Ion-item-sliding close on (blur)

I’m working on an item list with <ion-item-sliding> and I have no problem calling the close() function when either <ion-item-options> are clicked, but I would like the same thing to occur when a click or tap happens outside of the list.

I have tried adding a (blur) event listener to the <ion-item-sliding> and to the nested <ion-item> but neither has seemed to work.

does anyone have any insights on this?