Gadgets to remove lids - do they actually work?

@shelagh77 (3643)
April 7, 2007 9:04pm CST
I have weak wrists and find removing lids from jars extremely painful and at times impossible. I have a whole range of gadgets which are supposed to make this task very "simple" but my best answer to this problem is to get Other Half to open the jar or tin for me if he is around. Do you have a gadget for getting the lids off of tubs and tins and the tops off of bottles and does this gadget actually work? Was it very expensive?
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@1983tyler (508)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I have a gadget for opening jars and bottles. I use it because I do not usually have the strength to open them otherwise. I find that it works for me. It wasn't very expensive. I think that I got mine free with the purchase of something else. (I don't remember what.)
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@shelagh77 (3643)
11 Apr 07
It appears that some of the very cheap and simple gadgets are the best, doesn't it? Both wrists are bad at the moment so I shall do my best to try to find something and have a go when my wrists are more amenable.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Apr 07
nope no gadjest I end up doing by hand. If it is hard to do an any thing I turn it up side down and hit it hard on a hard surface this seems to help break that seal. Not to harad tho I did this to a bottle of catsup one and blew the bottm out of the bottle . lost all the catsup lol
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@shelagh77 (3643)
11 Apr 07
That is EXACTLY what happens to me! However, you use an interesting word there. Catsup. I have an old recipe book and it always refers to this. Is it similar to ketchup or is it different? I am going to start a post on this lololol.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
8 Apr 07
Yes I have a couple of gadgets I use and at first you should run the hot tap on bottles, before trying to do anything with them as this will losen them a bit and then you can use either the gadgets or they have another rubber gadget which is not very expensive at all and this also helps.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
11 Apr 07
Hmmm heat the glass, worth a try. Haven't heard that one at all before. Thank you.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I first turn the jar upside down and whack it a few times on the bottom. Then I turn it right side up and get my little rubber square out of the drawer! I grab the lid with the little rubber square and voila! it usually comes right off! This little rubber square was a freebie from some booth at a tradeshow or something. But you can accomplish the same thing with any piece of rubber.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
11 Apr 07
Hmm, if I whack the jar I just KNOW I will smash it, I am very clumsy, but I might try the little rubber square. I shall sit on the floor and use the floor as the second grip and try it, thank you, I shall try to remember to let you know what happens.
• United States
8 Apr 07
No! Don't buy anything extra!!!!!!!! Just look in your drawers for that pair of rubber dish cleaning gloves. Put one on your stronger hand, and try to turn the top off! I promise, it will pop off as easily (and faster)than if you asked your better half to do it. Clonking the jar again a Formica countertop does work, but my Mom used to do it on the floor - lest she mar her "expensive" counters! *Chuckle* These days many tops have been crimped besides being vacuum sealed - and I've noticed lately that clonking them doesn't seem to work as often as it used to. Oh, well, at least I have my "magic glove" in the drawer!
@shelagh77 (3643)
11 Apr 07
Both wrists are equally painful, I am afraid, and I have a discussion going about my appalling track record with rubber gloves, which may amuse you. I am sure that a lot of people will find this helpful though, and that is what mylot is all about, if it doesn't work for one, there are a lot more people it could still work for. I am still keen to try the clonking but mustn't let Other Half catch me lol.
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Tonight I couldn't get the lid off the spaghetti sauce. I turned the jar over and gave it a whack on the countertop and poof it popped open for me. I have found this to be very effective on vacuum sealed jars. And it's free. I also have one of those round rubber thingies that get a good grip so I can get other things open too. Like the pickle jar after my darling closes it too tight.
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@shelagh77 (3643)
11 Apr 07
Thank you, that is a super tip. However, you have my friends rolling around the floor helpless with mirth because if I tried to do that either I'd manage to have the jar slip through my fingers onto the floor, I'd smash the jar or both! I am sooooo clumsy. Other Half also says "watch the formica". However, when nobody is watching I am going to give this a sneaky try :-)