Thought that you might like to know more about
this well-known WD-40 product.
When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's
the first thing that has 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 stovetop... Viola! It's now
shinier than it's ever been. You'll be amazed.
The product began from a search for 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
The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect
their Atlas missile parts.
The workers were so pleased with the product they
began smuggling (also known as "shrinkage" or
"stealing") it out to use at home.
The executives decided there might be a consumer
market for it and put it in aerosol cans. The rest
is history. It is a carefully guarded recipe
known only to four people. One of them is the "brew
master." There are about 2.5 million gallons of the
stuff manufactured each year. It gets
its distinctive smell from a fragrance that is added
to the brew. Ken East (one of the original founders)
says there is nothing in WD-40 that
would hurt you.
Here are a few of the 1000s of uses:
Protects silver from tarnishing
Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
Gets oil spots off concrete driveways
Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making
Keeps flies off cows
Restores and cleans chalkboards
Removes lipstick stains
Loosens stubborn zippers
Untangles jewelry chains
Removes stains from stainless steel sinks
Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill
Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing
Removes tomato stains from clothing
Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots
Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors
Keeps scissors working smoothly
Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors
Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a
super fast slide
Lubricates gear shift and mower - deck lever for
ease of handling on riding mowers
Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises
Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes
them easier to open
Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open
Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards and
Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles
Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and
bicycles for easy handling
Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps
them running smoothly
Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and
Removes splattered grease on stove
Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
Lubricates prosthetic limbs
Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)
Removes all traces of duct tape
I have even heard of folks spraying it on their
arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
Florida 's favorite use was "cleans and removes love
bugs from grills and bumpers
The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40
protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or
lures and you will be catching the big one in no
It's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants
that are made for just that purpose. Keep in mind
using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing
are not allowed in some states.
Keeps away chiggers on the kids
Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away
immediately, and stops the itch.
WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray
on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
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 re-wash. Presto! Lipstick is gone!
If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it
would displace the moisture and allow the car to
start. (If I knew what a distributor cap was, it
WD-40, long known for its ability to remove leftover
tape smunges (sticky label tape), is also a lovely
perfume and air freshener! Sprayed
liberally on every hinge in the house, it leaves
that distinctive clean fresh scent for up to two
Seriously though, 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.
Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not
removed quickly! Use WD-40!
Finally, when trying to drill through case hardened
steel, a fine spray of WD-40 as you drill will cool
the drill bit down and help it to cut much faster
and more cleanly.