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    Brilliant Ways to Use WD-40 at Home

    You already use WD-40 to loosen bolts and stop squeaking hinges, but did you know it could do these other amazing things?

    Blue scratched car with damaged paintSRDJAN RANDJELOVIC/SHUTTERSTOCK


    Remove ‘Paint Rub’ From Another Car

    You return to your parked car to find that while you were gone, another vehicle got a bit too close for comfort. Luckily there’s no dent, but now your car has a blotch of “paint rub” from the other car on it. To remove paint-rub stains on your car and restore its original finish, spray the affected area with WD-40, wait a few seconds, then wipe with a clean rag.

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    Clean Carpet Stains

    Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Spray the stain with WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone.




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    Keep Wooden Tool Handles Splinter Free

    No tools can last forever, but you can prolong the life of your wood-handled tools if you keep them from splintering. Just rub a generous amount of WD-40 into the wood. It shields the wood from moisture and other corrosive elements and keep it smooth and splinter-free for the life of the tool.




    Tree wasp, or paper wasp very close up stripping woodRUTH SWAN/SHUTTERSTOCK

    Keep Wasps from Building Nests

    Don’t let yellow jackets and other wasps ruin your spring and summer fun. Their favorite place to build nests is under eaves. So next spring mist some WD-40 under all the eaves of your house. It will block the wasps from building their nests there.




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    Keep Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders

    It happens all the time: Just as you fill your bird feeder with seed, the squirrels get into it and eat it all before the birds have a chance. Next time you fill up the feeder, just spray a good coat of WD-40 on top of the feeder and those rodents will slip right off.


    Get Poop Off Your Shoe

    You return home and discover you stepped in dog do-do while on your evening walk. No problem! Just spray some WD-40 on the sole of your shoe and use an old toothbrush to clean the poop out of the crevices. Rinse with cold water and your shoes will be as good as new.





    Remove Chewing Gum

    Forget peanut butter. Next time your child gets bubble gum stuck in their hair, spray it with some WD-40, then comb it out and rinse thoroughly.





    Break in a New Baseball Glove

    Another one of the great WD-40 uses you haven’t thought of yet? Use WD-40 instead of neat’s-foot oil to break in a new baseball or softball glove. Spray the glove with WD-40, put a baseball in the palm, and fold it sideways. Take a rubber band or belt and tie it around the folded glove. The WD-40 will help soften the leather and form around the baseball, creating a pocket. Keep the glove tied up overnight, then wear it for a while so it will fit the shape of your hand.




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    Clean Oil Spots

    If there’s an ugly oil spot on your garage floor or the driveway, give the spot a good coat with WD-40 then hose it down. The spot should disappear once the water dries.





    Clean the Toilet

    Remove lime stains from the toilet bowl by spraying in some WD-40. Then just scrub with a toilet brush and flush.




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    Remove Hair Dye Stains

    If you color your hair at home and some of the dye stains your towel, spray some WD-40 on the stain and rub it in. Then toss the towel in the washer and run on a hot cycle.




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    Remove Crayon and Marker from Walls

    Oops, your kids colored the wall. No problem! Spray some WD-40 on the wall, then wipe off the crayon or marker with a clean rag. If you have wallpaper, do a quick test first.





    Remove Grease

    Instead of leaving grease all over the bathroom sink, spray your hands with WD-40 as soon as you’re finished working on your car. Rub them together, then wipe with a paper towel and follow with some soap and water.




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    Keep Dead Bugs Off Car Grille

    It’s bad enough that your car grille and hood get splattered with bugs every time you drive down the interstate, but do they have to be so darn tough to scrape off? The answer is no. Just spray some WD-40 on the grille and hood before going for a drive and most of the critters will slide right off. The few bugs left will be easy to wipe off later without damaging your car’s finish.




    dirty plastic chairsISARAVUT/SHUTTERSTOCK

    Renew Faded Plastic Furniture

    Bring color and shine back to faded plastic patio furniture. Simply spray WD-40 directly on the surface and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. You’ll be surprised at the results.

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