WD-40 not ROCKET SCIENCE, or IS IT?
WD-40 a penny pinchers dream; an inexpensive product that can do and/or be
used for a multitude of different things. Over 2000 by their count; talk about
being able to over deliver.
Everything you may have always wanted to know about WD-40.
It 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 name. The
Convair 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, as
they say, is history.
It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. Only 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
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 stovetop... Voila! It's now shinier than it's ever been.
You'll be amazed.
Here are some of the uses:
● Protects silver from tarnishing.
● Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
● Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
● 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.
Keeps flies off cows.
● Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
● Gives a child’s play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
● Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding
● Rids kids 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 and close.
● Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl
● Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
● Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
● Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy
● Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
● Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
● 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.
● Florida’s favorite use is, "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and
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 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.
● Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the
● Use it for chiggers. Spray it on, rub it in and the chiggers will die within
an hour. The itching will also stop. Leaves no scars.
WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a
● 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!
● Spray WD-40 on the distributor cap to displace the moisture. This will allow
● 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
Use WD-40 to remove the gummy store labels off new dishes and kitchen items.
Spray the label and let it soak a minute, scrape it a little if necessary to
loosen it and break it up, and then run it through the dishwasher.
It will also remove vegetable oil and peanut butter.
It is rumored that the basic ingredient is FISH OIL, but there is no proof of
that. Their ingredients are a secret that only a few people know. If you want to
know more about this most unique product check out their website at
http://www.wd40.com; they even
have a fan club and you can download their list of 2000 uses for WD-40.
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