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How to Open a Jar

Open a jar with ease with these simple tips.


  • Step 1: Grab jar Grab the base of the jar with one hand. With your other hand, firmly grasp the lid and turn it counter-clockwise.
  • TIP: Tap the edge of the lid on the edge of a counter to help break the seal.
  • Step 2: Use towel Cover the jar with a towel to get a firmer grip if you cannot open the jar with your bare hand.
  • Step 3: Run under water Run hot water over the lid to help dissolve any liquid stuck under the lid.
  • Step 4: Use rubber band Wrap a thick rubber band around the lid to get a better grip.
  • TIP: Use a couple of thin rubber bands if you can’t find a fat one.
  • Step 5: Use wet sponge Use a damp sponge to help you get a tighter grip.
  • Step 6: Poke a hole Use a strong kitchen knife or a screwdriver to pierce a hole in the lid. This will release the vacuum inside the jar and make it easier to open.
  • FACT: The ancient Mayans drank liquid chocolate from ornate, cylindrical clay jars.

You Will Need

  • A strong grip
  • A towel
  • Rubber bands
  • A sponge
  • A strong kitchen knife or screwdriver

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