Drive-thrus are the heart of soul of America, right? With nearly a quarter of a million fast food restaurants in the U.S. alone, most of these let you drive up to the window, order your food, and get it within minutes. However, with Minneapolis recently banning drive-thrus, could this signal the beginning of the end for our favorite way to grab food on the go?
Banned In Minneapolis
The Minneapolis City Council recently had a vote on new zoning laws that would ban the construction of any new drive-thru windows recently… And, unfortunately for those who like their food fast, members decided to give it the green light. This means that any new drive-thru restaurants who were planning to set up shop in Minneapolis can totally forget about it. But why? What’s the point in this new rule change?
Well, according to members of the Minneapolis City Council, there were plenty of reasons for putting this new zoning law into place. They believe that the changes will help reduce emissions from waiting cars, reduce the noise, and also cut down on pedestrian accidents. While we don’t have any statistics for what drive-thru restaurants contribute to these three factors, the argument seemed persuasive enough for the city council.
The Beginning Of The End
The issue with a change in zoning laws like this, is that many cities often follow suit. If they see it has worked in Minneapolis, then it’s likely to be brought in for other cities across America. While it doesn’t put the current drive-thrus at risk, we could see less of them in the future.
Mind you, with delivery services like Uber Eats, many of us don’t even need to leave our houses to get food anymore…
20+ Ways To Use WD-40
We all know that WD-40 is the perfect product when it comes to removing a jammed screw or silencing a door hinge that won’t stop creaking. However, there is also a whole world of WD-40 uses that you’ve never heard of.
Those who wear rings regularly have probably experienced the harrowing phenomenon that is trying to loosen a ring that has somehow gotten stuck to your finger. As those afflicted go through the motions of rubbing soap onto their finger and then trying again with vegetable oil, just know that, in the future, there is a much quicker fix. With a little dab of WD-40, you can loosen the ring up in seconds flat, and then slide it off with ease.
Polishing Fishing Lures
Fishing enthusiasts will certainly be surprised to learn that the can of WD-40 lying in their shed can actually help them reel in more trophy catches. While the multi-use material can’t be used as bait on its own, it can be utilized to polish lures, thereby making them shinier and more effective when it comes to catching fish.
Prevent Wasps From Nesting
If you’ve got a phobia of bees, you’ll certainly be pleased to learn this clever trick for getting rid of wasps’ nests. Many people don’t know that WD-40 is an effective insect and bug repellant. In addition, it is waterproof and has the ability to stay for long periods of time. So if you’ve noticed that wasps keep nesting in one particular spot along your gutter, apply some WD-40 once a year and that should do the trick.
Everyone dreads the arduous task of cleaning the bathroom. The pain-staking ordeal can be challenging, messy, and utterly unenjoyable. You might notice that traditional toilet-cleaning methods rarely get the job done efficiently and thoroughly. By incorporating WD-40 into your toilet-cleaning routine, you’ll see that, in addition to completing the task in much less time, the toilet bowl will also stay clean for much longer. Don’t believe us? Give it a try. It just might change your life!
Prevent Grass From Jamming A Lawn Mower
Even the best lawn mowers on the market often deal with chunks of grass getting stuck to the bottom and jamming up the entire system. When this happens, lawn mower operators are inconvenienced. They need to shut the mower down, take it back to the garage, and scrape out the grass chunks by hand. An easy solution to prevent grass from sticking to the blades involves spraying the underside of the mower with WD-40 before and after each use.
Any drivers from cold weather areas can relate to the frustration involved with waking up an extra 15 minutes earlier than needed just to warm the car up and give the windows enough time to defrost before leaving for work. Believe it or not, WD-40 can serve as a solution to this problem. If you spray down each window and wipe away the excess product, ice won’t be able to stick, and you’ll be able to sleep in a bit more.
