12 Uses for Wd-40 That Aren’t a Squeaky Door

WD-40 is a miracle worker for more than just squeaky doors. Here are 12 uses of WD-40 you need to know.

man's hand holding a can of WD-40 in a store

If you’ve ever had a carpet stain or used a permanent marker on a whiteboard, you’ve likely wanted to give up.

Accidents happen but that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of that rug or buy a new brainstorming tool.

WD-40 has been around since the 1950s and over the past several decades it has become well-known for its massive problem-solving abilities.

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Uses for Wd-40

1. Abolish Carpet Stains

uses for WD-40 removing carpet stains

Carpet fibers hold onto a lot of gunk. They absorb oils as well as water and protein-based stains. Makeup, paint, and grease are examples of the latter, which can be tough to remove due to their deeply penetrating nature.

Try WD-40 to remove the stain. Here’s how to do it:

  • Spray WD-40 directly on the stain and wait for it to be absorbed.
  • Rub the stain vigorously with a damp sponge.
  • Dry the area with a clean dry rag.

2. Restore Old Furniture

applying WD-40 to an old table

WD-40 is a great way to revamp items that have lost their sparkle or shine. It’s perfect for restoring the finish to an old piece of furniture.

Be sure the wood surface doesn’t have a wax finish or it will remove it.

  • Clean away dirt and grime.
  • Add a drop of WD-40 to a dry, clean cloth and rub it into the item’s surface.
  • Do not oversaturate the surface.

This same process works on plastic furniture that has faded due to outdoor weather conditions. WD-40 can also be applied to leather and vinyl chairs and sofas as well as accessories like handbags—even car interiors

3. Prevent Rust and Corrosion 

can of WD-40 next to a machine part

From nails to gas tanks, the WD-40 Specialist® Corrosion Inhibitor product can be used to prevent rust and decay.

An anti-rust spray, the product is a great way to proactively slow breakdown and protect metal surfaces. Acting as a barrier between stainless steel, chrome, and iron-based items this non-drying product is great in humid and damp climates.

While the process is a bit lengthier (1-3 hours) than what you might experience with carpet stain removal, it’s highly effective and guaranteed to remove oxidation. 

4. Banish Insects and Pests

closeup image of a dying bug

While not your traditional insect repellent, WD-40 can be applied to screen doors, windows, and gutters to keep pesky insects and rodents from entering.

WD-40 acts as a repellent thanks to its sticky composition. This makes it hard for bugs, mice, and rats to grasp onto surfaces. Furthermore, WD-40 is weatherproof, which makes it a great option all year round.

It is not safe for pets, so if you have pets, we don’t recommend using it in areas that they have access to.

5. Break in a Baseball Mitt

baseball in a baseball glove

Brand-new baseball mitts are stiff. To break them in, use WD-40. Simply apply WD-40 to the base of the glove, drop in a baseball, and fold the mitt laterally.

Tie it up with a rubber band or hair elastic for a few nights and you’ll cover one’s bases. 

6. Do Away With Animal Droppings

bird poop on the hood of a black car

Bird waste is high in uric acid content which makes it particularly sticky and hard to remove. Mix a bottle of WD-40, club soda, and laundry detergent, and use a rubber scraper to get rid of the stain. Let it sit and wipe it off

7. Break Apart Stuck Lego Blocks

Child and grandparent playing with LEGOs

If your child likes LEGO sets then it’s likely you’ve experienced the age-old block conundrum. LEGO blocks can stick together, but a little WD-40 Specialist can get them unstuck. All you need is a microfiber cloth and the lubricating spray—you’ll detach the pieces from one another in no time.

Once you get them apart, be sure to wash the pieces in soap and water and allow them to dry before letting your littles play with them again.

8. Avoid Snow Stick and Buildup 

Cleaning off a snowy windshield

WD-40 acts as a shield, which makes it ideal for preventing snow and ice from freezing to just about any surface.

From snow shoveling to windshield cling, WD-40 BIG BLAST can eliminate moisture from just about anything. This specific WD-40 product has a wide spray nozzle and is great for large areas like your car windshield. 

9. Get Rid of Sharpie Stains 

Man writing on a whiteboard

If you’ve ever grabbed the wrong marker, you understand the pain that comes with “ruining” your go-to whiteboard or plastic, glass, or metal surface.

Look no further than WD-40. It even works on fabric! Let the product sit for a bit and then wipe it off with a dry towel. Rinse and repeat to get unwanted stains out of your desired surfaces.

10. Remove Gum in Unwanted Places

gum stuck to the bottom of a woman's shoe

Ever stepped or sat on a piece of gum? The product’s lubricating formula allows it to remove even the most stubborn chewing gum. You’ll be able to remove chewing gum from the bottom of your shoes, carpeting, and clothing in no time. 

11. Removes Duct Tape

man holding duct tape

Duct tape is one of the strongest tapes on the market. It sticks to everything and is impossible to remove without leaving sticky residue behind.

Spray a little WD-40 on the residue, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then wipe it away. You may need to scrub to get it all off.

12. Get Crafty 

woman making pottery on a pottery wheel

WD-40 also has artistic benefits. You can use the multi-use product for pottery making and painting.

WD-40’s shield-like composition can add texture to paintings or drawings on canvas or posters. It can also be used to augment the depth and consistency of a variety of paints.

The product can also prevent clay from sticking to molds, making it easier to proceed with future projects by limiting the time it takes to reset your barrels. 

What Not to Use Wd-40 On

Although it is a miracle worker, there are some problems you shouldn’t use WD-40 to solve or surfaces you don’t want to use it on.

  • Door hinges – It will only temporarily fix the problem and the squeak will come back.
  • Surfaces that come into contact with food – WD-40 is not food-safe.
  • Locks – It is not a permanent fix for a lock that sticks.
  • Wood with a wax finish – it will remove the wax finish.
  • Eyeglasses – If your lenses are polycarbonate, do not use WD-40 to clean them

Will Wd-40 Help Arthritis or Joint Pain?

No, it will not help with arthritis or joint pain. Despite what you may read online, this is a myth.

If it comes in contact with your skin it may cause redness and irritation. Wash the affected area immediately and seek medical care if needed.

Is It Non-toxic?

WD-40 isn’t non-toxic and can cause upset stomach and diarrhea if ingested. We recommend contacting poison control or your doctor if ingested. When used following the manufacturer’s instructions, you shouldn’t have any issues.

If it comes in contact with your skin it may cause redness and irritation. Wash the affected area immediately and seek medical care if needed.

Do not use WD-40 in areas that pets or small children have access to.

There are many different ways to use WD-40 other than its intended use. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s website to make sure it is safe to use to fix your problem.

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