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Lid Superglued Shut

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.

Jar Openers

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.

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There are other jar openers out there – Amazon has some similar things here, but you are limited to the size of the placeholders. You may also want to look at Complete Care Shop.

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
  • repeat

We managed to get into it in the end, but that was one jar that had some stubborn superglue power.

Tin/Can Openers

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.

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Categories: Cooking, Disability, Equipment

6 replies

  1. I have never seen the jar openers before! I live in Ohio so I really need to keep my eyes out for one

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  2. How incredibly frustrating this must be – I use one of your tips a lot as we will poke a knife through the lid to get the pressure to release and that will often help us open a jar.

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