Removing Water Stains
Have you ever wondered how something that’s designed for washing can become so dirty? Cleaning water stains off the shower door, walls, and floor can be extremely frustrating and tedious. Not only does the chore require time, but it also demands its fair share of elbow grease. Luckily, WD-40 can be used as a solution. Simply spray down the affected areas at the end of your typical cleaning session. You’ll soon notice that the water stains magically disappear!
If you’re the creative type and frequently use scissors for art projects, you probably know how residue can build up over time, causing scissors to become sticky and unreliable. Instead of going to the arts and crafts store to buy a new pair every time this happens, simply apply some WD-40 into the cracks and crevasses of your scissors. You’ll notice that the stickiness dissipates and you’ll be free to enjoy the sensation of smooth and effortless cuts.
Cleaning Glue And Candle Wax From A Carpet
Anyone who’s ever needed to clean glue or candle wax from a carpet knows that it is, by no means, a simple project. Over the years, countless so-called experts have introduced various home cleaning remedies that always seem to be better in theory than in practice. One method that you’ve probably never heard of is the use of WD-40. Try spraying a small amount on the problem area, giving it some time to sink in, and using a sponge to clean.
Removing Stickers And Price Tags
Taking a bumper sticker off the back of your car can be a considerable nuisance. If you’re lucky enough to get the sticker off in one piece without leaving behind little pieces of half-torn paper, you’ll surely run into problems when it comes time to take care of the leftover sticky residue. To make this process much easier, apply WD-40 as you gently pull the sticker off the surface. You’ll find that it peels away with incredible ease.
Removing Beverage Stains
If your home is filled with untreated wood surfaces, you might have noticed that any spillover from your morning beverage of choice has left unsightly stains on your otherwise beautiful hardwood. That’s where WD-40 comes in. Just spritz a little bit of the magic liquid on the stain, then clean the rest of it regularly. You’ll be surprised at just how easily the stain will wipe away, leaving your hardwood table as beautiful as the day you got it.
Extending A Showerhead’s Life
There comes a point in the lifespan of many bathrooms that the showerhead will eventually decide to give way. For those who have purchased upgraded showerheads, this can be especially frustrating if you feel that a showerhead should be built to last forever. Luckily, WD-40 is a great way to extend the lifespan of your showerhead. Whether it’s a fancy model or just your average old showerhead, a little spritz of WD will make your showerhead last years longer.
One of the biggest problems with air conditioning units, whether they’re central air or single room units, is that dust can easily become trapped within the filter. Keeping the filters free of dust is one of the most important aspects of air conditioner maintenance, but it can also be a pain to actually do. Instead of worrying over how you can possibly keep your filter sparkling clean, you can spray some WD-40 on the filter itself, which will help keep more dust out of the air you breathe.
Lubricate A Shovel
We’ve all been there before. One bright spring day, you decide it’s high time to start a backyard garden. As you go to break the ground with your inexperienced, office-softened hands, you realize that this is a much harder task than you ever considered. Instead of breaking your back digging in the dirt, you can make soil removal all the more simple by spraying WD-40 on the blade of your shovel or spade. Instead of laboring to move the dirt, it’ll roll right off.
Breaks Down Rust
If you come across a rusty saw in the back of your garden shed or a little-used garage, wait just a minute before chucking it in the garbage. There’s a way to salvage any tools that are covered in rust. WD-40 is the perfect way to break down rust, even on tools that you might have thought were beyond saving. Even if you see a kitchen knife take on a tint of brown, give it a touch of WD magic, and watch it melt away.
Mildew is gross, there’s no doubt about that. It’s not only unsightly, but it also leaves a terrible smell. If you’ve somehow discovered hidden pockets of mildew in a place like an old refrigerator, all hope is not lost. WD-40 is the best way to not only get rid of all that grossness, but it will also help protect the area from any mildew growing back in the future. Just spray it on, let it sit, and then wipe it off.
