We often take our door hinges for granted. Without them, your door would soon collapse, possibly with you beneath it! But we ignore until they make their presence felt with that tell-tale squeak. The main source of the squeak could be misalignment or friction, which is tricky to fix.
Eventually, you may need a handyman to sand down rough sections. Or may need to replace the hinge altogether. But as a temporary solution, you can oil the hinges. Try household oils, silicone spray, plumbers’ grease, or. But dedicated hinge products exist, so let’s see if we can find some.
1. WD-40 Specialist Water Resistant Silicone Spray (Our Top Pick)
Everyone knows WD-40 is a miracle worker. It’s like the duct tape of spray cans. For our purposes, it’s easily the best lubricant for door hinges. You can safely use it even if your hinge is plastic, or if the hinge is surrounded by rubber or vinyl trim. Unlike greasy lubes, it’s silicone-based. Meaning it dries quickly, so it won’t attract excessive dust, dirt, and grime.
It’s easy to use WD-40 because it has a convenient straw applicator. This applicator needle can be used in two modes. You can pick a thin stream for precision repair or a wider fan-out spray when you want to oil the whole hinge. Many lubes leave a residue. WD-40 doesn’t. Instead, it forms a clear, protective film that stops moisture damage and eases friction, killing off squeaks.
There are different WD-40 variants, so be sure which one you’re buying. The Silver can is the best lubricant for door hinges while other variants can be used on locks or car parts. There’s a grease version of WD-40 for heavy industrial use and even a lithium version, so don’t get them mixed up, it may damage your door. WD-40 is VOC-compliant for all state regulations.
This lubricant for door hinges is stain-free and stain-proof. It dries quickly and is easy to apply thanks to its dual-mode application straw. The silver can works best, so always double-check.
It has a needle applicator that can spray narrow or wide.
The lube is waterproof and resists rust.
WD-40 dries quickly so it’s less likely to trap dust.
With so many variants, it’s easy to get mixed up and buy the wrong one.
If your hinges are squeaky, you want to lube the hinge pocket, the pin, or both. That means you’ll probably get some oil on the surrounding walls, doors, and floors. DuPont Teflon is safe for all these surfaces so you can use it with wooden doors, rubber doorstops, or plastic door panels. And while you can use DuPont as hinge lube, that’s not its main function.
Primarily, PTFE is used to create a dirt-resistant dry-film on gardening tools and bladed tools. It’s called a dry-film because of a specialized resin that bonds to the surface of your hinges. This film reduces frictions and squeaking, but it also keeps your hinges clean and rust-free. You can also use it to oil the moving parts on lawnmowers, machinery, cables, and sliding doors.
Some lubes will evaporate in hot weather and freeze when it gets cold. DuPont retains its consistency as low as -100°F and as high as 480°F. Be careful with DuPont though. It has high Teflon content and provides reliable non-stick coatings. So you may be tempted to use it as a DIY fix for your frying pan or BBQ knives. It’s not food-grade, so keep it away from your pots and pans.
DuPont Teflon will keep your doors from squeaking. It will also create a non-stick coating on your hinges. This layer of dry-film will protect the hinges from rust, moisture damage, and dirt.
Its non-stick resin formula leaves your hinges spotless.
The lubricant has high volumes of Teflon Fluoropolymer (PTFE).
You can safely use it on metal, rubber, plastic, or wood.
It’s highly flammable, so you may want to avoid it for kitchen doors.
Permatex is a grease-based product, so it’s thicker than the silicone sprays we’ve reviewed so far. It comes in a 10.75-ounce can, though its shipping weight is a little higher at 12.8 ounces, so you may be disappointed that you’re not getting as much grease as you ordered.
But it’s a stain-free product that doesn’t leave any marks or residue on your hinges. And apart from (temporarily) eliminating squeaks, it will also leave a rust-proof coating on your hinges. But the grease is extremely flammable, so make sure there are no sparks or flames nearby before you use it. The can is about 8 inches tall and close to 3 inches in diameter, but it has no nozzle.
Because it’s described as grease, you may wonder whether it’s a spray-on product. It is, but it’s not a clear spray like silicone. Instead, it’s a thick white foam, a bit like shaving cream or insulation spray, but it comes out at extremely high pressure. And the smell is intense. So rather than spraying the hinge pin directly, you could put some grease on a rag them wipe down the hinge.
