There is nothing uglier and more annoying than bad lubricated door hinges. It’s a problem that becomes recurring when you open and close the door during the day. The reason and some solutions are given here.

Tools needed

You will need a hammer and a rag.

Materials Needed

petroleum jelly
  • 8d finishing nail
  • Vaseline or oil

As for materials needed, there are many options on the internet, from olive oil, bath soap, and hairspray, to special maintenance oils. Here we show you the procedure with petroleum jelly which is a non-toxic, non-edible, non-corrosive, and commonly used product that you can have on hand. It will take about 10 minutes to fix.

How to lubricate door hinges?

There are only 2 simple steps. During the process it is normal to jam the door, moving it up and down can relieve that pressure.

1) Tapping the pin upwards

  • Loosen each of the hinge pins by tapping with an 8d nail from below.
  • Once the pin is loose, pull it out.
  • Keep the door closed and work on only one hinge at a time.

2) Lubricate the pin

  • Lightly coat the hinge pin with petroleum jelly.
  • Apply some to the top of the pin groove.
  • Reinsert the pin and wipe off the excess.
  • Open and close the door several times to allow the petroleum jelly to penetrate the hinge seals.

That’s it!

Other materials that can work

soap as lubricant

There are other solutions, just as simple and quick, but they may be for a short period.


Hairspray contains polymers that create a seal around the door hinges that prevents them from squeaking. Spray a couple of times on the squeaky hinge and then open and close the door to spread the lacquer.

Bar Soap

Bar soaps contain fats and oils (such as palm and coconut) that help lubricate squeaky hinges. Not surprisingly, soap can alleviate squeaking and rattling doors.

You can apply the same procedure as petroleum jelly with the bar of soap until they are well lubricated. Open and close the door to allow the soap to penetrate the hinges. Organic soap contains fatter than commercial soap, so it is a better choice.

Olive oil

A few drops of olive oil will easily lubricate squeaky hinges. With an eyedropper, apply a few drops of olive oil to the hinges and they will soon stop squeaking.

Kerosene candles

The oil from the kerosene candles will also act as a lubricant to calm those noisy hinges. You will need to light the candle to soften the wax. You will also need to remove the hinge pin. Grease the hinge pin with melted wax and put the pin back into the hinge securely.

Silicone Spray

Excellent for fixing squeaky hinges and is available both on the Internet and in do-it-yourself stores. Silicone spray contains no mineral oils or grease and is safe to use on a variety of surfaces as a lubricant, including plastic, rubber, and metal.

Lithium grease

Lithium grease is another good option for fixing creaky hinges. A smear of lithium grease on the hinge pin should lubricate the hinge and make sure your door doesn’t squeak.

What is the best lubricant for door hinges?

The best lubricant for squeaky door hinges is either silicone spray or petroleum jelly.

Both are easy to apply, non-polluting, non-moisture producing, and are not scarce or expensive products.

It should be noted that while lubricating a door hinge should eliminate squeaks and creaks, it may only be a short-term solution if the door is poorly assembled or if the hinge is simply at the end of its useful life. In these circumstances, re-hanging the door or replacing the hinges should be considered.

Lubricating a door is the easiest maintenance activity that can be done, regardless of the type of lubricant, it is an activity that takes no more than 20 minutes. Don’t let it become a nightmare

Tips on how to lubricate door hinges was last modified: December 1st, 2022 by Vanessa Gallanti
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