Make Snacking Easy
Snacks are one of the most fun things to eat. There’s such a big variety, and they’re convenient. No one wants snacks that take forever to prepare, because it defeats the whole purpose of a snack being a quick and convenient food!
That’s where air fryers come in. You can toss just about anything into the air fryer for a few minutes and have the perfect snack for whatever mood you’re in, like crispy seasoned chickpeas.
Heat Leftovers the Right Way
Everyone knows that one of the worst things about leftovers is when you reheat them in the microwave and they come out mushy or soggy. It often makes you not even want to eat them.
The air fryer, however, will make you feel like you’re eating your leftovers fresh, and it’s especially good for fried or crispy foods, like pizza or french fries (because microwaved french fries are awful!). So now, there’s no need to worry about taking leftovers home.
Avoid Sticking With a Simple Trick
It’s so frustrating to pull something delicious out of the air fryer just to discover that it’s stuck to the tray despite the non-stick coating. But, there’s an easy way to avoid that happening, and it involves oil.
You can use an oil with a high smoke point, like safflower oil, to grease the bottom of the basket a little bit. Doing this ensures you won’t be wasting time scraping your food off and can get straight to eating.
Get Kids to Eat Veggies
Did you know there’s a scientific reason your kids don’t like to eat vegetables? Back when we relied on smell to forage food, bitter tastes (which veggies often have) signaled things were toxic for us.
While we don’t forage anymore, that veggie aversion has stuck around. But you can find sneaky ways around it by air frying them, which gives them a unique texture and makes even the pickiest eater more likely to try them.
Space Out your Meat
Have you ever tried to pack as much beef or chicken into your frying pan as you can, only to realize that your meat is cooking unevenly? Most of us have, and quickly learned that meat needs breathing space.
The same principle applies to air fryers. Make sure to give that meat the space it needs to not only cook evenly — but to also get that crispy and delicious texture that only air fryers can achieve. It’s worth it!
Year-Round Corn on the Cob
One of the best parts of summer is bringing out the grill and making some nicely roasted corn on the cob. But, what if we told you that you could have this tasty treat year-round without needing to buy charcoal or propane?
Yep, even corn on the cob comes out great in the air fryer. You just have to coat the outside of your corn with a bit of cooking spray and seasoning before chucking it in the air fryer. Be sure to flip it halfway through.
Get Perfectly Crispy French Fries
French fries are amazing when they’re fresh, but they never keep well beyond a few hours. Despite that, many of us find ourselves with leftover french fries and dread having to putthem in the microwave.
The air fryer brings this amazing form of potato back to life, and on top of that, it’s great for making homemade fries! So, get to cutting those potatoes and enjoying fries without the oil-fried guilt that comes with actually frying them.
Be Careful With Dry Seasoning
Dry rubs — AKA applying seasonings without oil or butter — work fine when using an oven, but air fryers work by cooking food with air circulation. That means loose seasoning is more likely to get blown right off your food.
Mix your seasonings with a little bit of oil before cooking, and do a wet rub for your food instead. Your taste buds will thank you for not giving them something bland, and your air fryer will thank you for not dirtying it with loose garlic powder.
Avoid Lightweight Foods
Speaking of seasonings flying around in your air fryer, some things may not be quite right for air fryer cooking. Lightweight foods — as in foods that are literally lightweight — don’t exactly do well with air flying around them.
The food itself starts flying around, and then you open your air fryer to a disaster scene of epic proportions. So, even though your air fryer is great, remember that you do have more appropriate kitchen tools at your disposal for something like… toast.
Use Toothpicks for Sandwiches
Another popular food that turns out pretty great in an air fryer is grilled cheese sandwiches (although perhaps we need to give them a new name since they aren’t grilled this way). But, how do you stop the cheese from flying right out of the bread?
You break out that random jar of toothpicks you’ve got stowed away somewhere, and you stick a few of those puppies through your sandwich. Now, you’ve both got a delicious sandwich and gotten rid of some clutter. It’s a win-win.
Cook Perfectly Crispy Bacon
Bacon is an extremely popular breakfast food, and most people like their bacon nice and crispy. Sometimes, that’s hard to achieve without a lot of unhealthy grease, but the air fryer does a pretty great job.
