Reader Kevin D. sent in a tip claiming you could unkink a really tangled pair of headphones (or any cable, really) by coiling it around a cup of boiled water and letting it cool naturally. We decided to test it out and see if it really worked. Here's what happened.
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I accidentally let my ear buds go through the washer and dryer. They still functioned well, but the cords were all curved and bunched up. To correct this I have taped them under tension around a French press, though I suppose a coffee mug would have worked as well. I then added hot water and allowed them to heat up and cool down. They aren't brand new, but much improved from the self tangling mess they were.
I didn't have a French press — or even a coffee mug — because I don't drink coffee, so I had to test this out with a regular glass. I also didn't have a tangled, kinked pair of headphones so I had to run mine through the dryer to ruin them. When they came out of the dryer they were a tangled mess with plenty of kinks. I boiled some water in a pot, poured it into a glass, wrapped the headphones around the glass, and taped them in place. I let the water cool naturally as Kevin suggested and then removed the headphones. It worked perfectly, removing all the kinks from the headphones. I documented the process on video, so watch the video above to see this tip in action.
Thanks for the tip, Kevin!