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The Secret Ingredient?


Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40 is?  Don’t cheat. 
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.

You've probably all seen this list in part, but this one's pretty extensive.  See if you don't find some new uses for this miracle product that will work in the RV.  Along with duct tape I think every RV carries a trusty can. 

WD-40 Products
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/terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13.  Removes tomato stains from clothing and possibly plastic tupperware, 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 arthritis pain.  While using on your joints, note how soft it makes your hands.
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.

Well, the title was a little bit of a trick because 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. (Fish oil is NOT petroleum based.
Straight from WD-40′s website which is in the form of 2000+ uses for WD-40! 
Before you go trying it on your floor, car or other areas, I would do a test area in a hidden area.

Received in an email.  When I researched it's source I found an almost identical article at “a thriftymom” blog:  http://athriftymom.com/what-is-the-main-ingredient-of-wd-40/

The snopes "truth or fiction" site says:
"Classifying as "true or false" emails that enumerate the many wonderful uses to which a particular household product can be put is always problematic, for couple of reasons:
1. Many household products will  do at least a passable job in a variety of uses, other than the ones for which they are primarily intended
2. Products designed for particular uses are generally more effective at those tasks than other products put to non intended uses.  "

But since it is a solvent, WD 40 does a good job dissolving.  So, try some of the 2000 uses listed on the official site and leave us a comment about what you think.


Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV
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