All you have to do is put some slices of bacon in, cook for two to three minutes at 375 °F, flip, repeat, and voilà! You’ve got nice, crunchy bacon without having to use a bunch of paper towels to soak up the grease.
Stop Your Chicken From Burning
Cooking chicken at high temperatures can result in really juicy chicken, but it can also cause your poultry to start smoking or even burn. There’s a really easy way to avoid this in an air fryer, though, and it’s free.
Simply add a cup of water to the bottom of your air fryer before you use it. All the grease and fat that normally starts burning will be caught in the water.
Use Cornstarch for Batter
Most of us have heard about using flour to create a batter for chicken, but why not try cornstarch? It’s super easy to do using the air fryer, and comes out great every time.
Just cut up that chicken into chunks, and cook it for 7-9 minutes at 400 °F. Then, simmer it in your favorite sauce for a few minutes — and you’ve got some super tasty air fryer chicken.
Toast Your Own Nuts
Sure, raw nuts are good, but toasted or roasted nuts are great — and it’s yet another thing the amazingly versatile air fryer can do! There’s no need for unhealthy supermarket versions.
Lots of people swear that air fryer roasted cashews are incredible, but you can use just about any nut to make a healthy, delicious snack. Don’t eat raw nuts like all the other lame people out there.
Boil Eggs Without Water
Hard-boiled eggs are delicious, but it’s easy to overdo them. It’s also annoying to sit and listen to them bouncing around in the pot while the water jostles them around. This is where the air fryer comes in.
“Boiling” eggs is yet another thing the air fryer does and does well. Cook them at a lower temperature for around 15 minutes. Once you find that magic air fryer time, you’ll never need to worry about underdone or overdone eggs again.
Preheat for Better Meat
While preheating isn’t a mandatory step with an air fryer like it is with an oven, sometimes it’s still a good idea to preheat, especially when it comes to cooking meat.
Preheating your air fryer can make sure it’s hot enough to keep your chicken nice and juicy while cooking and also make it easier to make sure that it’s cooked thoroughly. No one wants dry or underdone chicken! But, there’s no need to worry about that with preheating.
Make Dessert Without the Oven
We all know that the air fryer is great for cooking meals, and we’ve even seen a few handy snacks that it’s great for as well. But, don’t limit yourself — you can make desserts in this handy little contraption as well!
There are tons of recipes online for air-fryer cookies, brownies, and everything in between. You don’t need to skip dessert just because you’re skipping the oven!
Parboil Your Root Vegetables
Eating a whole roast potato is delicious, but it takes ages to cook — and unfortunately, that’s no different when doing it in an air fryer instead of an oven. That’s why it’s recommended to parboil first.
Parboiling means “partially boiling,” so cook your root vegetables in boiling water for around five minutes before putting them in the air fryer. It’s a little more involved, but you still save time over using an oven to roast them!
Be Careful With Nonstick Sprays
Sure, the invention of nonstick cooking sprays made our lives so much easier. We don’t have to waste time scraping food off of pans anymore. However, nonstick cooking spray isn’t appropriate for every scenario.
It’s not recommended for use in an air fryer because it could damage it. Go the DIY route and just put some olive oil in a spray bottle, and then give your basket a light spritz before cooking for the best results.
Utilize Egg Bite Molds
You know those little silicone trays that are used to make things like muffins or breakfast egg bites in the oven? Well, we ask you this — if they’re great for the oven, why not use them in your air fryer?
You can use them to make so many different things, from mini air fryer pancakes to tiny cheesecakes to… well, egg bites! The possibilities are endless and cleanup will be a breeze.
Silicone Cups Work, Too
Much along the lines of the egg bite trays, silicone muffin cups are another great way to cook things that need to be kept contained or separated. They’re useful for more purposes than you would think.
You can use them to cook boiled eggs, various desserts, or even chicken wings (it’s a great way to stop the sauce from getting everywhere!). The possibilities are endless when you don’t limit yourself to just the air fryer basket.
Dehydrate Your Own Fruit
Most common air fryers these days have a lot of nifty settings that their users ignore. One of those is the option to dehydrate food, but you can do this even if your air fryer doesn’t have that setting.
Dehydrated fruits can be used as snacks, toppings for desserts and oatmeal, or however else you see fit. It’s a great way to make eating fruit a bit more interesting and give it more texture.
