Cooking Oil Stops Squeaky Doors

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We all know that cooking oil, like vegetable oil, corn oil, is used for....well, cooking! But, imagine if you can take about a tablespoon of that oil and use it to clean off your rusty door? I actually thought about doing that, after the squeaky sounds on my door drove me crazy! It's a tried-and-true method of making a rusty door look like it has been recently installed, like a fresh, brand-new door!

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Step 1: Paper Towel

So, to do this life hack, simply pour some cooking oil onto a paper towel. I am using Mazola corn oil.

Step 2: Wipe Door Hedges

Now just take it to the squeaky areas on your door hedges and just wipe away. Make sure you hit all of the small nooks within the hedges so you don't miss any of the important spots.

Here's the scoop. The natural ingredients in the oil will help to penetrate the rust and grime on your door, so it doesn't sound too squeaky Plus, the oil will allow the hedges to give off their natural shine and not make it look too brassy once you're done wiping them off. Now, give that one a try!

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    uncle frogy

    3 years ago

    I would not use vegetable oil for fear of the oil going rancid I would be concerned about the tendency of vegetable oil turning gummy and turning to varnish over time

    uncle frogy

    On the bottom of most hinges nowadays you'll find a hole which allows one to push up the hinge pin using a nail or other device. Exposing only an inch or so is all that's needed to apply oil with a cotton swab, pushing the pin back down after lubrication. Oils have a tendency to migrate or spread itself around, eventually the whole pin and bearing surfaces will be coated. Although a vegetable oil might work, it also may go rancid which is why petroleum based products are a better choice.

    On the other hand, if you've got a door that swings too freely and won't stay open, remove the center pin, lay it on a concrete surface and strike it's middle just enough to ever so slightly bend the pin and reinstall, the door will now behave itself.