As frustrated as any consumer with making sure to get every last drop out of a product, Consumer Reports pumped, poured, squeezed, shook, and tapped as much as could out of a variety of bottles and then measured how much was left inside. Their experiment gives good insight into what bottle types are best to buy and tips on how to not let any go to waste...
Consumer Reports tested six types of products in a range of dispensers and containers and found that the type of container made a difference. Skin lotions left more than any other type - a whopping one fifth of their total contents.
Skin Lotion (17-25% left)
Tips: Store pump bottles top-up, squeeze bottles top-down. Tap firmly, add water and shake, or cut open (carefully).
Liquid Detergent (7-16% left)
Tips: Tilt push-button jugs or remove their extra cap and pour. Store smaller capped bottles upside down when almost empty.
Condiments (3-15% left)
Tips: Add a little water and shake. For mayo, use spatulas in assorted sizes.
Toothpaste (1-13% left)
Tips: Squeeze or bend tube as best you can, pull it over a counter's edge, or use a toothpaste squeezer, about $3.
Read the full analysis at Consumer Reports.
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