WD-40 on Lipstick Stains

Official definition of the Internet:

A global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite to serve billions of users worldwide who exchange important information.


Unofficial definition of the Internet:

A global system of interconnected confused people that use that magic thingy up in the sky to look up recipes and sale items.

I had to look up the definition of Internet on the Internet because my newest dictionary in the house was published in 1986. There is a blank spot where the definition of Internet should be. Ironically there is a definition for Milli Vanilli where a blank spot should be.

Strangely none of the hundreds of definitions for the Internet I found included the words “time suck”, “big fat liar” or “time suck”.  Go figure.

Speaking of that big, fat, liar the Internet the time has come to reveal my findings on a WD-40 email that was making the rounds.  This email suggested WD-40 would make an excellent sundae topping and if sprayed on the belly would work better than an epidural during childbirth.  Of quadruplets.  I believed this information to be a lie, so I selected 3 of the 43 claims in the WD-40 email and put them to the test.

Claim:  WD-40 can remove lipstick stains.

Oh really?  Well let’s give that a shot shall we?

My poorly applied crack-whore lipstick.

My favourite tee shirt. From my favourite hot dog stand.

In the left corner WD-40. In the right, standard stain remover.

Saturating the stain. Stinks.

Saturating the stain with Spray & Wash. Smells fine.

Lipstick Stain pre-WD40

WD-40 working on red lipstick stain. Turning pink.


Lipstick Stain pre-Spray & Wash.

Spray & Wash working on lipstick stain. Turning orange.


Now I stick the stain treated shirt in the wash on cold. And we wait … *ding* … shirt’s ready, lets see how it turned out shall we?


WD-40 stain remains the same. Spray & Wash, it's gone by gosh!

Perhaps we just need a closer look. Nope. WD-40 stain still completely there. Spray & Wash side completely clean.

In fact, closer inspection reveals the WD-40 actually transferred the stain to the back of the tee shirt. WD-40 not only didn't remove the stain, it doubled it.

Conclusion: WD-40 does NOT remove lipstick stains. It makes them doubly bad. And whoever started the original WD-40 email is a big loser who probably eats ravioli out of the can while petting his cat Fluffy who he plans to marry one day once it’s legal.

If you’re concerned about the fate of my favourite Big Weenies are Better tee shirt, wipe the sweat from your brow and let the word “phew” escape from your lips. Two Dual Power Spray & Wash treatments later and my tee shirt is like new. Although I’m sure Spray & Wash couldn’t do much for my rusty lock.

Tune in tomorrow when I test the claim that spraying WD-40 on your bathroom mirrors will stop them from fogging up. Not holding my breath. Must go look up some recipes and check for things on sale now. See you tomorrow!



  1. Eivind says:

    You, madam — are a great scientist.

    Don’t just believe it — test it. Splendid !

  2. Amy says:

    crack me up. I love your posts. I look forward to them each morning. Keep them coming.

    I am trying not to giggle as I as I am post-op from Gall bladder surgery. But your posts make me howl and I just have to hold my side and laugh through the pain. Its all good.


  3. Karen O. says:

    “If it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape. If it doesn’t and it should, use WD-40.”

    My father taught me these words of wisdom and they haven’t failed me yet! Clearly the schmuck that put together this list was sadly misinformed. Tsk tsk. 😛

  4. Liz says:

    Your lipstick stain is kind of perfect looking.

    I’ll strike lipstick stain removal off my list of exciting uses for industrial lubricant.

  5. Christopher Nelson says:

    you know, if you’re feeling adventurous you could always test the Coca-Cola-takes-the-tar-off-your-car theory. Wait! Have you done that already?

  6. Langela says:

    I think you may have saved a marriage with this one. I can see the poor loser who would have taken the wd-40 advice and tried to remove his girlfriend’s lipstick from his collar before his wife saw it. “But, Honey! It’s not my fault. That wd-40 you bought me didn’t work. If you had bought me the good stuff, this wouldn’t have happened.” Loser.

  7. cathy says:

    Can I borrow your can of WD40…. I have a squeeky door and I know it works on that. Spray the bathroom mirror? ack!

  8. OMG, that particular Spray n’ Wash is the greatest invention on the planet. Alas, it no longer seems to be available in St. Louis… *sniffle*

  9. Shauna Wobeser says:

    WD-40 aside…the real question is do you wear this shirt in public and what kind of reaction do you get!!

    (But thanks for testing it… and proving it wrong!!)

    • Karen says:

      You know, Shauna, that IS the real question. I’m shocked you’re the first person to bring it up. No I’ve been forbidden by my boyfriend to wear the tee shirt in public. He think’s it’s appalling. I suppose it isn’t the classiest thing I own, but I’d look just as ridiculous if I went out wearing a crystal chandelier – which of course is the epitome of class.

  10. Morgan says:

    Hahaha! That was awesome! And that you are so witty and funny makes it all the more entertaining.

  11. Shannon@bakeandbloom says:

    Can’t belive you did this on a cute shirt? I would have done it on a peice of scrap cloth or something. Geez the things we’ll do

    • Karen says:

      Go big or go home! If there’s no risk what’s the point? No fun there. Remember when I scribbled Sharpie all over my walls? Nuff said.

  12. Un-huh! You go girl. Wish we could email ravioli boy your resounding results with a big thumb on the nose photo 🙂

  13. Patsy says:

    Two people have told me WD-40 is great for cleaning stainless steel appliances. Have you tried that one yet ?? Love your blog.

  14. Leslie J McCandless says:

    Excellent. Information plus humour.

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