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How To Make Amazing ‘All-Natural’ WD-40

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There are certain products that have reached the point of fame where their brand name is commonly used as the generic name for the product. Kleenex, Band-Aid, Jell-O and Scotch tape are a few examples. Another one, maybe not quite as iconic, is WD-40.

WD-40 is actually the trademark name of a lubricating spray created in 1953. The WD in WD-40 stands for water-displacing spray, and the “40” stands for how many attempts it took to come up with a successful formula.

In 1953, staff members of the Rocket Chemical Company in San Diego, California, worked to create a line of rust-prevention solvents and degreasers for use in the aerospace industry. The solvent the researchers created on their 40th try was used by Convair, an aerospace contractor, to protect the exterior of the Atlas Missile from rust and corrosion. Legend has it that a few employees liked the product so much that they took some home.

A few years later Norm Larsen, the founder of Rocket Chemical Company, experimented with an aerosol formula, and WD-40 first appeared on the shelves of some San Diego stores in 1958. Today, WD-40 is a household name and is commonly used for all sorts of home and commercial applications.

Chances are you grew up seeing a can of WD-40 around your home or garage, and you may have used it yourself to lubricate hinges or to loosen sticky residue around your home or for a myriad of other uses.

According to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, WD-40’s main ingredients are:

50 percent aliphatic hydrocarbons, 25 percent petroleum base oil, 12 to 18 percent low vapor pressure aliphatic hydrocarbon, 2 to 3 percent carbon dioxide, 10 percent inert ingredients.

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When you consider those ingredients, you may think twice about using the product around your family. Since you are looking for ways to keep things natural around your home as well as to multi-purpose items in your home, here are some ideas for creating household lubricant using natural ingredients.

A team at Philadelphia’s Drexel University [4] compared vegetable oil mixture with WD-40 and found that a mixture of vegetable oil with 10 percent acetone – the ingredient in nail polish remover and some paint thinners — works as well or better to free rusted bolts as does WD-40.

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Sounds simple, enough, right? Now here are a few ideas for this all-natural “miracle” spray beyond squeaky hinges:

With all-natural “WD-40,” you may never go back to the original formula again.

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