A creaky door usually means reaching for a petroleum-based lubricant to spray inside and all over hinges to stop the annoying noise. But you don't have to use a nonrenewable chemical product to help hinges move with ease. Try food-grade mineral oil (from the pharmacy) or even a few drops of tea tree oil instead. They are made from renewable resources and will have a lasting effect to keep joints, hinges and anything else in your home moving as intended. Just avoid vegetable and olive oils: They may do the trick, but these oils will quickly go rancid and create an unpleasant smell.
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