Updated: Aug 9, 2019
We all have that one door in the house that makes all sorts of noise when you open or close it. Not only is it annoying, but a squeaky door becomes especially problematic when it's the door to the nursery, where even the slightest creak can wake a sleeping baby. This used to be a regular occurrence in our house until I decided enough is enough!
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The easiest and cheapest way to remedy this problem is with WD-40®. Every DIYer should have WD-40 in their toolbox, along with duct tape. As the saying goes, “You only need two tools in life, Duct Tape® and WD-40. If it’s not stuck and it’s supposed to be, Duct Tape it. If it’s stuck and it’s not supposed to be, WD-40 it.” The WD-40 website lists over 2000 uses for its product submitted by consumers. However, the most common use is to lubricate, making it the perfect tool for silencing those squeaky doors. WD-40 is sold almost everywhere, including Home Depot and Amazon.
Once you have your trusty can in hand, head to the squeaky door(s) in our home. Most doors have between two and four hinges, which are held together by large pins which begin to wear and rust with age. Using a rag or a paper towel, cover the area around the hinge leaving the hinge exposed. I actually cut a small slit in the rag that just fits around the hinge to prevent WD-40 from getting on the door or walls to make cleanup easier. Then, spray the hinge with WD-40, focusing on the area contacting the pin (No worries if some gets on the door or walls, since your paint won't be harmed. In fact, WD-40 can also be used to remove crayon marks from walls!)
Wait a couple seconds and then wipe away the excess to prevent dripping. Do this for all of the hinges. When finished, open and close the door several times to work the lubricant into the hinge, before wiping off the hinges a second time to clean up the area. For a more complete job, you can also remove the pins from the hinge and wipe down with WD-40 before replacing.
Your door is now squeak-free!
Beyond silencing squeaky doors, WD-40 will clean rusty tools, lubricate your garage door or bicycle chain, and unstick old bolts and screws. The uses are nearly endless, so always have your can of WD-40 handy!