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Share to Pinterest15 Simple Ways to Open a Beer or Soda Bottle

15 Simple Ways to Open a Beer or Soda Bottle

By Staff Writer
Share to Pinterest15 Simple Ways to Open a Beer or Soda Bottle

There are few things better than a refreshing cold beer or quality soda on a hot day, but getting them open can be a bit of work if you misplace your bottle opener. Don't worry, though: there are plenty of other easy ways to get that bottle open using common household items.


Raid the silverware drawer

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If you're at home, simply use a spoon, fork, or butter knife as a makeshift bottle opener. Place the tip of the utensil under the cap and bend it outwards. Keep working your way around the bottle until you've loosened the cap enough to pop it off. Forks work particularly well for this since you can usually get the tines under the cap with ease.


Use scissors

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If you have a large pair of scissors, you can use them to pry off a cap. Position one blade just below the cap and the other one on top of it, then pry the cap upwards. You may have to do this in a few spots to get the cap off. Remember to work slowly and carefully to avoid cutting yourself with the blade.


Pop it off using the edge of a table

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You've probably seen this trick in old movies. To do it, simply find a hard edge and place the edge of the cap on it while holding the bottle at an angle. Use the heel of your hand to hit the cap, and it should pop off easily. There's a bit of an art to this method, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the right angle and amount of force. Also, be careful which surface you choose, as this can scratch wood or other soft materials.


Make your tools do double duty

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If you're taking a break while doing a home improvement project, simply reach over into your toolbox and find a flat-head screwdriver to use as a bottle opener. Slide the head under the edge of the cap and pry it up. Larger screwdrivers work better since they let you loosen more of the cap each time.


Find a new use for your lighter

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This trick is particularly handy for camping trips and other events where you generally have a lighter handy. Hold the bottle by the neck with one hand, and place the wide edge of the bottom of your lighter under cap. Press down on the top of the lighter while using the finger of your hand like a lever. With a little practice, you should be able to pop off any cap with ease.


Turn your door into a built-in bottle opener

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Most houses have hidden bottle openers in every doorway. Open up the door and locate the strike plate on the door frame. There should be an opening in the plate that allows the door to latch properly, and most of them are just the right size for the top of a beer or soda bottle. Hook the edge of the cap on the edge of the strike plate and use it as a wall-mounted bottle opener.


Twist it off using a rubber band

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It may take a bit more work to twist off a standard bottle cap, but it can be done. Take a large rubber band and wrap it tightly around the cap to give yourself something to hold. Be sure you don't accidentally wrap the rubber band around the neck of the bottle. Twist the cap off using the rubber band for grip. You may have to put some muscle into it, but with a bit of effort, you should be able to work the cap off.


Use another bottle

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Using a bottle cap as a bottle opener is surprisingly easy to do. Simply take a sealed bottle, turn it upside down, and hook the edge of its cap under the cap of the bottle you want to open, then pry off the bottle's cap. Don't worry, only the beer you're holding upright will open so that you won't make a mess.


Make your money work for you

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If you have paper money of any denomination on hand, you can turn it into a makeshift bottle opener. Start by folding it in half, then roll it or fold it lengthwise to make it as small as possible. Fold it in half again and hold it tightly together. This should create a corner that you can stick under the cap and use to pry it up.


Loosen up your belt

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Many belt buckles can also serve as bottle openers. For a standard rectangular buckle, place the bottle inside the buckle and hook the cap onto the bottom of it. Use the center bar or your other hand as a lever to work the cap off the bottle. If you want to be sure you're never caught unprepared, you can also buy a specialty belt buckle with a built-in bottle opener.


Open the door to happiness

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Ever considered your home's door as a tool for more than just privacy? The strike plate of a door can be your impromptu bottle opener. By placing the top of your beer bottle inside it and lodging the cap against the edge, a swift pullback not only opens your drink but also sets the mood for the evening. It's a blend of functionality and flair, turning an everyday action into a memorable moment.


Another beer + your foot: A party trick with a kick

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Who knew that a little footwork could turn you into the life of the party? This method requires a bit of balance and bravado. Take a beer bottle, hold it upside down, and align its cap with the cap of another bottle that's standing right side up. Now, here comes the fun part: give the bottom of the inverted bottle a swift, yet controlled kick with your foot. If done correctly, the impact will force the cap of the bottom bottle to pop off in a surprising display of physics and agility. It's a playful and daring way to get the drinks flowing, and it doubles as an instant conversation starter. Just be sure to practice this trick a few times to avoid any party fouls!


Keys to refreshment

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Keys have been unlocking doors for ages, but they also hold the secret to unlocking refreshments. By positioning the tip of a key under a bottle cap and applying a bit of upward pressure, you'll find yourself with an open bottle in no time. It's a simple yet effective method, turning an everyday item into a handy tool. So, the next time you're ready to relax, let your keys pave the way.


Eyelash curler: Beauty meets function

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In the world of beauty tools, the eyelash curler stands out for its unique design. But beyond curling lashes, it has another unexpected use. With its firm grip and lever mechanism, it can easily pop off a bottle cap. It's a delightful blend of beauty and function, proving that sometimes the most unexpected tools are the most effective. So, ladies, the next time you're reaching for a cold one, remember your trusty eyelash curler.


Ring: A symbol and a tool

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Rings, especially those worn daily, become an extension of oneself. But beyond their symbolic value, they can be practical tools. By positioning the edge of a ring under a bottle cap and applying a gentle upward motion, the cap comes off effortlessly. It's a technique that combines elegance with utility, turning a piece of jewelry into a functional tool. Celebrate the moment with a drink in hand, opened with style.



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