Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in March 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in August 2018.
Most of us have a can of WD-40 in our cupboards, but not many of us know just how versatile it can be. WD-40 - otherwise known as Water Displacement, 40th formula - was made way back in 1953 but Norm Larsen, and initially created to prevent a missile from rust and corrosion.
It was later found to have many household uses, which is what we're celebrating today! We're honouring WD-40 and all its history by sharing some weird and unusual ways to use in that will come in handy all around the home.
So grab your can, and let's get started!
WARNING: Please be aware that WD-40 is highly flammable and can be harmful if swallowed. Use in a well-ventilated area away from pets and children.
1. Remove chewing gum from hair
Chewing gum makes a mess of most things, but perhaps the most panicking is when it gets stuck into your hair.
We sincerely hope this never happens to you, but if it does, WD-40 can help.
2. Polish golf clubs
Get your golf clubs gleaming with WD-40!
Spray a small amount onto a clean cloth and polish in circular motions.
3. Remove stickers
Some stickers are so sticky, they seem almost impossible to get off.
A little bit of WD-40 is all you need to loosen and lubricate sticky residue, making it easy to remove with a bit of soap and a clean cloth.
Spray some onto the sticky area, leave for a minute to soak, and the mess should be easy to remove.
4. Stop wasp nests
Wasp nest can be a real nightmare in the home.
Stop them before they start by spraying WD-40 into the nooks and crannies of your house.
5. Clear up crayon
If a child (or naughty adult) has drawn outside the lines and managed to get crayon on the wall, spray a little WD-40 on it.
Take a clean cloth to wipe all the marks away - magic.
6. Remove dog mess
Yikes - dog mess is unpleasant at the best of times, especially when it ends up on your shoe.
WD-40 will help it to slide easily off your shoe, leaving no traces of the smelly ordeal. Spray on then wipe off to remove.
7. Loosen a stuck ring?
In the heat, skin can become sweaty and expand. If you've got yourself in a bit of an awkward situation with a ring, a quick spray of WD-40 will help it slip right off.
8. Piano keys
Does your precious piano sound a bit dodgy?
Lubricate the piano hammer action with WD-40 for a smoother sound.
9. Remove nuts & bolts
Come across a problem during your DIY?
Nuts and bolts that are stuck solid can easily be loosened up by spraying a bit of your trusty WD-40 on them.
10. Stop squirrels eating bird food
Are those pesky squirrels stealing all the food you put out for the birds?
There's an easy fix for that...
...spray WD-40 all over the stand, and they won't be able to climb up anymore - success!
11. Waterproof shoes
Winter is coming!
Prepare now by waterproofing your winter shoes and boots with a light coat of WD-40.
12. How to get mud off of shoes
Been out in the great outdoors?
A coat of WD-40 will make even the thickest and sloppiest of mud easy to clean.
13. Snow shovel
If you ever have enough snow that you need to get the shovel out, spray a small amount of WD-40 onto the blade to help the snow slide off easily.
14. Shine shower doors
You won't believe how shiny WD-40 can make your shower door.
After cleaning, spray your trusty can of WD-40 on and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping off with some paper towels.
Your bathroom will look better than ever!
15. Clean your car
Yes, that's right - WD-40 is also handy in the car.
Use it to get rid of dirty gunk and grease from your car windows, interiors and fenders.
16. Lubricate beard trimmers
One of WD-40's best properties is its ability to lubricate pretty much anything.
Spray it onto your beard trimmer from time to time to keep it functioning smoothly.
Now that your beard trimmer is ready to go, read our tips on how to make facial hair grow faster.
17. Stop animals rummaging in the bin
Animals can't climb up slippery surfaces!
If rats, squirrels and other nighttime creature keep rummaging in your bins, spray WD-40 up the sides near the base - they won't stand a chance!
18. Clean carpet stains with WD-40
Who'd have thought it?! You can also remove carpet stains using WD-40.
Watch the video above to see it in action!
19. Shine your outdoor sculptures
If you're lucky enough to not only have a garden, but sculptures to go in it, this tip is for you!
Spray them with WD-40 and massage in with a clean cloth too make them shine and protect them from weathering.
20. Protect kitchen utensils
WD-40 makes objects waterproof.
As rust requires moisture to form, a spray of WD-40 can prevent it. This is handy for special kitchen utensils that don't happen to be stainless steel.
21. Clean a rusty showerhead
If your showerhead is also showing signs of rust, WD-40 will help to both remove it and prevent it from reappearing.
