Imagine with me for a moment: You wake up late so are in a hurry to get ready and out the door. You run to the closet or dresser and quickly throw an outfit together (all the while hoping it looks like you put in a little more effort than you did). You start to zip things up and then it happens: the worst nightmare of rushed dressing…..the zipper gets stuck. Panic stricken, you try every trick you can think of, even asking someone in your house to help. But all efforts prove to be in vain. What can you do? It’s too late to piece together another outfit and you certainly can’t go out in public unzipped. Luckily for you, we’ve found 14 effective ways to unstick a zipper. So before you call in sick, why not give one (or more) of these a try.
How to Unstick a Zipper
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a couple sprays of WD-40 to get your zipper going. That stuff is a miracle worker.
Have some coconut oil? Rub it along the length of the zipper to get it moving.
You likely have a roll of wax paper in your cabinet. Surprisingly, it works well for lubricating zippers, shower curtains and so much more.
A little dab of dish soap may be all you need, and it’s safe for most fabrics.
The graphite in pencils can get zippers unstuck. Handy trick to know if you’re stuck in class or at work and don’t want your fly open.
Crayons work, too. It may be a good idea to teach the kiddos this trick if they have some sticky zippers.
Rub a candle along your zipper if you have one handy. The wax coats the tines to make pulling the zipper easier.
Fix a Stuck Zipper
If you have an expensive clothing item, it might be worth your while to invest in zipper lubricant. These products should prevent stuck zippers altogether.
Talcum powder, baby powder, corn starch and similar products can help loosen a zipper that won’t budge.
Spray Windex on that stubborn zipper. Watch the video below for even more Windex hacks.