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Guests arriving at 6pm. Quick! Get the main course in the oven and start on dessert. Grab all your baking equipment and -- oh darn it, those glass mixing bowls are stuck together again! Always when you're in a hurry, right?

Don't fret: there's an easy way to separate nesting bowls or stacked glasses that have become wedged together: drip a few drops of vegetable oil between the items in question and wiggle very gently. If they still won't budge, add a bit of warm water to mix things up. They should pop apart without a problem.

No luck? Here are some other suggestions worth trying:

Try to shake those glasses loose with ice water. Photo: Andrew Mason, Flickr

Dish soap and hot water. Odds are those soapy suds will lubricate the glass surfaces and they'll come unstuck.

Hot water and ice water.
Submerge the bottom glass or bowl in very hot (but not boiling) water. Fill the uppermost glass or bowl with ice water. Presto! The simultaneous expansion and contraction of the layers should unstick even the most stubborn glassware.

WD-40. A quick spray of WD-40 anyone? Interesting suggestion, but not on my glassware, thanks. If you do try this method, wash everything with lots of soap and hot water before using them for food prep, eating or drinking.

Speaking of staying safe, always handle glassware with extreme care. Trying to forcibly pry stuck glasses or bowls apart could shatter them and leave you with a nasty cut. Worst case scenario: shards could fly up into your face. Ouch. Don't risk it.

See also:
Top Ten Home Bar Essentials
The Daily Fix: Wipe Out Water Rings on the Table

  • Feenyman

    Hmmm, really? That's an awful lot of work. You could have just asked a bartender! Glasses are often stacked (nested) when still hot from the dishwasher. Upon cooling, they are stuck together. Any good bartender knows to simply turn them sideways and GENTLY tap the side on a hard surface and they come apart instantly with much less effort.

  • Bob

    Just use hot water in most instances. When you heat the glasses, every dimension expands, including the distance between the glass surfaces. The space between the glasses actually gets larger.

  • Sunni

    just throw em away lol

  • elaine casenhiser

    I've had good luck with taking another glass object and tap tap tap on the inside glass and a kind of vibration will separate the glasses.

  • Yehudi

    Very simple. Hold the glasses under hot running water. The hot water ( don't have to be very hot ) running over the outside glass would expand it and you can pull them apart. I did it so many times. Good luck.

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