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Opening Jars with Arthritic Hands

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Arthritis can make simple tasks difficult and even painful. This is a guide about opening jars with arthritic hands.
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February 1, 20060 found this helpful

I have arthritis in my hands and it is hard to open some jar lids. So I cut a square of rubber shelf lining to use on the lid . If it is stubborn, I put the jar under hot running water for just a few seconds, dry the lid and it works for me.

By Great Granny Vi from Moorpark, CA

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February 1, 20060 found this helpful

I don't know if this will help you but I have found that an old fashioned can opener (the ones with the pointy end) work well to help open jars. I pop it under the lid at a couple of places and you can hear it pop a little, like a vacuum packed item. Then it is easier to turn the lid to open it.

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By Juanita (Guest Post)
February 1, 20060 found this helpful

After pounding the cap with a handle of a table knife, put on latex dishwashing gloves. It really helps............Do you know why we've been pounding on lids for many many years??

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When you pound on the lid you're stretching the metal. My husband was a tinner. Juanita

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February 1, 20060 found this helpful

I just flip the jar upside down and bang it flat on the floor. Have been doing this for about 20 years and never broke a jar, every jar has opened. Banging it breaks the seal.

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February 2, 20060 found this helpful

Great Granny Vi,
Sometimes I use the rubber gloves as they have
ridges and helps open. I had a stubborn jelly jar
and as I was struggling I used the hot tap water and
finally popped the seal. I was beginning to think maybe I was not supposed to be having jelly.
"Where there is a will there is a way".

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