22. Clean an ashtray
All that ash and cigarette end can leave your ashtray in a bit of a mess.
Cleaning it up can be a nasty job, but it needn't be!
A bit of WD-40 will loosen everything up and make it much easier to get clean.
23. Shine seashells
Do you or your children enjoy collecting seashells?
You can make your treasures look even prettier with a bit of WD-40. It will help to polish them up, giving them a real shine!
24. Clean your windscreen
All sorts of stuff can get stuff to your windscreen.
Remove tree sap, bugs and other mess from your car windscreen with a helping hand from WD-40.
25. Lubricate & protect car parts from rust
Another way to use WD-40 on cars is around parts that are prone to rust.
26. Prevent splinters
If you've noticed a wooden bannister or object begins to get rough, you risk getting a splinter.
A spray of WD-40 will lubricate and smoothen sharp edges to prevent this from happening.
27. Clean the fridge
All that food can leave your fridge in a real mess, that's why we recommend cleaning yours at least once every 3-6 months.
To make cleaning all those spillages and stuck on food easier, give the inside a spray of WD-40.
28. Keep metal wind chimes rust free
There's nothing like the soft twinkling of wind chimes on a hot Summer's day.
For colder, rainier days, wind chimes have to put up with a lot.
Give them a spray of WD-40 to both remove and prevent rust and keep them looking and sounding lovely.
29. Clean & shine drinking glasses
Little ones can make almost everything sticky, including tumblers.
A bit of WD-40 will remove even the messiest of drinking glasses - just be sure to wash them with soapy water afterwards.
30. Remove & prevent fingerprints
Speaking of sticky fingers, if you have little ones at home you'll know that no surface is safe from fingerprints. Fingerprints are not only caused by dirty skin, but also the oil that the skin naturally produces.
As WD-40 is a contains solvent, it's a great degreaser and ideal not only for removing fingerprints but preventing new ones too.
Spray it onto stainless steel surfaces and they'll never be marked again!
Be sure to check out our other cleaning tips that all parents should know too.
31. Clean coins
Think how many hands coins pass through over the years. As a result, some of them get so dirty, it's almost embarrassing to hand them over!
Spray them with WD-40 and wipe with a clean cloth to make them look as good as new.
32. Clean leather furniture
There aren't many things you can clean leather furniture with, but WD-40 is one of them.
Spray then buff with a soft cloth - it will help protect and lubricate the leather.
33. Remove graffiti
Is it time to say goodbye to your graffiti days?
WD-40 is amazing at removing even the brightest of artwork.
34. Clean dirty windowsills
Leaves, rain marks - dare we say it - bird poo, windowsills can end up in a right mess if you don't clean them regularly.
A bit of WD-40 will make quick work of even the grimiest windowsills. Spray it on to make all that dirt slip straight off.
35. Remove toothpaste
Toothpaste stains are another one of the trickest messes to remove.
A little WD-40 will remove dried on toothpaste off your sink in an instant!
36. Loosen sticky drawers
If your drawers have started to stick, chances are they need some lubrication.
It's time to grab your can of WD-40 again!
Spray it along the runners to help drawers slide seamlessly.
37. Remove tomato stains
Removing tomato stain with WD-40? Who'd have thought it!
38. Stop doors for squeaking
Is that squeaky door driving you mad?
Stop squeaky hinges by applying some WD-40 while you move the hinge back and forth.
39. Free zippers
Don't tug on a stuck zip - you could just end up breaking it.
If you're stuck in your coat or you can't undo your boots then grab that WD-40 to loosen everything up.
40. Polish silver jewellery
There's no need to spend a fortune on getting your silver jewellery professionally cleaner.
A bit of WD-40 will get it gleaming in no time at all. Spray and polish with a clean cloth.
41. Clean your toilet bowl
Forget expensive toilet cleaners!
All you need to remove gunk and limescale from your toilet bowl is WD-40. Give it a good spray then scrub away with your toilet brush.
It'll be spotless in no time.
Unsure if you can flush hair down the toilet? Check out our other article!
42. Paint removal
Have you been doing a bit of DIY?
Paint and super glue can often seem impossible to remove from skin, but there's one miracle product that can make cleanup easier...
...you guessed it - WD-40! Spray a small amount onto hands, massage in, then wash with soap and water.
Do you know of any more uses for WD-40? Share your tips with us in the comments below.