Poke Holes in Parchment Paper
Parchment paper is useful in that it makes cleanup a breeze and saves you the trouble of scraping food off of the pan, but it can be a bit tricky to use inside of the air fryer.
You can get around smoking or burning by poking a few holes in the parchment paper here and there, but if the idea still makes you nervous, you can just skip it altogether and use aluminum foil instead!
Make Tofu Crispier
Tofu is a staple in most vegetarian and vegan diets, but cooking it so that it doesn’t turn out mushy or flavorless can be really tricky. Thankfully, that’s where the air fryer comes in.
After seasoning it properly, cooking it in the air fryer gives the tofu the perfect texture. It’s enough to convert even the biggest tofu hater into a fan, assuming you remember to pack in the flavor!
Don’t Overpack the Basket
Have you ever tried to roast something in the oven, just to realize that it’s not cooking properly because you tried to cram way too much onto the oven tray? Most of us have.
The same idea goes for air fryers — don’t overpack the basket. The air needs to be able to circulate through and cook the food thoroughly, and putting too much in will prevent that from happening. Make sure you leave some space for the best results.
Make Copycat Fast Food
Have you ever desperately craved McDonald’s chicken nuggets or a whopper, but couldn’t be bothered to drive down there? Or maybe you have some leftovers but aren’t looking forward to how soggy they get in the microwave.
Well have no fear, the air fryer is here! Pop those nuggies or that half-eaten Whopper in the air fryer and watch true magic happen. You won’t need fast food anymore when you can make such tasty copycat fast food at home.
Try Out Air Fryer Casseroles
Casseroles are a very American food. They became super popular during the Great Depression, when families just gathered whatever bits they had into a pan and stuck it in the oven. They’ve been a staple in American households ever since.
Next Thanksgiving, instead of hogging valuable space in the oven with your green bean casserole, try cooking it in your air fryer! And you can cook it in any material pan you want, even silicone.
You Can Use Other Pans
We’ve already talked about using egg bite trays, silicone cups, and even casserole dishes in your air fryer, which leads us to our next point — don’t be scared of using pans inside your air fryer!
As long as they aren’t touching the heating element, it’s perfectly safe and gives you a wider variety of dishes you can prepare. It also saves you from having to scrub the basket down afterward.
Shake the Basket Halfway Through
It’s a step that lazy cooks often skip, but it’s important — when baking, use a spatula to flip what you’re cooking halfway through. Well, the same idea goes for air fryers, except you don’t need a spatula.
About halfway through the cook time, take the basket and give it a few shakes. This will help shift around what you’re cooking to make sure all sides are getting cooked evenly so that your food turns out perfect every time.
Bake the Perfect Ham
Remember how you can save space in the oven on Thanksgiving day by preparing your green bean casserole in the air fryer? Well, you can do the same thing with your glazed ham!
You’ve just got to cook the ham at about 300 °F for about 10 minutes for every pound of meat. Your guests will be raving about it and will never know that it wasn’t baked for hours on end.
Air Fryer Placement Is Important
It’s common to see air fryers shoved into a corner on a countertop, and also directly underneath a cabinet. That’s not a great place to place your air fryer, and here’s why — your air fryer is a mini oven.
It needs space around it for the heat to dissipate, and placing it in a corner, especially if it’s near meltable objects, is a sure way to enter the kitchen to the smell of burnt plastic. Make sure your air fryer has some room to “breathe.”
Improve Your Grilled Cheese Game
Most air fryer owners know that making a “grilled” cheese inside their air fryer is pretty darn delicious, but they may not know that there’s something better to coat the bread with than butter — mayonnaise!
Since mayo is made with egg yolks and oil, it gives the bread a crispy, golden brown layer that you just can’t achieve as well with butter. You can even use garlic mayo if you want to get fancy.
Avoid Messes With Aluminum Foil
Want to save time cleaning up messes in your air fryer but don’t want to buy extra pans and silicone trays? You can use a household kitchen staple instead — aluminum foil.
The foil will preserve juices and oil if you want to make a gravy, but it will also prevent them from building up on your basket and making cleanup more difficult. There’s a reason every kitchen has this beautiful silver miracle product.
Use Less Expensive Olive Oil
People in southern Europe are lucky because they have cheap and easy access to great-quality olive oil. In other countries, people aren’t so lucky, having to spend quite a bit of dough to get good olive oil.
