WD-40 should take care of everything.
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and de-greaser 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 Conveyer Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile parts. The workers were so pleased with the product, they began smuggling (Also known as “shrinkage” or “stealing”) it out to use at home. The executives decided there might be a consumer market for it and put it in Aerosol cans. The rest, as they say, is history. It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. Only one of them is the “brew master.”
There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff manufactured each year. It gets it’s distinctive smell from a fragrance that is added to the brew. Ken East says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. Here are some of its uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing
2. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings
3. Gets oil spots off concrete driveways
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. Gives a children’s play gym slide a shine for a super fast slide
19. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers
20. Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises
21. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open
22. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close
23. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers
24. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles
25. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans
26. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons and bicycles for easy handling
27. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
28. Removes splattered grease on stove
29. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging
30. Lubricates prosthetic limbs
31. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)
32. Removes all traces of duct tape
33. I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands, knees, etc., to relieve arthritis pain.
34. One fellow claims spraying it on fishing lures attracts fish.
35. WD-40 has been designated the “official multi-purpose problem-solver of NASCAR,” a ringing endorsement if there ever was one.
In celebration of their 50th year, the company conducted a contest to learn the favorite uses of its customers and fan club members
(yes, there is a WD-40 Fan Club). They compiled the information to identify the favorite use in each of the 50 states. Naturally I was curious about Georgia and Alabama, and found thefavorite use in both states was that it “penetrates stuck bolts, lug nuts, and hose ends.”
Florida’s favorite use was “cleans and removes lovebugs from grills and bumpers.”
California’s favorite use was penetrating the bolts on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Let me close with one final, wonderful use, the favorite use in the State of New York —
WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
No wonder they have had 50 successful years. One person says one thing he has found that you do not get it on anything that is TO BE painted. You won’t be able to paint that item.
PS……..If you are bitten by a fire ant, spray the area immediately with WD40, it will take the sting away. WeÃ‚¹ve tried it, it works.
(Just donÃ‚¹t get too oiled up my friend! a little spray will do ya!) Mosquito Remedy:
Pass this on to anyone who likes sitting out in the evening or when they’re having a cook out. So you don’t like those pesky mosquitoes, especially now that they have the potential to carry the West Nile Virus?
Here’s a tip that was given at a recent gardening forum. Put some water in a white dinner plate and add a couple drops of Lemon Fresh Joy dish detergent. Set the dish on your
porch, patio, or other outdoor area. Not sure what attracts them, the lemon smell, the white plate color, or what, but mosquitoes flock to it, and drop dead shortly after drinking the Lemon Fresh Joy/water mixture, and usually within about 10 feet of the plate. Check this out— it works just super!
May seem trivial, but it may help control mosquitoes around your home, especially in the South and elsewhere where the West Nile virus is reaching epidemic proportions in mosquitoes, birds, and humans.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming….
WOW!!! What a Ride!