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I'm backpacking around Asia randomly so I won't be ordering anything online.

But my speedcube has started to get a bit sticky and I'd like to lube it.

So what are some easy to get alternatives to the professional speedcube lubrication products sold online?

Is there something suitable that most of us already have at home?

  • Must not damage or discolour plastics
  • Must not corrode metal springs, screws, etc
  • Must not be toxic, not irritate skin, etc
  • Should not gunk up, attract dust, etc
  • Should not stain fabrics

My cube is a Mo Fang Ge stickerless if that makes a difference.

Please do not recommend any brand name or store name. Just "what kind of stuff".

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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it has nothing to do with the creation or the solving of puzzles. $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Sep 9 '16 at 7:03
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    $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS See this meta post. I disagree. While not "spot on", I think it is okay here, given that the audience of this site (those who like or google rubik's puzzles) are the most likely to answer. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Sep 9 '16 at 7:05
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    $\begingroup$ This is better suited to an SE which deals with mechanical or physical objects. The fact that the object is used for puzzles, does not make a question about the object a question about puzzles. Thus it is not on-topic. $\endgroup$ – Nij Sep 9 '16 at 7:27
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    $\begingroup$ For what it's worth, I firmly believe this question is on topic. I do think the question would be better phrased as an inquiry into how to properly lubricate mechanical puzzles, though, as shopping-style questions don't often work well on Stack Exchange. $\endgroup$ – Aza Sep 9 '16 at 8:38
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    $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS That's fair. I should clarify that I mean to say I think the content is categorically on topic, even if as worded it is currently a shopping question. $\endgroup$ – Aza Sep 9 '16 at 8:54
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You should try silicone spray aerosol, you should be able to find it in any hardware store.

It seems my answer is too short, so I'll add a little poem, I hope it will please you guys.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Your cube is rough
So what can you do?

With love.

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    $\begingroup$ Your answer has been automatically flagged as low-quality due to its length. Perhaps you could flesh it out to give a bit more detail as to why this is a good choice? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Sep 9 '16 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ A photo, an image, of such a substance or somebody lubing a cube with such. Or a link to some resource that recommends it in detail. $\endgroup$ – hippietrail Sep 9 '16 at 9:58
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    $\begingroup$ you should have gone with: Roses are red, My name's Dave, I'm bad a poems, Microwave... $\endgroup$ – c.pullen Sep 9 '16 at 10:00
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    $\begingroup$ rather than a poem, how about an explanation of why silicone spray aerosol is a good choice? And perhaps what it is called in Asia? I'm curious why you think something as large and bulky as an aerosol spray is the best choice for a backpacker. Is it because nothing non-aerosol will work? $\endgroup$ – Kate Gregory Sep 9 '16 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ You can't take aerosol cans on planes either... $\endgroup$ – hippietrail Sep 13 '16 at 9:27

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