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How to Open a Bottle Without an Opener: 10 Tricks That Actually Work

Until every beer in the world comes with a screw-top, these DIY bottle-opening tricks will prove indispensable.

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How to Open a Bottle Without an Opener? Snip it Off with Scissors!

When you need to open a bottle without an opener, try this DIY solution: Grab a pair of strong scissors and grab a piece of the bottle cap with the scissors. Start twisting upward and repeat around the cap until it pops off.

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Spoon it Out

Find a big spoon in your kitchen and use it as a pry bar when your bottle opener goes missing. The spoon should face up and be inserted underneath the cap. Then push up on the tip of the spoon to remove the cap and you’ve got a new way to open a beer bottle without a bottle opener.

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How to Use a Lighter as a Bottle Opener

After college, I couldn’t name a friend that hasn’t tried this trick at least once. If someone has a lighter handy you can turn it into a bottle opener with a flick. Simply grab the neck of the bottle with one hand and use a lighter as a pry tool. Place the wide side of the bottom of the lighter below the cap while your other hand is positioned just below the cap. It works out as a lever system with the knuckle acting as a fulcrum.

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How to Open a Bottle With a Belt Buckle

Depending on the type of buckle, a belt can be used to open a bottle when you don’t have a bottle opener handy. Use the buckle as a traditional bottle opener to unleash the refreshing hops. If you can’t figure out the physics, retailers have started offering belts with bottle openers built in.

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How to Use a Bill to Open a Bottle

If you want to win yourself some money to go out and buy a proper bottle opener, try out this trick. Take a bill of any denomination (it doesn’t have to be U.S. currency, despite the image above), fold it in half, roll it up or fold it up, fold it in half again and start prying away at the bottle cap. If it works you’ll be a legend and a little richer. If you need more money… Well, you can start with these thrifty tricks to make everything you own last longer.

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Open a Bottle on a Table Edge

I vividly remember the moment my uncle showed me this trick and my jaw falling to the floor. A table edge or a counter edge is a perfect quick fix when you need to open a bottle and don’t have an opener handy. Next, find out the crazy ice trick to fix furniture dents in your carpet.

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How to Open a Bottle Using Another Bottle

You may not have a bottle opener laying around but you’ve probably got a few more cold ones nearby—and that’s all you’ll need for a makeshift opener.  Just hold one upside down and line up the bottle cap with the one you want to open. Then just pry away. Somehow physics dictates that you won’t open both bottles—and it’s a great party trick to boot!

If you’ve made more ice than you need for your party, put it to work all around the house with these clever uses for ice cubes you’ll wish you knew sooner.

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Open a Bottle Using the Strike Plate of a Door

This bottle opening trick has to be the most impressive way to enter a room. Place the top of the bottle inside the strike plate of a door and lodge the bottle cap against the edge of the opening. Pull back the bottle of beer and voila!

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Open a Bottle With a Ring

This one might only apply to married people, but it’s still a pretty slick way to learn how to open a bottle without an opener. Work the ring under the bottle cap as you place your ring finger over the bottle cap. Once situated, lift up on the bottle cap with your ring finger. Aren’t you glad you got married?

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How to Use a Rubber Band to Open a Bottle

Wrap a rubber band around the bottle cap crown and start twisting. The cap should pop off in a little while. Next, check out how to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman