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Tips on cleaning

Clean your bath and wash basin using a dish-mop on a wooden stick handle. No more back pain or shoulder pain, and no more bruised knuckles from cleaning the taps.

I’ve had severe rheumatoid arthritis for 35 years and now I can do these jobs for myself!
Mrs M Marshall, Elvington, York, Yorkshire

How to open safety caps? 

I was wondering if any other supporters of your organisation might have any ideas on how to open disinfectant, liquid d medicine etc. safety caps that have to be pushed down with effort, which I am having difficulty doing.
Mrs L M Chatfield, Upminster, Essex.

In response to Mrs L M Chatfield in (Arthritis Today, Summer 2014) on how to open safety caps, press the cap against a right-angled surface and use body weight against the parallel side and turn bottle rather than cap – easier and certainly works for me. Caps that need pressing down are very hard – use a knife to cut little teeth if possible and then try to use body weight on top to turn cap or ask a friend!   I have had rheumatoid arthritis since 1988 and am now 67 – trial and error or a friend does help. Don't be afraid to ask – I also ask my chemist to help with caps. He is very helpful indeed. What would I do without him!  Hope this helps.
Tricia Rusling (an expert patient at King’s College Hospital), via email

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