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Bull or No Bull: Will a can opener be able to open heat-sealed plastic packs?

Posted at 5:00 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 09:44:33-04

Like many of you, I'm working from home and practicing responsible social distancing. I've been placing some online orders and getting deliveries. But, after I properly sanitize them, I'm realizing some packages are more difficult to open than others.

Do you remember the term, "wrap rage"? It also goes by "package rage". It's when you experience heightened levels of anger and frustration when you can't open a package.

Well, we don't want you to get worked up or injured trying to do so with the clam shell or heat-sealed plastic packs.

We know there are lots of ways to successfully and safely open the items. Many people choose to use scissors. Some people may use a knife, box cutter, or even heavy-duty clipping tools. Just use extra caution with the latter options.

Since I've never tried the can opener method, we're going to give it a spin to see if it's Bull or No Bull!

I grabbed a package of headphones that came in a heat-sealed plastic pack. The edges have a little bit of a curve, and the center, where the headphones are, protrudes out, like they're in a bubble.

I attached the opener on the outside edge, as it would on a can. I twisted it, and the can opener made subtle indentations. I grabbed a newer can opener and repeated the same step. It did not open the packaging. Instead, it made scalloped edges that were extremely jagged and sharp. So, far with this kind of package, I'm going with... BULL!

Maybe second time is the charm?

Our new water filter arrived about a week ago, and we opened the heat-sealed plastic package using scissors. There was one side that wasn't damaged, so we attempted this can opener method. We were hopeful, considering the outer edges were flat, unlike the first package we tried to open.

We tried the same process with the two can openers, and neither worked. Doing so actually made the edges extra sharp. I wouldn't recommend it for adults, and especially not for kids. I'm giving this... BULL again!

Have you tried the can opener method on packages? Let me know how it worked out for you! Please, also share what products you want me to try before you buy.

If you're looking to avoid frustrating packages altogether and combat "wrap rage" during this uncertain time specifically, or simply going forward, click here. Amazon explains their Certified Frustration-Free Packaging for eligible items. We figured that resource may help.

Plus, if the items you have at home can open these types of packages, then it will save you time, money and patience simply using those methods.

I have never tested this product, but EZ Open is specifically designed to be a "6-in-1 Clam Shell, Packaging, Kitchen Multipurpose Opening Tool", as it states on Amazon. I have not tested this one either, but you could also look into this Package Opener by Zip-It on As always, it's important to note that you do your own research before you make any purchases.

Since we've mentioned safety several times, I wanted to share this link so you can see the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's Injury Statistics.

Stay safe everyone!