It totally was.
I mean, not REALLY, but I definitely felt stupid.
Let me bring you up to speed.
If you remember, when Jake and I last went antiquing we came home with some pretty cool things. Once of which was this totally awesome perfume bottle:
|Gorgeous beast of a perfume bottle.|
One day I'll get a delicate little one.
But today is not that day.
First I just washed the bottle and lid in warm soapy water. Then I decided it would be a good idea to use boiling water to sanitize it. I even ran it under the tap with hot water so that the boiling water wouldn't crack the glass. Smart, right?
Except then I thought "Oh! Since I have to sanitize the stopper, why don't I just fill the whole thing with boiling water and then put the stopper in?!"
So I did that.
Here's a tip from me... don't do that.
I left it alone for a few minutes while I got distracted by other things and when I came back to pour the water out, the lid was stuck.
I mean like... stuck stuck.
I mean, I stopped being gentle and tried yanking the stopper out with as much force as I thought the glass could take and nothing. It didn't budge at all.
Then I thought that since I scienced my way into this mess (unintentionally) I could just science my way out of it!
So I tried cooling the bottle over night.
Just as I was thinking I could try warming up the bottle while simultaneously cooling the stopper, I thought "better check the internet first..."
And here's the crazy tip that worked. Honestly, I would have never thought this worked if I hadn't seen the bajillion comments saying it did.
- put the perfume bottle on a towel to protect the glass lid should it just pop off (some of the comments I read said this happened)
- take out a wooden spoon or something similar
- tap on the lid with the wooden spoon once on the RIGHT side
- tap on the lid once on the LEFT side
- tap on the neck of the bottle once on the FRONT side
- tap on the neck of the bottle once on the BACK side
- repeat steps three to six until the lid comes off.
That's it. I think it took me three rounds of steps three to six, then I tried taking the lid off and it just popped right off in my hand. Some people reported their lid shot off like a rocket, so I was pretty wary of that.
|After I finally got it removed.|
Isn't it crazy how simple that was though? I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure I had just ruined my chances of actually using the perfume bottle for... you know... perfume.
But nope! I was able to fill it up!
|Side by side.|
New-old and old-new.
|And here it is filled up.|
A) I am almost out of perfume
B) since switching to using my old perfume bottle THREE YEARS AGO, I have not had to buy perfume until now (and I'll still probably hold out until I'm completely out) and;
C) Because my perfume is three years old... it has changed colour. It used to be a really pale pink!
I've been using my new bottle for about two weeks now and while it is a little bit bulky... ultimately I love it. :)