WD-40's Smart Straw is a big improvement over the removable one taped to the side of the can.
It's not only permanently attached and unlose-able, but thanks to the little yellow nozzle…
…allows the user to alternate between a shotgun spray or a sniper's squirt:
Even better than the Smart Straw is the company's EZ-Reach Flexible Straw, which allows you to get around obstacles:
The pose-ability of the straw also allows you to play with the can, pretending it's a small, helpful elephant when your coworkers aren't looking.
Plese Rain, never stop using your imagination while writing.
I'm not going to lie; I did not know that it worked as a spray nozzle in the down position. I do know that it's a pain to make work again if you drop it on its head and break the cap off.
Great concept, now if it only worked.
It does work for it's intended purpose: cleaning and displacing water. It should not be used as a lubricant for moving parts though. I'm not sure how that urban myth was started, but I also don't see the company making an effort to dispel it.
I wasn't referring to the product. Despite all the bad press, I used it all the time and it works great (even as a lubricant). I meant the flexible straw. it never quite works correctly in the down position and the spray button is very finicky, you have to position your finger just right. Also for some reason, the last two cans that I bought seemed to have leaked all the propellant out before the can was empty leaving about a quarter can of unusable product.
Rain Noe is a writer and industrial designer based in New York City.
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