How to Separate Two Glasses That Are Stuck Together

You nested two glasses when you put them away – and now they’re stuck! Gently pry them apart with this system.

You will need

  • A sink
  • Ice water
  • And hot water

Step 1 Turn on the tap Fill the top glass with ice water; the cold will make the glass molecules contract.

Step 2 Switch to hot water With the top glass still full of ice water, run hot water over the bottom glass, or place it in a few inches of hot water. The heat makes the bottom glass expand.

Step 3 Do the twist Gently twist the two glasses; they should come apart easily.

Step 4 Adjust temperatures Still stuck? Try colder water, or keep the bottom glass submerged in the hot water a little longer. Unsticking them can take anywhere from one to 10 minutes, depending on the glasses.