Introduction: Cube Lube

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

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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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..

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turn the top and bottom layers one half a rotation.

Step 3: May the Force Be With You.

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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!

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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.


Bazinga7 (author)2017-02-26

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

Flash67 (author)2015-03-31

I just got a new best time of 34 seconds

IsaacL35 (author)Flash672016-06-26

argggggggggggggg my best is 35

Tgizzo (author)2015-06-28

Best time is 24 secknds

FadhilK (author)2015-02-28

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

FadhilK (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

rippinblaise (author)2008-11-04

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

SidhantS (author)rippinblaise2015-02-09

Me too.Which algorithm do you find the hardest?

It's the sixth one in my opinion.

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

SidhantS (author)2015-02-09

3 minutes 27 seconds

Flash67 (author)2015-01-03

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

Flash67 (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.

sgt swagger99 (author)2013-12-16

can i use wd40 on one of the new cubes

mlai4 (author)sgt swagger992014-07-27

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.

ZeroError (author)2010-05-25

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

Pilgrimm (author)ZeroError2010-07-18

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!

nickcube4 (author)Pilgrimm2013-04-03

Just get some Lubix.

Yes, definitely use silicone spray.

bigg1101 (author)2007-11-25

i solved the cube in 1 minute and 14 seconds

with a guide

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

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

wow takes me 10 mins

aphroditedarius (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?

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. ;)

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

mosted1 (author)bassclarinet232011-06-06

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.

technologicalterror (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.

sk8master (author)2009-02-27

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

sk8master (author)sk8master2009-03-01

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

2 minutes, 16 seconds

New time. 56 seconds.

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

dustin_virva (author)sk8master2009-04-16

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?

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

majorson (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!.

TigrisLi (author)2011-07-16

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

The Scarlet Tomato (author)2011-06-16


jwoo2023 (author)2011-05-12

i cant understand step 4

jwoo2023 (author)2011-05-12

use vaseline!

The Knex Builder (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.

Jig a loo is the best in the world

Sorunome (author)2010-12-25

42 seconds!!

The Nomlack (author)Sorunome2011-02-26

15 secs!

Sorunome (author)The Nomlack2011-02-27


JustModIt (author)2010-08-14

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

lubixcube (author)2010-07-09

you should try using lubix, it works much better.

joetheninja (author)2010-06-01

45 seconds best, 1 minute average

trgz (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!

AJBrawlLvr (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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