Everyone has had that one jar or bottle that cannot be opened by hand, whether you are disabled or not. Because of my weakness in my right hand, I get that a lot so I started to joke that the shops like to superglue the lids to their containers but there is equipment out there that makes it easier for you.
The downfall, trying new equipment gets expensive, especially if the items you try don’t seem to work.
I have only ever tried the one jar opener and it works perfectly for me. It is called the solo-grip jar opener: a big, triangle-shaped device that holds the jar while you twist the lid. I love the look of the base. It is designed to open anything from a 2-litre bottle to a medicine bottle and it has made getting into my jar of curry sauce so much easier.
The downside of this device is that it is only available in the united states, so if you are the UK based like me, you have to pay a lot for it to be shipped over. I had a friend from Ohio ship it over to me which I am eternally grateful for.
While I love my solo grip, if the jar is on too tight, I still cannot get into it easily. Last Night, my flatmate Lizzie and I spent half an hour trying to get into a jar of Doritos Dip.
Here was the process.
- Put Doritos Dip in Sologrip and twist
- Try a tea towel and twist
- Try a tea towel with the Sologrip
- try a knife
- try hot water
- try banging the edge of the lid on the table
We managed to get into it in the end, but that was one jar that had some stubborn superglue power.
This one was trickier to find than you would originally think. I tried a OneTouch tin opener first and it was dreadful. There wasn’t a single time it wouldn’t jam, so you would then have to try and prise the lid from the tin opener. It would also leave sharp edges and wouldn’t open some tins due to different sizes.
Most the manual ones are made for right-handed people and I would need to use two hands if I did use a manual tin opener, so that wasn’t ideal. There were others we found that we didn’t try, either because we could see that it wouldn’t be useful or because it would mean the gadget being installed in the flat and we are private tenants.
My College Support Mentor then suggested a different one. Cooks Professional One Touch tin opener. It works on the same principle as the other one but it leaves the edges smooth and it doesn’t jam.