SOS Mom Saver: Chemical-Free WD-40

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!

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1 comment:

Luke Holzmann said...

That makes a ton of sense [smile]. Thanks for sharing. I haven't needed WD-40 in a long time, but now I won't have to run out and buy some next time something starts to squeak or stick...