8 Home Hacks For This Common Product You Didn't Know

Real Estate Agent with Fairfax Realty

Originally Posted At: https://www.comehomevirginia.com/8-super-uses-for-this-common-household-product-you-didt-know

Daily life is confronted with challenges of all kinds, and when you can find one product that can help you solve many everyday problems its worth taking a closer look. Here are just 8 of the many uses for this everyday household product you did know. In this case the product I am talking about is WD-40 and the main ways it can make your household tasks and chores easier.

Eliminate or Prevent Wasps

Household helpful hints and many uses for wd-40 Northern Virginia Realtor

Likely, at one time or another, wasps have decided to move in and make themselves right at home by building a nest on your house. This most often will happen during the spring and summer when you and your family are most likely to want to take advantage of the weather and entertain outside. The wasps can be a real downer if they have taken up residence. How can you get rid of them easily and safely?

Spray the nest with WD-40, and they will never return to the nest. As a caution, only spray when no or very few wasps are present. You can also use this as a preventative measure in the spring by spraying areas that wasps have chosen in the past.

Dead Bugs on Your Car — Yuck!

Keep your car beautiful with this household tip Northern Virginia Listing Specialist Agent

You don't want to leave dead bugs stuck to your car for long because as their bodies break down they will damage your paint job. Again, WD-40 to the rescue! Spray the bugs lightly and wait for 5-10 minutes; then wipe them away with a clean, soft cloth.

Crayon and Markers

Crayon Remover clean walls of crayon and markers Northern Virginia

If you have kids, at some point you have probably seen an example of their artistic natures. Often this will take the form of a mural they create on a wall. To remove it easily, spray the area with WD-40 and wipe it away with a clean rag. Unlike many products, WD-40 won't damage your paint or wallpaper (Caution: just in case, try a very small inconspicuous area just to make sure your particular walls are safe.) 

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Keeping your golf clubs clean shiny and free of grime household tips

Spraying down your golf clubs will loosen any stuck-on debris and buildup; then just wipe them to a lustrous shine.This treatment will also help the clubs to stay cleaner the next time you use them. You can even lightly apply it to your spikes to help keep them clear of debris.

Clean up Heavily Greased Hands Fast

degrease your hands from auto repair with this helpful household tip

If you like to do your own auto maintenance or even if you are a professional mechanic, you've experienced greasy grimy hands that are very hard to get clean. Well, WD-40 to the rescue once more. Just spray a small amount in the palm of your hands and rub them together; the compounds it contains break down the grease quickly and easily. Then just wash your hands with soap and warm water for the fastest, easiest way to get them clean.

Untangle Lines

Keep your fishing lines untangled with this household tip and product Northern Virginia

If you love to fish you also know the frustration of a tangled fishing line. There is an easier way; just spray it down; then use a small tool such as a small screwdriver or a pin to undo any knots. As an extra bonus the WD-40 will also extend the life of your line. 

Stuck Zippers

Stuck Zippers use this hack to unstick them FAST and easy

From clothing to luggage to backpacks everyone has encountered a few stuck or tricky zippers. Carefully and lightly spray just the zipper area with some WD-40. It will usually unstick zippers, and if you have zippers that are just sluggish or hard pulling, this same treatment will make them open and close with ease.

Last, but CERTAINLY NOT Least, Amputation!!

superglued fingers how to free them fast with this clever household hack

Almost every household has a few tubes of Superglue, and if you've used it at one time or another you got your fingers stuck together — perhaps REALLY STUCK. Before rushing off to the ER or considering amputation, (Just kidding  :D) spray some WD-40 around the stuck area. The solvents it contains will break the bond in short order.

So, there you have it — 8 new and practical uses for WD-40. There are probably many others. If you know one or some, give me a call. In return, I'll help you see why Dave Martin Realty Group is the best choice for you when you are ready to Buy or Sell. 

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Comments (19)

Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

WD-40 to the rescue! Keep it on hand, you will ALWAYS need it. Even if you think you won't.

Oct 19, 2018 09:10 AM
Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, ABR,CNE,CRS,ePro,PSA,RENE,SRS

Always good to be in the loop. Thank you for sharing and best of luck!

Oct 19, 2018 09:14 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have several cans lying around just in case I need them.

Oct 19, 2018 09:45 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I could've used your hack for getting rid of wasps the otherv day. Found a nest in my grill and all I had on hand was bleach. It did the trivk but took a while to force them out.

Oct 19, 2018 12:55 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi David- I can't tell you how many cans of WD-40 that Larry has in the garage. So many uses!!!!!

Oct 19, 2018 06:44 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

David, I had no idea, all I remember was in the 60's 70's 80's and 90's WD-40 was the solution for everything, funny how this is now such a retro solution:)) Love it, Endre

Oct 22, 2018 10:10 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hey David, thanks for the tips.  Another one: spray WD40 into the return air filter and it will pick up more dust instead of recycling it back into your system.

Oct 27, 2018 03:22 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Almost as useful as Duck Tape!!  I knew some of these but not all of them 

The wasp nest is impressive!!!

Oct 28, 2018 12:11 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Who knew how helpful it could be? I just worry that it's toxic and I hate to spray it indoors.

Oct 28, 2018 02:43 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687

Well you certainly want to use it in a well ventilated area (directions on the can give precautions) and take other precautions for yourself and the environment.

Oct 30, 2018 07:48 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing this Dave Martin (703) 585-4687. I've loved WD-40 forever but never knew of most of these uses! Pretty amazing stuff.


Oct 28, 2018 07:28 PM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

You're just a book of knowledge! I didn't know these little hints. Thanks so much.

Oct 29, 2018 06:34 PM
JoAnn Young
Young & Young Properties - Melbourne, FL
Florida Real Estate

I will need this for the wasps!  Thank you!

Oct 30, 2018 02:55 AM
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Love WD40 and didnt know about the wasp preventative and treatment! 
THANKS for a new bit of info and a cool topic for trivia games.

Oct 30, 2018 07:20 AM
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

I would definitely need this! Thank you!

Oct 30, 2018 02:39 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Another little trick is to use WD40 to polish stainless steel and ceramic wash basins as well as the faucets and spigots.  It hinders water spot growth and deposits from building up. 

Oct 31, 2018 04:30 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Perfect timing!  We have been dealing with the wasps in our area for some time!

Oct 31, 2018 08:48 AM
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Dave, great post and info.  I will definitely get a can of WD-40 the next time I go to the hardware store!

Oct 31, 2018 09:41 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great tips that I'm sure most of us haven't seen before!  There are so many times when we don't have a solution to a problem like these.  

I'd offer that we need to find an organic replacement for WD40 rather than using a spray can and chemicals though.  Sorry, i'm a natualist! 

Nov 01, 2018 07:34 PM