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Tricks for opening very tight jars

Usually jars with stiff lids are fresh from the store and have been packed with the contents under lower pressure than the outside air i.e a vacuum. This pressure difference can increase the ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

You can wear rubber gloves and open it; usually, the extra grip helps. Run hot water over the lid. The heat will make the lid expand temporarily and it'll be easier to open. Put the lid on hot water (...
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What is the best way to open clamshell packaging?

Wikipedia has a nice solution: Household scissors or a utility knife are sometimes used to open difficult packaging. Tin snips are effective for tough plastics; the higher mechanical advantage of ...
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How to keep bread fresher for longer

It's all about location, location, location! There are a couple of things that will aid the growth of mold and bacteria and it is best to try and prevent these conditions being met in order to ...
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What is the best way to open clamshell packaging?

I have found it easiest to run a razor knife / utility knive along two adjacent sides, avoiding the sealed edge. The plastic is very hard and durable where the seal is, but it is relatively thin if ...
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How to untie a plastic bag knot with your fingers

Twist one of the handles until it becomes hard, then use it to push that handle through the knot.
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

Breathe on your finger tips (not blow; breathe. like breathing on a cold window to fog it up.) before using them to pull at the plastic bag. Slightly moistening your fingertips provides greater ...
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How to only make one trip when carrying groceries

Cheap aluminum carabiners are what I use; they're available in different sizes for about $1 or less (you don't need the expensive ones for climbing). Not only can they grab eight or more plastic bags ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

First, make sure the jar (and lid) are clean. A dusty jar can make it hard to maintain a firm grip. Then make sure your hands are clean, for the same reason. If your hands are too dry, you may also ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

You can easily open tight jars lid with duct tape. DYI . I have personally tested and worked in first attempt itself. TIP: Place the jar on flat surface and hold if it contains liquid. Here are ...
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How do I open a can without a can opener?

I hope you're not camping without a knife. A sturdy knife can be used to slice the top off. Be careful of the edges! If you don't have a knife or anything else sharp your options are limited. Your ...
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How to keep bread fresher for longer

Use the freezer. It works well. I know you said you don't like to do that, but that's what I do. Whenever we buy bread, whatever kind it is, if it has been out a couple of days I put it in the ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

Use a small square of damp neoprene (or rubber) to grip the lid. Knocking or tapping the lid on the worktop while turning it can help unstick really tightly sealed lids.
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How do I open a can without a can opener?

I ran across this video some time ago, and I feel it is relevant to this question. If you have absolutely nothing but you can find a flat rock, you can get the can open by rubbing the top against the ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

You can open a jar by first putting a rubber band around the lid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMTUnsbZelI More info on this other Lifehacker site.
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Cable organisation when travelling

You mentioned using clear plastic bags for your cables. I've been doing this for years. I use one cable per bag, to prevent tangling. (It works even better if you leave the ends sticking out of the ...
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How to untie a plastic bag knot with your fingers

What often works for me is: grab each "side" of the knot between thumb and index finger of respective hands. "Work" the knot by twisting it back and forward repeatedly. i.e. counter rotate hands ...
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How to only make one trip when carrying groceries

Rule #1: bag everything. doubled. A trick I've used, although this won't work up flights of stairs, is to put all bag handles over a broom handle. Just be sure not to tilt the broom in a way that ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

Is it cheating to invest in a jar opener. Here are lots of them --- pick one. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/176-5905764-2208615?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jar+opener My ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

Put a spoon under the lip of the lid, and lever it up a bit (you're not popping off the lid, just depressurizing the vacuum). You'll be able to unscrew the lid now. My grandmother originally taught ...
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How to only make one trip when carrying groceries

I've used a medium-large sized backpack to lug groceries in the absence of available transportation. A large backpack can easily fit in a weeks worth of groceries safely. A bonus is the ...
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How to keep bread fresher for longer

I don't eat much bread, but I always buy a large sliced loaf, and I do freeze it, usually splitting the bag and freezing half, double wrapped in plastic bags, keeping the other half in the fridge. Its ...
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How do I fully utilize the pasty sauce on bottle with minimum wastage before discarding the bottle?

You can usually turn the bottle upside down and stand it on its lid. So once you get to the point where there's a little remaining ketchup/mayonnaise and it won't come out, just store the bottle ...
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How do I open a can without a can opener?

Camping without two can openers is like clapping with one hand. As Tom mentions in his answer, you can use a knife like a can opener. Poke the knife through the top of the can, and rock it back ...
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Tricks for opening very tight jars

If you have to open those glasses more frequently, such a device could help you: It's a rubber band with a plastic lever arm, that fits on most common glasses: For occasional use, built one made of ...
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How to restore Sticker's stickiness?

This may not be a life hack as it describes using an adhesive agent, but it is a great fix for the sticker problem. I am not certain it was designed to fix stickers so this may still be a hack... but ...
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How to separate plastic grocery bags?

Same answer, different version - stick the tip of your tongue out, touch it between index finger and thumb, then separate the bags. Works every time, so long as you're not too worried about what ...
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How to carry heavy plastic bags?

This might not help for cycling, but when I walk with lots of bags of groceries, I put the handles through a carabiner. It's thick enough that it won't dig into your hand as much as plastic or cloth ...
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What is the best way to open clamshell packaging?

You're probably not necessarily looking for the 'best' way to open it, but one that will work when you're in the middle of nowhere, you just purchased an item from a store, and for obvious reasons don'...
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How to only make one trip when carrying groceries

I've lived on the third floor of apartment building before with no elevator, so making one trip was a priority because who wants to climb those stairs over again or go outside in the cold/heat again. ...
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