What is WD-40?

What IS The Main Ingredient of WD-40?

Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40?

No Cheating…..

WD-40 ~ Who knew!

I had a neighbor who bought a new pickup.

I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason).
I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news.  He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do…. probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open.
Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off.      It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck. I was impressed!

WD-40 who knew?

“Water Displacement #40”.

The 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.

Its name comes from the project that was to find a ‘Water Displacement’ Compound.

They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40.

The ‘Convair Company’ bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.

When you read the ‘shower door’ part, try it.

It’s the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door.

If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass.

It’s a miracle!

Then try it on your stove-top.

It’s now shinier than it’s ever been.

You’ll be amazed.

WD-40 Uses:

1. Protects silver from tarnishing.

2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.

3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.

4. Gives floor that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.

5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)

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 / terracotta 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 both home and vehicles doors.

18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.

It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off.

Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.

19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly!

20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.

21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers…

22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.

23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.

24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.

25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.

26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.

27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.

28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.

29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.

30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.

31. Removes grease splatters from stove-tops.

32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.

33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.

34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).

35. Removes all traces of duct tape.

36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.

37. Florida ‘s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’

38. The favorite use in the state of New York , it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.

39. 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.

40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.

42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!

43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start.


As for that Basic, Main Ingredient…….

Well…. it’s FISH OIL….

Now This Is Definitely Worth SHARING!!



41 responses to “What is WD-40?

  1. Wow this is so good to know! I had no idea it was good for so many uses! My favorite would probably be the untangling of necklaces, I wish I would of known that before I could of saved myself so much time!

  2. There was a teacher in high school that read me the riot act when I mentioned I used WD-40 all over my bicycle. Ignorance is bliss for some I guess.

  3. Ha! I never knew! And for it to work for all theses things. Very intersting.

  4. Wow, okay this sounds like something that I need. my door on my truck sounds like its about to fall off.

  5. I always knew that WD-40 stood for water displacement #40 and that it was called that because it was the 40th test that was finally successful. But i never knew that it had so many uses. I had always believed it was just to make squeaky doors not squeak, but to learn it had this many different uses amazes me and I will be using a lot of WD-40 from now on.

  6. Thank God I read this nice littler story! Never in my life would I ever use WD-40 for any of these things. And the fact that nothing inside of it could harm you makes it ten times better for people to use

  7. Wow I never knew fish oil was the main ingredient and I also never knew it can be used for so many things. I mainly use it for when something rusts in my house.

  8. This is amazing, I had no idea there was so many uses for this product. Fish oil is the main ingredient? I am going to go buy this in bulk now!

  9. Like many of us, I have a can of WD-40 sitting on a shelf in my garage, covered with dust. I had NO idea that the main ingredient is fish oil.
    After reading this article I went home and tried using the WD-40 on a paint scrape that I received on my car door last week at school. Ta-Daa! It worked fabulously. Previously, my only recourse was rubbing compound. I’m grateful for this post, thank you.

  10. WOW I didn’t know that this stuff worked for multiple things. I only thought it worked for squeaky door hinges and rusted things. I bet most people don’t know about the many different uses it has.

  11. How funny that this is on here. The title of it caught my eye because my dad has an obsession with this stuff. Its his answer to anything that is broken. Every chance he gets i catch him spraying WD40 in the hinges of my car door.

  12. I had no idea that WD-40 had so many uses. My dad uses it for everything! especially on his motorcycle. However, I never kne wit could be so handy. Now when I move out of my parents house and get my own place, I know what to buy to clean things

  13. My grandparents always talk about things to use to fix a universal amount of households fixes. And there is two they always mention, WD-40 and Baking Soda. So this was a little funny to see this come up again. I never new fish oil was the main ingredient, so simple.

  14. wow who knew WD-40 can be used for all this. i thought it was meant for that squeaky noise but it is definitely used for a lot more than that! amazing to know that it can be used for all this i shall keep some around my house since m grandpa is always buying some.

  15. My grandpa has tons of those “WD-40” can all over our garage and Ive only seen my grandma use it once to remove lipstick stains off the counter! crazy to see all that it can do. I’m going to head to the garage and see if any of the cans still have some product!

  16. “WD-40” the name of the item just sounds catchy itself. I like how it is multi useful for typical household things. I shall always keep some WD-40 around the house whwn I get older just in case I need it.

