😁 And how many lessons did I learn from this….?! Oh boy, not enough fingers and toes to count them.

        Forever grateful, Diane!

        • You’re very welcome, Connie. I’m glad it worked. Good luck on selling your house, and Happy Full-time RVing! 😀 —Diane at

  2. Be cautious when using original WD-40 ! It is a wonderful product for its specific use, which is to penetrate rust. If not removed once it has done the deed, it will continue to penetrate many materials, causing non reversible damage. WD-40 has another awesome product; Specialist Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant. This protects against rust and is safe to use on metals, and non-metals.

  3. Keeps wet snow from sticking to snow shovels, both metal and plastic…for a while at least, usually one drive way worth.

    It is a petroleum based product that over time will cause RUBBER to deteriorate and eventually fail!

  5. Number one item in my landlord tool kit. I use to shine and polish stainless steel appliances up and sinks up. Also will help clean on faucets etc… Anything metal. Love it.

  6. Used it to take tar of my wifes car and wheels which were covered after she went through a chip and seal construction zone.

  7. Went on a charter fishing trip on Lk Ontario from Kingston Ontario a few years back. The Capt provided us with heavy gear and large red and white lures which he sprayed with WD-40. We caught our limit of lake trout in no time. I think it does work or at the very least doesn’t deter them. My two cents.

  8. I use wd40 to spray my snow blower and shovels during the winter, it keeps the snow from sticking. Works great

    • I drive a white tahoe and of course it gets road oil all over it.Wd40 wirked into it with a soft cloth takes it right off.


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