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Lyndiloo Sat 02-Nov-19 04:00:50

I bought toilet rolls recently (not unusual!) but these particular ones are so hard to 'start'. You scrabble to pull off a few sheets but they just shred, on and on, so that you've wasted yards before getting down to the nitty-gritty.

Milk cartons, too, are amongst my most annoying things - when first opened, slopping the milk into your cup and all over the worktop!

Anything else ...?

BlueBelle Sat 02-Nov-19 04:55:30

Never bought milk cartons Are they still around ?

Pantglas2 Sat 02-Nov-19 05:22:08

How apt Lindyloo that you post about toilet rolls! I agree about starting them off, I seem to split the first half a dozen sheets into wafer thin ones until I can get the perforations to line up - what a palaver!

I’ve found the Lidl floralys ones are the best for not performing as above and don’t disintegrate when damp - sorry to be so indelicate!

MamaCaz Sat 02-Nov-19 06:02:45

OH has started complaining about the plastic milk bottles. Some manufacturers seem to have started using thinner plastic, and the handle on them bends under the weight of four or six pints as you pour..
Another manufacturer (we presume, as this is only happening with milk bought from another shop) is sealing the top of the bottle - the seal that is underneath the lid - so strongly that we are having to cut it off instead of peel it back.

NotAGran55 Sat 02-Nov-19 07:25:29

Cling film arrrrrgggghhhhh .

Calendargirl Sat 02-Nov-19 07:52:10

When opening tins of beans say, the pull off lid is hard to get off and the contents sometimes splash over the worktop or yourself. Or perhaps it’s me, doesn’t seem to do it with DH.

grannylyn65 Sat 02-Nov-19 08:01:04

It’s not you

Auntieflo Sat 02-Nov-19 08:01:46

We have been buying the yogurt drinks, similar to A.....l, from Aldi recently.
At first the little bottle was sealed by a foil cap, that was easy enough to remove.
But, now they are hermetically sealed by a plastic screw top,
which is impossible to remove, without resorting to nutcrackers.

DH also has trouble opening his prescribed eye drops. Again plastic tops , made worse by a collar that has to be broken before it unscrews.

LullyDully Sat 02-Nov-19 08:20:30

Bleach bottles are not only child proof but old lady proof too.

shysal Sat 02-Nov-19 08:33:01

I find it very difficult to remove the outer wrapping of a new tube of mascara. I resort to starting it with my tiny sharp scissors, but they can slip. There is often a double line of perforations but I can't tear along them.

calendargirl, I agree about the ring pull cans. I have found it best not to completely remove the lid because it is that last bit that causes the splash, especially on beans or sardines.

shysal Sat 02-Nov-19 08:35:47

By the way, GN's most popular toilet rolls, Nicky Elite, according to a past thread, are easy to start and the best value and quality I have tried.

Hetty58 Sat 02-Nov-19 08:40:12

I'm collecting a lot of gadgets now - to help with things I used to find so easy!

Bathsheba Sat 02-Nov-19 08:41:51

Jars of spice and herbs with a neck too small for a teaspoon. The only brand I've so far found that has a teaspoon friendly neck size is Barts.

And jars of coffee or hot chocolate that are too tall for a teaspoon, but too narrow to get your hand in with the teaspoon, grrrr angry

GrandmaMoira Sat 02-Nov-19 08:59:24

I agree with most of these. The new milk bottles do have handles that bend and I have to use a knife to open the plastic seal. Ring pull cans are so much more difficult to open than traditional cans. I can only open with a gadget or the help of someone younger though they struggle to get it raised enough to pull up. Bleach is easy for children to open, just not older adults. Some jars are so tight that even my son has to resort to making a hole in the lid. Foil as well as cling film can be difficult to open and split like the toilet rolls.

midgey Sat 02-Nov-19 10:12:47

The answer to the plastic milk bottles is a milkman!

Calendargirl Sat 02-Nov-19 10:22:20


My cousin has milk delivered by the milkman, but it’s in plastic bottles, not glass!

GrandmaKT Sat 02-Nov-19 10:23:36

Is it beyond the skills of shampoo and conditioner manufacturers to print the words SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER in large, easily visible letters so I can distinguish them without my glasses in the shower?!

Nanny27 Sat 02-Nov-19 10:32:27

Most of us round here use a milkman who delivers milk in glass bottles. There has been a massive surge in this since the widespread concern about single use plastic. Milk seems to be much nicer and fresher too.

DanniRae Sat 02-Nov-19 10:54:58

Sainsbury's own herbs and spices come in a jar that is wide enough to put a teaspoon in!

Bathsheba Sun 03-Nov-19 08:41:00

Sainsbury's own herbs and spices come in a jar that is wide enough to put a teaspoon in!
Yes you're right DannieRae, I'd forgotten about those ones!

Nortsat46 Sun 03-Nov-19 08:57:50

For info and to counteract annoyance - the best things I have found for opening recalcitrant bottles and jars, are Lakeland Lid Grippers (£2.50). My cousin sent me a couple and they probably the most successful gift she has ever bought me.

They are a round plastic mats about 4” in diameter. They work a treat on tight lids and bottle tops (even sticky jam jars). They look really unlikely but work really well. 😎

JackyB Sun 03-Nov-19 09:34:00

My sister says she can't understand why saucepans should have two small handles instead of one long one. I don't mind either way, but apparently she prefers to pour with one hand.

I must ask her what she thinks she can do with the other hand at the same time to justify this.

While I think life is too short to get annoyed about this sort of thing, I do find it frustrating that our new (chrome) tap in the shower won't turn with soapy or lotioned hands. Can't get a grip on it!

We had a matte one before and this wasn't an issue, but apparently they've stopped making matte taps.

Littleannie Sun 03-Nov-19 09:41:20

A rubber glove works just as well as those gripper things from Lakeland, for opening jars and bottles.

yggdrasil Sun 03-Nov-19 09:53:05

"Is it beyond the skills of shampoo and conditioner manufacturers to print the words SHAMPOO and CONDITIONER in large, easily visible letters so I can distinguish them without my glasses in the shower?!"

I don't have a problem with that. The shampoo bottle is white, the shower gel blue:-)

B9exchange Sun 03-Nov-19 11:41:37

So glad this popped up was thinking of starting my own packaging thread. I picked up a lipstick that looked a pretty colour when I was going round the supermarket. When I came to use it, in a hurry to go out, and it was impossible to get into! First it was shrink wrapped in a very thick piece of transparent plastic which after struggling with for far too long I had to take the scissors to - and then when that was off I couldn't open it because there was a heavy duty security tag stuck over the side and base. That took all my strength to prise away, and left the most horrible sticky mess. With DH agitating to leave, I tried hairspray to remove it, no joy, just made it even stickier. I tried neat shampoo, no result either. I eventually got it open, but if I put it in my make up bag it will collect every bit of dust or powder going on the sticky residue, and looks awful.

This cost £4.50 for Heavens sake, I've bought more expensive jars of coffee!!!