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The Many Household Uses OF WD-40

Just What Is WD-40?

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Perhaps you have that blue and yellow can of WD-40 sitting on a shelf in the garage, used on occasion to free a stuck nut or bolt or lubricate a squeaky wheel. Well, it's time to bring that can into your house. There are literally hundreds of household uses for WD-40 including removing crayon marks from your walls and cleaning grease off your kitchen stovetop.

What Is WD-40?
The exact ingredients in WD-40 are a secret, but WD-40 is a petroleum-based product with many household uses. It lubricates, cleans and protects, keeps out moisture from tools and other items, and much more.
Top Household Uses for WD-40

How Did WD-40 Get It's Name?
WD-40 was developed in 1953 and stands for "Water Displacement, 4Oth Attempt". WD-40 was developed for a rocket company in San Diego, California as a rust preventative and degreaser.
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Where Can I Buy WD-40?
WD-40 is available at most automotive, grocery, and hardware stores. Reasonably priced, a can of WD-40 goes a long way.

Is WD-40 Safe On All Surfaces?
WD-40 is safe on almost all surfaces found in your house. The few exceptions include some plastic surfaces that must avoid contact with petroleum-based products.

What Does WD-40 Do?
The main household uses of WD-40 include:

  • Cleaning
  • Protection
  • Penetration
  • Lubrication
  • Moisture Displacement
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