Few things are more annoying than a squeaky hinge.
Fortunately, it’s not something you have to learn to live with. In fact, squeaky hinges are quite easy to fix!
Your first step should be to lubricate the top of the hinge with lubricating oil. If your hinge is still squeaky, it’s likely that the hinge itself needs some lubrication. To stop the squeak, you’ll need to disassemble the hinge, lubricate the pin itself and put the hinge back together.
Your first thought may be to grab a bottle of WD-40 (which is a great choice for lubricating a hinge) but it’s not your only option. If you’re a DIY junkie or want to limit the use of toxic chemicals in your home, you can use plain ole petroleum jelly.
Here’s the process:
Step 1: Remove the pin
Loosen the hinge pin by taking an 8d nail and tapping the pin from underneath. Lift the loosened pin out of the hinge. If you experience any resistance, lift on the door handle. It’s best to keep the door closed while you work and lubricate only 1 hinge at a time.
Step 2: Lubricate the pin
Coat the pin with a light coat of petroleum jelly. Also, be sure to put a small amount on the top of the pin slot. Reinsert the pin, making sure to remove any excess petroleum jelly.
Other useful lubricants
If you don’t have petroleum jelly, try these other chemical-free options:
- Bar soap
- Paraffin candles
- Olive oil
The lubrication process using any of these other lubricants is the same. When using household substances, avoid getting the product on the door.