How to fix squeaky or sticky cabinet doors

Imagine stepping into the kitchen for a midnight snack super quietly. You’ve succeeded at keeping it down so far. But when you get to the cabinet door, it creaks open. Loudly. Although the sound doesn’t wake up the entire house, it’s annoying and unnecessary. A squeaky cabinet is never music to our ears. Neither is a sticky one as pleasant.
Cabinets that creak and stick are often a result of a lack of lubrication. Here are a few lubricants you may find around your house that can actually help you fix squeaky cabinets:


  1. Candle wax
  2. Butter
  3. Oil
  4. Petroleum jelly
  5. A can of WD-40

Fix squeaky cabinets

Step 1

Check the hinges for their sturdiness. If they’re loose, just screw them tight, and continue.

Step 2

Spray a generous amount of WD-40 on the hinges. If they seem rusted, let the solution sit for about a minute or so before scrubbing it in with a toothbrush.

Step 3

Wipe the hinges up with a clean cloth, and try opening and closing the cabinet a few times. The problem should be fixed by the time you get to this step. 

Fixing a stuck cabinet door or drawer

Step 1
Open the cabinet door/drawer and use a cloth to clean up any dust that might’ve accumulated along with the hinges or the sides.

Step 2

Take a can of WD-40, spray it along the hinges, corners, and sides, and let it sit for a minute

Step 3

Wipe it all up with a clean cloth, and you should have a smooth, un-stuck door/drawer!


For fixing a squeaky and sticky cabinet door, you may use any of the mentioned lubricants, since they all work. But the reason we recommend WD-40 is because its specially engineered formula not only lubricates but deals with rust while at it. To top it off, it also adds a layer of protection and extends the life of the cabinet. 



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