Stop a Squeaky Door (without Chemicals!)

2 Materials
5 Minutes

You know how a squeaky door hinge can absolutely drive you crazy? It's one of those things that you are annoyed by, but put off and think you'll fix it soon.

Then months go by and you've still got that squeaky door! I've done the same thing. I kept putting it off until I had to close the bathroom door in the middle of the night and the squeaky noise reverberated through the entire house. Ugh!

Enough is enough, I said! And the next day I went in my pantry to find my secret ingredient for silencing squeaky hinges!

All that door hinges need to stop that screeching noise is a lubricant. The lubricant helps the metal pieces to not rub together and cause that noisy squeak.

And I've found that coconut oil is one of the best things to put on door hinges to stop squeaking!

Why coconut oil? Why not olive oil?

You can use any type of oil. It's true. But some other oils are slightly colored, which means they can stain a door if it's white (and so many doors are white).

Here are the steps to stop the squeaking:

  • Remove the pin from the hinge if possible. This can be done by using a flat head screwdriver and gently pushing up the head of the pin from below. You might need to use a hammer to tap the screwdriver to pry up the pin.
  • Either keep the base of the pin in the hinge (if you can't let go of the door) or remove the pin from the hinge.
  • Coat the pin with coconut oil. Use a cotton swab covered in coconut oil to lightly coat the pin with oil. Be sure to cover all of the pin from top to bottom and all around. Melted coconut oil can work, too. 

  • If you cannot easily remove the pin, consider using melted coconut oil to drip on the hinge. Use an eye dropper or saturated cotton swab to apply the melted coconut oil. (Melt a small amount in a bowl for about 10-15 seconds.) Try to drop coconut oil underneath the pin head to get it down into the hinge. Add to any moving parts of the hinge. Be sure to have a paper towel or rag nearby to catch any spills.
  • Put the pin back in the hinge.
  • Hammer down the pin head if needed.
  • Open and shut the door several times to work the coconut oil into the hinges and allow the lubricant to spread. 

That's it! You can also watch us easily remove the hinge and fix the door in my YouTube video above (I'd love if you subscribed to my channel!).

You can also use coconut oil to clean leather.

Or whip coconut oil to make this luxurious body butter. Coconut oil can be used for so many things!

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  • Judy Judy on Jul 24, 2021

    Just curious, since I live in Florida, will the coconut oil attract insects?

    • Kimberly Button Kimberly Button on Jul 24, 2021

      I used it in Florida when I lived there. I’m not sure if it attracts them, but didn’t notice a difference.

  • Mai isles Mai isles on Aug 15, 2021

    My dad used to use butter! I use WD made out of fish oil I believe. Would try coconut oil used it as a lubricant before.