Removes Lipstick Stains
Lipstick is an essential part of any makeup kit, but it can become something of a nuisance when it gets on our clothes rather than staying on our lips. You don’t need to go out and buy any special stain removers to pull the vibrant pigments out of your favorite wardrobe pieces. Using WD-40 as a pre-wash stain treatment is the only tool you’ll need. After letting the spray sit on the affected area, wash according to the garment’s instructions.
Gets Rid Of Tar Stains
Have you ever noticed those ugly black streaks gathering at the bottom of your car? They’re most likely stains from the tar that covers the roads of the world. In order to remove them, you don’t need to spend hours on your hands and knees scrubbing your car’s nether regions. WD-40 will do the trick with a minimal amount of effort. Douse the afflicted areas with the spray and then see just how easily the marks wipe off.
You might have thought that if the zipper of your favorite bag gets hopelessly stuck, you’re going to be entirely out of luck. With a can of WD-40 on your side, however, that’s not a fear you should ever have again. Once you use the nozzle to direct the flow of the spray to the pully, just gently move the zipper back and forth. As you slowly work the WD-40 into the inner reaches of the zipper teeth, you’ll find it somehow releases its death grip.
Don’t Replace Your Car Engine Oil with WD-40
Lastly, we’re going to show a couple of ways WD-40 definitely won’t improve your life. A group of friends wanted to see what would happen if they replaced their car’s engine oil and with this iconic water displaying spray. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go well, at all. Although it seemed like they could drive the car perfectly fine, it was just a few minutes before the car started to smell weird, smoke started to come out of the hood and then finally, the engine blew up into flames.
Waterproof Outdoor Chalk
You might not be a chalk artist, but even if you are, surely you don’t want your work to be immediately washed away by an unforeseen rainstorm. In order to extend the life of your chalk creations, whether they be works of art or simply temporary delineations that need to remain for an event, spraying them down with WD-40 will keep them on the sidewalk or pavement, no matter what may happen with the weather after the fact.
Cleaning the tiles on a floor or in a shower can be one grueling task. Anyone who values a clean home knows the importance of cleaning a bathroom on the regular, but it doesn’t have to make you feel like you’re Cinderella. Instead of busting out the old toothbrush you use for cleaning grout, spray the affected area with WD-40 and then wash with soapy water. The miracle spray will even take off accidental nail polish or makeup spills!
There are plenty of times when you wish your lego creations would last forever, and then there are the times that you’re ready to start afresh and can’t seem to pry the pieces apart. Instead of watching your husband or children have a full-blown tantrum because they can’t unstick their legos, take out the WD-40 and watch it work its magic. With a little targeting from the straw, you can save precious time trying to pull those pieces apart.
Keeps Records From Skipping
Vinyl record collections may have become newly popular, even in the age of unlimited digital music. The only problem with vinyl, as anyone who ever owned a collection will tell you, is that the records are incredibly easy to scratch, causing them to skip in the middle of your favorite song. You can salvage scratched records, however, by lubricating them with WD-40, which will help the needle to run smoothly over the vinyl, ensuring you don’t miss a beat.
Clean A Hairbrush
Cleaning the hair out of a hairbrush can be a task that might seem better left undone for all of the frustration it takes. There has to be a better way to manage your hairbrush’s hygiene, and there is. You no longer need to fight to rip the tangled strands from the bristles of your brush, you can simply spray the whole thing with some WD and then swipe a comb through. The hair and all of the accumulated dust will pop right off.
We all know that WD-40 is the perfect product when it comes to removing a jammed screw or silencing a door hinge that won’t stop creaking. However, there is also a whole world of WD-40 uses that you’ve never heard of. Antique collectors will be pleasantly surprised to discover that WD-40 can be used to polish silver. If you want to prevent that lovely set of silverware from tarnishing over time, try spraying it down and gently cleaning it with WD-40.
Removing Crayon Marks
If you’ve got young children at home, chances are you’re all too familiar with the meticulous and back-breaking labor of getting unwanted crayon marks off the walls, floors, countertops, and furniture in your home. If you’re sick of wasting valuable hours scrubbing away with paper towels, sponges, and soapy water, listen up. A quick spray of WD-40 and gentle washing with a rag will allow you to clean off those crayon marks faster and easier than ever before.
