Handy But Hidden: Have You Found the End Locks on Your Wrap Dispensers?

Handy But Hidden: Have You Found the End Locks on Your Wrap Dispensers?

Regina Yunghans
Jan 9, 2014
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Have you heard? It's not exactly new news, but every time I rediscover it I get excited. Apparently there are lots of folks out there who haven't found out about this simple kitchen tip and others who, like me, tend to forget about it. Check the ends of your box of foil, plastic wrap, wax paper. Chances are, you'll find semi-circle-shaped tabs punched into the cardboard.

They're called end locks. If you press those unassuming tabs inward they will dutifully hold the internal roll in place instead of allowing it to fall out the next time you make a sturdy jerk of the foil.

I always forget to press the tabs in when I purchase a new roll of something but I remembered them recently and thought about how they deserve another mention for anyone out there who would enjoy (re)discovering them.

A quick survey of my kitchen drawers found that the Kroger plastic wrap has the tabs fully labeled and trademarked (!), the Best Choice foil has them stealthily punched but unlabeled, and the If You Care parchment paper has no tabs at all. What about your kitchen dispenser boxes?

→ Read more on end locks in a wonderful recent article: What’s That Thing? Tin Foil Box Edition at Slate

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