Introduction: Cube Lube

in this wonderfull instructable i will teach you to lube a rubik's cube.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

for this instructable you will need:

1 rubik's cube in need of a lube

1 drinking straw (not the big kind) the bend doesn't matter.

some petroleum jelly
a towel (optional) if you dont use it your rubiks cube will be slicker than snot.

Step 2: Set Up Cube..

turn the top and bottom layers one half a rotation.

Step 3: May the Force Be With You.

insert straw into the jelly, when you remove the straw there should be jelly inside it. if you are using a towell wipe the straw, be carefull not to get the jelly out of the straw. insert straw intow the cube, (between the cornerpiece and the center piece. squeeze the straw so that the jelly goes into the cube.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3

repeat step 3 for each corner, then rotate the left and right halfway. repeat step 3 for each corner.

Step 5: Work It!

turn the cube rapidly in all directions working the jelly into all the working mechanisms.

Step 6: Record Your Best Times

leave a comment with how much time you can solve the cube in. or a video. can you beet my time, i bet you can if you try.

Comments

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Bazinga7 made it! (author)2017-02-26

I'm kind of a noob please don't judge my time is 52 secs

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Flash67 made it! (author)2015-03-31

I just got a new best time of 34 seconds

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IsaacL35 made it! (author)IsaacL352016-06-26

argggggggggggggg my best is 35

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Tgizzo made it! (author)2015-06-28

Best time is 24 secknds

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FadhilK made it! (author)2015-02-28

i meant piece instead of "pace" in the second line.Stupid keyboard..(:

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FadhilK made it! (author)2015-02-28

if u pop out the pieces and "generously" use petroleum jelly{i recommend Vaseline}on all sides of the pace .place it back and try solving it.It'll work like a real dayan 5 zanchi .if you properly loosen the screws of the cube the corner cutting will be great and my record time is 23.47 secs

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rippinblaise made it! (author)2008-11-04

takes me about 3 minutes, but i just memorized the algorithms yesterday and i looked up the video the day before....so im a pretty new cuber

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SidhantS made it! (author)SidhantS2015-02-09

Me too.Which algorithm do you find the hardest?

It's the sixth one in my opinion.

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Do you possibly now the algorithm ri,di,r,d?

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SidhantS made it! (author)2015-02-09

3 minutes 27 seconds

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Flash67 made it! (author)2015-01-03

And I'll just throw this in as well my record time is 53.45 seconds

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Flash67 made it! (author)2015-01-03

This is an interesting way of lubing a Rubik's cube but it's probably easier to just take out a middle piece and put some petroleum jelly in. But what I would do is lube my Rubik's cube with petroleum jelly, work it around for a week or two to break it in, clean it out, mod it and then lube it with jig-a-loo or silicone spray. This makes the Rubik's cube so much better but if this works fine for you then do it, but as a few people have said already petroleum jelly does eat away the plastic over time.

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sgt swagger99 made it! (author)2013-12-16

can i use wd40 on one of the new cubes

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mlai4 made it! (author)mlai42014-07-27

no u cant at the start it works good but it will eventully eat up the plastic on the cibe since wd40 isnt for plastic.

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ZeroError made it! (author)2010-05-25

Petroleum jelly can harm your cube - the best kind, in my opinion, is silicon lube. It stays working for ages.

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Pilgrimm made it! (author)Pilgrimm2010-07-18

There is a product called "Slipit" which is inexpensive, nontoxic, and washes away with surface cleaners, soap, etc. You should be able to find it in any Lowe's or Home Depot store. Petroleum jelly will work great, but over time will attack the plastic, and the cube will get "sticky." Silicone will work well too, except that silicone is going to "contaminate" your environment. Silicone is great stuff, but it never goes away. It can make your floors slippery, it gets into cd drives, dvd players, etc, and is almost impossible to remove, and can be toxic if ingested!

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nickcube4 made it! (author)nickcube42013-04-03

Just get some Lubix. http://www.lubixcube.com/Lubix_Cube/Purchase.html

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The Scarlet Tomato made it! (author)The Scarlet Tomato2011-05-02

Yes, definitely use silicone spray.

