What the heck is Jig-a-Loo?

According to their website http://www.jigaloo,com), Jig-A-Loo is a

revolutionary new product that combines the power of a lubricant with a water repellent. Unlike any other lubricant, it contains no oil, grease, wax or detergent, so it doesn’t stain or stink. It stops squeaks, unsticks just about anything, protects against rust, and is an exceptional water repellent.

Terrible name though – think ‘bugaboo’, ‘jigaboo’ and the word ‘loo’ is english for toilet (albeit by way of the french ‘Garde Lui’, I believe)

I must admit, I thought that maybe they were repackaging silicone spray, a very useful (and cheap) product that will free sticking sash windows, door locks, kitchen drawer runners etc. Odorless, tasteless, rated ‘ok’ for incidental contact with food. Excellent for waterproofing leather boots, shoes, jackets, suede, etc.


… So I checked their website….

… and checked. Fun copy, Lovely graphics, it’s Canadian (whatever that implies). All in a creditable marketing effort to introduce a ‘fun’ new product that will they hope become synonymous with squeak stopping.

Before you buy and start using this stuff though, there are a few warnings.

Contains: methylene chloride, perchloroethylene, isobutane, and propane.

Contents and fumes may catch fire. Container may explode if heated. May irritate eyes and skin. Keep away from flames, pilot lights, and sparks, including electric motors. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Do not swallow, get in eyes, on skin or clothing. Do not breathe fumes. Do not puncture or incinerate container. Do not store at temperatures above 120°F. Keep out of reach of children. Some plastics and painted surfaces may react. Please verify.

This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer.

and the ever-so-friendly ‘MSDS‘.

I wouldnt dare say that this product hurts the environment, or is a cancer risk, but I know that it may explode or irritate your eyes and skin. and, by the way, Perchloethylene is the stuff used in dry cleaners that they’re trying to get banned. for more information on what methylene chloride and perchloroethylene do, go to the trade association. http://www.hsia.org/

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