Though it may seem a little unusual at first, using a non-mechanical, graphite pencil on a stuck zipper can quickly unjam it. Simply rub the point of the pencil along each edge of the zipper so the graphite can act as a lubricant. Gently try the zipper and apply additional graphite as needed.
When you're stuck with a pesky zipper, having kids' crayons around provides the perfect solution in a pinch. Using the waxy tip of a crayon (ideally in a shade that matches your coat or garment), simply "color" the edges and spaces in the zipper to provide a slick surface for your zipper clasp to run over.
Petroleum jelly is great for helping to heal wounds, moisturize and protect chapped lips and skin, and yes, even help unstick zippers! Take a small dab between your fingers and work it into the jammed part of your zipper. Try to pull gently; it should work better than ever!
Whether you're an avid soap or candlemaker, use it for crafts or on jewelry, beeswax is one versatile material. Now, it can add one more use to its repertoire — unsticking your zipper! Using the corner of a block or a small piece of beeswax, you can rub it on the edges of your zipper until it opens and closes again easily.
If you are close to the kitchen, a quick dab of olive oil can also do wonders for pesky zippers. You can put a few drops of olive oil on a Q-tip or cotton ball and rub it gently along the stuck part of your zipper. The slick oil should get your coat or garment back to normal in no time.
Quick, convenient and pretty much always nearby, a small tube of Chap Stick, or lip balm, is the perfect portable fix for jammed zippers. Swipe the edges of the zipper a few times to create a waxy surface for those stuck teeth to glide over.
From tents and sleeping bags to jeans and jacket pockets, having a candle on hand is a great way to lubricate any type of zipper. Rub a plain white candle along the sides of your zipper until you can easily slide the clasp up and down again.
If you don't have any of the other items on our list on hand, reach for a can of cooking spray! Just like it lubricates a pan before you cook in it, spraying a small amount of cooking spray onto your zipper will help unjam its stuck teeth. If you can, be sure to put kitchen plastic wrap or other protection over cloth areas to avoid staining.
In the video below, you can see many of these fixes in action!
Jammed Zippers Are No Match For You!
By using a few, everyday items that you already have in your home, fixing a zipper is no big deal. From lip balm and crayons to candles and cooking spray, you're bound to have more than enough tools to take on even the stickiest zippers in a snap!