Everyone has an ongoing mental list of their biggest frustrations—mine definitely includes the people who take up two spots in the parking lot and having to ask your friend to Venmo you for dinner multiple times. But those don’t come anywhere close to matching the struggle of properly unrolling plastic wrap. Luckily there’s a simple hack that might just fix the problem for good. (Halle-freakin-lujah.)
While it’s great that plastic wrap clings onto your containers—that’s its job, after all—it’s not so great (read: murder-inducing) that it also clings onto itself, making it incredibly hard to unroll a sheet without it instantly turning into an unusable, bundled-up mess. The solution to easier-stored leftovers is all about where you keep your roll. Instead of putting it in a kitchen drawer or cupboard, try the freezer.
The much-colder temp in the freezer temporarily gets rid of the plastic wrap’s clinging powers—just long enough for you to unroll it and pop it onto your container.
According to Today, your freezer’s much-colder temp cuts back on static and temporarily gets rid of the plastic wrap’s clinging powers—just long enough for you to unroll it and pop it onto your container. “The adhesion between pieces of plastic may be driven by the molecules in the surface re-arranging themselves to form weak chemical bonds, and the lower temperature may inhibit that process a bit,” said Chad Orzel, PhD, who notes that cold temperature also makes tap less sticky (the more you know!). What you’re left with is perfectly-covered food that didn’t even require revving up your cortisol levels to get the job done.
So sure, you might not be able to get your friend to pay you back in a timely manner or teach people how to park properly, but hey—not having to wrestle with a sheet of plastic wrap after a long day certainly brings down cortisol levels.
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