The great thing about air fryers is that thanks to the method of cooking, you can use so little oil that you’ll actually end up saving money! So, that means your olive oil bottle will last longer and your wallet will thank you.
Know What Not to Cook
As much as we’ve been raving about how incredible the air fryer is and how it can do anything and everything, you should remember that you have an entire kitchen at your disposal!
Other cooking methods, like boiling or searing, are still really useful and shouldn’t be forgotten just because you’ve got a snazzy new gadget. Use these “old school” methods in combination with your air fryer if you really want top-tier home cooking.
Save the Juices for Broth
You know how when you air fry chicken, you end up with juices and drippings down in the bottom of the basket? Don’t just throw it away. You can use it!
No matter what kind of meat it is, you can use those juices to make gravy or sauce for your meal. Not only will it be packed with flavor but it’ll also ensure that any meal has some tasty moisture.
Detach and Dump
You may think of your air fryer insert as one unit, but most air fryer inserts that are basket-style have two pieces — a drawer and a basket that goes inside. Make sure you detach the basket before you dump out your cooked food.
If you don’t, any juice or oil that has gathered in the bottom will end up dumped all over your food, which isn’t exactly ideal. So don’t forget to take the basket out and dump the food out that way.
Put Down the Butter
Look, butter is great and all, but it can’t be used for anything and everything. One example is roasting vegetables. Butter can burn quickly at high temperatures, making your veggies burn.
It’s true for ovens and frying pans, and it’s true for the air fryer too. Cut down on the butter when roasting your veggies to prevent burning, and if you want to use a lot of something, use oil instead.
Try Breadcrumbs for Outer Layers
When you deep fry food, you usually make the breading layer by using egg and flour. And while that works well for actual frying, it’s not so great in the air fryer.
The crust doesn’t turn out as well that way, so instead of just egg and flour, use breadcrumbs and oil. That’ll make it easier to get the perfect crisp you’re looking for in your “fried” food — plus it’ll be so much healthier than deep frying.
Don’t Be Scared of Thermometers
If you’re still using your eyeballs to judge whether your meat is cooked, or overcooking your chicken for fear of food poisoning, then you should join the loads of people who have upped their cooking game with a simple tool.
Buy a meat thermometer. It’s the most accurate way to make sure your meat is fully cooked and to prevent over or undercooked chicken. Both your stomach and your tastebuds will thank you.
Stop the Annoying Beeping
Like microwaves, sometimes the air fryer beeping gets super annoying. It can be really loud and jarring, and go off for way longer than it needs to. But, what if you could turn it off?
It turns out that on some air fryers, you can. Usually, it’s achieved by pressing the minus keys down for around three seconds. If your air fryer can’t do this, maybe you’ll want to buy a new one that can (or invest in a pair of earplugs)!
Trust That Experience Is Knowledge
Manuals and recipe cook times are great and all, but just like ovens, each air fryer is different and may need slightly different cook times to achieve the same results.
Trust the experience of those who share recipes with you, but also trust your own experience. With time, you’ll be an expert on what your own air fryer needs to produce food exactly how you like it, and you’ll no longer need to even glance at the manual!
Add Oil Halfway Through
Since cooking with the air fryer doesn’t need very much oil, it can be easy for food to dry out if you aren’t careful. So, don’t avoid adding oil completely — just time it right.
Add a little bit of oil in the beginning, but also add a little bit of oil in the middle of the cooking cycle. It will help prevent your food from drying out and sticking to the basket.
Save Stale Pastries With Water
There’s nothing worse than buying a bag of amazing croissants from a nearby bakery, only to forget about them and realize that they’ve gone stale. But, what if you could bring some life back into them?
You can with the air fryer. Add a little bit of water to the drip pan, and then throw your stale pastries in for a few minutes. The moisture will bring even the hardest croissant back from the dead.
Don’t Forget to Clean
Don’t neglect cleaning! It’s easy to think that our microwaves and dishwashers and air fryers are invincible and don’t need to be cleaned, but it’s just not true.
You should wipe down the bottom of the air fryer frequently to avoid extra smoking, and you should also clean the basket when it’s warm as that’s the easiest way. Don’t wait until it’s too late to really remove the grime.
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. Keep in mind, however, that this technique is bad for the environment because the material is toxic to wildlife. Therefore, it is not recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.