How To: 9 Common Household Items That Can Unstick Your Stuck Zipper

9 Common Household Items That Can Unstick Your Stuck Zipper

Sooner or later you're going to have to deal with a stuck zipper, whether it's on your favorite jacket, backpack, or pair of pants. Simply tugging hard on the zipper tab hardly ever works, but a few things lying around your house might do the trick.

To help unstick your zipper, you can add lubrication to the zipper teeth using chapstick, crayon wax, the end of a graphite pencil, petroleum jelly, and other waxy products or lubricants.

For all of these uses, make sure to do a spot test to ensure that the material you're using won't permanently stain the fabric. After unsticking your zipper, it's advisable to wash the garment or item afterwards.

Got your own clever tips for unsticking a stuck zipper? Share with us.

Click on image to enlarge.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new features for Podcasts, News, Books, and TV, as well as important security improvements and fresh wallpapers. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.5 update.


The candle wax method of fixing zippers worked for me very well one time! The other ones I haven't tried.

Good to know, I've never personally tried it. Thanks!

Great tip! I used glass cleaner spray on a plastic zip on a rucksack that I was on the point of throwing out if I could not get the zip free.

This worked!!

just used about half of these on my carry on bag, I was so discouraged that I ordered a new one.
before throwing it out I went for the windex omg it worked!!!

AMAZING! I don't know how it happens, but the Windex worked on my MK handbag!

Share Your Thoughts

  • Hot
  • Latest