For as long as most of us can remember, WD-40 has existed. It can often be found in homes and has been used to repair bicycle chains and squeaky doors. While these common applications are well known, there are numerous other WD-40 hacks that can significantly ease daily life.
But first, let’s talk about safety before we dive into these hacks. WD-40 emits some incredibly potent fumes. Open windows and turn on fans to provide ventilation while working indoors. Avoid using the spray when children are nearby and avoid working in children’s rooms. It’s always best to wear a mask, safety goggles, and gloves when working indoors or outdoors. WD-40 must always be removed with a damp cloth after being sprayed on something. After spraying, wash the area where food preparation or storage will take place. In essence, exercise common sense. Although useful, WD-40 can be hazardous if used improperly. So proceed with caution, and let’s begin.
Remove Sticker Residue From Items
Stickers are entertaining and very practical for a variety of items, but they are difficult to remove once applied. Even if you remove the top layer, there will still be a ton of gross and incredibly bothersome residue. But don’t worry. They can be removed in a way that is much more comfortable.
Simply apply WD-40 and let the residue soak for five minutes. After that, use a sponge to gently scrub the area and watch the residue disappear. While others use it on waste, some people have had success spraying the entire sticker. To determine which is best for you, try both.
Remove Scuff Marks From Kitchen Floors
One of the most dreaded household chores is cleaning the floors, especially when you discover stains that don’t belong there. One of those things is scuff marks, which are virtually impossible to remove without a good scrub brush and a lot of effort. Spray some WD-40 on the floor to make things a little easier on yourself.
Allow it to soak for a minute, and then scrub it. To the greatest extent possible, open your window or door to let fresh air in. To prevent accidents, make sure you wipe up any WD-40 that may be on the floor.
Clean Up Spills On The Carpet
Carpet stains are nearly unavoidable and can sometimes be even worse than scuff marks on other floors. Parents and pet owners are well aware of how challenging it can be to keep carpet clean, but there is still hope.
Spray some of your magic WD-40 on any stains on your carpet that just won’t come up before letting it sit for a while. Then, return with a sponge, soap, water, or your regular carpet cleaner. Hello lovely carpet—at least until the next spill.
You know that extremely repulsive and disgusting gunk that resists removal with a regular cleaner? You repeatedly scrub and spritz with water… It is revolting, and the fact that it won’t go away makes you want to set your toilet on fire.
The good news is that you don’t have to take such drastic measures. Try spraying those spots with WD-40 and then removing it with your toilet brush before setting your bathroom on fire. You should see that gunk being flushed away in a few minutes.
Describe your refrigerator. Most people have at least one or two places in their freezer that are grossly stained or have unpleasant odors. What’s that? On those, WD-40 can be used as well. Be cautious, though. First, remove every food item from your refrigerator. Spray the troublesome areas, let them sit for a moment, and then remove it.
Wipe the surface of your food with soapy water before putting it back. You don’t want your food to be sitting in poisonous vapors. You might want to wait to do this process because it will take some time until you are either out of food or have enough stains to warrant it.
You might find that your feet become soaked regardless of the material in your shoes. Even with footwear that is supposed to be waterproof, such as snowshoes, this is true. You need your snowshoes to be in good condition if you want to avoid getting sick because they are meant to protect you from that weather.
To protect your shoes from getting wet or snowy, spray them with WD-40 to hedge your bets. It might not always work, but it will keep your feet drier than they would be otherwise.
Take Tight Jewelry Off
It’s possible that you put on a little weight and your ring did not increase in size accordingly. Or perhaps you are simply experiencing morning swelling. In either case, you are unable to take off your ring because it is too tight. You should not feel guilty because you are neither the first nor the last person to be frustrated.
If you’d rather not live in your ring, you can get rid of it with WD-40. Simply spray it on your finger, and your ring ought to come off easily. Avoid breathing in the fumes, and wash your hands thoroughly.
Make Scissors Like New
When you try to cut something but your scissors are difficult to use, it is very frustrating. Scissors lose their effectiveness over time. They sometimes hardly even open. If they do open, closing them again might be challenging.
Try spraying some WD-40 on your current pair of scissors before going out and buying a brand-new pair. Even though you might still need to sharpen them occasionally, occasionally spraying them can keep your scissors in good condition for a very long time.
Remove Children’s Artwork From the Wall
Every parent has found at least one piece of art made with crayons or markers on a wall, refrigerator, coffee table, or somewhere else. Despite how cute it is, it probably doesn’t go well with your decor. But there’s no need to worry, at least not when gloss or semi-gloss paint is used on walls, furniture, and appliances.
The solution is a little WD-40 and a cleaning rag. After that, it might be a good idea to purchase dry-erase wallpaper for the bottom of some of your walls. Then, you can stop worrying and let your child be a little Picasso.
Remove the Extra Ice From the Snow Shovel
Although snow is lovely, having your driveway covered in it is not very enjoyable. Neither is that snow stubbornly clinging to the tool you are using to remove it while you are making every effort not to freeze into an icicle or to be late for work once more.
WD-40 will become your new best friend if the process of shoveling snow is slowed down by the snow sticking to your shovel. You can quickly get back inside to the heat or out on the road by spraying your shovel before use, which should cause the snow to immediately fall off.
Remove Chewing Gum
Don’t you just adore walking through chewing gum? And because it is so challenging to remove, it seems to know just how much you love it. That’s no longer the case, though. Now you can spray it with water, let it soak for a short time, and then immediately pull it off.
Even better, this simple technique removes gum that has become embedded in carpet, hair, the bottom of a desk, and, well, pretty much anywhere else that you would prefer it not to be.
Bring Back the Beauty of Your Lawnmower
Don’t you detest cutting the lawn? After making everything look beautiful, you discover that your mower is now completely covered in grass. Now, you must either take the time to clean it off or push the filthy item back into the shed.
After putting in so much effort, it is a little demoralizing and frustrating. Before cutting your grass, spray your lawnmower with WD-40 to avoid this disaster. When your lawn is finished, the grass will simply slide off, giving you an even greater sense of accomplishment.
Remove Coffee Stains
When your eyes want to close on their own, coffee may be delicious and very beneficial. However, most people concur that cleaning up a coffee spill is not enjoyable. And if you put it off, you’ll probably end up with marks that are difficult to remove.
Spray WD-40 on coffee or tea stains on your kitchen countertops, wait a few minutes, and then use a damp sponge or cloth to remove the unsightly stains. You can keep your kitchen counters spotless by doing this.
Remove Tomato Sauce Stains and Other Red Stains
Tomato sauce stains so easily and is difficult to remove from surfaces or clothing. The majority of parents are aware that their young children must either wear bibs on spaghetti night or be ready to change out of their current clothes into play clothes.
Whether you want to believe it or not, tomato sauce stains can be removed. It might take a little longer to soak than the coffee or tea stains did, but you should still be able to remove it with some soapy water. The clothing ought to wash thoroughly.
Maintain the Functionality of the Gardening Equipment
There is good news for anyone who enjoys gardening—or even dislikes it—but stays away from it because their gardening tools are attached to the soil. You can get started right away with a little preparation. Use WD-40 to clean your gardening tools before using them.
You’ll appreciate how quickly the soil slides off and how easily the tools slide in. This allows you to indulge in your favorite hobby longer or complete that dreaded chore faster. When gardening, you shouldn’t need to spray every time the soil starts to stick again.
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