Permatek is compact, convenient, and easy to use. But avoid it if you live in areas with scorching summers or freezing winters (or both!). And use a rag to improve the spread during application.
It’s best for metal-to-metal but you can also use it for metal-to-plastic hinges.
Permatex is non-toxic and it doesn’t leave any stains on your hinges and surfaces.
It continues to work even during hot or wet conditions.
Permatex doesn’t do well with extreme temperatures. It will freeze in sub-zero weather.
We’re trying to find the best lubricant for door hinges, so we may not need something industrial. But if you have machines that need greasing, it may be worth investing in Star Brite. It’s a heavy-duty product that can withstand extreme heat. It’s also water-resistant, so it’s safe to use in areas with rain, heavy snow, or high humidity. It will form a protective coat on your hinges.
Lithium sprays are more viscous than silicone ones, so be careful not to use too much. Before you use the can, shake it thoroughly to loosen up the grease and mix it up inside the can. Apply a thin, even layer to avoid messy blobs. And when you finish, turn the can upside down, find an open area, and press the nozzle until its effluent is clear. This means all the grease has cleared.
The ‘clear gas’ is high-pressure air from inside the can, so do this after every use to keep the grease pathway clear. This product is designed with marine use in mind, and it has an extension tube nozzle for tougher spots. Use the applicator carefully – lithium grease has a higher pressure and thicker consistency than silicone, so if you aim wrong, the clean-up process won’t be fun.
Star Brite will get your door hinges back to their shiny, squeak-free selves. But it’s white grease, so it’s thicker than usual sprays. Shake the can carefully to loosen it up before use.
It’s tough enough for marine use.
Star Brite can resist both water and heat.
The applicator helps you hit the right spot.
This is an industrial marine product, so it may be overkill for household tasks like front door hinges.
It’s easy to spot CRC lube on the shelves. It has a distinct red can that holds 10 ounces (283 grams) of liquid lithium grease. This product is mainly aimed at motorized two-wheelers and three-wheelers. So you can use it on your snowmobiles, scooters, and speedboats. CRC forms a protective coating that keeps water and rust away, even at high working temperatures.
This lithium grease has high levels of purity and has additives that stretch its usage time. So if you’re using it on your squeaky door, it will last longer than other lubricants. This is helpful because squeaky doors needed repeated oiling – the squeak always comes back. CRC lube will keep your hinges sweetly silent for a month or more while silicone sprays last a few weeks.
The can holds 12.8 ounces and its spray nozzle makes it easy to reach high hinges and tight corners. And because the grease spray is thick, white, and foamy, it will leave stains on any surfaces around the hinge. So if your walls or door have light colors, you may want to drape them or use masking tape to keep our CRC off sensitive spots, especially fabrics.
When you need thick, high-pressure, long-lasting lubricant, CRC is a good choice. But make sure you’re wearing old clothes or overalls. You don’t want to ruin your favorite shirt.
The grease has extended staying power once you apply it.
You can use it on door hinges, but you can also use it on dirt bikes, ATVs, and boats.
The 10-oz can has a universally fitting spray cap.
CRC works best for metal-to-metal applications. Don’t use it on rubber trim or plastic hinges.
LiquiFix has a memorable name and cheerful yellow packaging. The bottle just begs to be ‘hugged’ by your fingers, without conveniently molded handgrips. It’s strong enough to use in your garage (or on your cars) but gentle enough to use in the kitchen. LiquiFix is an organic mineral-based lube. It’s manufactured within the US and the bottle holds 8.5 ounces of lube.
It’s safe to use this lubricant around kids and pets because it has zero toxins and zero VOCs. It’s completely odorless, so be careful not to overspray. The scent usually warns you when you’ve applied too much lube, but since LiquiFix has none, you need to keep an eye on the nozzle. Similarly, it comes in a spray bottle rather than a can. Meaning the pumping pressure is lower.
Because the product comes out more gently, you may end up overdosing or underdosing. It has zero static though, so it won’t draw dust and grime. It reduces rust and can be safely used around electric cables. The lube is NSF-certified, and because it has no smell, you don’t need added ventilation as you do with other lubricants. You can safely spray it in enclosed spaces.
