SAFE OPENING TIPS FOR PRODUCT PACKAGING … for those with arthritis, weak fingers or short tempers
Do you find sturdy shrink-wrap products frustrating to open? Here are tips I use to more safely open those Fort Knox packages.
The more expensive the item, the harder (and more dangerous) it can be–especially for those of us with weak hands, arthritis, or carpal tunnel issues.
I’ve used these strategies to safely open these products. It won’t be as easy to open as a jar with the UN-SKRU jar opener, but it will hopefully make opening these tough packages easier and safer.
— Janet at Multi Marketing & Mfg., Inc.
THE OPENING TOOLS – always use extreme caution with sharp tools.
The most important tool of all is a pair of protective gloves. Put them on before starting because the plastic in bubble pack can be dense and strong, and can cut the delicate skin of hands and fingers. A common serrated knife is more safely used by cutting away from you. Common household scissors can cut the less sturdy plastics and cardboard backing. A hand-friendly precision tool like the Oxo can opener is useful. Finally, small wire cutters can tackle plastic clips.
HOW TO OPEN – be patient and cautious as you work.
These bag clips, anchored by super-strong plastic clips, can be freed with the wire cutters. The red packages have shrinkwrap around the product. Use scissors, as shown on the photo on the left, or a serrated knife, as shown on the right. Cut slowly, close to the cardboard backing and cut away from you. Once a couple of inches are cut, there’s room to insert your glove-protected fingers and pull the bubble off the cardboard.
Sometimes the plastic bubble is so thin and weakly anchored that you can just use your
gloves and bend the side, and the plastic will separate easily from the cardboard backing.
Remember the Oxo can opener tool? It can be used as if you were opening
a can of tuna. Lock it in firmly. Use it on the straight side, as shown on the right.
CAUTION is advised when considering some of those “opens all packages” products that feature razor blades. Reading the reviews, I saw some comments that users were cut when they were trying to open extremely tough packaging and the razor blade broke free and cut them.
May all your opening tasks go smoothly and safely, and
may you enjoy all the products you free from those stubborn plastic bubbles! –Janet