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Should WD-40 Be Included In Your Prepping Gear?

WD 40, in its 60 years, is seen by many to be the ultimate product as you can do the following with a WD 40 can:

  • Remove crayon markings from carpet, wallpaper, furniture, and even the TV screen
  • Clean showers, toilet bowls, and other bathroom areas
  • Polish brass and silver jewelry
  • Fix a squeaky chair
  • And Much More .


You’ll want to have enough on-hand if  disaster strikes.  So, this, one gallon, WD 40 jug is a great find. Click the image for info.


The above is all good and undoubtedly useful.  But, is WD 40 good for survival and should it be part of your SHTF prepping arsenal? Simply put, the answer is yes, because WD 40 can make your SHTF tasks easier and also either prevent or prolong the use of your survival gear.

Granted, other products that are specifically designed to do a task will likely work better than WD 40.  However, space is limited in your bugout bag or survival cache, which means multi-use product (like WD 40) are a godsend. Also, even if you are at home and are waiting for help, you may forget or run out of certain useful items and, if this happens, you’ll be glad that you have an ample supply of WD 40.

So, here are the 18 Prepper/Survival uses for WD 40:

Pest Control

Wasp Nest

  1. Kill Insects– Roaches, spiders, and other insects will instantly be killed once WD 40 is sprayed on them, and as a bonus, it’s mostly a safe alternative to insecticide.
  2. Repels Spiders and Other Vermin– Spraying a bit on your windows, screens and door frames will work to repel creepy critters from entering your house.
  3. Prevent Wasp Nests– Wasps love to build their nests under a roof’s eaves. A bit of WD 40 sprayed on all over the house eaves will repel these loathsome insects from building their nests on your house or other areas near your home.

Winter Time

  1.    Water Proof Shoes– Having wet feet, when out in the field, can be very annoying, and also be potentially life-threatening. For example, if you have wet feet, you will be more likely to get frostbite and hypothermia. But, in a pinch, some WD-40 will work as an excellent method of waterproofing your boots.
  2. Window Defroster-WD 40 was initially invented for protection against rust and corrosion. As a result, it works great at repelling moisture. So, get in the habit of spraying your car’s windshield, before you go to bed, and you won’t’ have to worry about scraping off ice and snow in the morning.
  3. Shoveling Snow– Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity, and you’ll want to make the chore as easy as possible. This hack will do just that. All you have to do is pray some WD 40 on the blade of your snow shovel, and the snow will then be less likely to stick on the shovel. This trick also helps stop clay from sticking on your shovel.

First AID

  1. Bug Bites-WD 40 is even said to help relieve the pain and itch that is associated with fire ant bites.
  2. Super Glue Mishap-This may seem like a minor inconvenience. But, having your fingers being stuck together by superglue is a potential calamity in a SHTF disaster when you can’t get to the emergency room or urgent care. However, with this hack, to separate glued fingers, all you have to is apply WD 40 to your glued together fingers.
  3. Hand De-greaser– This may not be a first-aid matter.   However, it is closely related, because, even if disaster strikes, you’ll be needing to keep your hands clean and free of irritants. (This especially crucial for individuals who are prone to skin problems) That is why it is nice to know that, along with soap and water, you can use WD 40 to help you thoroughly rinse off grease from your hands.

Boats And Fishing

  1. Corrosion Resistance-If you have a boat, you are going to want to make sure to keep it maintained. And applying a coat of WD 40 on your boat’s stern will do so. All you have to do is spray a small amount, and you can save yourself from having to replace your ship’s stern from corrosion.
  2. Fishing Lures-For environmental reasons, you may not want to do this hack during normal times. But, when the SHTF, you will need all the help you can need to get food on your table. And, this hack, that helps disguise human odors can help make you be assured that you will have the best chance of catching your meal.
  3. Fishing Line– Obviously, if the SHTF, you won’t be able to go to your local sporting goods and get some new fishing line. So, you’ll need to preserve the fishing line that you have. All you have to do is to spray a tangle of fishing line, and it’ll be easier for you to untangle the line.


  1. Spark Plugs-You are maybe able to get a car to start by just spraying WD 40 on your car’s spark plug wires.

Tool Upkeep

  1. Tools-WD 40, when regularly applied, helps prevent rusting on tools, axes, firearms, and another prepper/survival gear.
  2. Scissors– Granted,  scissors aren’t considered to be a traditional bug out bag item.   But, scissors have multiple uses during a disaster, and you will likely have scissors if you are trying to ride out a disaster at home.  So, you’ll be wanting to keep them in tip-top shape. WD-40 will do that, as it can help you keep your scissors sharp and reduce rust and corrosion. All that is needed is for you to do is wipe some of it on your blades.
  3. Wood Handle Splinter Prevention– In a disaster, and also non-disaster, you should want to be able to keep your tools as long as possible. Wood tool handles though eventually will splinter and be useless. However, WD-40 helps repel water and other elements, which will result in your wood tool handles being splinter-free and last longer.

Miscellaneous Benefits

  1. Rusty Locks-Is your survival cache door padlock rusted shut? A bit of WD-40 can work wonders in helping you open a rusted shut lock.
  2. Zippers-An inoperable zipper can make survival gear potentially useless. Also, in a disaster, you won’t be able to go to the store and get yourself a replacement zipper.  So, spraying some on a zipper can unstuck your zipper and make it as good as new.

Can you think of any more? Comment below and give me your thoughts.

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