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bigg1101 made it! (author)2007-11-25

i solved the cube in 1 minute and 14 seconds

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)the_burrito_master2007-12-12

with a guide

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Do you know how to solve one, if not, go to you tube and type in "how to solve a rubiks cube part 1"

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)the_burrito_master2012-01-07

that was back before i memorized all the algs I now can do it no sweat. i also solve the 5x5x5 and I have a megaminix

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the_burrito_master made it! (author)the_burrito_master2007-12-12

wow takes me 10 mins

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aphroditedarius made it! (author)2010-01-23

hey i tried it and it made my cube mor stiff :( i just did it a couple minites ago.  will it loosen up over time?

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bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232010-02-28

Just so you know, Petroleum Jelly contains petroleum. When petroleum and plastic, let's say from a Rubik's cube, the petroleum erodes the plastic...eats away at it, if you will. ;)

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I had mine after it was lubricated for about a month and nothing happend.

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mosted1 made it! (author)mosted12011-06-06

Yeah, so its a good thing to put in a stiff cube for a day or 2 so it become looser, and then clear out the jelly next you could use silicon lubricant to really lubricate it.

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technologicalterror made it! (author)2012-01-06

I'm just a beginner but I was able to solve in 1.33:447, please reply if you like my time.

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sk8master made it! (author)2009-02-27

takes me about 3 mins but i just learned this week and thats without lube

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sk8master made it! (author)sk8master2009-03-01

now i can solve th cube in 2 mins and 20 seconds

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The Scarlet Tomato made it! (author)The Scarlet Tomato2011-05-02

2 minutes, 16 seconds

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The Scarlet Tomato made it! (author)The Scarlet Tomato2011-09-28

New time. 56 seconds.

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stimky666 made it! (author)stimky6662011-11-24

44seconds is my top doing the Beginners Method. 12.4 is my top doing Fridrich.

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dustin_virva made it! (author)dustin_virva2009-04-16

i need yalls help i just got a rubix cube iv tryed reading how to do it its all so confuseing could some 1 like go step by step with me?

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bassclarinet23 made it! (author)bassclarinet232010-02-28

Go to YouTube and look up "Rubik's Cube Part 1". It is the sole reason I can solve the thing.

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majorson made it! (author)2011-11-10

Nice instructable, although I really DOESN'T recommend using Petroleum jelly on the Rubik's Cube, because it makes the Cube really sticky after it!!

Here some Rubik's Cube tips - great for improving your solving time!.

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TigrisLi made it! (author)2011-07-16

I just take a cotton swab and put some water and soap and it works pretty good

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The Scarlet Tomato made it! (author)2011-06-16

DO NOT USE PETROLEUM JELLY.

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jwoo2023 made it! (author)2011-05-12

i cant understand step 4

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jwoo2023 made it! (author)2011-05-12

use vaseline!

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The Knex Builder made it! (author)2010-07-19

Whatever you do , don't use petroleum jelly. It melts the plastic, peels the stickers, and makes it disgusting. I would use Jig a loo or silicone spray but don't over lube it or you cube will be bad.

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The Nomlack made it! (author)The Nomlack2011-02-27

Jig a loo is the best in the world

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Sorunome made it! (author)2010-12-25

42 seconds!!

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The Nomlack made it! (author)The Nomlack2011-02-26

15 secs!

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2011-02-27

damn!

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JustModIt made it! (author)2010-08-14

if petroleum jelly "eats" plastic, than why is it packaged in plastic containers? or is the container something else?

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lubixcube made it! (author)2010-07-09

you should try using lubix, it works much better. http://www.lubixcube.com

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joetheninja made it! (author)2010-06-01

45 seconds best, 1 minute average

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trgz made it! (author)2010-04-25

(just posted this elsewhere)
I used to use talc when they first came out in the early 80's - only ever made managed a 1min14 sec but it was nicer to your hands than most other lubes!

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AJBrawlLvr made it! (author)2010-02-18

 just did this w/ my cube that once, when I got annoyed, I hit with a sledgehammer. :) It works like (almost) new!

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