Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40?

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Getting that silver to gleam

Silver bowls, cutlery, and candlesticks are great. They are usually passed through the family or found at local antique fairs where they can spruce up any home. However, they can be a pain to keep shining and clean. Plus, silver cleaner can be expensive. So why not break out the WD-40 and put its original use to the test? All you have to do is cover the piece of silver with WD-40, wipe it over with a clean cloth, and stand back to admire the new shining gleam coming from your piece!

Getting glasses to come apart

Although stacking glasses in the cupboard can keep the place looking nice and tidy, it can be a pain when it comes to getting them apart. Especially if they were put away while the glass was still hot from being washed. All it takes is a quick spritz of WD-40, and your glasses should come apart with ease. Just be careful not to pull too hard, or you might be in for a shock. Plus, you will need to wash them before use, unless you like the taste of WD-40 in your drink that is.

Helping unstick zippers

Zippers are one of the things in life that can get stuck all the time, especially when it’s our backpack and our favorite snacks are lying in wait inside. This can also be a problem when the zipper is stuck on our pants and jackets – it looks as though we will be wearing them for the rest of our lives. Have no fear; WD-40 is here to save the day. Spray it over the zipper causing all the issues and relax, as it should now slide up and down with ease.

Cleaning stains of sneakers

You did read that correctly! WD-40 is perfect for cleaning off all those stubborn stains from our sneakers. From mud to rock salt, nothing is too much for this spray. You might be surprised at how quickly this trick works as all you have to do is cover the stain, wait a moment, and wipe it over with a clean cloth. If you want to go one step further – and prevent any further stains – then why not cover your whole shoe with the spray? Now, they will be fully waterproof.

Getting tar off the car

Cars can be hard to keep clean. In the winter, mud, and rain cause the problems, while the summer can bring dust and bugs. It’s a never-ending battle! However, there is another issue: tar. As the roads heat up, tar can spray up the side of our beloved vehicles. Thankfully, WD-40 holds the answer. Spraying it on the stain will see it melt away without affecting the paintwork underneath. Could this stuff really be magic?

Melting the ice on cars

As the long, cold months of winter continue to drag by, it can seem as though time will never come that you won’t have to defrost your car. However, it looks as though everyone else in your neighborhood is having the same issues as there is no deicer to be found anywhere. What are you to do? Don’t panic. Simply grab a can of WD-40, and you’ll get the same excellent results. Plus, it will prevent any ice from forming the next morning – double bonus.

Prevent scissors getting stuck together

Scissors are handy for many things from cutting labels out of clothes to helping cook up a delicious meal, and everything in between. Sadly, their hard lives mean the blades can often get stuck together. This isn’t what you want when you’re about to make the daring cut. If sticky scissors are an issue, then it could be time to polish the blades with some WD-40 after every use. The spray will help keep them working like brand new.

Cleaning the throne of the house

At last, a hack that means we might not have to clean the bathroom so often. Thank you, WD-40! Grease and grime can all build up around the rim of the bowl and leave an unpleasant site. To fix the issue, all you need is a can of WD-40 with a spray attachment. Now, you can reach all those hard to reach places without having to get your hands dirty. To top it all off, the WD-40 will actually help to prevent any dirt from building up for longer meaning less cleaning.

Keeping bird feeders safe

Bird feeders are brilliant ways to help nature as well as bring some wildlife to your yard. However, they are there to feed the birds and not those pesky squirrels. No matter how hard we try, we just can’t get them to stay away – they’re too talented. So what are you to do? Yes, you guessed it, it’s time to use the WD-40 once again. All you need to do is spray the pole of the feeder, and the little rascals won’t be able to grip any longer.

Getting stuck rings off fingers

Oh no, it’s happened. That heart-quickening, pulse-raising moment that has got many of us in a panic over the years. The ring is stuck. Now, no matter how hard we try it just seems to be getting more and more stuck. Rather than yanking until your entire finger comes off, all you need is a spritz of WD-40 to see it slide off with ease. Just remember not to make the same mistake twice. Perhaps it’s time for a bigger size?

