What are Band-its and how do you use them?

“Ingenious and very usable invention. I can see how valuable this product could be in the workplace and in the home as a tactile aid and also to help grip various household items.”
Ex-nurse

Band-its are used to identify objects with confidence.

What are Band-its?

Reusable

Band-it can be used repeatedly on the same items as they are replaced in your home: no need to buy a new set each time, saving you money and reducing your contribution to landfill.

Tactile

The tactile surfaces provide a way to feel how the bands are different, even if you cannot see or find yourself in the dark. These are simple shapes that are easily recognisable.

Brightly coloured

This means they are both visually attractive and usable even if you are registered blind - most people can still see yellow close up. Bright colours help with identifying different objects more easily if you have some sight remaining, and make them stand out against more neutral colours.

Flexibility

Both in material and in function. You might want three different ones to use on your bathroom products. Or you might want five different ones to differentiate your baking ingredients, or five of the same to use on your tins of tomato soup. It really is up to you. And the bands act like elastic to adjust to different sized objects.

The Indented Line

As shown below, there is an indented line on each of the bands which is different to the shapes around the edge. This is so that the bands can help you identify which way around an object is facing, for example on a spray can this gives you confidence that you are using it the correct way around. 

How to use

1 Decide on what objects you would like to use Band-its on and buy the bands you need. (1-2 standard packs containing 25 Band-its recommended to start.)

2 You, a relative or a carer puts bands on household items. Do this one room or cupboard at a time to familiarise yourself with which colours/shapes go with which object.

3 Decide on a set place to store bands between uses. This could be on a large hook, in a jar or in a cupboard. You can either have one place in each room or one place centrally.

4 Clean as necessary, particularly if used around food items.

Caring for Band-its

Clean by washing in hot soapy water or in the dishwasher.

Band-its are made from silicone and act like an elastic band in stretchiness. Do not overstretch. It is recommended that you do use around objects with a circumference of 153-210mm (diameter 50-83mm for round objects). You can use it around objects smaller than 153mm by wrapping around more than once.

Using a single band per object

This is the best way to start using Band-its. It involves reusing the same system of five different coloured bands in different locations around the house. You can marker up to five different objects in the same immediate location. This means you can have a jam jar labelled with the red band in the fridge to tell it apart from other fridge jars, and also use a red band on your tin of tomatoes in the kitchen cupboard. You can use red on your shampoo, and red on your TV remote, then use the other four colours on other similar objects in the same area. There are some suggested uses on the following pages. It is best to have at least 2 bands per temporary object (eg food jars) so that you can marker the replacement before the current object runs out. 

What can you use Band-it on?

Cleaning products

You can use the tactile line on the centre of the Band-it to indicate the front of a spray can to easily spray in the right direction.

Close up spray can with orange band line facing forward

Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel

Two bathroom bottles with a green and yellow Band-it

Makeup/toiletries

Use around creams, sprays or any other makeup items. 

Tins/Jars

Remote Controls

 green-band-wrapped-around-remote-control

Notebooks

Use to clearly mark your different small notebooks, for example, your telephone and address books.

3-notebooks-red-yellow-green

Colour per person

If you live in a shared house, you can each have a different colour band to identify which object is yours. For example, you can use them around cups or bathroom products.

closeup-drinking-glasses-5-different-bands

Dual colour uses

You can use the bands with each other by stacking them together. The top band identifies the type of product and the bottom the specific object. Use the top colours as follows:

Yellow: 
the easiest colour band to see, so use on dark objects to find them.
Orange: 
hazardous objects or doors/cupboards that should not be accessed
Blue:
identify medication

orange-indicating-hazardous-substance

 

Room markers

You can also link a particular colour with a certain room by attaching it to door handles. This is particularly useful if you mix up rooms with each other because the doors look the same.

Orange: Outer door
Blue: Bathroom
Green: Bedroom
Yellow: Communal room
Red: Kitchen

5-colour-bands-stacked-vertically

Got other ideas of how to use Band-it? Email hannah@bandituk.com with 'Band-it idea' as the subject line.

It has been suggested that this product could also be useful for people who have dementia, are elderly, have autism or ADHD, and could be used as a fidget toy or sensory toy. It could also be used by people who are deafblind as a marker for people to wear around their wrists. If one of these applies to you or someone you know, and you would like to be involved in some research please get in touch.