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Great, Easy-To-Do, Tips

WD-40 to protect a bird feeder   To keep squirrels from taking over a bird feeder, spray a generous amount of WD-40 on top of the feeder.  The pesky squirrels will slide right off.

Get off that stuck ring  When pulling and tugging can’t get that ring off your finger, reach for the WD-40.  A short burst of WD-40 will get the ring to slide right off. Remember to wash your hands after spraying them with WD-40.

Remove chewing gum from hair  It’s one of an adult’s worst nightmares: chewing gum tangled in a child’s hair. You don’t have to panic or run for the scissors.  Simply spray the gummed-up hair with WD-40, and the gum will comb out with ease.  Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area when you spray and take care to avoid contact with the child’s eyes.

Waterproof boots and shoes  Waterproof your winter boots and shoes by giving them a coat of WD-40.  It’ll act as a barrier so water can’t penetrate the material.  Also use WD-40 to remove ugly salt stains from boots and shoes during the winter months. Just spray WD-40 onto the stains and wipe with a clean rag. Your boots and shoes will look almost as good as new.

Prevent snow buildup on windows   Does the weather forecast predict a big winter snowstorm?  You can’t stop the snow from falling, but you can prevent it from building up on your house’s windows.  Just spray WD-40 over the outside of your windows before the snow starts and the snow won’t stick.

Keep wasps from building nests   Don’t let yellow jackets and other wasps ruin your spring and summer fun.  Their favorite place to build nests is under eaves.  So next spring mist some WD-40 under all the eaves of your house. It will block the wasps from building their nests there.

Loosen zippers   Stubborn zippers on jackets, pants, backpacks, and sleeping bags will become compliant again after you spray them with WD-40.  Just spray it on and pull the zipper up and down a few times to distribute the lubricant evenly over all the teeth.  If you want to avoid getting the WD-40 on the fabric, spray it on a plastic lid;  then pick it up and apply it with an artist’s brush.

Keep wooden tool handles splinter free   No tools can last forever, but you can prolong the life of your wood-handled tools by preventing splintering.  To keep wooden handles from splintering, rub a generous amount of WD-40 into the wood.  It will shield the wood from moisture and other corrosive elements and keep it smooth and splinter-free for the life of the tool.

Break in a new baseball glove  Use WD-40 instead of neat’s-foot oil to break in a new baseball glove.  Spray the glove with WD-40, put a baseball in the palm, and fold it sideways.  Take a rubber band or belt and tie it around the folded glove. The WD-40 will help soften the leather and help it form around the baseball.  Keep the glove tied up overnight, and then wear it for a while so it will begin to fit the shape of your hand.

Relieve arthritis symptoms  For occasional joint pain or arthritis symptoms in the knees or other areas of the body, advocates swear by spraying WD-40 on the affected area and massaging it in, saying it provides temporary relief and makes movement easier.  For severe, persistent pain, consult a health care professional.

Relieve bee sting pain  For fast relief of pain from a bee, wasp, or hornet sting, reach for the WD-40 can and spray it directly on the bite site. It will take the “ouch” right out.

Degrease your hands  When you’re done working on the car or boat and your hands are greasy and blackened with grime, use WD-40 to help get them clean.  Spray a small amount of WD-40 into your hands and rub them together for a few seconds, then wipe with a paper towel and wash with soap and water.  The grease and grime will wash right off.

Remove decals  You don’t need a chisel or even a razor blade to remove old decals, bumper stickers, or cellophane tape.  Just spray them with WD-40, wait about 30 seconds, and wipe them away.

Clean carpet stains  Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Spray the stain with WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone.

Condition leather furniture  Keep your favorite leather recliner and other leather furniture in tip-top shape by softening and preserving it with WD-40. Just spray it on and buff with a soft cloth. The combination of ingredients in WD-40 will clean, penetrate, lubricate, and protect the leather.

Protect your boat from corrosion  To protect your boat’s outer finish from salt water and corrosion, spray WD-40 on the stern immediately after each use. The short time it takes will save you from having to replace parts, and it will keep your boat looking like it did on the day you bought it for a long time to come.

Remove barnacles on boats  Removing barnacles from the bottom of a boat is a difficult and odious task but you can make it easier and less unpleasant with the help of some WD-40. Spray the area generously with WD-40, wait a few seconds, and then use a putty knife to scrape off the barnacles. Spray any remnants with WD-40 and scrape again. If necessary, use sandpaper to get rid of all of the remnants and corrosive glue still left by the barnacles.

Spray on fishing lures  Salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest spray their lures with WD-40 because it attracts fish and disguises the human odor that can scare them off and keep them from biting. You can increase the catch on your next fishing trip by bringing a can of WD-40 along with you and spraying it on your lures or live bait before you cast. But first check local regulations to make sure the use of chemical-laced lures and bait is legal in your state.

Untangle fishing lines  To loosen a tangled fishing line, spray it with WD-40 and use a pin to undo any small knots. Also use WD-40 to extend the life of curled (but not too old) fishing lines. Just take out the first 10 to 20 feet of line and spray it with WD-40 the night before each trip.

Clean and protect golf clubs  Whether you’re a duffer or a pro, you can protect and clean your clubs by spraying them with WD-40 after each use. Also use WD-40 to help loosen stuck-on spikes.

Keep dead bugs off car grille  It’s bad enough that your car grille and hood have to get splattered with bugs every time you drive down the interstate, but do they have to be so darn tough to scrape off?  The answer is no.  Just spray some WD-40 on the grille and hood before going for a drive and most of the critters will slide right off.  The few bugs that are left will be easy to wipe off later without damaging your car’s finish.

Remove stuck spark plugs   To save time replacing spark plugs, do it the NASCAR way.  NASCAR mechanics spray WD-40 on stuck plugs so they can remove them quickly and easily.  Perhaps that’s one reason why WD-40 has been designated as NASCAR’s “official multi-purpose problem-solver.”

Clean oil spots from driveway   Did a leaky oil pan leave a big ugly spot in the middle of your concrete driveway?  To get rid of an unsightly oil spot, just spray it with a generous amount of WD-40 and then hose it down with water.

Rejuvenate the barbecue grill   To make a worn old barbecue grill look like new again, spray it liberally with WD-40, wait a few seconds, and scrub with a wire brush.  Remember to use WD-40 only on a grill that is not in use and has cooled off.

Keep shovel or chute snow free   Here is a simple tip to make shoveling snow quicker and less strenuous by keeping the snow from sticking to your shovel and weighing it down.  Spray a thin layer of WD-40 on the shovel blade, and the snow will slide right off.  If you have a snow thrower, spray WD-40 on the inside of the chute so snow won’t stick and clog the chute.