There are several things in homes and elsewhere that require you to press your finger against them to cause an action. The elevator comes, the oven is turned on, the dishwasher is turned on. There may be buttons or there may be a flat surface with areas indicated for pressing.
I don’t know about you, but most days, now, my fingers don’t want to do that. If I insist, my fingers YEEE – OUCH!
A few years ago, my husband (AKA the Ol’ Curmudgeon AKA Himself) made a wooden mortar and pestle for crushing herbs and spices. It worked, but he eventually obtained a ceramic mortar and pestle (not as big as Julia Child’s, of course!) and retired the wooden set. It’s rather pleasant to the eyes, so I insisted we keep it. (More about keeping things later.) I was looking for something to use to press the various controls, when Himself suggested getting that pestle and using it.
As you can see, it is about the right size – at least for now. I can still grasp it. Eventually I will need an object somewhat larger in diameter. But, as I said, for now I can use it.
Our oven has the kind of controls I mentioned.
And this is how I use it on the oven. Being rounded it doesn’t harm the surface of the control. (It’s hard to take good pictures of myself doing things, but Himself cooks and doesn’t “do” photography!)
The Panasonic hot water dispenser makes Jim-dandy hot water for making my tea each morning (I drink two huge travel cups of it daily). But the controls require pressing.
The wooden pestle works great on this appliance, too.
I also will use it on the dishwasher (on the infrequent occasions I actually “do” dishes), and the washer and dryer, as necessary.
You can also use the handle of a plastic utensil or a tableknife. They work. I’ve tried them.
Happy innovating! Remember to Think Outside the Box!