Natural Ways to Unsqueak a Door


Loud, squeaky doors are an annoyance, whether it's an interior or exterior door. Most squeaks originate from either the hinges or the locking mechanism. Squeaks can progress to greater problems, including sticking locks or doors that no longer shut properly. You don't need expensive lubricants or cleaners to fix the squeak. Natural methods using common household items work just as well to get rid of the noise as chemical-laden spray lubricants.

Things You'll Need

  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Steel wool
  • Olive oil
  • Cotton swab
  • Graphite pencil
  • Powdered graphite lubricant

Squeaky Hinges

  • Position a nail against the bottom of the hinge pin. Tap the nail lightly with a hammer so the pin pushes up and out of the hinge. Pull the pin the rest of the way out.

  • Inspect the pin for damage, rough spots or rust. Damaged or bent pins require replacement. Sand rough or rust spots from the hinge with fine-grit steel wool, if necessary.

  • Coat the hinge pin with olive oil, a natural lubricant. Dip a cotton swab in olive oil and push it through the pin channel on the hinge to remove any dirt and to provide lubrication to the internal parts of the hinge.

  • Push the pin back into the hinge. Tap it lightly with a hammer to help it slide into place, if necessary. Repeat the cleaning and lubrication technique on the remaining hinges.

Squeaky Locks

  • Open the door and turn the deadbolt so the lock extends out from the side of the door. Rub the revealed surface of the bolt with a graphite pencil, leaving behind a thin coating on the bolt.

  • Rub the pencil over the interior of the lock channel in the door frame, leaving behind a thin residue of graphite.

  • Use graphite powder, available from hardware stores, to fix squeaks inside the locking mechanism. Push the point of the bottle into the key hole and squeeze it firmly. A puff of graphite enters the lock and coats the interior workings, providing lubrication. Repeat as necessary.

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