Saturday, August 20, 2011

A small salt trick

This is a small thing, but it makes our lives easier, so I thought I'd share it.

Salt containers come with a metal pour spout that's flat against the box.  This makes it hard to open, especially for people with fine-motor control problems.  The first time I open the box, I grab my nearby pliers and bend the very end of the spout up.  This small bend makes the spout much easier to grab.
Before:  The metal spout is flat against the box.
Using a pliers (or sometimes, just my fingers), I bend the end of the spout up.

After: the small bend in the spout makes this easier to open.

This also works for dishwasher detergent . . .

. . . and for powdered milk.  Wow!  What a great trick!
An extra benefit is that if I have several containers of something (like dishwasher detergent), I can see which container I've already started using.   Can you tell your life will be better for knowing this?


  1. I didn't know you bent the salt dispenser. I wondered why I had so much trouble opening the salt at someone else's house...

  2. Heh-heh-heh. Your Miser-Mom has all sorts of secrets she didn't tell you, darling!! Now you, too, share the key to easy salt container opening. --MM