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10 Ways to Open a Stubborn Jar Lid

Alex Merriman
November 6th, 2012
10 Ways to Open a Stubborn Jar Lid

There is no need to spend extra money on the “amazing” products out on today’s market claiming to help your jar opening experience. Odds are, you already have plenty of simple solutions laying around your home that will easily help you open a tightly sealed jar. While there are many household solutions, we’ve compiled a list of the most common to be found in any room of your house. It’s all just a matter of increasing your grip with the proper tools.

In the Kitchen

Static Cling Wrap – If you have some cling wrap laying around your kitchen, tear off a piece and wrap it around your jar’s lid. The wrap will grip the lid pretty nicely while you twist, hopefully popping the top right off.

Rubber Glove – Got some rubber gloves laying around for the off chance you feel the need to clean or do dishes? It’s probably one of the best alternatives to opening a tightly sealed jar and will quickly help you out.

Wooden Spoon – How does a wooden spoon open a jar? Take the spoon and tap it around the top edge of your jar’s lid.
This should knock the air pockets within the jar, releasing the vacuum seal which holds the lid tight and making it easier to open.

In the Bedroom

Water Hammer Method – Hold the jar sideways and slap the bottom of the jar with the center of your palm(should seem familiar for the bedroom). This will create what is called a water hammer effect which breaks the vaccum by raising pressure near the lid of your jar.

Candles – Use the flame of a candle or lighter to heat the cirumfrence of the lid where the plastic meets the glass. Be careful opening as you have just heated your lid!

In the Laundry Room

Dryer Sheet – If you have skipped the bedroom and decided to have your little rendevouz in the laundry room, grab a dryer sheet. You’ll be surprised at the extra grip these carry.

In the Office

Rubberband – Wrap the rubberband around the circumfrence of your jar’s lid. It may not be as effective as the rubber glove, but it’s more likely to be laying around somewhere for a last minute pop of the top.

In the Shower

Damp Cloth – Find a cloth, preferrably clean, and dampen it with some warm water. Slip over the lid like the static cling wrap and try your luck.

Hot Water – Fill about a half inch of hot water at the base of your shower or bathtub. Turn the jar upside down so the lid is submerged in the water. Let sit for about 30 seconds and try your luck.

In the Garage

Screwdriver – Use a screw driver or something similar(hammer and nail) to puncture a hole into the lid. This will release the vacuum seal and should help open your jar with little force.

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