WD-40 and Other Wonders

Here is Liz’s version of Heloise’s Hints.

Nail polish remover

Years ago I discovered that nail polish remover with acetone worked better than anything to combat super glue on any surface, especially fingers. It also works as a paint thinner/remover in small spaces. Remover will take painted on (but not embossed) logos off clothing. Wash the garment well afterward to remove all trace of color and to prevent serious astringent effect on skin. I haven’t tried the acetone-free variations, but I suspect it’s too wimpy to combat heavy color applications.


Uses for WD-40” arrived several weeks ago.

  • Meaning. I never knew the WD stood for “water displacement.”
  • Uses. I really wonder how much of the product one needs to keep flies off cows (no. 7). I haven’t had the nerve to try it for arthritis pain (no. 36), but after today’s low-pressure snow-poclypse I’m willing to try.
  • Main ingredient. Wow! What a surprise but probably shouldn’t be.

Dryer sheets

  • Insect repellent. Earlier discoveries have included dryer sheets (I think they have to be Bounce, but since I no longer have a dryer I’ll probably not find out any time soon.) We did send a colony of bees and another colony of yellow jackets or wasps off to other quarters after Larry spread massive quantities along the gutters. It was fascinating to watch them dart in, hover and zap away after they caught a whiff of the smell. I found it rather terrifying that Larry didn’t have to replace the sheets after it rained. Is it the “cationic softeners” or the perfume that scared away the little beasties?
  • Freshener. After the sheets came out of the dryer, I tucked them in the linen closet. They remain there for several rotations of towels and so forth until they become almost transparent and lose their scent.
  • Dust cloth. At some point, probably cleaning off the washer and dryer, I figured out that dryer sheets also make excellent dust cloths. The biggest advantage is guilt-free disposal. After all, it’s softened the clothes, freshened the closet, and at last picked up dust, lint and cat hair. It warrants a decent burial afterward.

Baby oil

  • Moisturize. Of course it can be used to keep the kid soft, but I’ve never met a baby whose skin needed softening. The rest of us, however … can use it after the shower to keep moisture on the skin, especially useful in cold weather. Best on the heels, ankles, and elbows.
  • Wax removal. Some of us have to remove unwanted hair from various parts of our anatomies. It’s counter-intuitive to use oil to remove oil, but it works!
  • It works on jewelry and bolts, just like WD-40 and makes the skin feel wonderful at the same time.

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