How to Silence a Squeaking Hinge

Time-tested, non-toxic remedy

When a door hinge develops a squeak due to wear or settling, instead of reaching for a messy spray lubricant, try this traditional, non-toxic, non-staining lubricant.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Remove the pin

If you've got a door hinge that squeals every time you open the door, we've got the fix for you! A little petroleum jelly will rid the hinge of that annoying wail. The petroleum jelly works its way into the hinge and adheres well, so it won't run off and make a mess like oil or other lubricants.

Photos 1 and 2 show how to punch out a hinge pin and grease it up. After all the hinges have been lubricated, open and close the door a few times to work the petroleum jelly into the hinge joints.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Rags

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Petroleum jelly
  • 8d finish nail