You can’t mistake LiquiFix for anything else. It’s scent-free and toxin-free, ideal for a house with pets or small children. But double-check your dosing because it’s a low-pressure lube.
The ergonomic spray bottle has a comfy hand grip.
Liquifix is non-toxic and it’s a food-grade lubricant.
It’s been tested and certified for zero VOCs.
Competing brands can work at temperatures as low as -100°F but Liquifix will freeze at -3.5°F.
Penetrating oil is a good option for squeaky hinges. But it works especially well on old abandoned doors that are stuck. Aero Kroil is specially formulated to creep between nuts, bolts, and seams that are glued shut by air, rust, corrosion, or neglect. The oil soaks into the gaps, slipping through crevices as tiny as 1/1,000,000th of an inch. Within minutes, your hinge is loose.
The oil continues to work its way into the gap over time. So while you’ll see results after a few moments, it’s best to let it soak for a bit. The oil dissolves any contaminants that are clogging movement. These include gum, dried oil, grime, and old grease. Aero Kroil will also eliminate rust, deposited carbon, and salt water residue. The lube is waterproof and rustproof.
This product is intensively effective. It can loosen fixtures that have been frozen for decades. But because it’s so strong, it can easily be abused. That’s why the manufacturer recommends wholesale purchases for industrial use. They don’t want you buying this retail or using it at home unless you live in a warehouse, hangar, or security safe with massive safety doors.
Aero Kroil’s tagline is ‘the oil that creeps’. And it’s accurate because this penetrating oil can squeeze through the tiniest gaps to loosen stuck hinges, nuts, and bolts. And it has zero CFCs.
It can creep through gaps one-millionth of an inch.
Aero Kroil can loosen stuck hinges by dissolving tough grime.
It’s effective against squeaks, corrosion, rust, salt-water damage
Aero Kroil is pretty powerful, but you can only use it on metal hinges.
Here’s another product with an amazing name. It’s easy to recall and aptly descriptive. The branding art is pretty cool too. Liquid Wrench is a white lithium lubricating grease that’s designed for heavy-duty applications on your automotive chassis. You can use it in speedboats, tractors, industrial equipment, but yes, it also works on hinges and doorknobs.
Because its primary use is high-speed vehicles with engines that get hot, Liquid Wrench continues to function optimally under extreme temperatures. It also retains its consistency and structure when it’s under high pressure, so it will work on outdoor hinges without melting down or freezing over. It can resist the wear and tear of rough driving and high-traffic door hinges.
This lube will drastically extend the lifespan of your door. It’s made from a mix of premium oils and is infused with cerflon additives that reduce wear-and-tear, inhibit rust, prevent corrosion, and provide top-tier lubrication. And Liquid Wrench does exactly what it says, loosening the toughest nuts and bolts even after years underwater. It’s great for sunken ship restoration.
When you want heavy-duty de-rusting, de-freezing, de-squeaking, or de-oxidizing, reach for Liquid Wrench. The tube is tricky to use, but the quality of the product is worth the hassle.
It comes in a squeeze tube for easy application.
Liquid Wrench retains its texture and viscosity in extreme temperatures.
It effectively prevents rust, oxidation, and corrosion.
The tubular design can be puzzling, and the spray nozzle and extension tube applicator sometimes fall off. Plus, the smell is nauseating to some users.
So far, we’ve only looked at white lithium grease. Now we’re sampling something tacky and red. But we’re not using ‘tacky’ as an insult. Instead, we’re referring to the thin, sticky, stringy consistency of the product. It’s gooey and red, and it remains smooth and adhesive even in scorching engine heat and shiver-inducing snowstorms. So it’s fine for door hinges.
Tarantula Tacky comes in a plastic tube with a convenient pull tab at the top. The lubricant is dense enough to form firm stringy chains, but it’s light enough to lay a thin coat on your door hinge pin. It’s waterproof and heatproof, so you can use it under any household conditions. It’s a high-performance product though, so don’t just buy it for your doors – that’s a waste.
