How to Fix a Sticky Lock

November 17 2022
spray lubricant for a sticky lock diagram

Your door lock may start to "stick" when debris such as dust, dirt, grime, and other deposits clog the internal mechanisms that regulate the lock's movement, making it challenging to insert, turn, or remove your key.

Sticky locks can be infuriating. And dealing with them after a long day at work is probably the last thing you want to do. Fortunately, getting your lock working smoothly once again is simple and only requires a short amount of time.

We’ve often heard, “What can you use as a lubricant instead of WD40?” Our answer is Gear Hugger – a plant-based, non-toxic alternative with more that 1,001 uses, including stuck locks. Just follow these simple steps.


1. Grab a can of Gear hugger

Gear Hugger multi-purpose lubricant is biodegradable, making it ideal for fixing sticky locks as well other home repairs, garage gadgets, outdoor tools, sporting equipment and more.


Grab a Gear hugger can.

2. Place the straw in the lock opening

With the two-way spray you can put the straw tip directly into the lock's slot, which is where your key would typically go. Insert the straw as far into the locking mechanism as possible to make sure you reach all the areas that might be stuck.

Place the straw within the lock's opening.

3. Spray the lock with multi-purpose lubricant

To start, release the trigger on the back of the can and hold down the spray button until Gear Hugger starts to spill out of the lock opening. Don't be scared to use too much; a stubborn lock needs it.

Spray the lock with Gear Hugger multipurpose lubricant.

4. Give Gear Hugger time to go work, then try the lock

This gives the lubricant an opportunity to begin dissolving the dust and debris that gather inside the lock and obstruct its motion. Slide your key in and out of the lock a few times.

Try the lock. Give the multifunctional lubricant Gear Hugger some time to sit.

Repeat the locking and unlocking process a few times to ensure that each component of the mechanism has been thoroughly coated. When you turn the cylinder with your key after applying Gear Hugger multipurpose lubricant to the lock, the inside pins should disengage with little resistance.

To keep your locks maintained, lubricate them using Gear Hugger on a regular basis.