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13 Surprisingly Handy Uses For WD-40

If you have someone handy living in your home odds are they keep a can of WD-40 sitting in their toolbox.

Since it was introduced in the 1950s, professionals and DIY fanatics all over the planet have sworn by the spray and its water-repelling powers.

In case you're not familiar, the "WD" stands for "water displacing," and since it took 40 tries to get the formula right it must be good.

You might be surprised to learn about all the handy uses for this product. WD-40 is perfectly suited to jobs in every room of your house - and your backyard to boot.

Read this list and try one of these projects this weekend.

1. Protect your hands while you garden

WD-40 was designed to keep missiles safe from rust, but it's just as good at a much smaller job: protecting your wooden garden tools from moisture.

You'll never get a splinter if you spray any wooden handles with WD-40 at the start of the gardening season.

2. Waterproof your shoes

If you spray a little WD over the outside of your shoes, it will keep out any snow. It will also clean off any salt stains at the same time.

You can also use this tip while you're hiking to lock out moisture. Duct tape works just as well, but your feet will look a little silly.

3. Clean scuff marks like magic

It's the weekend and you just want to enjoy your free time, but your kids have tracked through your kitchen and scuffed the tiles.

Just spray on a little WD and wipe it off. Wham! Your tiles are good as new.

4. Repel bugs

A little squirt on any pests will kill them instantly, but you can also spray around the entryways of your house to keep them out. Warning: keep your home well ventilated while you're spraying.

A little spray under the eaves of your house can even keep wasps from nesting there.

5. Un-stick your glasses

We've all been in this terrifying situation. It can seem like there's no way to separate the glasses without breaking them. A little spray with WD will make them slide apart easily.

(Just remember to wash them off afterwards).

6. Keep your garden looking spotless

If you're looking for an organic weed-killer try this instead, but for gardeners who aren't picky a spray of WD-40 will kill any weeds in not time.

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7. Clean up nearly any stain

WD-40 is very tough on stains. You can clean up anything from pasta sauce to blood, dog doo and even crayons marks on walls.

The trick for each is the same: spray the WD-40, wait a few minutes, then wipe the stain with a wet cloth.

We've covered lots of other cleaning tips, so grab your spray can and read this list to see what else in your home could be spruced up.

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8. Un-stick a stuck zipper

Everyone knows that a spray of WD on your door hinge will make it open like new again, and it does the same for zippers.

Either spray the zipper or wipe some of the spray on with a brush to protect your fabric. Slide it up and down a few times and it won't stick anymore.

9. Make your toilet bowl shine

There's no reason to buy any expensive products to clean your toilet bowl. Just spray your basic nylon toilet brush with WD-40 and it will scrub off any marks and stains like an eraser.

10. Get gum out of your hair

There are other well-known tricks, like peanut butter or ice, but a spray of WD-40 will make sticky gum slide right out of your hair.

Warning: this should go without saying, but don't get the spray in your eyes.

11. Loosen a tight ring

If you need a little bit of help sliding your wedding ring off your finger, a dab of WD-40 around the edge will make it slide right off without leaving a mark.

12.  Keep thieves away from your bird feeders

This is a very divisive issue: some people love when squirrels stop by their bird feeder, while others hate it.

If your bird feeder is for birds only, a spray of WD-40 on top of your feeder will make the rodents slide off, reminding them not to mess with your birdseed.

13. Clean your barbecue grill

When grilling season rolls around nobody likes to wait for you to tidy up your barbecue. Get the job done fast by spraying the grill with WD-40 before you scrub with a brush.

A reminder: your grill should be turned off and not hot when you spray it, and should be wiped down afterwards.

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