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5 More Handy Things To Do with WD-40

Remove a stuck ring, clean stains and break in leather, all with these practical new ways to use WD-40.

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A handy item when you’re working in the garage, WD-40 can also be used to eliminate stains, water-proof shoes and even remove grease. Here are five new uses for WD-40 you probably didn’t know about.

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1. Treat Your Shoes

Spray WD-40 on new leather shoes before you start wearing them regularly. It will help prevent blisters by softening the leather and making the shoes more comfortable. Keep the shoes waterproof and shiny by spraying them periodically with WD-40 and buffing gently with a soft cloth. To give the old “soft shoo” to squeaky shoes, spray some WD-40 at the spot where the sole and heel join and the squeaks will cease.

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2. Get Off That Stuck Ring

When pulling and tugging can’t get that ring off your finger, reach for the WD-40. A short burst of WD-40 will get the ring to slide right off. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, to clean off the lubricant.

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3. Break In a New Baseball Glove

Use WD-40 instead of neat’s-foot oil to break in a new baseball glove. Spray the glove with WD-40, put a baseball in the palm, and fold it sideways. Take a rubber band or belt and tie it around the folded glove. The WD-40 will help soften the leather and help it form around the baseball. Keep the glove tied up overnight, and then wear it for a while so it will begin to fit the shape of your hand.

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4. Degrease Your Hands

When you’re done working on the car and your hands are greasy and blackened with grime, use WD-40 to help get them clean. Spray a small amount of WD-40 into your hands and rub them together for a few seconds, then wipe with a paper towel and wash with soap and water. The grease and grime will wash right off.

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5. Get Tomato Stains Off Clothes

That homegrown tomato looked so inviting you couldn’t resist. Now your shirt or blouse has a big, hard-to-remove tomato stain! To remove stains from fresh tomatoes or tomato sauce, spray some WD-40 directly on the spot, wait a couple of minutes, and wash as usual.

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