Removing chewing gum

Chewing gum is like sand, it somehow manages to get everywhere and is impossible to get rid of one it’s stuck. Unfortunately, many people seem to drop theirs on the floor rather than putting it in a trash can. Now it just lies in wait as a trap until it finds its way onto our shoes. If this has happened to you and you’re sick of the hours battling with the gum, then try spraying a touch of WD-40 to the offender and watch it drop off.

Ridding lipstick stains

Wearing lipstick is great until you get a bit on your clothes. You can scrub, and you can cry, but nothing will get it to come off. Have no fear, WD-40 is here. This wonder spray can do so many things, including removing those dreaded stains from clothes. All you need to do is soak the area in the stuff before you put it in the wash and it should lift the stain right out of the material. However, it won’t solve how it got there in the first place…

Getting crayon off the wall

Kids – aren’t they fun? That is until they decide the walls of the house look like the perfect canvas for their new creations. Many other products may claim to remove crayon marks, but they can often discolor the wallpaper or paint. The stain might be gone, but it is never forgotten. Rather than risking your home, why not try using WD-40 to wipe away the stain? Now, you won’t have to look at mini Picasso’s masterpiece for long.

Banishing tea and coffee marks

No matter how many drink coasters are on the table, it seems as though people just can’t help but put their mugs on the exposed wood. Why would someone do this to us? If WD-40 wasn’t amazing enough already, it looks as though it has even more in store for us. All you need to do is squirt the offending rings with some of the stuff and watch as they disappear for good. Perhaps a tablecloth is in order for the next party?

Cracking open rusted locks

WD-40 was initially created to prevent rust, and now it can be the perfect tool for loosening the stuff, too. It can be frustrating to try and open a lock only to find the key just won’t turn. All that rain and sun will eventually take its toll on your padlocks. So instead of heading for the bolt cutters, try spraying the keyhole and key with some WD-40 to loosen it up. This certainly saves the headache of trying to buy a replacement lock.

Removing price tags and stickers

Maybe you have bought a car that comes decorated with interesting stickers, or have a gift to give but don’t want them to see the 50% off price tag? We can’t blame you for wanting these things gone. Sadly, trying to peel them off can be a real headache. Don’t worry; we have a solution. Coat the sticker in WD-40 and let it soak through for a few minutes. Now, it should peel off in one swift movement without hours of picking off all the small bits left behind.

Bring your shower head back to life

So we have seen plenty of brilliant uses all around the home for WD-40 so far. Is it time for a shower after all that hard work? Only, it looks as though it’s starting to rust and the water is spraying out at odd angles. It’s time to go shopping for a replacement – or is it? All you need to do is regularly spray the head with WD-40, and you could add years to its life.

Remove dust from air cons

Air conditioners are great, but they can wreak havoc for those with allergies as the dust builds up and is blasted around the home. Before fitting your new filter, it could be time to try spraying them with a light coating of WD-40. This addition will help filter out extra dust meaning the air in your home will be fresher for longer. You can even top up the filters with WD-40 everytime you give them a clean.

Ridding water stains

It’s time for one of our least favorite jobs – cleaning the bathroom. It always seems that no matter how hard we spray and wipe the sides, they just still seem to get dirty so quickly. Especially after all the use the room goes through each day. WD-40 could be about to save you a whole heap of time. By spraying it onto the glass in the bathroom, the water will simply bead up and run away rather than leaving those dreaded stains.

Getting mildew out from the refrigerator gasket

It might look as though your fridge is clean, but there can be secret stashes of mold hiding all over your precious appliance. Surely that can’t be hygienic, can it? No. the fridge gasket is the rubber seal that runs all the way around the door and can be the perfect breeding place for all those nasty germs. WD-40 is agile enough to get into all the gaps as well as bringing them to the surface. Then all you need to do is wipe away the evidence to leave it nice and clean.

