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Unscrewing caps

October 25, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
I drink Dr. Pepper in the 20 ounce bottles because I like being able to drink what I want, recap it and save what’s left for later. What I don’t like is unscrewing the caps.

For quite a while, I have had a devil of a time unscrewing those maroon tops. I have a wonderful rubber grippy at home that is worth its weight in solid gold to help me remove stubborn lids, but I usually need the caffeine while I’m at work.

I did buy another grippy to keep at work, but the thing doesn’t grip and I struggle for several minutes sometimes to unscrew those caps. Yesterday, I just could not get the stupid thing to move, so I asked Kylie if she could help me (she was the one who unscrewed things for me while I was wearing a cast on my broken wrist earlier this year).

I know I don’t have a lot of hand-strength, so I thought that was the reason I was having such a hard time with it. Then I watched as Kylie struggled with it. She put a lot of effort into it before she got it to move.

These are not child safety lids on medicine bottles. I know the seals are for protection and for food preservation, but there has got to be an easier way to open these lids.

Like I said, I’m not very strong, but I’m relatively young and my hands are in great shape. How do the elderly and those with arthritis manage these lids for pop, peanut butter, jam, hydration drinks, nutrition drinks and vitamins, to name a few?

I remember advertisements for over-the-counter medicine bottles that had easy-open lids that you could just twist and they opened. Can’t other lids be re-designed for easier access?

Companies need to start thinking of these things. When people struggle so hard just to open a simple bottle, they’ll look elsewhere for a product that isn’t so painful to open. The product in the container does no one any good if no one can access it.


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