Everybody who cares, and does a lot of laundry, has a favorite go-to laundry tool that they cannot live without.
Some people won’t do laundry without Borax or without Grandma’s Bluing Agent or Dawn dishwashing detergent (I’ll tell you why in a future post). My favorite, go-to, can’t do without, laundry tool is WD-40.
WD-40 works on new and sometimes set-in stains. Try it out on a hidden part of your items to make sure that the item won’t be harmed by the treatment.
WD-40 works on gum that might have got caked on before or after the dryer. It works on sticky labels and the residue that might form after inadvertently tossing an item in the dryer. It works on lipstick and makeup, crayon, and shoe polish stains. Depending on the severity, it can work wonders on some mechanical stains, as well.
Using the targeting straw, with an absorption cloth under the stain, spray the stain, let it sit for a moment or two, then dab or rub stain with a clean cloth until it’s minimized or obliterated. Rinse the stain, by hand, in the hottest water your item recommends. Repeat steps until you are satisfied with the outcome. If an oily residue is left behind, sprinkle talcum powder, cornstarch, or baking soda on the stain before throwing the item in the wash with the rest of your laundry. Double-check that the stain is gone before tossing in the dryer to avoid the stain setting-in. Repeat as needed.
Pro-tip: Sticky zipper? WD-40 it!