How to Clean/lubricate a Rubik's Cube





Introduction: How to Clean/lubricate a Rubik's Cube

Being able to solve a Rubik's cube is pretty cool. World Class Speedcubers average around 11-12 seconds these days. But speed does not only depend on fast fingers and brain power. You need a good cube. In this instructable, I will show you how to keep your cube turning at high speeds.

Step 1: The Materials

Things you'll need:

1 Rubik's cube

1 screw driver (optional)

2 tissues

1 can of Silicon oil

Step 2: Taking the Rubik's Cube Apart


If you are using a store bought cube it is probably really tight. The tighter the cube is, the harder it will be to get it apart. BE CAREFUL.

Turn on side of the cube 45 degrees and pry one if the edge pieces off with the screwdriver. If you have a DIY cube with adjustable spring tension you can probably just use your thumb.

After removing the edge take all of the pieces off and make a nice little pile.

Step 3: Cleaning

If you haven't noticed yet, the pieces are covered with a thin gray residue. This build up makes the cube feel bad to turn and reduces overall speed.

Using the tissues rub the residue off of each part. Make sure you get the undersides of the center pieces.

Step 4: Reassambly

Assembling a Rubik's cube is not very hard to do.

Start off by putting in all of the white edge pieces making sure that the second color matches up.

Then place the white corners in next to them. Again making sure that the surrounding colors match

Put in the edges around the equator of the cube.

For the last 3rd put the remaining pieces in except one edge. REMEMBER, edge pieces go in easiest when the layer is turned 45 degrees.

To put the final edge in turn the layer 45 degrees and wedge one side under the center piece. Then press down and inward towards the center of the cube.

congratulations! You have just cleaned your Rubik's cube.

You should have already noticed that the cube has a slightly different feel to turning it. It might be easier to turn at this point but we are not finished yet!

Step 5: Lubrication

Now that your cube is nice and clean, take one edges out. Using Silicon oil put one quick spray inside. DO NOT USE WD40, IT IS CORROSIVE AND COULD RUIN YOUR CUBE.I find that about 1/4 of a second of spray is perfect after cleaning. Depending on the cube you may need more or less. After spraying put the edge back in and turn (scramble) the cube to get the oil mixed around inside. After turning for a just few seconds the cube will be set to get great times. It may take a few solves to get used to the cube but it's all worth it.

If anyone has any questions on how to improve their times feel free to ask.



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    101 Discussions

    What if you don’t have silicon oil? And you don’t want to buy it for convenience sake...

    Great article, is the grey residue dried lubricant

    oh yes it works hell yeah. You'll need to do it right. The lube I use is DW-40

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    lol yea I always use DW-40 but NEVER ue WD-40

    I thought you aren't supposed to use WD-40?

    Or does it work just as well? If so I will be using that because it`s the only thing i have :)

    The problem with WD-40 is that it is a petroleum product, and so is plastic. These two chemicals undergo a chemical reaction slowly over time that corrodes the insides of the cube. Silicon is the only thing you want to use on a cube that means anything to you.

    Absolutely terrible!! DO NOT DO THIS. I did this on my new cube and it destroyed it!!!

    4 replies

    the silicone takes some time to even out. If you want a lighter lubricant, I suggest you buy some specialized lube at

    Just so you know you have to "break in" your cube so it will work. You just can't put it on as soon as you get it. You have to solve it five or six times before lubricating it.

    WD-40 works fine, don't worry! My cube is so much better

    Can butter, margarine, bacon fat, animal fat, or cooking oil be a good lubricant for Rubiks cubes ???

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    Actually butter works, but you have to clean it a lot. At the time, my friend used butter, it worked very well, but later that same day you must clean the cube and put in new butter. It might get greasy with bacon or animal fat. Cooking oil might work though. Doesn't hurt to try new things though.

    Errm... Let's not go with bacon fat, shall we? :) Bruh, most of those will STINK after a while (not figuratively--It will smell bad). I dunno.

    How bout you just get a little jar of some good quality cube lube? :)

    it works for me:)

    or you could just do it properly rather than this sh*tty way and do the washers

    use treadmill silicone oil lubricant. From a bottle, not a spray can. Spray cans have propellants that can literally melt/dissolve plastics. only the oil is safe for plastics. It is used on PVC PLASTIC treadmill belts, polyurethane, nylon etc with no harm at all

    Thank you so much! My Rubix Cube still gets stuck here an there it it's a lot better than it was before