Clean Piano Keys
Like anything that sits out in the open and has small crevices, piano keys tend to get dirty and gunky. All the built-up residue from the hands of people who play it, plus dust and other debris, can get lodged in the spaces between each key, which any seasoned pianist will tell you can be a big nuisance. but using WD-40 to spray between the keys can de-gunk them very effectively, ensuring that your sharp chords don’t go flat.
Glass is an amazing material with some interesting properties. When you put glass in the dishwasher and it’s exposed to that warm, moist environment, it tends to expand. But when you stack your glasses post-washing, they have a tendency to get annoyingly stuck together as a result of the glass contracting again. Instead of risking pulling them apart by sheer force and possibly breaking them, spray some WD-40 in the space between the glasses and be amazed as they easily slip apart.
Condition Leather Furniture
WD-40 is an all-around great material to care for leather – from baseball gloves to cowboy boots, this wonder spray can make any leather retain its softness, suppleness, and durability. It’s no different for your leather furniture, which tends to get cracked and damaged by sunlight, the elements and, well, multiple people sitting on it throughout the day. Using a cloth to massage WD-40 into the leather will keep that couch smooth, soft, and looking like new well into the future.
Keep Bugs Out Of Car Grille
If you’ve ever driven through bug-infested areas in the summertime, you’ll know how quickly dead bugs can begin to pile up in the grille of your car. Here is where WD-40 comes in handy in two ways: first, use it to spray and wipe off all the dead bugs that are already splattered across your car. Leave a light layer of the WD-40 behind once you’re done, and it will prevent the bugs from sticking to the grille in the first place!
Restore Faded Plastic Furniture
Most people like to haul out their plastic furniture in the summertime when guests come to visit your backyard and you need to pull out some extra seating. After all that fun in the sun as well as general wear and tear from the elements, plastic furniture tends to get more than a little worn looking. Instead of throwing out and replacing your chairs, you can just wipe them down with some WD-40 and they will look good as new!
Remove Old Wax from Skis and Snowboards
Any winter sports enthusiast will tell you that waxing your skis and snowboards is extremely important. It helps them glide across the surface of the snow smoothly and quickly, ensuring your skiing or boarding session is fun and safe. However, after a while, that wax can start to build up, which harms the effectiveness of the board. WD-40 cuts right through the wax for easy cleanup, so you can apply a fresh coat and fly down the slopes once again.
Remove Barnacles from Your Boat
Barnacles are a type of crustaceans, and they can be a real hazard for boats. They tend to accumulate on the boat’s hull, and unlike mussels and algae, which can be easily scraped off, barnacles literally grow into the boat’s surface and form calcium deposits underneath the paint. They can slow the boat down which means more energy is needed to propel it in the water. But if you take some WD-40 and apply around the mass, you can kiss those barnacles goodbye.
Detangle Fishing Lines
All the “a-fish-ionados” out there who tend to collect lots of types of fishing lines, probably know the headache involved when you open your tackle box and find a tangled mess of lines knotted together. Often times you just end up throwing the whole mess out and using a new line, but that’s such a waste. Why waste line when you can spray on some WD-40 and use a pin to undo any small knots? Your line will be good as new.
Kill Thistle Plants
Weeds are the enemy of any gardener. Although some varieties can be pretty to look at, they tend to grow at the speed of light, taking over and ruining the other plants in your garden. Some types of weeds are more annoying than others, and thistle plants are especially tricky, as when you go to pull them out their sharp thorns will make your life a living hell. Just spray some WD-40 on those bad boys, and they will die in record time and be much easier to remove.
It Can Help Fix Cracked Phone Screens
Some of the things that WD-40 can help fix is absolutely remarkable, making it a true miracle worker in the world of DIY. One of the coolest things it can help fix is cracked phone screens. Although the cracks and scratches won’t be completely fixed by the WD-40, there is no doubt that the screen will look a whole lot better after usage. All you have to do is spray it on the screen, wipe it with a dry cloth and voila.