Insect and roach repellent

Let’s be honest, none of us like to think of all the creepy crawlies that might be living in our homes when we aren’t looking. If you have a problem with insects, then don’t waste your money on expensive repellents. Instead, it might be time to spray the door and window frames with WD-40 to keep the critters at bay. If they do manage to get into your home and you want them to get the message, try spraying them directly with the stuff. They won’t be coming back.

Getting gum out of hair

WD-40 is the perfect answer for getting gum off your shoe, and now it looks as though it could be the answer to your hair troubles, too. School hallways, the streets, and accidents can all see chewing gum find its way into our hair over the years. Thankfully, you might not have to break out the scissors just yet. Instead, all you need to do is cover the gum in spray, and it will slide right out. Just be careful not to get the WD-40 on your face!

Scrubbing up license plates

Perhaps you have a license plate on your car that is letting the entire look down? Maybe you love to collect them all from across the states, but your collection has seen better days? All you need is some WD-40 and a clean cloth to see your additions back to their full health. Just cover the license plate with WD-40, leave it a few moments, and give it a wipe over with the cloth to see it shimmer in the sun once again.

Unsticking strong glue

We might read the warning labels that tell us to “wear gloves” when using industrial glue, but do we listen? Probably not. Now we find ourselves with three fingers stuck together, and a hand that looks as though it will never be able to move again. If only we’d listened. Rather than panicking, it’s time to break out our old friend, WD-40. All it takes is a little squirt and rubbing it all over your hands to see the glue come off without any further issues.

Protecting and cleaning the strings of a guitar

The weekly jamming session is in full swing until you realize something sounds a bit off. Maybe your guitar needs a tune? No? Then what could it be? The answer could be as simple as cleaning your guitar strings. Plus, it doesn’t have to be hard. All it takes is a cloth covered in WD-40, and you’ll be ready to rock and roll. Plus, the spray should help keep the string alive for longer. Just make sure you don’t spray it directly onto your instrument.

Avoid splinters from wooden handles.

As the weather continues to warm up, it can be tempting to get outside in the yard. Especially before fall arrives and it’s time to rake leaves. Unfortunately, those wooden-handled tools can spell disaster for our skin. How can splinters hurt so much? They’re such small bits of wood! Thankfully, WD-40 is the answer once again, the spray works by helping protect the wood from corrosion as well as blocking out any moisture, both of which can cause splinters to form.

Getting baseball gloves ready

Ah, a new baseball glove – is there a better feeling for any sports fan? However, the leather can be extremely tough and the weeks of breaking in the mitt can seem daunting. However, before you torture yourself, why not try WD-40? Spray the leather and fold the glove in half around a baseball before securing it with an elastic band. The following morning, the glove should have formed around the baseball and be ready to use. It’s time to hit the field!

Preparing leather furniture

It’s not only leather baseball gloves that can benefit from a spritz of WD-40; leather furniture will also be thanking you. Just spray the furniture all over with the WD-40 before wiping it off with a cloth to help keep it looking in tip-top condition as well as protecting it from any cracks or damage. Just make sure you patch test the spray somewhere hidden before covering the whole piece just in case there is any discoloring.

Help attract fish while fishing

This might seem like a crazy use for WD-40 that you never knew, but you might be surprised to learn it can be the perfect addition to a fishing box. Why? Many fishers believe that WD-40 helps to attract even more fish if it’s sprayed all over the lures. Although the makes of the spray deny it helps, it is said some fish components in the spray could help attract a bigger catch. You just need to check local laws in case there is a chemical protection rule in place.

Giving the grill some life

Summers are meant for barbecues and cookouts with friends, aren’t they? Sadly, months of cooking up all the delicious meals without keeping on top of cleaning our grill really can take their toll. If you want to bring it back to its former glory, then look no further than that can of WD-40. Simply spray the grill all over and leave it for a few minutes while it works is magic. Then all it takes is going over with a wire brush to remove any baked on food.

