After years, dare I say decades, of DIYing, I’ve just discovered something so simple and wonderfully useful that’s also been available for more than 100 years.
Uh … better late than never, right?
So, what is it, you ask?
Well … it’s soap. Yep. That’s it. Soap. Okay, technically, it’s a cleanser, but it comes in a bar – like soap. Its name? Lava®!
Thanks to my new sponsors, WD-40 Company, I was introduced to this DIY-friendly product, along with 3-IN-ONE Lock Dry Lube and 3-IN-ONE Multipurpose Oil – a classic product I’d grown up watching my mom use all around our house.
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised at how well these time-tested products worked.
But why write about a bar of soap, er, cleanser and some oil and lock lube? Well, let’s start with how important it is to keep our tools clean and functioning properly.
#1 DIY Hand Tools
My farm girl mom, Lois used to refer to 3-IN-ONE Multipurpose Oil as the “Tin Man Oil”. She would tell me that if I wanted to keep my tools healthy, happy and moving without creaks and squeaks like the Tin Man, I’d have to routinely oil and clean them. Haha! Made sense to me as a 7 year old!
Come to think of it, I can’t remember a time we ever went without it.
LUBRICATES: This oil is fantastic for any of your hand tools with moving parts such as wrenches, wire snips, clippers, pruners, multi-tools (i.e. Leatherman and Victorinox Swiss Army). BTW … you can also use it on hinges (again…no more creeeeaking), nuts and bolts, bikes, cogs and wheels.
CLEANS: Rust, grime, grease, etc. can ruin your tools (right, Tin Man?), so a quick drop or two of this oil can clean them right up and back into your toolbox. You can also use this product on knives and cutting blades.
#2 Destickify It Yourself
Now, let’s not forget about how important it is to keep our homes, items and businesses easily secured and accessed.
LOOSENS: Give 3-IN-ONE Lock Dry Lube a try – it’s great for loosening, lubricating and protecting locks around your home (and commercial ones, too).
Our front door dead bolt used to grab onto our keys like a pit bull. Now, we lock and unlock it with ease, which makes coming home and entering late at night feel much more secure.
DRIES CLEAR: Because it dries clear to the touch within minutes, you can use it on metal, wood and most plastic surfaces.
#3 DIY Tools: Our Hands
And, finally…what is our most important and used tools? Our hands, of course! And, now, thanks to Lava, this will be a much easier end-of-a-DIY-day task for me!
CLEANS: I use my hands E.V.E.R.Y. day – they’re my #1 DIY tools after all – yet, I’m often left at my kitchen sink, vigorously scrubbing them to remove everything from ground-in dirt, paint, stain, and/or oil. I’ve used everything from mineral spirits (not so great for Mother Nature), Comet (again, not Mom’s friend), and good ol’ dish soap and a scrub brush. These techniques eventually worked, but not easily and they left my hands quite dry.
Not so with Lava, which was developed by the Waltke Company of St. Louis in 1893. Its ground pumice “is a naturally occurring type of rock that is most frequently created when volcanic lava mixes with water [hence the name]. It is light and porous, and because of its texture and somewhat delicate nature, it is often used as a skin exfoliation tool.” (livestrong.com)
BIODEGRADABLE: Lava is also a nontoxic, biodegradable product with a formula that has ingredients derived from coconut oil, ground pumice, water, glycerin and minor additives.
More than anything else … Lava left both my DIY hands clean, soft and happy!
Where to Buy
Lava Soap is available at retailers across the country, including Ace, Walmart, Dollar General and Family Dollar. To find a store near you, visit LavaSoap.com and click on the Where to Buy button.
3-IN-ONE® products are available nationally at retailers, such as ACE Hardware, Lowe’s and True Value. To find the stores near you that carry 3-IN-ONE visit 3inone.com and select the “where to buy” button on each product’s detail page.
This post is sponsored by WD-40. All photography and video by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly.