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WD-40 has been a staple in many American households for decades, thanks to its versatility. In addition to being an effective lubricant, it can also protect metal from rust and corrosion, cut through grease and grime, and displace moisture (the WD stands for “water displacement”).
But what happens if you need it and don’t have any on hand? Here are a few household products you can use in place of WD-40.
Household products that can substitute for WD-40
While these products may not be WD-40 dupes, they can at least help you get the job done if you’re stuck.
Although any type of cooking oil will help lubricate door hinges, add a bit of shine to chrome, and loosen locks, it’s easiest to use in spray form.
If you need to lubricate parts made out of plastic (or metal), mineral oil is up for the task. It can also be used on metal and wood as a cleaner and protective coating, making it ideal to use on home and garden tools.
Need something a little thicker? Petroleum jelly like Vaseline can lubricate like cooking oils and sprays, but will stay in place instead of dripping. It’s also great for preventing rust and corrosion on metal.
Need a solid solution? Rubbing a candle or applying a thin layer of beeswax on window sashes, drawer rails, or screws provides the lubrication you need without the mess.
DIY adhesive remover
If you use WD-40 to remove sticker residue and other sticky gunk, Goo Gone is the obvious replacement. But if you don’t have—or don’t want to buy—the cleaner, you can make your own version by combining three tablespoons of baking soda and two tablespoons of vegetable oil.