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A Solvent Worth Knowing About

A Solvent Worth Knowing About

by Dr. David Gruder

This post is about WD-40. Let me start off by saying that the following is not an advertisement and I don’t get any financial remuneration for passing along the this information. I simply would like to let you know about a relatively inexpensive solvent that I have been using for years, partly because it seems to be safe, partly because it’s cheap, and partly because of its remarkably wide range of uses.

I can’t personally vouch for the accuracy of all of the following information, which I received via e-mail. But the fact-checking I attempted to do gives me the impression that it is accurate. If you believe any of the following details are not completely accurate please let me know and I’ll make revisions! That all said, use WD-40 at your own risk!

WD-40 was born out of a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. It 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 (Water Displacement #40). The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

Ken East (one of WD-40s developers) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you. Apparently its main ingredient is fish oil!

Here are some of the things WD-40 apparently does well:
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’ sheen without making them 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 (and plastic) 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. Removes black tar and scuff marks from flooring with minimal scrubbing and without harming the finish (Open some windows for ventilation if you’re removing lot of marks.)
19. Removes bug guts from your car — they will eat away your car’s finish if not removed quickly!
20. Gives your children’s playground slide a nice shine and a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers.
22. Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in home windows, making them less sticky and easier to open.
24. Spraying on 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 splattered grease on stove and leaves it shiny.
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. Some people report arthritis pain relief from spraying it on their arms, hands, and knees.
37. Attracts fish a lot less expensively than chemical attractants made for just that purpose. (However, using chemical-laced fishing bait/lures is not allowed in some states.)
38. Takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch from fire ant bites.
39. Removes crayon marks on walls. (Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.)
40. Removes lipstick stains. (If a tube of lipstick ends up in a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots this leaves on your clothes with WD-40 and rewash.

I simply posted this because I happen to love inexpensive, safe products that can be used for lots of things!

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