Forgot to put the check (or other item) in the envelope before sealing it? Instead of tearing it open, use scissors to cut a "thin" strip off one narrow end. You can insert the forgotten item, and then use cellophane tape to close the envelope back up before mailing. And since the tape is on the narrow end, it won't interfere with the envelope being opened by the recipient.
Reopening a sealed envelope after you forgot to put something in it. Put the envelope in the freezer for a couple hours and then try to loosen up the flap without damaging it. (maybe with a flat knife)
By Mary Ann K. from Lawrence, KS
I've also heard of microwaving it for a few seconds. Never did work for me.
Here's an idea that really works. Put the tea kettle on and bring to a boil. Place a spoon in the spout to keep it open and allow the steam to escape. Now hold the envelope flap over the steam (careful not to burn your hands). In one hand use a knife to carefully lift the glued flap while the steam does its job by loosening the glue. It's a little work, but gets it open. (10/06/2006)
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