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Everyday Cheapskate: Another Brilliant Way to Use WD-40 Around the House

Mary Hunt on

I had to laugh when I opened my mail to read how one reader was able to get his glass shower doors so clean and sparkly that they looked like new. I had a can of his remedy sitting right there next to my computer.

Hold on! Than can of WD-40 was NOT there to be used as a computer screen cleaner. I've never tried it, do not intend to and hope you do not either. There is a much better way to do that.

It was on my desk because I had just used it to test the theory that WD-40 would waterproof my leather boots. Supposedly, WD-40 acts as a barrier so moisture can't seep into your shoes and get your socks wet.

Dear Mary: We bought a home not long ago, and the glass shower doors were so badly stained I actually thought the glass had become etched. But I wasn't ready to give up on them without a fight.

I took the doors off, thinking I could put more pressure on them if they were lying flat. Then I tried all the cleaners you've mentioned over the years, and then some. Still the spots remained. That's when I remembered what I had used on my car when I found a few spots of tar on it. The answer was WD-40.

I took the doors outside, covered my picnic table and then laid a door on it. Next, I sprayed the door with the WD-40 with the open spray ("straw" setting off), let it set a few minutes then just wiped it off with a paper towel. A couple of spots required more application. When done, I put some Blue Dawn in a bucket, used a sponge to soap it down, then leaned it against a fence, putting a wood block under it to keep it off the ground. I sprayed it with the water hose and allowed it to dry. Then I repeated the process on the other door. They looked great!


The only problem encountered was when I went to retrieve them, I discovered a bird had found one before me, but THAT was a simple cleanup! -- Randy

Dear Randy: Remarkable! And a what a great idea to use WD-40 to clean those doors. Although we need to make it clear that had the glass become permanently etched, it is not likely that WD-40 could not have fixed the problem.

WD-40 is a great product. The blue and yellow can is about as familiar as anything. Banished to a shelf in the garage, most people assume WD-40 is only an automotive thing. Wrong! This stuff is amazing. And relatively cheap.

Most of us already know to use WD-40 to loosen bolts and fix squeaky door hinges. But there are quite possibly thousands more ways WD-40 can make our lives easier. Here are a few of my favorites!


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