Saturday, December 30, 2006

Helpful Hints for the New Year

I cannot vouch for the truth of this; I got it in an email.

I had a neighbor who had bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do -- probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open. Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off. It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm the paint job on the truck.

WD-40 -- who knew?

The product began from a search for a rust preventive solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 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 WD-40. The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile parts. 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. 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:

1) Protects silver from tarnishing.
2) Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3) Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4) Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making it slippery.
5) Keeps flies off cows.
6) Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7) Removes lipstick stains.
8) Loosens stubborn zippers.
9) Untangles jewelry chains.
10) Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11) Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12) Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13) Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14) Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15) Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16) Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17) Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes
18) Removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!
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 so hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19) Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
20) Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21) Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22) Rids kids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23) Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24) Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25) Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26) Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27) Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28) Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29) Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30) Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31) Removes splattered grease on stove.
32) Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33) Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34) Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35) Removes all traces of duct tape.
36) Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37) Florida's favorite use is: "cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.
38) The favorite use in the state of New York WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39) 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.
40) Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41) WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
42) 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!
43) If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
P. S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.
P. P. S. I keep a can of WD-40 in my kitchen cabinet over the stove. It is good for oven burns or any other type of burn. It takes the burned feeling away and heals with NO scarring.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

IT Is Miraclous stuff, isn't it? I knew about some things, but none of the others...! Very Very Interesting!

srp said...

It is WD40 (my ex called it skeeter pee) and duct tape... the only real things you need other than a hammer and screwdriver. Oh yes, occasionally a nail file comes in handy.

Müzikdüde said...

I buy the stuff in bulk.

They forgot to mention it works great in a pinch when you need something to deglaze a's all about the sauce, beby!

Anonymous said...

That is so interesting...who new that WD-40 did all that stuff? Thanks!

ET said...

Thanks for the WD-40 household hints.

Anonymous said...

I've seen that before Judy, no reason to doubt the versatility of WD40 I guess.
BTW congrats on the 75,000 stat hits.

Alan G said...

Thanks for the tip....


Happy New Year to you and the family!

panthergirl said...

I love WD-40 but I had no idea that it did HALF of those things! Thanks for the great tips.

Hey Happy New Year, girlfriend! Here by way of michele today.

Judy said...

Happy New Year, Judy! Thanks for the tips.. I'll have to give them a try. We use it all the time as it is... maybe we should all buy stock in the company, huh? :-)

PI said...

But what on earth is it? Clearly I can't live without it. Considering we have a common language we don't half have some gaps in our comprehension:)
Happy New Year Judy to you and your family and all your readers.

Anonymous said...

That is truly an amazing list of accredited abilities for mild-mannered everyday item WD40, I'll pass the list on to my sons. They foolishly think that WD40's only effective use is on car engines!

utenzi said...

Michele sent me over, Judy. I just put my veggies and Boston Butt in my crockpot and now it's time to blog until the Carolina game!

WD40 is an amazing product. I've only used it for a few of the tasks on this list--but I'd not be surprised if they're all true. I don't know if I'd try the arthritis cure one tho--but why not?

utenzi said...

Happy New Year, Judy!

Clarence said...

I knew it was some amazing stuff but I had no idea it could be used in all these ways. I hope they are all true. I printed out the tips for later reference.
Great post! Good way to start off the new year.

Jamie Dawn said...

I never knew it had so many uses!
I'll tell my son about its use for guitar strings. He uses a product called Lizard Spit, and there's also one called Gorrilla Snot.
I don't think I'll be slathering my skin with WD-40 though. That just doesn't sound like something I'd like to try at all. If I start getting arthritis though, I might be willing to try it!! :)
Happy New Year!!!!
May 2007 be a wonderful year for you and Mr. Kenju!!

carli said...

Will it come and clean my apartment for me?

I think you've inspired me to buy a can. I've had a squeaky cabinet for years, and it may be time to try this remedy. Thanks.

Happy new year, here from Michele.

Pageant Mom said...

We use it as a hair detangler on the horses too. That and baby wipes are the best two products ever!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Judy ~~ I found this post very interesting and will keep the hints in mind. iracle stuff if you can believe even half of them. I always have it in the kitchen. Happy New Year to you and your family. Love, Merle.