An estimated 4 out of 5 American homes has a can of WD-40 around. The Rocket Chemical Company began with 3 employees looking for a rust protection solvent and degreaser for the aerospace industry.
After 40 attempts, the Water Displacement Formula became known as WD40. This closely guarded trade secret formula is locked up in a San Diego vault.
Here are some clever, funny and unusual uses for that iconic yellow and blue can with the red top at your house.
- Spray it on dead fish bait as a “great pike attractor.” This probably isn’t great for the water though.
- Coat wire tomato cages with WD-40 to keep insects away.
- Remove crayon from turtle shells (and walls!).
- Great for removing chewing gum from your hair or sticky labels off glass.
- Keeps your mirrors & windows from fogging up in the bathroom or the car.
- Keep pigeons from balcony railings.
- A pet owner used it to free his parakeet from sticky mouse paper!
- Spray it on shovels to keep snow from sticking.
- It removes duct tape and the sticky residue that leaves behind.
- Helps to keep your lawn mower blades clean.
- Removes minor paint transfers from little fender benders.
- Helps to break in baseball mitts.
- Once removed a boa constrictor stuck in an engine compartment.
- Use the bottom of the can as a stencil while out in the “field.”
- Lubricates zippers.
- Keeps paint from sticking to paint brushes.
- Spray WD-40 to help clean grime from your hands.
- Removes permanent marker from white boards.
- Help to slip a tight ring from your finger.
- Remove waxy grime and fingerprints from vinyl records.