Separating Plastic Drinking Cups

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How do you pull apart two plastic tumblers, that are stuck together?

By MARPFAR from Leominister, MA

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By Cyinda 214 1,287 Flag

July 28, 2009

Try putting the outside one under hot water (so it expands), & maybe put ice-water in the inter most one (so it contracts).

If they are super-stubborn, grab them with pliers that have masking or duct tape wrapped over the ends so it won't mar the plastic.

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By Gloria Hayes 19 96 Flag

July 29, 2009

Set the outside one in a pot of steaming water on the stove for a bit, remove, and quickly fill the inner one with ice.swirl around for a second or two, and tug!

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By Lelia Jo Cordell 51 1,936 Flag

July 31, 2009

If there's any gap between the two tumbler lips, trickle warm water into that area. The water may act as a buffer and lubricant. Wiggle the two tumblers in opposing directions. You could also submerge the two tumblers in warm water (dishwater worked for me,) and try this same technique.

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How do you separate plastic restaurant cups? They were washed and stacked together now they won't come apart.

Barbara from Hickory, OK

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RE: Separating Plastic Drinking Cups

Put them in the freezer and after they are thoroughly frozen try carefully pulling them apart. (12/22/2008)

By Phillip A. K.

RE: Separating Plastic Drinking Cups

You can try filling the inside one with cold water and dipping the outside one in a sink or bowl of hot water. The heat will expand the outside cup. The cold will contract the inside cup. It should be enough to break the seal. (12/29/2008)

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RE: Separating Plastic Drinking Cups

The fastest solution might be to use your blow-dryer on the outside cup while trying to loosen the inner cup(s), which might take another person helping you. (12/29/2008)

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