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How to Fix a Stuck Zipper

Fix a stuck zipper with a few household items.


  • Step 1: Start tugging Gently tug the lining or garment that is stuck in the zipper. Use tweezers if you cannot pull it out with your fingers.
  • TIP: Do not force the zipper. You may break it and ruin the garment.
  • Step 2: Use pencil lead Rub pencil lead against both sides of the zipper. The graphite will act as a lubricant.
  • Step 3: Use household items Apply bar soap, lip balm, petroleum jelly, or olive oil to the zipper with a cotton swab.
  • TIP: Bar soap can be washed off the easiest, and will not stain most materials.
  • Step 4: Wiggle zipper Wiggle the zipper once the product has been applied, working the product into the teeth of the zipper.
  • FACT: Gideon Sundback invented the zipper in 1913.

You Will Need

  • Tweezers
  • A pencil
  • Bar soap
  • Lip balm
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Olive oil
  • A cotton swab

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