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WD-40 - Who Knew?

Sometimes you learn the most interesting stuff while tooling around the internet. Today I stumbled across a fascinating Facebook post by Ron English that I just had to share, especially since it involves something that nearly everyone has around the house. I'm talking about that blue and yellow can of WD-40 tucked under the kitchen sink or out in the garage. If you thought it was just for squeaky hinges or getting the rust off old screws, think again.

WD-40: The history

WD-40, or Water Displacement #40, began as a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. It was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. The name originated from the project that was tasked with finding a water displacement compound. The formulation was finally successful on its fortieth attempt, hence the name 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. In fact, the main ingredient in WD-40 is simple fish oil.

40 uses you might not have known about for WD-40:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar, grime, and unwanted paint spray from cars without harming the finish.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floors that just-waxed sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps flies off of cows, horses, and other farm animals.
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains from clothing. Just saturate the stain with WD-40 and throw it in the wash.
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/terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass or plastic 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 both home and vehicle doors.
18. Removes those nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen 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. Removes bug guts that can eat away at the finish on your car, including love bugs.
20. Spray on children's playground slide for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and sliding doors and makes them easier to open.
23. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
24. Restores and cleans vinyl and leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers and roof racks.
25. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
26. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
27. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
28. Keeps rust from forming on saws, saw blades, and other tools.
29. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops and leaves them shiny clean.
30. Prevents bathroom mirrors from fogging.
31. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
32. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
33. Removes all traces of duct tape.
34. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
35. Used to protect the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
36. 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.
37. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
38. It's great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
39. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.
40. Use it as an ant deterrent. They don't like it.

Don't you just love it when a single, common household item can replace a multitude of products?

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