Ever since I first heard about WD-40, I considered it a cure-all. Squirt it on a squeaky hinge and the squeak goes away. Spray it onto an old bike and suddenly it rides like a new bike. Toss it into your salad and it’s twice as delicious. Got an eyelash in your eye? Put a few drops of WD-40 on your cornea and the eyelash will slide right out.
It was only recently discovered that sometimes WD-40 is TOO effective, and now I need to figure out a way to undo its effect.
I’ve owned my condo for 8 years, and a few months ago I noticed that my clothes closet door was squeaking. It had probably been squeaking for quite some time and I simply tuned it out, but one day I realized that a little WD-40 could fix the issue. So I sprayed some on, and the squeak went away.
The next morning, I discovered that my closet door would no longer stay open. My building must have a slight incline, because with all friction removed thanks to WD-40, it closes on its own.
This might not seem like a big deal, but it’s a small walk-in closet, and I don’t want to have to hold open the door while I’m figuring out which pair of boxers best fits my mood today (monkeys, turtles, beer mug, stripes, or solid?). Also, Walter likes to sneak into the closet and hide under the clothes, and the door has a funny way of closing on my face as I bend down to shoo him back into the bedroom (Biddy knows better to go in there. He is the smartest).
A few days ago I resolved to fix the problem. I tried four methods: One, I hammered wildly at the door hinge, hoping to bend it enough that the door would stay open. Didn’t work. Two, I superglued the hinges. Seriously. It still didn’t work! In rock-paper-scissors-WD40-superglue, WD-40 wins!! Three, I tried duct tape, all to no avail. Finally, I tried drinking. It fixed some problems, but not the door.
So I present this issue to you, dear readers: How do you reverse the effects of WD-40? What must I do to un-lubricate my closet door?
UPDATE: I tried everything to get rid of the WD-40 (including all suggestions below), and finally I decided it could not be done. Instead, I installed a magnetic door jam to make the door stay open when I want it open. It works wonderfully.