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How to Open a Bottle Without a Bottle Opener in 10 Simple Ways

We’ve all been there – craving a cold drink with only a pop-off lid and no bottle opener in sight. Whether it’s during a game or after a day of DIY, not having a bottle opener can be frustrating. But fear not! The next time you find yourself without a bottle opener, these easy methods will help you crack open that beer or soda, even if it’s a classic glass soda bottle!

Note: These techniques work for both press-on caps and stubborn twist-off metal caps.



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Use Another Bottle

  • Hold one bottle with your thumb and index finger and another with your index and middle finger.
  • Place the cap of the bottle you want to open under the lip of the other bottle’s cap.
  • Give a firm pat on the bottom of the bottle with your other hand, and the cap should pop loose.

Use a House Key

  • Hold the bottle with your hand just under the cap, ensuring a firm grip.
  • Insert a house key between the cap and your hand, positioning the key’s tip under the crimps on the cap.
  • Press down on the key to create leverage and pry the cap off the bottle. For better control, use your dominant hand to hold the bottle and the other hand to pry with the key.

Lighter

  • Hold the bottle, leaving a small gap between the top of your hand and the cap.
  • Place the bottom end of a plastic pocket lighter between your hand and the cap.
  • With a firm grip on the bottle, use a lever motion to push down on the lighter while pushing up underneath the lip of the cap to pry it off.

Edge of a Table or Tool Box

  • Hold the bottle with a good grip, wrapping your index finger and thumb around the base of the neck.
  • Place the bottle cap on the edge of a table, workbench, or toolbox with two crimps on the edge.
  • Strike downward on the cap with the palm of your free hand to pop it off, but be aware it might damage the surface.

Door Strike Plate

  • Find a door jamb with a securely attached, heavy-duty strike plate.
  • Hold the bottle mostly sideways, placing the cap in the strike plate so it latches onto it.
  • Pull or push the bottle to pry the cap off, quickly turning the bottle upright to prevent spilling.

Belt Buckle

We get it – you’re eager for that drink, but keep your pants on (you can take the belt off, though). A centre bar buckle usually has enough oomph to open that beer or soda.

  • Remove your belt (ask a friend to help keep your pants up, if needed).
  • Hold the bottle in one hand, position the buckle over the cap with the bar on top and the end under the lip of the bottle.
  • Press down on the back of the buckle to leverage the cap off, pulling the lip up and away.

Hammer Claw

If you’re in the workshop and need to crack open a cream soda, grab your hammer. This versatile tool gives you two options for getting that cap off.

Option 1:

  • Hold the bottle firmly in one hand and hold the hammer sideways in the other.
  • Place the bottle cap between the hammer claws (a larger hammer may be necessary).
  • Pry up on the hammer handle to free the cap.

Option 2 (if you don’t have a large hammer):

  • Hold the bottle by the neck with your hand slightly below the cap.
  • Place the tip of the hammer claw between your hand and the cap.
  • Squeeze the neck tightly and pull down on the hammer handle to pop the cap off.
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Dollar Bill

This next trick is literally money. You might have the perfect tool to open the bottle sitting in your wallet. Old George can help you crack open a brew. Here’s how the first president does it:

  • Fold a dollar bill in half, roll it tightly, and then fold it in half again to create a strong prying tool.
  • Hold the bottle by the neck with your hand slightly below the cap.
  • Place the folded edge of the bill under the lip of the bottle cap.
  • Squeeze the neck tightly, push the dollar bill down for leverage, and lift the cap.

Bike Pedal

Opening that post-trail pilsner in the parking lot can be a challenge, but guess what? Your bike has all the tools you need. Just like our hammer trick, you can utilise a pedal in two ways—pick the one that suits you best (reminder: this only works with flat pedals, not clip-ons).

Option 1:

  1. Clean off the mud from your pedal.
  2. Place the bottle cap inside the pedal with the lip in the centre (where the axle is) and the rest of the pedal on top of the cap.
  3. Lift quickly on the other side of the pedal to pop the cap off.

Option 2 (similar to using the edge of a table):

  1. Hold the bottle with a strong grip in your dominant hand, wrapping your index finger and thumb around the base of the neck.
  2. Position the bottle cap on the pedal directly over the axle (you may need to steady the pedal with a foot).
  3. Strike downward on the cap with the palm of your free hand to pop it off.

A Lighter (for a different bottle)

Let’s imagine your bottled beverage starts its life on a vine, and you need to uncork it instead of popping a cap. But oh no, no corkscrew in sight—what to do? This unique yet effective method can come to the rescue, especially for a less expensive bottle.

  1. Remove the foil covering the cork.
  2. Grab a long-handled BBQ lighter and heat the neck at the air gap between the cork and the wine. Rotate the bottle for even heating.
  3. Keep heating until the air expands and pushes the cork out of the bottle.

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