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What can I use to lubricate squeaky hinges with? Most things I have used cost quit a bit. I want something other than oil, thicker and longer lasting.
I use a little squirt of cooking spray. Works great and is cheap.
Have you tried WD-40? I would think that should work.
Try marine grease, which comes in a large (14 oz. or so) tube and looks like petroleum jelly but is a dark color. I found mine in the boating section at Wal-mart, but it can also be purchased at marinas and boating supply stores. It is designed to protect against the corrosion of saltwater, but I have used it for both indoor and outdoor applications that are nowhere near saltwater! It is long lasting after the initial application and inexpensive as well. I have had very good luck with it, from lubricating anything from my car door hinges to my kitchen cabinet hinges!
In the "old days" they would rub the hinges with a bar of soap. It works, and depending on your soap, it smells good.
In case you haven't figured it out in the 2 years since your question, WD-40 is a cleaner, not a lubricant. You'll be applying WD-40 every few weeks if you only use it. The best thing I've found is take the hinge pins out (1 at a time), clean them with WD-40, scrub them with extra fine steel wool, and dip them in Motorcycle Chain Lubricant (1 bottle costs a few dollars, but will last a long time for hinges). The MCL is meant to stand up to road conditions, humidity, and temperature.