Cooktop Cove: 10+ surprising uses of WD-40
By Sharla Ives
From easing stuck coat zippers to cleaning shower doors or helping to open stuck paint-can lids, WD-40 has numerous practical uses around the home. It also has many uses for a car, including removing rust from chrome bumpers and keeping weather stripping and rubber seals moist so they don't crack.
WD-40 originally was designed for mechanical uses, such as oiling squeaky door hinges or machinery. However, there are many other less-conventional uses for this canned lubricant.
Remove dirt/poo from shoe bottoms
In addition to being sticky, fecal matter as well as dirt gets into the crevices of a shoe's tread. You could pick at each crease with a small sharp object, but that takes a long time. Lubricate the dirty area with WD-40 and let it soak in for a minute. Use dry paper towels to wipe the area, scrub with an old toothbrush or use the jet spray on a hose to power it off.
Clean winter boots
In the winter, sidewalk salt can get on and stain winter boots. To remove these salt stains, spray them with WD-40 and use a dry towel or rag to wipe off the boots. WD-40 also acts as a waterproofing seal if applied to winter boots and shoes.
Fix car marks
Although it can't repair scratches made in the metal of a car, WD-40 can help erase any paint marks left by another car. Spray the paint marks and wait two or three minutes for the lubricant to soak in. Gently wipe dry the marks with a clean cloth or soft paper towel.
Fix a stuck zipper
Zippers don't always get stuck because fabric gets caught in the teeth. Sometimes the teeth themselves become stiff and dry. Spray a little WD-40 on the zipper to lubricate the teeth. Run the zipper up and down a few times to evenly distribute the lubricant.
Remove a stuck ring from finger
Many people have heard of the old soap trick to remove a stuck ring, but you can't always get soap underneath the ring. WD-40 acts the same way as soap, but as a spray, it easily can get into every area. Twist or wiggle the ring a little to distribute the spray before pulling.
Remove gum from hair
Prevent an unattractive haircut by using WD-40 to remove chewing gum from hair. Avoiding contact with the hair owner's eyes, spray the hair by the gum. Use a comb to gently untangle the hair and get out the gum.
Clean shower door
Mildew is never attractive. Spray the entire door with WD-40, and wipe it down with a clean towel. Be careful not to get the lubricant in your eyes or inhale it. Ventilate the area as well as possible.
Clean toilet
Remove lime stains from a toilet with a healthy dose of WD-40. Saturate the stains with the spray, then wait a minute. Use a toilet brush to scrub away the stains. Ventilate the area well before doing this.
Fix squeaky door
WD-40 isn't just for squeaky hinges. With weather changes come changes in moisture, and this affects the wood and paint of a door. The door can swell and the paint may get tacky. Spray some WD-40 on a clean rag and wipe it over the door frame and wherever the door meets the jamb.
Remove sticker from a jar
WD-40 loosens glue solvents. If a sticker such as a canning label won't come off or only the surface comes off but the glue remains, spray the entire area. Wait a few minutes for the WD-40 to be absorbed, and use a plastic spatula to scrap off the glue.
Unstick stuck scissors
If a pair of scissors is getting rusty or has stuck together because it was used to cut food, a quick spray of WD-40 will unstick it. Try to open the scissors, and spray where it is sticking. Open and close the scissors a few times to distribute the WD-40.
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