This red lithium grease is made in the USA and is rugged enough for boats, tractors, and industrial machinery. But it’s simple to use so you can keep it for your home DIY projects. It’s effective on squeaky hinges. Just take the whole thing apart. Remove the hinge pin, coat it in grease, then pound it back into place, because this grease is too thick for external application.
If you’re the type to be distracted by high-powered devices and bright colors, Tarantula Tacky will catch your eye. But the plastic tubular casing isn’t ideal for prolonged storage.
The plastic tube is safer than aerosol cans.
It works effectively between -30°F and 500°F.
It’s stickier and thinner than its rivals.
If you buy more than one tube (for example this pack of ten), some of your unused tubes will split over time. So unless you’re a heavy-duty greaser, just buy one.
10. Gasolia Free All Rust Eater Deep Penetrating Oil
Free All is the perfect solution to stuck hinges. It will release your door from worries like squeaking, freezing, or locking. And because it’s a deep penetrating oil, it can slip between the tiniest nooks to ‘eat’ any clogs caused by rust, corrosion, or natural wear and tear. The lubricant can dissolve scale, tar, old grease, red lead, graphite, white lead, and other contaminants.
This lubricant sprays on as light, foamy aerosol fluid. It has a triple formulation means it works faster than its rivals while doing three times the work. The can is famous for ‘eating rust and spitting bolts’ but it does a good job on creaking hinges as well. Its straw applicator lets you target the exact spots on your hinge that need greasing, helping you reach tough spots.
Gasolia’s triple formulation comprises a seeker that pushes the product further ad evaporates slowly to enhance effectiveness. The second ingredient is the oil itself, and Free All has three times more lubricant oil than other products. Finally, the third ingredient is the ‘rust eater’ that dissolves corrosion in minutes. Together, these components will sort your hinges in seconds.
Free All is a specially formulated product from Gasolia. It rides on nearly half a century of heritage and penetrates deep into your problem area. But don’t lose the straw!
It has no silicone in its structure.
Free All works faster than other lubricants.
The brand has a 40-year heritage.
This is a heavy-duty automotive brand that works great in body shops but may feel out of place in your house. But if you work on cars at home, it’s a handy resource.
When your doors begin to squeak, the issue is usually the hinges. And while you can drizzle any oil product to resolve the noise, it’s best to buy something designed for that purpose. So let’s explore the factors to consider as you seek out the best lubricant for door hinges.
You can household fluids like cooking oil or kerosene to lubricate your hinges. Or you can use thicker products like petroleum jelly or auto grease. You might even settle for cooking spray. Each of these products has pros and cons. Lighter liquids drip, so they leave a mess. And because they dry faster, you’ll have to regularly re-apply fresh coats. That’s a lot of wasted oil.
Thicker products have more staying power, but they’re more cumbersome to apply. And because they cling better, they attract dust and eventually form layers of sludge and grime. The same argument applies to dedicated door hinge lubricants. Sprays and thin oils are easy to apply while grease needs more care. So pick the product that works best for your lubricating needs.
Home-made lubricant substitutes are petroleum-based or vegetable-based. But designated lubricants are generally made of silicone, Teflon, or lithium. Silicone is often in spray form, so it’ll be sold as an aerosol can. Lithium is more commonly packaged as grease. It comes in a can, but you can also find it in a squeeze tube format. Grease works best on metallic surfaces.
Lithium can be used on metal, but you can also apply it to plastic or nylon hinges without damaging their structure. Lithium is thick and sometimes attracts dust and dirt while silicone if far more fluid. Teflon (PTFE) falls somewhere between. You may have seen graphite lubricants, but these are better suited for door locks, not hinges. It will stain your door and floors.
Spray lubricants are easy to use. For best results, you should take the pin out, spray the hinges, then slip the hinge back in. As it slides back into place, add a little spritz as it passes every hinge joint. If the hinge is in a tight spot and you can easily access, you probably can’t remove the pin.
For such scenarios, a deep penetrating oil may be a better solution. You could also buy a can with a straw or needle applicator. This makes it easier to reach those distant spots and hidden hinges. If you prefer to lubricate the pin instead of the hinge casing, greasy lubricants work better. But they also accumulate more grime, so you may need to clean and re-grease often.