WD-40 is a miracle product widely used by DIYers, but also useful for the whole house. This versatile spray can indeed clean many household objects, protect against moisture, water and frost, lubricate components and unblock jammed mechanisms. Multi-use, it is one of the essentials to have at home! Let’s discover its characteristics and uses in this file.
What is WD-40?
WD-40 (for Water Displacement 40th Formula) is a penetrating oil created in the early 1950s by Norman Larsen after 40 attempts, 39 of which were unsuccessful. Originally designed to preserve the outer wall of the Atlas missile tanks from corrosion, the WD-40 became a product for domestic use from the early 1960s, until today becoming essential for professional DIY enthusiasts such as amateurs.
While the exact formula is not known, WD-40 is known to contain 50% aliphatic hydrocarbons, 25% petroleum base oil, 12-18% low vapor pressure aliphatic hydrocarbons, 2- 3% carbon dioxide and inert ingredients.
What is WD-40 used for?
The WD-40 is packed with multiple features that make it indispensable for DIY enthusiasts. Here are the main ones:
- Anti-humidity : non-conductive, WD-40 repels and protects electrical and electronic circuits from moisture to avoid the risk of short circuits.
- Protective : its application forms a protective veil against humidity and water in a lasting way and in extreme conditions.
- Lubricant : without silicone, it lubricates the components, especially the small mechanisms that only support the lightest products. It also protects against dirt and dust.
- Penetrating oil : it loosens rusted, frozen or jammed mechanisms to facilitate their operation.
- cleaner : it eliminates a large number of stains on electrical and electronic components, glass, wood, metal, plastic, but also carpets, walls and other surfaces.
How to use WD-40?
The brand indicates that WD-40 can have more than 2,000 uses, but we will only mention the main ones here, those that are most frequently used:
- Remove Marker, Felt Pen and Pencil Marks from Walls : to remove marks from markers, markers or pencils on the walls, spray a little WD-40 on the stains and rub with a clean sponge. On the other hand, only use the product on walls painted in glossy paint, as it spreads the dirt on matt surfaces.
- Wash the toilets : to remove hard-to-remove dirt from your toilet, spray WD-40 on the stains, leave to act then scrub with a brush.
- Unfreeze and protect locks you gel : to protect your locks from freezing in winter, especially car locks, spray WD-40 inside.
- Clean barbecue grates : to remove residual dirt from your barbecue grill, spray WD-40 on your cold grill, leave to act then rub. Finish by rinsing with clear water.
- Remove the stickers on the glass : To remove stickers and their adhesive residue from glass surfaces, spray WD-40 on their surface. Leave on for a few minutes then remove the residue with a spatula.
- Removing chewing gum from hair : Spray WD-40 on the chewing gum and leave for a few seconds. The product dissolves the candy and makes it easier to remove from the hair, so you don’t have to use scissors!
- Keep insects away : Many crawling and flying insects (spiders, cockroaches, wasps, hornets, etc.) fear WD-40. Spray it on the spaces they tend to borrow to prevent them from inviting themselves into your home.
WD-40 is a miracle product that can have many uses around the home. It cleans traces on many supports, including the most fragile, it eliminates traces of glue, ink, traces of grease, modeling clay, traces of coffee, marks on the ground left by rollers, chairs or furniture, paint residue on the tiles, rust and many more!