WD40’s original name was Water Displacement #40. This product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. The name comes from the project 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.
Here are just a few uses you might consider trying:
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' look 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. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
19. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
20. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
21. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
22. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
23. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
24. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
25. Removes splattered grease on stove.
26. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
27. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
28. Removes all traces of duct tape.
29. The favorite use in the state of New York: WD-40 protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
30. 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.
31. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
32. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
33. If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace the moisture and allow the car to start.