Is WD-40 really that indispensable?
Consumers and tradespeople looking to save time and money need look no farther than a can of WD-40, say Tim Nyberg and Jim Berg, a.k.a the Duct-Tape Guys in their eponymous masterpiece The WD-40 book.
And they may be on to something.
The versatile brand of household lubricant, which has been around since 1958, was invented by a small three-person company trying to develop a rust-prevention solvent for the aerospace industry.
Since the inventors came up with a successful formula on their 40th try, they called it WD-40. And that might have been it had impressed plant workers not started to sneak the product home for their own use, creating a buzz that still exists today.
Uses for WD-40 have soared since then with the company – which has annual sales of more than $300 million worldwide and also markets other must-have products like 2000 Flushes toilet cleaner, X-14 mildew stain remover and Carpet Fresh rug deodorizer – documenting over 2,000 ways that users claim to have put its product to use.
There's even a web site – wd40uses – that allows zealots to submit stories, photos and videos about creative ways to avoid paying for expensive repairs or replacement items.
A few of these "and there's more" claims include:
- Getting pythons to uncoil themselves from under buses
- Unsticking tongues stuck to cold metal
- Making golf balls fly farther
- Repelling mosquitoes
- Winter proofing boots
- Camouflaging scratches in ceramic tiles
- Keeping pigeons off balconies
- Alleviating arthritis and other aches
- Unfreezing door locks in winter
- Loosening tight Lego blocks.
Do you have any unusual WD-40 applications? Or have you found a better alternative altogether?
By Gordon Powers, MSN Money