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5 Ways To Fix A Squeaky Door Hinge

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A door hinge isn’t usually something you think about until it makes a noise. Unfortunately, a squeaky door hinge is a problem that every homeowner deals with at some point. Thankfully, it’s a fairly simple issue to deal with as well.

The squeak can originate from the hinge (metal rubbing against metal) or the door itself (wood rubbing against wood). In this article, we’ll focus on fixing the door hinge itself.

Let’s consider five ways to fix a squeaky door hinge.


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Removing The Door Hinge

Door hinge with the pin removed.

In order to successfully deal with a squeaky door hinge, you’ll need to get to the core of the issue. Removing the hinge pin will allow you to place the lubricant at the center of the moving parts. Before removing the pin, though, you’ll want a helper to support the door.

Tapping upward on the bottom of the hinge pin with a hammer and nail will push it up and allow you to remove it. If you can’t access the pin from the bottom, you may need to tap up underneath the head of the pin with a hammer and a flathead screwdriver.

Before coating the pin with any lubricants, rub it down with steel wool to remove any rust, dirt, or debris and wipe it off. Afterward, you can coat the pin with one of the lubricants below.

Squeaky Door Hinge Fixes

Petroleum Jelly

We know that Vaseline has many health uses. Its lubricating properties does wonders for the skin. I know we used it many times to help with diaper rash on our kids. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that Vaseline is an excellent choice for fixing a squeaky door hinge.

Bar of Soap

Rubbing the hinge pin with a lightly damp bar of non-glycerin soap should do the trick.

Cooking Oil

Got any cooking oil in your kitchen? Of course you do! Coconut oil, olive oil, etc., can be used for squeaks. You can dip the pin into a container filled with oil or use a Q-tip or cotton swab.

Paraffin Wax

Melted candle wax is another great option. Heat up the wax in the microwave or on the stove, then coat the hinge pin with the wax. Just be careful not to burn yourself!

Plumber’s Grease

If you have any plumber’s grease in your garage, it will also remove the squeak.

No matter the method you use, be sure to guard against getting lubricant on the door. Wipe off any excess after you’ve reassembled the door hinge. Swing the door back and forth to allow the lubricant to spread within the hinge.

Keep in mind that even though the methods above are great fixes, over time the lubrication will wear off and the squeak will return.

What About WD-40?

Can of WD-40.

WD-40 is quite simply an amazing product. There are all sorts of reasons why homeowners should have a can of WD-40 in their garage. From lubrication to rust prevention to moisture displacement, WD-40 is an all-purpose wonder. You might ask, then, why it’s not on the list above?

I didn’t list it because WD-40 isn’t the best product to use for a squeaky door hinge. It’s easy to pick it up and spray the hinge when a hinge starts to squeak… I’ve done that in the past. There are a few reasons, though, why you should leave it for other uses.

For one, the lubricating properties of WD-40 don’t tend to last long on a door hinge. Secondly, over time, dust and dirt can adhere to the lubricant and you don’t want those getting near a door hinge. In the past, I’ve personally seen my door hinges become a dust magnet after spraying them with WD-40.

Third, it can be easy to make a mess with WD-40 spray. Overspray can get on your door and walls and drops can form and fall on your flooring.

In short, WD-40 is perfect for lots of uses. Squeaky door hinges isn’t one of them.

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