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COCONUT CAKE

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FOR THE CAKE:
• 2 cups sugar
• 1.5 cups all purpose flour
• 1 cup cake flour
• 1.5 tsp kosher salt
• 1.5 tsp baking powder
• 1.5 tsp baking soda
• 2 large eggs
• 2 cups full fat unsweetened coconut milk
• 2 Tbs lemon juice or white vinegar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
• 1 tsp coconut extract
• 1 tsp jasmine extract* 
• 1/2 cup coconut oil, liquid at room temp


FOR THE FROSTING:
• 1 cup unsalted butter
• 2.5 cups powdered sugar, sifted for lumps
• 1/2 tsp kosher salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
• 1 tsp coconut extract
• 1 tsp jasmine extract
• 1 Tbs coconut milk, if needed

FOR THE CAKE: 
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
2. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or line it with parchment, overlapping two of the edges. 
3. In a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients: the sugar, flour, cake flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Set aside. 
4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the coconut milk and lemon juice or vinegar. Let it sit for just a minute or two and then whisk the eggs in as well as all three extracts: vanilla, coconut, and jasmine. Lastly, whisk in the coconut oil. 
5. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine (without over mixing). 
6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan. 
7. Bake for 40 mins, rotating the pan halfway through, but begin checking for doneness at 35 mins. 
8. Let it cool in the pan before transferring to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

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Instant Pot Ginger Soy Chicken

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Serves 3 | Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 8 Minutes


Ingredients:
• 1 1/2 lbs chicken wings (drummettes and wingettes) and drumsticks
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into pieces
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 3 tablespoon sweet soy sauce or kecap manis
• 3 dashes ground white pepper
• 1/2 cup water
• 1 teaspoon sesame oil
• 1 stalk scallion, cut into 2-inch lengths.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

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Ingredients
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 cup hot coffee (chocolate, espresso, or plain is best)
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• 2 large eggs
• 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1/4 tsp baking powder
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp espresso powder
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 Tbsp milk
• 1/4 cup sour cream
Frosting
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1/2 cup cocoa powder
• 2-3 cups powdered sugar
• 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream
• 2-3 drops peppermint extract
• salt to taste


Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-tin cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
2. Combine cocoa and hot coffee together, stirring until smooth; set aside.
3. Beat butter with a standing mixer or hand mixer until creamy and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Gradually add in sugar, beating 4-5 minutes until it is light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until the yellow disappears.
4. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder.
5. Alternately mix the coffee/cocoa mixture and flour mixture with the butter batter, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Do not overmix.
6. Add in vanilla extract, milk, and sour cream. Mix until just combined.
7. Divide batter evenly between muffin cups (the batter makes 12-14).
8. Bake for 17-18 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake, as chocolate cupcakes can get very dry if overbaked.
9. Allow to cool.
10. For the frosting, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in cocoa powder and 2 cups of powdered sugar. Add in heavy cream, a pinch of salt (salt brings out the chocolate.

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Taco Pasta

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Ingredients
• 8 ounces rotini pasta or other short pasta
• 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
• 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
• 1/2 cup minced onion
• 1 14 ounce can petite diced tomatoes drained
• 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
• 2 ounces cream cheese
• 3/4 cup sour cream
• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 1/2 cup diced Roma tomatoes
• 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
• Additional taco toppings if desired such as tortilla strips, olives, avocado and jalapenos


Instructions
1. Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water.
2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the beef.
3. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and break up with a spatula.
4. Add the onion to the pan.
5. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until meat is browned and cooked through, and onion is tender.
6. Add the tomatoes and taco seasoning to the pan and stir to combine.
7. Pour the cooked pasta into the pan with the meat. Reduce the heat to low.
8. Add the cream cheese, sour cream and cheddar cheese to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly until cheese are melted. 
9. Add reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed to thin the sauce to desired consistency.
10. Sprinkle with tomatoes and cilantro and serve. Add additional taco toppings if desired.

