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JULY 23, 2009 3:53PM

WD-40 Can Do All That! Who Knew?

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According to WD-40 folklore, a guy who had just bought a new pickup got up one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). Needless to say, he was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do. His neighbor came out and told him to get some WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck.


Water Displacement #40, AKA WD-40 began as a research project to develop 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 Convair 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 stove top ... Viola! It's now shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.


Pop Quiz: Do you know what the main ingredient of WD-40 is? Don't lie and don't cheat.


Here are some other 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 them 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 playground 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 rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!

43. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.


Answer: The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.


As to its uses in the boudoir, you’ll have to try it yourself.


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WOW! Also, you know that sticky residue crap left after you painstakingly try to remove a sticker from an item? Spray some WD-40 on it, let it sit for a few seconds, and PRESTO! Sticky residue crap wipes right off!
Whoa! I have a lot of that stuff going on with the sticky labels, and WD-40 is on my shopping list, along with duck tape!

Fish oil?
I've used it on fish bait/ does work! Thanks for all the other ideas, Trudge!
yep, it's a miracle product. I've long believed that you can fix the world with duct tape and wd-40!
ooooooh... in the boudoir, you say? Hmmmmm.

OK. Next assignment: duct tape. The white man's cure for everything!
Man, I need to print this list and hang it on the wall!
FISH OIL? Banana oil, methinks. Fish oil doesn't combust and WD40 is more like kerosene IMHO. But I'll let it go.

Once upon a time I was driving in Baja California Sur and our VW bus caravan s-l-o-w-l-y crawled across some very fresh asphalt that had just been laid down. I ended up with spider webs of asphalt on the lower third of my rather nicely painted '76 Campmobile. WD40 took it off with a little massaging action.

And it's great for cleaning your tools at the end of the day.
There's that old saying: "If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD40." (I think I learned this from watching The Red Green Show.)
actually, it can't do all that and the main ingredient is not fish oil. can give you the real poop.

it is good stuff though, no doubt.
If all else fails use a bigger hammer.
I love this post here.
Who would have known all this??
I love wd-40. I use it on my bicycle. It knocks off the rust from my chain.
Oh, my favorite is #8 - Lostens stubborn zippers. Oh how often I could have used some WD-40 on dates.
Great post - One that will come in handy for trivia nights!
Spotted Mind, That's one more use.

Zuma, I know it sounds fishy, but that's what they say it contains.

Hesgotshananigans, you're welcome.

Walter, Great idea! Let's start with Wall Street and Health Care.

Wind in my wings, duct tape and WD-40 in the boudoir? Can I videotape it?

Owl, Laminate so it will last.

BBE, ty bro! I owe you one.

Gordon, yes it the lubricant world's answer to duct tape.

Jeanette, words to live by.

Cappy, ty. Need to check my sources.

Mission, were u in the Air Force? We used to use that line all the time.

Boomer, u dog u.

J. Robert Godbout, just remember where you got it.
I did not know this! I'm, I can whip out the WD-40 and save the day!
I may have to make a special holster so I can attach a can to my hip and have it handy all day long!
Robin & Mamoore, I have mine attached to my bat utility belt.
It might not be safe for me to have any.
Sirenita, okay? BTW, I just read your Craigs list post and it was excellent.
Trudge you are on the top of most viewed past 4 hours!! Yea!
good post!
It's not fish oil.. Stoddard solvent is the main ingredient.
My parents had Lulu, a mini dachshund, for many years. One time when I was visiting she started doing the butt scoot thing. With that, my dad jumped up, grabbed the WD-40 and Lulu and sprayed her rear. I was shocked and cracked up but, it worked and he did that for years. Amazing WD-40!
Great post - damn, that list sounds like it came from “Hints from Heloise.” I just wish it worked on my morning arthritis….

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I'm buying some WD-40 tomorrow !
Your article is timely; the guy who was instrumental in making WD-40 a household word, John S. Barry, just died on 7/22/09. Here's the link:

I'm bookmarking this for future reference. I wasn't aware of many of these uses!
my jaw dropped about a foot.


and I thought that stuff was just manly man spray grease.
All TY 4 dropping by commenting and rating.
Stay lubricated!
I like to spray it on my ass and slide down the street. Wheeeeeee!
Oh, Floyd, the visual...

I'll be at the hardware store tomorrow. Yippee!
Floyd, please provide video.

Sweetfeet, film at 11.
My Tinfoil-Hat-Cam is, sadly, in the shop.
The secrey ingredient is gefilte fish. Everybody knows that.

Floyd, bubble wrap is the way to go these days.

John, Gefilte fish! You just took me back to the days when I worked in a supermarket in Jewish/Black/Hispanic neighborhood in Queens. "Dahling, where's the gefilte fish?" "Right next to the cuchi-fritos and collard greens."
Many's the ungodly cold and snowy Buffalo winter morning that began not even trying to start the tri-colored Gremlin or the infamous $400 Volvo or the Skylark that later blew up at the corner gas station, without first flinging up the hood, spinning off the wing nut that held the air cleaner in place around the carburetor, whose butterflied gullet I jam open with a Bic pen and commence to douse with WD-40. Return to front seat, slip the gear into neutral, twist the key -- ay voila! Jump back out, retrieve pen, return air cleaner, look hopelessly about for wing nut, find it on the battery, spin it on, slam down the hood, return to driver's position and go to work.

Worked every time. Never knew why until now. Many thanks. Only thing? Those ridiculous red straws that came taped to the can. Easier and more frequently lost than the wing nut.
Jerimiah, it's called marketing. You lose the straw, then you have to buy a new can or steal one. Now they make them with a fixed straw.
Ty for sharing.
This is a good list. I have used it for years to get crude oil and other stains out of hubby's clothes.

I do know it is not fish oil but it doesn't matter. We know it is combustible 'cause my friend made a blow torch out of a can of it in typing class. You left that off the lists lol.
Hello, stunning is what I do best.

Brenda, I'll be sure to add it.
Instead of taking omega-3 capsules, I just spray some WD-40 in my mouth.
WD-40 and duct tape. Don't leave home without them.
Oh, and an empty beer can. I used one to quick fix a muffler once.
LittleWillie, that'll keep your intestines lubricated.

Blackflon, I keep them in the house for those "special" nights.
One more -- #44: One more. It takes gum out of the dryer!! Once we dried a load of clothes with gum in a pocket; it got all over the dryer. We aprayed WD40 on it and wipe it off. It worked like a charm!
jfernrn, thanks for the tip. I'll "stick" to my dryer.
@ Cap: the manufacturers aren't saying that WD-40 CAN'T do the things on the list, just that certain things are not recommended by the manufacturer.

For instance, they don't recommend it for crayon stains on walls, but it works wonders on them...on lipstick and other makeup stains, too, and doesn't hurt the paint (never has when I've used it, anyway).
WD-40 doesn't contain any fish oil, banana oil or any other plant oil. That's an urban legend. It's a petroleum product, as evidenced by its material safety data sheet.
If you spray it on bait, you'll pollute the water to no small extent (one drop of mineral oil will contaminate about 250 gallons of water).
Excellent. Will send on. Don't care what's in it. But all the things it does? Amazing.