I can’t, volume 2.

If any of you remember last time I went sad-fishing, I’m here to do it again.

I have a relatively fancy Ninja Blender. It’s nothing near expensive as a Vitamix, but it did cost me a pretty penny. It has these individual sized cups for when you don’t want to use the giant blender and just want a personal smoothie.

Two days ago I made a smoothie and I put the lid on it, as I always do, to ensure nothing spilled while I drank it. Now I cannot get the lid off.

I cannot physically do it. It’s stuck. I’m not strong enough. It’s getting gross. I cannot clean it.

I’ve actually contemplated walking next door to ask my neighbour if he can get the lid off for me because I cannot physically do it. He already thinks I’m loony, so I might as well add to the fervor.

Does anyone have any tips or tricks for stubborn water bottle/smoothie cup lids? Does anyone have a Ninja Blender with some tips?

The way Ninja is, replacing these cups ain’t cheap. I don’t want to just throw it away.

I don’t know what to do. I just can’t.

18 thoughts on “I can’t, volume 2.

  1. I don’t have a blender or anything but I saw something about jar lids the other day… left is loose, right is tight. Hopefully it’s the same principle for blender lids.

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  2. I don’t know the dynamics of the thing…have you tried freezing it or alternately soaking it in hot water. My usual cure for such things would be to bash it with a hammer, but that could incur damage. Good luck. I’m sure someone will know what to do.

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    1. The seal is just so dang tight right now. It’s an individual sized cup, so there’s no blades on it. Thank you for the suggestion! I’m starting to think I might just have to throw it out.


  3. I have a NutriBullet blender… not sure how similar it is to Ninja. I’ve had trouble with unscrewing mine every now and then, but usually just keep working with it and it eventually loosens up. I know… that’s not helpful at all. When I was a kid, my dad had this thing in one of the kitchen drawers that made it easier to open stubborn jars. I don’t know if this item has a specific name, but it was basically a thin, square-shaped piece of flimsy rubber that would fit over a too-tight lid and provide a little extra gripping action to help get the lid off. But I guess that would only work if the problem you’re facing is grip related rather than strength related.

    Mail it to me. I’ll give it a go.

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    1. I love that you would look out for me like that and try to open it! haha. Sadly it would be long moldy by the time it made it to you.

      It’s pretty similar to a Nutri Bullet. I used to own a nutri-bullet a few years back. When I bought this one, I just bought it because it was more expensive (I had one of those bougie brand-whore kinds of moments in the store). But it’s very similar to the individual cups of the nutri-bullet. It’s just sealed too tight, I can’t open it.

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      1. I figured it would be pretty nasty by the time it arrived. If it helps I planned to wash it once I got it open. But I could see how sending that across international lines would raise unnecessary questions. Might not be worth the hassle.


  4. If it’s a matter of grip, using a couple of rubberbands wrapped around a top will provide sufficient grip to loosen most lids.

    Running the lid under hot water (or placing the container in a bowl of hot water) will loosen it as the material expands slightly. Not enough to cause a leak just for the air to release.

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    1. Thank you for the suggestions! I’ll have to try the rubber bands tomorrow. I definitely didn’t have success with the hot water, sadly.


  5. I’m with everyone on the hot water strategy. I’ve opened tight jam jars from this: you just run the hot water over the lid for at least a minute, then pry it off on the edge with a spoon. It works!


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