Cover for Scouring Powder Cans

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Introduction: Cover for Scouring Powder Cans

About: I've been working as a speech/language pathologist in long term care for about 40 years, most of that with folks who have communication problems or swallowing problems. Educating patients and their families...

Recently, Comet cleanser came out with a plastic container that has a lid. It’s a mystery to me that for years powdered cleansers did not come with lids and you couldn’t get one for love or money.

Barkeeper’s Friend is different from Ajax and Comet; I like it a lot. But the folks who make it still haven’t come to their senses about a can cover, and I wanted one. I don’t know whether the stuff clumps in humid places but it seems to me a cover would help if humidity is an issue. Some of the product ends up on top of the can when you use it, and a cover can help keep the powder from getting in your eyes, from being ingested or being inhaled.

This is an easy to make can cover that fits Ajax, Comet and Barkeeper's Friend. It may also fit other brands, but if it doesn't the template I provided is based on simple geometry: pi X diameter of the can. (d=2.93")

2.93 * π = 9.20486647502" (9.20"). That's the length of the rectangle in the template WITHOUT the glue panel. Armed with that information, you can modify the image so it matches the can you want to cover.

Step 1: Material and Equipment

a computer with a printer

a sheet of typing paper

a 2" square piece of wax paper

glue

Step 2: Print the Cleanser Can Lid PDF

Sometimes my computer assigns the same printer settings I used last, unless I tell it otherwise. When you print out the PDF, make sure it comes out in landscape mode, is full size and is not scaled down, shrunk to fit or in some other size. Cut out the can cover which is the top rectangle that has the "glue panel" on the right side. The top part of the rectangle is made from nine smaller rectangles. Each small rectangle has a line connecting its lower left corner to the middle of the top horizontal portion of the small rectangle. Those lines will be called the oblique lines. Cut out the large rectangle which has the nine little rectangles in the top half and the triangles on the bottom half

There are two "bumper stickers", but you only need one. Because the lid is made of flimsy typing paper, it benefits from reinforcement. When the lid finally looks like a lid, you can glue on the blank rectangle, use my message, or make your own message. Cut out a bumper sticker.

Finally you need a "seal" to hold the lid together. I selected the robot logo because it appealed to me, but it could be any shape or size that will fit on the top of the lid. Cut out the seal.

Step 3: Pre Fold the Template

With the lines facing up, crease on each vertical line and each oblique line. Try not to crease the lower part of the rectangle where the triangles are. Paper folding enthusiasts call those folds "mountain folds". When they are all creased, reverse the folds on the oblique lines. The oblique lines are "valley folds". Finally make a mountain fold on the long line that connects the two triangles and forms the bottom of the row of small rectangles. First make all folds into mountain folds, then make the oblique lines into valley folds.

Vertical mountains oblique valleys

Step 4: Forming the Lid

Put some glue on the glue panel, and fasten the other end of the paper so the two triangles form an "X" and the vertical sides of the little rectangles butt up to each other. When the glue is dry, smooth out folds in the portion with the triangles.

from rectangle to short tube

Step 5: Put the Sleeve on the Can

Put the sleeve of mountains and valleys on the can as shown. Align the horizontal line with the top of the can.

Step 6: Put the "petal" to the Metal

The rectangular folds look something like petals on a flower. Grab the left side of a rectangle at the mountain formed by the vertical line and the oblique line. Fold it to the right.. Repeat until each petal is against the top of the can. When you are done, it will look something like this.

Step 7: Seal the Lid

Use the Instructables robot or the image of your choice on a similar size shape to seal off the hole at the top of the paper lid. I liked the circle but it could be any shape that fits and covers the hole. Use a piece of wax paper or packing tape to seal off the inside of the lid.

seal the lid

Step 8: Add a Bumpersticker

When the lid is on the can it is not under much stress, but removing the lid and replacing it is another story. The sides of the lid are vulnerable at those times. Gluing an extra strip of paper to the side of the lid helps it keep its shape. If you have a cleaning business, it's a good place to put your company name.

bumpersticker part 1

bumpersticker part 2

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    This is a really good idea. We have clad stainless steel pans so we are VERY FAMILIAR with powder cleansers, and I'm always afraid I'm gonna knock it all over the place!

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    Thanks for your kind comment. If you make it and think I've missed the mark, please let me know!