If you’re a fan of Wine Wednesdays like I am, you’ve probably encountered a stubborn cork once or twice before. However, even the most difficult corks can usually be tamed with a decent corkscrew, so nine times out of ten, there’s nothing to worry about. But what if you don’t have a corkscrew? What if it’s Wine Wednesday and you can’t indulge in that delicious bottle of Merlot because a stupid cork is standing in your way? The horror! Fortunately, if you take a few minutes out of your day to check out this helpful video and read the handy dandy instructions below, you’ll be able to avoid any potential cork-related catastrophe your future may hold!

What You Need

Strong key
Dishcloth (optional)
How It Works

Start by pushing your key on an angle into the cork.
Push until all of the teeth are completely inserted. If you want, you can use a dishcloth (or another piece of material) to make this step easier on your hands!
Using your thumbs, push the key and rotate it to break the seal between the bottle and cork.
Continue to rotate the cork, but also begin to lift the key.
When the cork is far enough out of the bottle to grab with your hand, removing the rest of it should be a breeze!
This hack is great if you find yourself without a corkscrew and settling on something else to drink is not an option. However, it should be noted that this is most effective with synthetic corks. Actual corks will most likely break apart when you begin to rotate the key!