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Poor Man’s Stew

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Ingredients :

1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
1.5 lbs potatoes, diced large
3 carrots, sliced
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced (I had this on hand already)
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
2 cups water
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried oregano

Directions :

Add the cooked ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic to a 5-quart or larger slow cooker.
In a small bowl whisk together the tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, onion powder and oregano. Pour this mixture over everything in the slow cooker. Stir.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours, without opening the lid during the cooking time.
Serve with buttered sandwich bread.

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Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

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This is an Italian comfort food classic! The smell of this cooking in my kitchen transports me back to playing on the street in front of my Papa and Gigi’s house in Brooklyn. I make 2 trays of this for every family get-together, and it’s gone in a flash!”

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 pounds Italian sausage links, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
4 large potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
2 large green bell peppers, seeded and cut into wedges
2 large red bell peppers, seeded and cut into wedges

3 large onions, cut into wedges
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the sausage until browned. Transfer the cooked sausage to a large baking dish. Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil into the skillet, and cook the potatoes, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Place the potatoes into the baking dish, leaving some oil. Cook and stir the green and red peppers and onions in the hot skillet until they are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the vegetables to the baking dish. Pour wine and chicken stock over the vegetables and sausage, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Gently stir the sausage, potatoes, and vegetables together.
Bake in the preheated oven until hot and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot.

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Tea-time Butter Cake

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ingredients

3 eggs
1/3 cup butter – I prefer salted butter –
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/3 level tsps baking podwer
1/8 tsp baking soda – optional –
1/3 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup milk
1/3 tsp salt

directions

pre-heat 10 greased baking tray at 340F/170C
seive flour + baking powder + baking soda+ salt
beat the eggs well
add butter and beat again
add sugar and mix well
fold in the flour mix to the egg batter alternating with milk
add vanilla essence
set the mix into the tray and bake it for 25-30 mins or till the cake is done
cool it on a rack
sprinkle some sugar+cinnamon dust or just sugar dust – optional –
Its one of my mom’s favorite tea-time cakes.

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Orange Cream Cheese Bread Recipe

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Ingredients

1-8 ozpackage cream cheese, softened
1/2 cshortening
1 2/3 cgranulated sugar
2eggs
2 1/4 call-purpose flour
1 tspsalt
1 Tbspbaking powder
1 cmilk
1/2 cchopped walnuts
2 Tbspgrated orange peel
1/4 corange juice

Directions :

Combine cream cheese and shortening, creaming well.

Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after each addition.

Stir in walnuts and orange peel.

Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 3 inch loaf pans.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 10 mintues. Then sprinkle orange juice over loaves. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

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SOUTHERN STRAWBERRY CAKE

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Ingredients :

Yield: 1 three layer 8′ cake
10 ounces (2 1/2 cups) cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 vanilla bean
4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
1 cup pureed strawberries
1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions :

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 8” cake pans and line with rounds of parchment. Set aside.
– In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
– In another medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, and almond extract. Set aside.
– Split and scrape out the seeds from the vanilla bean. Rub the seeds into the sugar. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and vanilla sugar with the paddle attachment until it forms a paste. Add the eggs in a slow stream, beating well after each addition. Beat for 1 minute at medium speed. Gradually add the buttermilk mixture and beat for 1 minute at medium speed.
– Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Stir in the pureed strawberries and the lemon zest.
– Spoon into the prepared cake pans and bake until the cakes spring back when touched lightly in the center. Cool before removing from the pan.
STRAWBERRY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
1 pound cream cheese, room temperature
6 ounces unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons strawberry jam
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons? lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
– In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth.
– Sift in the powdered sugar, and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the strawberry jam, vanilla, lemon juice and salt, and beat well to incorporate. If the frosting is lumpy from the sugar, bump the speed up to medium-high continue beating until smooth.
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