Though not quite as bad as nails on a chalkboard, creaky, squeaky doors can still be incredibly annoying. Usually, a petroleum-based lubricant is used to silence the issue, but why not try this common household product instead?
Stop the squeak with one the most versatile products in the pantry: olive oil.
Just a tiny bit of this liquid gold works wonders on sticky hinges.The oil can be applied with a small brush or wiped on with a cloth. Only a small amount is needed to do the trick, so dab away any excess and be sure the surface is free of dust and grim before you start—you don’t want the stuff going rancid! If you are out of olive oil, vegetable oils also work as a natural alternative to WD-40 and the like.
(Image: MaryAnne Petrella)