Most homeowners have a bottle of WD-40 for oiling squeaky doors or greasing moving parts. But just like vinegar, WD-40 can be used for a whole host of cleaning and maintenance projects. We put our bottle to the test and have four new ways to use WD-40.
1. Clean stainless steel
Spray WD-40 onto a dry cloth and rub your stainless steel appliances in the direction of the grain. Not only will it remove pesky fingerprints, it will help keep fingerprints from forming. When you’re done cleaning off the fingerprints, wipe off any excess oil with a clean, dry cloth.
2. Remove stickers
The sticky residue left over from trying to remove a sticker or label removes easily with a bit of WD-40. This is especially useful when removing labels off of glass jars or bottles, or when removing stickers from glass windows or mirrors. Remove as much of the paper sticker or label first. Spray WD-40 over the sticker and let the oil sit for a minute. Use a dry cloth or paper towel to remove the rest of the sticker. Repeat this process if you are facing a stubborn sticker.
3. Wipe off scuff marks
Black scuff marks from shoes or wheels come off easily with a quick spray of WD-40. Be sure you first test your surface with a small amount of WD-40 to make sure it won’t leave a permanent mark. Use a dry cloth to wipe off the scuff mark and be sure to wipe away any residual oil so that the surface isn’t slippery.
4. Remove crayon from walls
Oil-based crayons remove easily with some help from WD-40. You can spray directly onto the wall or spray the oil onto a cloth. Then wipe away the marks and remove excess oil. Be sure you use a test area first to make sure the WD-40 doesn’t stain your particular wall.