  17. I clean my neighbors house and I used WD-40 to get her light fixture loose to change her ligh tbulb in the kitchen. Baby works like a champ.

  18. I had no clue that fish oil could be so useful. There are so many things on this planet that have a variety of uses, and I don’t think we are close to discovering all of the possibilities of our resources yet.

  19. Who knew? Wd-40 i knew had some uses but having that many shows thee importantance of this formula. Fish oil is apparently the main ingredient as anything from a fish is presummed to be very healthy. Can yu give Wd-40 to plants though? who knows but it was orignally invented to degrease or to protect missile parts.

  20. Yea this is pretty insane! My mom uses it for removing grease splatters from stove-tops, but then again she uses a lot of things that are crazy. She has her tricks when finding products she can use for something else so when i read this i thought of my mom. This is pretty cool though I would never think of some of these things. I heard Coke a Cola cleans your toilets really good, haven’t tried it yet but hey you never know.

  21. This is so funny! When I was little I knew three things: if you didn’t feel well you took aspirin, if something needed to be cleaned, you used Windex, but if something REALLY needed to be cleaned of fixed, you used WD-40! My dad still uses WD-40 for just about everything! And yea, we’re Mexican!

  22. I knew it was a lubricating oil that helped maintain machinery, but I never thought it would be fish oil and have quite a lot of uses. I am actually going to go try some of these uses when I do my chores.

  23. Who knew that there are so many uses with WD-40. I am going to have to try some of these at home to see if they really work. Along with WD-40, hydrogen peroxide has many uses as well such as whitening your teeth or tooth pain by gargling a cap full.

  24. I never knew all the uses that WD-40 actually had!
    Im going to try it the next time i go fishing and see if it lives up to its standards! What an excellent invention.

  25. These immense amount of uses for WD-40 is what has kept it around all this time. I will not use it when fishing though, not because I don’t want to say I catch without it, but because I can catch without it.

  26. I used to use WD-40 to grease my bike chain when I was little, but I never knew it worked for so many things. Who would’ve thought that something used to grease missiles has so many house-hold uses.

  27. What an amazing invention! I just made a list of all the things I am to try with WD-40! Especially the water spots on my shower door! Can’t wait to have my mother try it out on her arthritic hands!

  28. I would never have thought that WD-40 had so many uses! I always only thought to use it on squeaky hinges! I will definitely be trying it on my shower door, mirrors, and stove!

  29. i never knew there were so many useful things that WD40 can be used for. who would ever think to spray WD40 on a shirt to get rid of a lipstick stain or that it can be used as a cleaning product? looks like i will have to use this great invention for more day to day things that i am now aware of.

  30. I go fishing all the time and never heard of the WD-40 method. I definitely have to test that out and see if I can actually catch fishes this time around.

  31. Wow. Who would’ve thought WD-40 would have so many uses? I’m definitely going to try spraying on my dog to keep the flies off him. Those flies are always bugging him. It also make a great flamethrower! I don’t know why it’s not on this list. Simply take a lit match or lighter and spray directly at the flame for instant flames!

  32. I would have not known that fish oil was the main ingredient in WD40. It does make sense though because in my family we usually use WD40 to loosen the doors or windows. Its good to know that it could also clean too

  33. That’s really neat. I never knew just how useful a can I keep in my garage could be.

  34. My dad showed my brothers and I how WD-40 works when he was working on an old car. I was intrigued how clean it could get the car parts. Through the years, I’ve been finding out a multitude of ways that WD-40 can come in handy. I was surprised to read that it can keep bathroom mirrors from fogging up.

  35. I know fish oil was good for your body but I definitely didn’t expect it to be the main ingredient in WD-40! I’ve used WD-40 before on my bike chain but I never knew it had so many uses to it.

  36. I would never have guessed that WD-40 had so many uses. Now that I know what it can do it’s definitely something I need to keep in handy.

  37. There are three things a person should have zip ties, duct tape and WD-40. these thing can basically fix anything. I was amazed to see the uses.

  38. Amazing, I need stock up on some of those.

  39. Truly incredible. I’m amazed at the different uses, and the main ingredient being fish oil. Blows my mind.

  40. I would’ve never thought fish oil was the main ingredient! I did know the “40” in the name meant “40 different uses” though…but still, I wonder if fish oil in its natural form has as many uses?

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