Get a Grip: How Rubber Bands Improve Traction

Did you know you can use rubber bands to open soda bottles, Mason jars, and more? Save your wrists and grips — rubber bands will come to your rescue! And what’s more, rubber bands improve traction in many areas and with household products.

In the Kitchen

Sog_universal_jarsTo crack open a Coke, twist the rubber band around the bottlecap to give your grip a break. Once you pop your pop, you’ll have a rubber band to thank for your refreshment! With jars, thicker rubber bands work best, but you can use several smaller ones to create your grip, as well. Instead of popping tops with knives (it breaks the seal, but is potentially dangerous) or wrenching your wrist, a quick slip of some rubber bands will make your jar ajar safely and pain-free.

The Science of Grip


It works like a charm, but how exactly does the magic happen? Through science, of course. Everyday thermodynamics help create the tough, abrasive feel of a rubber band when it’s working as an opener.

When a rubber band is stretched, it releases heat. If you’d like to feel this process in action, carefully stretch a rubber band across your lips! When a rubber band contracts, it absorbs heat, making the area surrounding it ever so slightly cooler. This heat exchange affects the gripping strength of the rubber band, and helps to create traction.

Additionally, the water resistance and rough surface of rubber acts as a stabilizer between he soft skin of the hands and the smooth surface of jar lids! Who knew? Rubber is great, and so are the handy and helpful rubber bands that can save your hands!


Alliance Rubber Company is a family-owned business with humble beginnings that has grown into a thriving American success story. Since 1923, Alliance Rubber has proudly produced rubber bands for use in the home and workplace. Continuing to manufacture its products in the USA, enables Alliance to provide high-quality products, fast service, and fresh stock that is built to last. Alliance Rubber, a women-owned company, manufactures bands that ‘Hold Your World Together.’

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