We all know that terrible feeling. You’re walking down the street and all of a sudden you step in something sticky. At first, you assume that it will remove itself from the bottom of your shoe if you simply keep walking. You soon realize that the sticky sensation isn’t going anywhere because you’ve stepped in gum. Luckily, as long as you’ve got some WD-40, everything will be okay. Simply spray around the affected area and the gum will come right off!
If you’ve been racking your brain, searching for creative ways to get rid of those stubborn stains on your sneaker, look no further. WD-40 can be used to eliminate pesky rock salt spots that build up during the winter months. By simply spraying the multi-use product and wiping off the residue with a towel or rag, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to clean your shoes. You can even make your shoes waterproof by spraying the entire surface!
Splinter-Proof Wooden Handles
For all the fans of DIY and gardening in your life, this tip will especially come in handy. Sometimes when wooden-handled tools get old, worn, and exposed to the elements, they can begin to splinter off – a tool user’s worst nightmare is getting a splinter while working. WD-40 comes in handy once again – just spray it on, work it into the handle, and it will restore the smoothness of the wood and ensure that your hands stay splinter-free!
This may come as a surprise to you, but you should never use WD-40 on a Rubik’s cube. Hardcore cubers will lubricate their cubes with vaseline or CRC silicone. They will never use WD-40, which contains petroleum distillates (paint thinner), that can damage and melt your stickers. The effects of the spray are permanent and, after a month, will slow down your cube completley. The spray will eventually bind to the plastic of your cubes and ruin its texture permanently.
iPhone and iPads
We mentioned earlier that WD-40 could help fix cracked phone screens. That does not mean you should use the spray without caution. They will not repair the Home button on iPhones and iPads. It may do the opposite, the spray can cause the plastic on the covers of these devices to break down. That is the least of your problems with WD-40, and these electronics, if some of the spray gets inside the devices, it can damage the parts inside.
WD-40 is known for many lubricating items, so naturally, you would think you could use it on your bike chain. The truth is, WD-40 can cause dust and dirt to stick to the chain. If and when this happens, that dirt can ruin the chain, taking out the gears along with it. To grease up your bike chains, use bike-specific lubricates which typically contain Teflon, a substance that creates a nonstick surface.
Locks & Door Hinges
Another thing you should steer clear of if you are using WD-40 are locks. The spray can wear down the internal mechanisms faster than they would usually wear down, especially the pin tumbler locks that are found in door locks and padlocks. If you’re looking to lubricate a lock, you should opt for graphite powder. You should also refrain from using WD-40 on door hinges, as we said earlier, it attracts dirt and will turn your hinge pins black.
If you are a musician or know anyone that is a musician, this next one is for you! Someone posted about how their sister works at a music store, and that a Dad ruined his child’s $800 clarinet by using WD-40 on “the squeaky part.” It makes sense that one would think that using the spray could help lubricate their instrument, but there are special sprays and greases for that. When it comes to expensive instruments, we recommend you stick to the right stuff.
Protecting Bird Feeders
For those of us who live in close proximity to the woods, placing bird feeders in the backyard is a great way to bring some of mother nature’s beauty to the view from your living room or kitchen window. Unfortunately, squirrels will often eat the birdseed and even ruin the feeder itself. In order to make your bird feeder squirrel-proof, spray WD-40 down the center pole. This way, the rodents won’t be able to climb up without slipping off.
Protect Plants From Slugs And Snails
If you’re sick and tired of slugs and snails ruining the plants on your patio or deck, try spraying some WD-40 on the outside of the pot. Bugs can’t stand the stuff, so they’ll steer clear of your precious flowers. Not only will it keep these pesky critters far away, but the material is waterproof, so it will stay even through rainstorms. The only thing you’ll need to focus on is making sure those plants get plenty of water and sunlight.