How to Loosen Stubborn Zippers with WD-40

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Okay, you’re probably thinking, “Seriously, WD-40? Wouldn’t that be catastrophic for vintage clothing?” Not to worry, with the help of a small artist’s brush the lubricant won’t even touch the fabric. Trust me when I say, this homemade remedy really does work, and it’s quick and easy as 1-2-3.

How To Loosen Stubborn Zippers With WD-40

Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A can of WD-40
2. A small artist’s brush
3. A plastic lid

Step one: Spray a small amount of WD-40 onto a plastic lid.

Step two: Use the artist’s brush to pick up and apply the lubricant onto the top of the zipper, just under the pull. The artist’s brush should make it easy to avoid getting the WD-40 onto the surrounding fabric.

Step three: The zipper should start to loosen. If it’s still a bit “sticky”, apply a bit more WD-40 and pull little by little until it does loosen up. Pull the zipper up and down a few times to distribute the WD-40 evenly over all the teeth.

The smell of WD-40 will be quite strong at first, but the odor will disappear by just letting your garment air out.

Wasn’t that a piece of cake? Vintage garments from the ’50s and ’60s often have stubborn zippers, but now with this clever top tip you don’t have to spend extra money to replace them.

Hope this was helpful! If you have a vintage clothing conundrum you need a little help with, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.