I try to use as few chemicals as possible in our home. Hence my discovery of yet another homemade product!
A LOT of figuring out what will make a homemade product is first figuring out what's in the chemical product. (Example, the main ingredient in Windex is vinegar so you use vinegar to clean your windows.) WD-40 is pretty much a mix of oil & vaseline along with a bunch of other chemicals as preservatives.
What can you use instead?
Oil. Really, any oil will work (including the baby oil used in WD-40). I use olive oil because it's the cheapest oil that we have on hand. You CAN just use olive oil in a spray bottle. That's what I have always done. However, some will add 3 parts oil to 1 part water.
You can spray the oil on bike chains, squeaky hinges, basically anywhere you'd put WD-40. Our experience thus far has shown that it works just as well as WD-40 without the chemical additives!
Do you want to know a chemical-free homemade version of a particular product? Let me know. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, comment here, or shoot me an e-mail at amy@thoughtsofTHATmom.com! I love hearing from you!