Ever had one of those moments when you had to put some leftovers inside the fridge and you look for something to cover your bowl or plate with? Chances are you would use tin foil instead of plastic wrap because it’s waaay easier to use.
But who can blame you right? Plastic wraps can be a pain to use especially if you’re not careful. It ends up sticking to itself and before you know it, you have a ball of sticky plastic on your hands.
However, if you often spend time in the kitchen then you know that there are times that you really need to use plastic wrap. Like when you’re making homemade pasta or if you search on the internet there are tons of lifehacks that it can be used with.
Well, today’s your lucky day because an old plastic wrap hack has recently resurfaced thanks to a viral video.
Before we unravel this amazing hack, let us ask you one thing: where do you store your plastic wrap? Most of you probably just throw it in the drawer along with the other wraps. But what if we tell you that you’ve been storing it in the wrong place all this time?
Plastic wrap is designed to be super sticky and clingy, so it would make sense that it would stick to itself. The simple solution to this is storing it inside the freezer.
It really works! Here’s why.
Allow us to get scientific for just a minute and explain to you why this hack absolutely works. Plastic is made of polyethylene. This common compound can literally be found anywhere, from shopping bags even to automobile fuel tanks. In a plastic wrap, the polymer’s molecules are really tight and sticky, plus other adhesives are also added to make it extra clingy.
Since plastic wrap also creates static, you can cut this back by placing it inside a cold place – hence inside the freezer.
“The adhesion between pieces of plastic may be driven by the molecules in the surface re-arranging themselves to form weak chemical bonds,” Dr. Chad Orzel, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Union College told TODAY Food
So recently, a TikTok user named @officialtiktoknurse shared this brilliant hack that she learned from her aunt.
The TikTok user, named Tara, was in the middle of prepping her meals when her aunt came over.
According to her, she was trying to cover a pot with a plastic wrap when her aunt asked, “You know Saran Wrap’s supposed to go in the freezer, right?”
Just like us, Tara has been storing her plastic wrap inside a kitchen cabinet. Turns out we’ve been doing it wrong all these years!
So of course, Tara puts it to the test.
She tossed the plastic wrap inside the freezer overnight. The next day, she pulled some out, and the hack works! It’s much easier to use as she mentions in her viral video.
“Bro, where have I been? It wouldn’t of unwrinkled that easily if I didn’t put it in the freezer.”
The clever idea blew Tara’s mind, as well as other TikTok users who mostly said they were “today years old” after learning about the hack.
However, if you’re not too keen on placing it inside the freezer, you can always take advantage of the box’s side tabs to hold the roll in place as you pull.
Check out Tara’s hilarious video below!
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