I have a squeaking door hinge and a some things that may possibly fix it, but which one should I prefer for the use case?

  • Fine Oil
  • "Grease" (other languages say sth. like "Oil lubricating and adhesive")
  • Graphite

(This set of 3)

There is no list of ingredients on either bottle.

  • Use what you have , eg. cooking oils work fine. – blacksmith37 May 30 at 14:21
  • @blacksmith37: cooking oil does work, but it can also attract ants, which is not good. – dandavis May 30 at 18:07
  • Use an oil like 3in1 or for tight spaces, WD40. – dandavis May 30 at 18:09

I prefer graphite. It will act as a lubricant, but since it is a powder and not a liquid, it will not capture dirt like oil will. Oil would be my second choice. Grease is normally too thick and would require taking the hinge apart to really get it in there good.

  • Graphite can spread from the hinge and stain the hinge and anything coming in contact with the hinge. You can use bicycle chain dry lube which is finely divided particle of wax in a very light carrier which evaporates and leaves the wax behind. – Jim Stewart May 30 at 16:38

I like to use silicone lubricant as it does not stain and a little goes a long way. There have been complaints from interested parties in my home about the smell of the carrier but I just use it when they are out.

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