The Easiest Way to Open a Clamshell Blister Package


Blister packaging companies need to make sure that the products they’re tasked with shipping are as safe as can possibly be, which is why blister packaging designs are often tough to the point that end users sometimes have a hard time opening them. Scissors, knives, and other sharp objects often yield little effect against most blister package designs, much to consumers’ chagrin.

Surely, there must be a way to open blister packaging without all of this trouble.

Luckily enough, there is, but first you need to get a can opener and either a knife, box cutter, or a pair of scissors first. Make sure you get a manual, hand held can opener, and not one of those automatic devices some people use.

Take the can opener, and clench it along one of the sides of the blister packaging, just like you would if you were trying to open up a can of food. Then, turn the can opener’s wheel, and work it down and along the side of the package. Again, do this just as though you were trying to open up a can of food.

Once that’s done, you should now have a side that been cut open. The blister packaging should look kind of like an opened envelope. From here, you have a couple of options. You can either repeat this last step on two of the other remaining three sides, or you can get a knife, box cutter or pair of scissors, and cut two of the other three sides open that way.

If you do decide to go with the latter option, which is actually easier, you need to be careful and work slowly. If you don’t, your hand might slip and you could wind up damaging the products you’re trying to free.

Although blister packaging services have created a way to securely ship products that’s so effective it keeps even you — the end consumer — out, this little trick will easily help free your goods. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.