What Is The Main Ingredient of WD-40?


Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of
WD-40 is?  Don’t lie and don’t cheat.  WD-40.  Who knew?  I had a neighbor who
bought a new pickup. He also added a UTE toolbox for his truck. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that
someone had spray painted it red.

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’m 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 successful with the fortieth formulation, 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 glass.
It’s a miracle!  Then try it on your stove top …  Viola!  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 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 and possibly plastic tupper, etc.
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 vehicles and doors in homes.
18.  It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor!  Use
WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on 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.  Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed
quickly!  Use WD-40!
20.  Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super
fast slide.
21.  Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of
handling on riding mowers….
22.  Rids kids rocking chairs 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 splattered grease on stove.
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
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, WD-40 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.  WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls.  Spray on the
mark 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 re-wash.  Presto!  The
lipstick is gone!
43.  If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would displace
the moisture and allow the car to start.
44.  Removes the stickers on newly bought dishes, anything glass or such..
Leave on for a short time, go back and peel…zappp, it peels right off.

P.  S.  The basic ingredient is not actually known. Rumor has it that it comes from fish oil, since the company does not have a patent on the product. What they will say is that it is petroleum based.

Straight from WD-40’s website is a form of 2000+ uses for WD-40! CLICK HERE

Before you go trying it on your floor, car or other areas, I would do a test area in a hidden area.

Thanks Hanna for sending this our way!


  1. I do not fret about the ingredients as I found it works!! I spray it on my knees and massage it (very important) and presto the pain is gone and I can walk pain-free.  Maybe if I were a young woman, I would be concerned about ill effects during pregnancy but I am 82 year ole male and I do not have such fears.  Viva WD 40!!  Les B.

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